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October 30, 2012 / Scott Tillett

Just Tap Water? Nestle Sued in Class Action for Falsely Advertising Source of “100% Natural Spring Water”

The Chicago Faucet Shoppe has filed a class action lawsuit against Nestle on behalf of consumers in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri who purchased 5-gallon bottles of  brand water, alleging that the company falsely advertised the source of the water.  A Nestle employee allegedly told a customer that the company’s 5-gallon bottles were filled with tap water and not “100% Natural Spring Water,” as advertised.

The complaint alleges that several companies bottle municipally sourced tap water, but that brands such as Ice Mountain, which advertise their water comes from natural sources, charge a premium for their bottled water.  The complaint alleges that Nestle engaged in a scheme to deceive customers by promising water sourced from natural springs and failing to disclose that the 5-gallon jugs actually contain resold municipal tap water and not “100% Natural Spring Water.”

This is not the first time that Nestle has been sued for allegations of false advertising of its bottled water.  A 2003 class action concerning the source of Poland Spring brand water settled for $10 million.

The Chicago Faucet Shoppe is seeking disgorgement of profits gained through false advertising of the Ice Mountain 5-gallon jugs.

Have you been the victim of false advertising?  If so, call Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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