CHICAGO — A class-action fraud lawsuit has been filed against Dunkin’ Donuts after a glazed blueberry doughnut bought at a South Loop shop allegedly lacked any actual blueberries.
Bartosz Grabowski bought the doughnut Dec. 10 at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1231 S. Wabash Ave. but it did not contain any real fruit, the suit alleges.
Grabowski filed the class-action lawsuit July 9 in federal court. He is representing more than 100 people in Illinois who all claim they, too, bought products such as doughnuts, Munchkins and crumb cakes with the belief they were made with actual berries — and not “imitation blueberries.”
The blueish bits in the bakery products “resemble, and in fact are specifically made to resemble, actual blueberries or pieces of actual blueberry due to their blue color and round shape,” Grabowski’s lawyers contend.
Dunkin’ Donuts has not responded to the claim and asked a judge’s permission to take until Aug. 30 to respond to the complaints. An initial hearing is set for Sept. 9.
A spokesman for the company said it was “unable to comment at this time due to pending litigation.”
Dunkin’ Donuts items billed as containing blueberries are sold at a premium, and the people suing would not have bought them, or would have paid less, with the knowledge they did not actually have blueberries, according to the suit.
Nutritional information regarding the pastries’ ingredients is not displayed along with the items, and marketing materials often depict real blueberries side-by-side with the products, which mislead consumers, the suit charges.
Among the allegations is that the imitation blueberries used in Dunkin’ Donuts products are “inferior”…