LoHud: Werther’s Original sugar-free candy full of hot air, lawsuit claims

The makers of Werther’s Original creamy caramels “purposefully” short-change consumers by under-filling the candy’s packages, a Westchester County resident is claiming in federal court. The lawsuit comes four months after a similar claim against Junior Mints. These lawsuit’s are becoming increasingly common.

“These ‘slack-fill’ lawsuits have nothing to do with consumer protection and everything to do with enriching trial lawyers,” Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, said Friday in an email to The Journal News/lohud.com. “The lawyers look forward to getting a fat payday while the class of consumers often walk away with nothing, except a higher cost of goods.”

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