Costco Dodges 'Natural' Drink False-Labeling Suit

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 4:54 PM EST) -- Costco Wholesale Corp. on Friday beat a proposed class action in Washington state federal court accusing it of misleadingly labeling a water drink it sells as a “natural tonic” even though it allegedly contains artificial caffeine.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson on Friday granted Costo’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Harold Maple’s second amended complaint over the VitaRain: Tropical Mango vitamin enhanced water beverage, ruling that Maple had not sufficiently claimed that he actually read the allegedly deceptive claims that the drink contains “natural caffeine”...
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