Nestle Escapes 'Poland Spring' False-Advertising Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (March 18, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT) -- A Maine federal judge Wednesday dismissed a spring water company's false-advertising suit over Nestle SA's use of "Poland Spring" on water that allegedly isn't pulled from the namesake spring, ruling plaintiff lacked Article III standing under the Lanham Act.

Granting Nestle's motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal determined that plans by Maine Springs LLC — which is based in Poland Spring, Maine — to eventually sell bottled water were too speculative to constitute an injury-in-fact. Nestle had argued that Maine Springs hadn't proved that it ever sold a single bottle of water, let alone lost sales, thus it...

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