Honest Tea Can't Shake Antioxidant Labeling Class Action

By Kurt Orzeck (January 6, 2015, 5:10 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday refused to toss a proposed class action accusing Honest Tea Inc. of dishonestly marketing its honey green tea as a source of antioxidants, finding sufficient evidence that the company's product labeling might violate federal regulations.

Denying Honest Tea's motion to dismiss an amended version of the complaint, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller decided that statements appearing on the company's products may qualify as nutrient content claims that have to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. The statements allegedly describe the teas as being "packed" with a "potent" flavonoid antioxidant, among other claims....

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