A customer at the Norwood Shaw's says he's not just offended but "injured in fact" by the store-brand container of "100%" grated Parmesan cheese he bought that is filled with "adulterants and fillers," including cellulose, a wood-derived substance of nutritive value only to termites. So he's filed a lawsuit against Shaw's parent company.
In his suit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Derrick Sims makes the casein that he was just floored to learn that his container of Essential Everyday grated parmesan cheese, which "boldly" states it's 100% grated parmesan cheese, might actually be more like 91% cheese and 9% cellulose. Grated-cheese makers use cellulose as an anti-clumping agent.
Plaintiff would not have purchased the product, and/or would have paid significantly less for the product, had he known that the “100%” representation is false and mischaracterizes the amount and percentage of Parmesan Cheese in the container.
Through his attorneys, Sims seeks to become the lead plaintiff in a class action against Shaw's owners, who operate Shaw's, Star Markets and a bunch of stores nobody in Massachusetts has ever heard of, but which also sell Essential Everyday grated parmesan cheese. The lawsuit cites consumer-protection laws in states across the country.
The suit asks a judge to bar the chains from selling anything less than 100% grated parmesan cheese, hand over all their ill begotten gains from selling cellulose disguised as parmesan cheese, pay lots of damages and, of course, reimburse the lawyers.