Purina Dodges Consumers' Beneful Dog Food Dispute

Law360, New York (November 17, 2016, 8:56 PM EST) -- Nestle Purina PetCare Co. escaped litigation contending that its Beneful dry food killed dogs or made them seriously ill after a California federal judge held Thursday that a proposed class of pet owners didn’t prove that the product was unsafe, explaining that their allegations heavily relied on a veterinarian's inadmissible opinions.

After expressing doubts about the group’s evidence at a late October hearing, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen granted Purina’s summary judgment bid for just that reason Thursday, holding that the dog owners simply didn’t provide enough proof of Beneful's alleged health risks to support litigation accusing the company of failing...

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