FGF Brands, the maker of Stonefire Naan products, will pay nearly $1.9 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the bread maker of falsely claiming its Stonefire products are made in an authentic tandoor oven.
Any consumer who bought Stonefire naan bread advertised as being baked in a tandoor oven between Nov. 16, 2013, and Oct. 23, 2020, can claim $2.50 for each product they purchased.
These products covered by the settlement are:
- Stonefire Original Naan
- Stonefire Roasted Garlic Naan
- Stonefire Whole Grain Naan
- Stonefire Organic Original Naan
- Stonefire Original Mini Naan
- Stonefire Ancient Grain Mini Naan
- Stonefire Naan Dippers
The agreement limits Class Members without a receipt to five claims. Consumers can “make claims for as many Products for which they have proof of purchase,” the settlement agreement says.
In addition, as part of the settlement agreement, “plaintiff[s] agree no further labeling changes are necessary” to the “patented tandoor oven” naan bread marketing.
“This Settlement will in no event be construed or deemed to be evidence of or an admission or concession on the part of Plaintiff,” according to the class action settlement.
FGF Brands has agreed to pay $1,895,000 as part of this settlement.
Currently, the FGF Brands website describes its naan bread as being baked “in a patented tandoor tunnel oven designed to replicate the traditional tandoor.”
FGF Brands denies “all material allegations asserted by” the class action lawsuit involving its naan bread, and adds it “specifically” disputes that it “violated any laws, that their labeling or marketing was deceptive or misleading in any way, and that Plaintiff and potential class members are entitled to any relief,” in regards to their tandoor oven representations on the labeling, according to court documents.
The class action lawsuit, initially filed in November 2018, says FGF Brands deceives customers by baking its naan in a conveyor-style, gas-heated oven, but markets the products as being made in a tandoor oven.
FGF Brands faces legal action over similar claims in Canada. Plaintiffs in K.K. v. FGF Brands Inc. argue it’s deceptive to equate the company’s “tunnel oven” to a tandoor oven.
For traditionalists, the differences between making naan bread in a conventional oven and a tandoor oven is substantial, according to a New York Times report.
The clay oven, charcoal heat and the smoky flavors produced all contribute to a unique method that can’t be replicated elsewhere, the plaintiff argues.
The class action lawsuit alleges FGF Brands is fraudulent and deceptive in this regard when it markets naan bread as being baked in a tandoor oven when it is not.
The plaintiffs cited promotional language directly linking FGF Brands’ products to the method, pointing specifically to terms such as “tandoor baked,” “tandoor oven baked,” “baked in a tandoor oven” and “hand stretched and tandoor oven-baked to honor 2,000 years of tradition” on naan bread packaging.
After the class action lawsuit was filed in 2018, a judge denied FGF Brands’ motion to dismiss the case.
The plaintiffs said a “voluminous and wide-ranging discovery” followed that denial, including a “fifteen hour Zoom” mediation between relevant parties and the judge.
The deadline for consumers to exclude themselves from or object to this settlement has passed.
The deadline to file a claim in this settlement is Feb. 18, 2021.
Any consumer who bought Stonefire Naan products advertised as being baked in a tandoor oven between Nov. 16, 2013 and Oct. 23, 2020 can claim $2.50 for each product they purchased.
$2.50 for each product purchased. You can only claim up to five products without a receipt. With proof of purchase you can claim an unlimited number of products. Each household can only submit one claim form.
Proof of Purchase
Receipts or proof of purchase.
Claim Form Deadline
The Tandoor Oven Naan Bread Class Action Lawsuit is Friend, et al. v. FGF Brands, et al., Case No. 1:18-cv-07644, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Friend v. FGF Brands (USA) Inc. Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 43516
Providence, RI 02940-3516
Katrina Carroll and Kyle Shamberg
CARLSON LYNCH LLP
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
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