According to lead counsel for the Plaintiffs the Defendants, olive oil manufacturers, distributors and retailers who sell their product in the State of California, have been knowingly misleading and defrauding California consumers for years. Companies that import, market, and sell three brands of olive oil—Bertolli, Carapelli, and Carbonell—are targets of a recent class action that alleges that they make false claims on their labels, namely that the olive oils are imported from Italy, and that some of them are “extra virgin”. Olive oil fraud is rampant. Have you seen the Bertolli fake olive oil story? This Kollver vs. Deoleo USA, Inc. Class Action Settlement is the result of a lawsuit that alleges Deoleo marketed and sold its Bertolli brand of olive oil with the representation “Imported from Italy,” although most of the oil was extracted from olives grown in countries other than Italy. It’s international in its scope and damning in its accusations. Olive oil fact: Italy is the world’s largest importer and exporter of olive oil, but Spain is the largest producer. It’s quite a tale, about skullduggery in the food industry, about marketing trickery and disdain for consumers. The producers of the Bertolli and Carapelli brands of olive oil have settled a class-action lawsuit for $7 million and agreed to change the labeling on their packages.. In fact CBS 60 Minutes did an expose on Italian Olive Oil Fraud. If you bought Bertolli Olive Oil, you could be part of a class-action lawsuit. Italy’s anti-fraud police squad in Turin is examining whether seven well-known olive oil brands – Carapelli, Bertolli, Santa Sabina, Coricelli, Sasso, Primadonna and Antica Badia – have been selling lesser-quality virgin olive oil as “extra virgin” olive oil. According to a University of California at Davis study, more than two-thirds of common brands of extra-virgin olive oil … Some controversy emerged in 2010 when Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil was identified as one of the olive oils mislabeled as extra virgin in a study by University of California, Davis.. Lawsuit. For individuals who purchase any of the Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil Products except for resale in the United States, between May 23, 2010 and April 16, 2018, you may be eligible for a potential reward from the Bertolli Olive Oil Class Action Lawsuit!. Defendants charge a premium by deceiving customers into believing that their oil is of Italian origin.