Costco Slashes 'Natural' Drink False Label Class Action

Law360, New York (August 2, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT) -- A Washington judge on Thursday dismantled a putative class action accusing Costco Wholesale Corp. of selling "enhanced" beverages containing artificial caffeine that were falsely labeled as natural, but rejected arguments that the plaintiff lacked standing to sue.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson granted Costco’s bid to dismiss claims of negligence, misrepresentation and breach of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act claims from plaintiff Harold Maple’s suit over the labeling of Costco's VitaRain beverages, finding that he had not met pleading standards that required him to show...
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