Nestlé Purina Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Falsely Advertised Dog Food
A new class action lawsuit claims that Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. misrepresented certain of its limited-ingredient dog food as being grain-free and soy-free.
Michelle Barker, et al. v. Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Michelle Barker, Susanna Grigoli, and Carrie Carter, the lead plaintiffs, allege that some of the company’s Purina Pro Plan, as well as Purina Beneful product pet foods, are incorrectly labeled as grain-free or soy-free when they actually include soy or wheat, according to the lawsuit.
Barker, Grigoli, and Carter seek to represent a nationwide Class of customers – as well as a Georgia, Florida, and Virginia subclass – who purchased the implicated dog foods for personal, family, or household purposes.
Following independent testing, Barker, Grigoli, and Carter claim to have discovered significant levels of wheat in Nestlé Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach — Salmon & Rice Formula — and Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach — Lamb & Oat Meal Formula.
In addition, according to the class action lawsuit, the Purina Beneful Grain Free with Farm-Raised Chicken — accented with Blueberries, Pumpkin, and Spinach — was revealed to contain high levels of soy which was discovered over the course of the investigation.
Furthermore, Nestlé Purina offers both of the above Pro Plan formulas as easily digestible and friendly on the digestive system and labels them with “No Corn, Wheat, or Soy.” Nestlé Purina markets the above Purina Beneful product as “Grain-Free” and claims that the recipe is free of any corn, wheat, or gluten.
Should the Veterinarians Recommend Nestlé Purina?
Following a veterinarian’s recommendation that Grigoli moved her dog, Loulou, to a grain-free diet due to her allergies, the plaintiff says she acquired the Purina Beneful product mentioned above for her dog. As detailed in the class action lawsuit, Grigoli spent a great deal of money on the pet food and eventually had to change Loulou’s food for a second time because her allergies didn’t better.
Plaintiffs stated that if they had known the “true facts” about the ingredients in the Nestlé Purina grain-free and soy-free dog food and other products, they would not have purchased them. They also assert that mislabeling in the pet food industry is a prevalent and well-known problem.
Barker, Grigoli, and Carter argue that Nestlé Purina PetCare increases the price of its limited-ingredient products since they are reportedly healthier than the company’s standard brands.
As per the class action lawsuit, Nestlé Purina PetCare intentionally misrepresents the ingredients of its limited-ingredient products in order to collect a higher price from unwary customers to maximize profits.
Plaintiffs contend that Nestlé Purina PetCare is in violation of the following acts:
- Missouri Merchandising Practices Act
- Georgia Fair Business Practices Act
- Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and
- Virginia Consumer Protection Act
Barker, Grigoli, and Carter are requesting a jury trial and are suing for compensatory, statutory, and punitive damages on behalf of themselves and all Class Members.
Earlier this month, Nestlé Purina filed a motion with an Illinois federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought against the company, alleging that it mislabeled two of its dog food products as “Made in the USA.”
Editor’s Note on Purina Soy-free & Grain-free Dog Food Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Nestlé Purina over allegedly mislabeling certain dog food products as grain-free and soy-free. A similar class action was filed against San Pellegrino Lemon Sparkling Water.
Case Name & No.: Michelle Barker, et al. v. Nestlé Purina Petcare Company, Case No. 4:21-cv-01075
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Products/Services: Nestlé Purina’s certain dog food
Allegations: Nestlé Purina allegedly mislabeled certain dog food products as grain-free and soy-free
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