Proper labeling is critical for consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing products. Improper labeling occurs when a product’s label does not accurately describe its true ingredients. All 50 states have laws that make it unlawful for companies to mislead consumers with deceptive labeling, whether intentional or not. Misleading labels omit harmful ingredients or make false promises about a product's effectiveness. If you believe you have purchased a product with misleading labels, call us now to schedule a free consultation.
Proper labeling extends to certain preservative claims on products. Consumers are oftentimes willing to pay more for products that do not have any additives or preservatives. Consumers will often place a price premium on products that do not include such additives and preservatives due to potential health and safety concerns. When companies falsely represent their products as having no preservatives, they deceive consumers in violation of the law.
The FDA regulates how food containers are filled to prevent the use of containers that could deceive consumers about the actual quantity of food they purchase. The difference between a container’s true capacity and the product’s volume inside the container is called “slack-fill.” Companies often under-fill their containers to deceive consumers about how much product they receive. The result is that consumers get short changed, while the company's profits rise.
There are three main types of product defects: design defects, manufacturer defects, and defects in instructions or warnings.
Defects in Design: example:A highchair is designed with a single strap with results in babies falling out.
Defects in Manufacturing:example: A car company fails to properly attach a wheel to the car while being built, resulting in the wheel detaching from the vehicle, causing injury.