Lawsuit says people were paying extra for ordinary groundwater.
A federal judge rejected Nestle SA’s request to dismiss a revised lawsuit claiming that it defrauded consumers by filling bottles of their Poland Spring water with ordinary groundwater. US district Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer said consumers may pursue claims that Nestle fooled them into overpaying by labeling the product as “100% Natural Spring Water”. The action is currently based on claims on behalf of consumers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Nestle's attorneys argued there was “no fraud” because the water met the various state requirements.
According to the amended complaint, the company sells 1 billion gallons of water labeled as 'Poland Spring' annually in the U.S. and (according to the complaint) “not one drop” “emanates from a water source that qualifies as a genuine legal ’natural spring’”. The complaint states that the actual Poland Spring (located in Maine), “commercially ran dry” nearly 50 years ago,
Read more about the lawsuit here.
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