Judge Spits Out Wrigley Gum Misbranding Suit

Law360, New York (January 8, 2014, 5:48 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action accusing Wrigley Sales Co. of misbranding its gum products by misleadingly stating that the products are “sugar free,” finding the claims are preempted by federal law.

Plaintiff Phyllis Gustavson accused Wrigley Sales and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., leading producers of gum, mints and hard candies, alleging that the companies’ statements that some of their Eclipse and Orbit gum, as well as Life Savers candies, are misleadingly advertised as “sugar free” and that the products contain “fewer...
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