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Templeton Rye Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Gains Traction

October 1, 2014

A recent lawsuit accusing Iowa’s Templeton Rye whiskey of consumer fraud is expected to proceed, after receiving approval from the state attorney general as a valid concern. The controversy comes as Templeton Rye, which advertises itself as an Iowa-made, Prohibition-style product, has admitted to sourcing its rye whiskey from Indiana contract distiller MGP Ingredients.

According to the lawsuit, filed by Chicago resident and Templeton consumer Christopher McNair, the brand’s advertising is alleged to be intentionally misleading, resulting in consumers paying more for a product they believed to be locally made. Following its approval, the lawsuit is now awaiting classification, which will determine whether or not the suit can be considered a class action. In August, Templeton Rye announced that it would update its packaging, adding information on the Indiana-distilled whiskey to its labeling.


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