Trader Joe's, Others Sold Arsenic-Tainted Wine, Suit Claims

Law360, New York (March 19, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT) -- More than two dozen California wine makers, including Trader Joe’s Co. and F. Korbel & Bros Inc., were hit with a proposed class action in California state court Thursday alleging the companies are knowingly selling wine contaminated with dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic.

The suit alleges the 28 wineries named in the suit — whose wines include popular brands such as Smoking Loon, Cupcake and Charles Shaw — violate California state laws by knowingly making the contaminated wine, deceptively marketing it as safe to consumers and profiting at the expense of more responsible wineries.

The plaintiffs — Doris Charles, Alvin...

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