A federal judge …. denied a bid by food and beverage giant Nestle to toss a consumer class action claiming the company violated federal and state laws by applying its unverified “No GMO” label to products.
California resident Jennifer Latiff claims in her 2018 lawsuit that Nestle USA’s “No GMO Ingredients” label deceived her and other consumers into purchasing products falsely described as being free of genetically modified organisms.
By creating its own seal, Nestle violated the Federal Trade Commission’s food certification guidelines and California’s unfair competition laws, Latiff says in her complaint.
Nestle moved to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming Latiff lacked standing to bring the suit and could not demonstrate “real and immediate threat” of injury.
But U.S District Judge Otis D. Wright II disagreed …. “Since plaintiff alleges that she relied on defendant’s label, thereby paying higher market prices than she would have otherwise paid, plaintiff has standing,” Wright wrote.
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