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Virginia Man Sues Godiva Because the Belgium Chocolates Are Not Made in Belgium

The Virginia man is now seeking $74,000 in damages after purchasing what he claims were falsely-advertised chocolates
By Joelle Goldstein | July 18, 2019 11:55 PM

A Virginia man is taking legal action against Godiva after he claims their products were falsely-advertised.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, alleges that the chocolates purchased by the man in Washington D.C. were not actually from Belgium as they were advertised on the packaging, according to documents obtained by NBC 4’s Scott MacFarlane.

The lawsuit states that “Belgian 1926” was displayed across the front of the chocolates, which would lead a “reasonable consumer” to assume that the product was made in Belgium at a “premium” price.

Instead, the document reads, “all Godiva chocolates sold in the United States are created at a plant in Reading, Pennsylvania.”

The man is now seeking $74,000 in damages, according to MacFarlane.

Representatives at Godiva did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Godiva was founded by the Draps family in 1926 after initially starting as a small praline-making business in Brussels, Belgium, according to the company’s website.

The company was initially called Chocolaterie Draps but later changed their name to Godiva (after Lady Godiva) once the family decided to open an exclusive chocolate shop.

In 1966, the family crossed paths with the Campbell Soup Company, who eventually acquired a third of a stake in Godiva and went on to introduce it to the American public.

Though they no longer own Godiva, Campbell’s played a major role in helping the chocolatier expand all over the world, with more than 600 stores currently in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

The soup company also bought a plant in Reading, PA during the 1960s to help with production, which has since become the spot where the company makes chocolate for the U.S. market.

The Belgian plant, meanwhile, produces for the rest of the world, according to Godiva’s website.

This isn’t the first time that Godiva has faced legal action over the origin of their chocolate.

Earlier this year, the company was sued by two people who similarly claimed the brand was falsely-advertising their products due to the “Belgium 1926” wrapper, according to Yahoo.

The plaintiffs sought $5 million in damages and demanded a jury trial, but the case was eventually dismissed the outlet reports.

https://people.com/food/man-sues-godiva-belgium-chocolates-not-from-belgium/

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Darling, it's made in USA, and that's what Dumpster wants... everything made in USA.

This case will be dismissed 'cos the court will not ask Godiva to close down the US chocolate factory.

Make America Great Again! :demonic: 

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29 minutes ago, horn said:

Darling, it's made in USA, and that's what Dumpster wants... everything made in USA.

This case will be dismissed 'cos the court will not ask Godiva to close down the US chocolate factory.

Make America Great Again! :demonic: 

Make Godiva in Belgium again!

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I have a hard time to understand what personal damage he has suffered that is worth 74.000? False advertising is one thing and certainly not okay, although I would like to believe that Belgian Chocolate is more a type of chocolate, not neccessarily the place where it is produced. Do people sue about French Fries, French Toast, Blackwood Cherry Cake. And if this is really about false advertising then this is case for Costumer Rights Groups. On the other hand, when it comes to chocolate in the U.S. they need to sue left and right for even calling most of what is produced there as chocolate. 

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52 minutes ago, horn said:

Will they sue the supermarket for selling Brussels sprouts that are not grown in Brussels? :1251: 

Yes but won't somebody please think of the Waffles 🤔

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1 hour ago, Nikki said:

this is just as insane as a few Americans in the early 00s suing McDonalds for making them fat 😂

Or for not having a Farm. 

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What about hamburgers? They are not actually made in Hamburg! Let's sue!!

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22 hours ago, Je5u5 said:

What about hamburgers? They are not actually made in Hamburg! Let's sue!!

 

22 hours ago, FreeMySoul said:

Did he win his lawsuit does Godiva now belong to him? 

:dead::lmao:

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On 7/29/2019 at 1:35 PM, Fender said:

belgium stress

 

I've never worked out what Slam meant when he said that.

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4 hours ago, nightcutter said:

I've never worked out what Slam meant when he said that.

Well he's Belgian and he was stressed.

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What about French Fries ? Did the French really fry them ?

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On 8/4/2019 at 12:11 PM, nightcutter said:

I've never worked out what Slam meant when he said that.

There used to be a statistic about Belgian people being among the most stressed out people in the western world. 

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