On May 13, 2019, after nearly one year of investigation, the law firms of Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, PC, Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C., Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, and Zaremba Brown PLLC filed class-action lawsuits against the three largest canned tuna companies in America, as well as Nestle Purina, on behalf of consumers who purchased a tuna product falsely represented as “Dolphin Safe” and from sustainably sourced tuna.  The defendants are the owners of the Starkist®, Bumble Bee®, and Chicken of the Sea® brands of canned tuna, and Nestle Purina owns the Fancy Feast® brand of cat food.

The lawsuits allege that each of these companies has deceived consumers for years into believing their tuna was captured through dolphin-safe, sustainable fishing practices, when the truth is that the companies utilize more cost-effective fishing techniques that indiscriminately kill or harm dolphins. 

The plaintiffs allege claims against these companies for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) and state consumer protection statutes, as well as for unjust enrichment.