Skinnygirl Margarita Maker Can't Wriggle Out Of False Ad Suit

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday kept alive a proposed class action accusing Beam Global Spirits and Wine Inc. and a reality TV star of falsely advertising their Skinnygirl Margarita as all-natural, rejecting Beam's contention that consumers' problems were with retailers, not the manufacturer.

U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman denied Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam's motion to dismiss, along with its argument that consumers lacked a “direct relationship” with the spirits maker, because they'd bought their Skinnygirl Margaritas, associated with reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, in liquor stores,...
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