J&J Dodges Consumer Suit Over Benecol Ads

Law360, New York (September 19, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson did not defraud consumers when advertising that its Benecol butter and margarine substitute reduces cholesterol and contains no trans fat, a California federal judge held Tuesday, dismissing a proposed class action against the pharmaceutical giant.

U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz ruled that plaintiff Robert Reid, who sued J&J under California consumer law, did not have legal grounds to bring suit since Benecol’s claims comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards concerning product health claims. Federal standards take precedence over state law,...
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