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Brown v. Menu Foods, Inc. et al - Document No. 1

Brown v. Menu Foods, Inc. et al - Document No. 1

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CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT against all defendants ( Filing Fee $ 350.00; Receipt Number 65616), filed by Carol Brown. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Duhamel, John) Modified on 4/16/2007 to note that Page 10 of the instant complaint states a Jury Demand. The Civil Cover Sheet, however, does not. (Duhamel, John). 1:2007cv00115 Rhode Island District Court
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT against all defendants ( Filing Fee $ 350.00; Receipt Number 65616), filed by Carol Brown. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Duhamel, John) Modified on 4/16/2007 to note that Page 10 of the instant complaint states a Jury Demand. The Civil Cover Sheet, however, does not. (Duhamel, John). 1:2007cv00115 Rhode Island District Court

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U N IT E D S T A T E S D IS T R IC T C O U R T
F O R T H E D IS T R IC T O F R H O D E IS L A N D
C A R O L B R O W N , in d iv id u a lly a n d o n b e h a lf
o f a ll o th e r s s im ila r ly s itu a te d
P la int if f ,
V S.
C .A . N o .

M E N U F O O D S , IN C .,
M E N U F O O D S IN C O M EF U N D ,
M E N U F O O D S M ID W E S T C O R P O R A T IO N ,

M E N U F O O D S S O U T H D A K O T A , IN C .
D efendants.
C L A S S A C T IO N C O M P L A IN T

P la in tiff C a ro l B ro w n(h e re in a fte r " P la in tiff') b rin g s th is c la s s a c tio n c o m p la in t against defendantM enu Foods, Inc., M enu Foods Incom e Fund, M enu Foods M idw est C o rp o ra tio n , M e n u F o o d s S o u th D a k o ta , In c , (h e re in a fte r c o lle c tiv e ly "M e n u F o o d s" or "D efendants") to seek redress for herself and all other individuals injuredb y

d e fe n d a n t's s a le o f c o n ta m in a te d p e t fo o d th ro u g h o u t th e U n ite d S ta te s .
NATURE OF THE CASE
1 .
D e fe n d a n ts, o n e o f th e la rg e st p e t fo o d m a n u fa c tu re rsi n th e w o rld ,

w hose products are sold under num erous brand nam esb y several national chain stores th ro u g h o u t th e U n ite d S ta te s , re c e n tly is s u e d a m a s s iv e re c a ll o f o v e r9 0 b ra n d s o f c a t and dog food (hereinafter"Product").

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2 .
T he recall w as issued as a result of evidence that the dog and cat food
w hich the defendantsproduced has caused an unknow n num ber of cats and dogs to
becom e ill and or has caused renal failure and death.
3 .
W h e n in g e s te d b y a n a n im a l, th e c o n ta m in a te d p e t fo o d c a n c a u s e
im m e d ia te re n a l fa ilu re , re s u ltin g in th e c o m p le te s h u td o w n o f th e a n im a l's k id n e y s a n d ,
u ltim a te ly , its d e a th ..
4 .

D e fe n d a n ts', a c tio n s in s e llin g th e c o n ta m in a te d fo o d a n d fa ilin g to is s u e th e re c a ll so o n e r w e re re c k le s s a n d in b re a c h its d u tie s a n d w a rra n tie s to its custom ers.

5 .
T h o s e a c tio n s w e re a p ro x im a te c a u s e o f in ju ry to a n d th e d e a th s o f
c u rre n tly u n to ld n u m b e rs o f c a ts a n d d o g s .
P A R T IE S
6 .
P la in tiff C a ro l B ro w n is a c itiz e n o f J o h n s to n , R h o d e Is la n d .
7 .
Defendant,M enu Foodsis a New Jersey Corporation.
8.
D efendant, M enu Foods Incom e Fund is an unincorporated com pany
w ith its p rin c ip a l p la c e o f b u s in e s s in O n ta rio , C a n a d a .
9 .
D e fe n d a n t, M e n u F o o d s M id w e s t C o rp o ra tio n is a D e la w a re
c o rp o ra tio n .
1 0 .
D e fe n d a n t, M e n u F o o d s S o u th D a k o ta , In c . is a D e la w a re c o rp o ra tio n .
J U R IS D IC T IO N
1 1 .

T h e C o u rt h a s o rig in a l ju ris d ic tio n o v e r th is c o m p la in t p u rs u a n t to2 8 U .S .C . 1 3 3 2 (d ) b e c a u s e (a ) p la in tiff a n d n u m e ro u s m e m b e rs o f h e r p u ta tiv e c la s s a re c itiz e n s o f s ta te s d iffe re n t fio m th o s e o f w h ic h M e n u F o o d s is a c itiz e n , (b ) th e

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.am ounti n controversy exceeds $5,000,000, exclusive of interests and costs, and (c)
n o n e o f th e ju ris d ic tio n a l c o n ta in e d in 2 8 U .S .C .81 3 3 2 (d )(4 )-(5 ) a p p lie s to th e in s ta n t
a c tio n .
1 2 .
V e n u e is p ro p e r in th is d is tric t u n d e r e x c e p tio n s , in te r a lia , 2 8 U .S .C .
$ 8 1391 (a)(l).
F A C T S
1 3 .
D e fe n d a n ts h o ld s th e m s e lv e s o u t to th e p u b lica sa m anufacturer of
s a fe , n u tritio u s , a n d h ig h -q u a lity d o g a n d c a t fo o d .
1 4 .
D e fe n d a n ts m a k e n u m e ro u s e x p re s s w a rra n tie s a b o u t th e q u a lity o f its
fo o d a n d its m a n u fa c tu rin g fa c ilitie s .
1 5 .
F o r e x a m p le , D e fe n d a n ts to u t th e c la im th a t it " m a n u fa c tu re [s ] th e
p riv a te -la b e l, w e t p e t-fo o d in d u s try 's m o s t c o m p re h e n s iv e p ro d u c t p ro g ra m w ith th e
h ig h e s t s ta n d a rd s o f q u a lity " a n d it o p e ra te s " s ta te -o f-th e -a rt" m a n u fa c tu rin g fa c ilitie s
i nth e U n ite d S ta te s a n d C a n a d a .
1 6 .
D e fe n d a n ts in te n d e d fo r p e t o w n e rs to b e lie v e its s ta te m e n ts a n d tru s t
th at its p et fo o d is o f first-rate q u ality .
1 7 .
O n or about M arch 16,2007,D efendants announced a recall of
approxim ately 42 brands "cuts and gravy" style dog food and 5 1 brands of "cuts and
g ra v y " s ty le c a t fo o d , a ll p ro d u c e d a t D e fe n d a n ts ' fa c ilityi n E m poria, K ansas,
betw een D ec, 3,2006, and M arch 6,2007.
1 8 .
W e e k s b e fo re th e re c a ll, D e fe n d a n ts h a d re c e iv e d n u m e ro u s c o m p la in ts
in d ic a tin g th a t th e p e t fo o d o rig in a tin g fk o m th e E m p o ria p la n t w a s k illin g p e ts .
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