Interesting story …..
Over the years, if you’ve ever had Poland Spring water, you probably made the reasonable assumption that you were drinking water that was, in fact, from a spring.
You might have even imagined a spring in Maine much like the one flowing through a green hillside on the familiar logo of the country’s largest bottled spring water brand.
But that is not so, according to allegations in a lawsuit that a judge mostly allowed to move forward Thursday.
Instead, the class-action lawsuit contends that Nestlé Waters’ marketing and sales of what it advertises as “100% Natural Spring Water” has been “a colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers.”
“Not one drop” of Poland Spring water actually qualifies as spring water, the lawsuit says. It is common groundwater that has been illegally mislabeled in order to “reap massive undue sales.” The result is that Poland Spring water has become “the dominant brand in a market in which it does not even belong,” the suit says.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for Nestlé Waters North America said it was aware of the court’s decision but had not yet had a chance to thoroughly review it.
The company insists that its product is 100 percent natural spring water, citing what it called an independent investigation last year by a law firm that “confirmed that Poland Spring Brand spring water sources meet all FDA regulations defining spring water.”
The 325-page lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Connecticut, seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as a permanent injunction preventing Nestlé Waters from continuing the alleged fraud…..