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Purina and Jim Beam Hit By Lawsuits In California Federal Courts

Nestle Purina hit by lawsuit over allegedly poisonous dog food. A lawsuit filed February 5 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California contends Nestle Purina PetCare’s Beneful dry dog food has “resulted in serious illness and death of thousands of dogs.” Bill Salzman, the company’s director of corporate communications, issued a statement terming the lawsuit “baseless” and declaring the company’s intention to vigorously defend it. He pointed out that similar allegations in two previous class actions were both dismissed by the courts.

Manufacturer of Jim Beam bourbon sued for use of the term “handcrafted.” Beam Suntory, the manufacturer of Jim Beam bourbon, has been sued in California federal court in a false advertising consumer class action. According to the complaint, filed February 17, Beam Suntory describes its bourbon as “handcrafted” when, allegedly, a significant portion of its production process is mechanized. The plaintiffs assert that on the company’s website, various steps – including grinding the grain, mixing it with yeast or water, transferring it to a fermenting location, and bottling it – are clearly shown as being accomplished with machinery. They say that since handcrafted bourbon is regarded as superior, Beam Suntory is trying to achieve a higher price point by using this incorrect description. Beam Suntory has termed the case “frivolous.”

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