As ConAgra moves to dismiss the suit against it and its Hebrew National brand, the plaintiffs filed a new, amended complaint. Does this class action lawsuit have legs?
As I noted previously, don't think that it does, and the amended complaint does nothing to convince me otherwise. In fact, the opposite is true.
I just skimmed both the new amended complaint and ConAgra's motion to dismiss which were posted by the American Jewish World yesterday.
The plaintiff's attorney completely misunderstands halakha. He clearly knows nothing about it, and the complaint he drafted consistently misrepresents what Jewish law actually says about these issues.
I believe that a man named Moshe Gitt, who was fired by AER, the company that employs the shochtim, bodkim and mashgichim used to slaughter the meat used to produce many Hebrew National meat products, after making a series of errors that cost ConAgra a lot of money, is probably providing the halakhic 'expertise' for the plaintiffs' attorney. Gitt sued AER and lost decisively, and I'm told by a source intimately familiar with the situation who dislikes AER's owner and management, and dislikes Triangle-K's Rabbi Ralbag even more, that Gitt did in fact make a series of mistakes, some of which were based on his idea that he could make halakhic decisions that he was not qualified or employed to make.
Basically, the suit comes down to this: a small number of current and former AER employees claim that AER and Ralbag do not consistently follow the rules of kosher slaughter.
While Ralbag denies this, he makes the point that even if the specific examples given by these anonymous people to the plaintiffs' attorney were true, the meat would still be kosher. And he appears to be correct.
II don't think the plaintiffs have a chance under Jewish law or under American civil law.
That is not meant to be an endorsement of Hebrew National or of AER or Ralbag's Triangle-K.
It's just meant to point out that whoever advised the plaintiffs' attorney about halakha is either wholly dishonest, an ignoramus, or both.