Manufacturers, Be Sure To Read These Tea Leaves

Law360, New York (April 12, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT) -- In November 2012, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California certified a class of consumers who purchased certain brands of iced tea beverages labeled “100% Natural” or “All Natural” despite allegedly containing high levels of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and citric acid. Ries v. AriZona Beverages USA LLC, 287 F.R.D. 523 (N.D. Cal. 2012).

The plaintiffs successfully argued that a class claiming the iced tea manufacturers violated California consumer protection statutes[1] should be certified because all class members were exposed to allegedly...
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