Charmin Freshmates Flushable Wipes
March 2020: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement in which P&G agreed to provide class members who do not have proof of purchase with $0.70 for each product purchased and to provide class members who have proof of purchase with $1.20 for the first product purchased and $1 for each additional purchase. In addition, the company agreed to remove representations that products are “septic safe” and “safe for sewers and septic systems” from product labels for a period of two years.
July 2014: A class-action lawsuit against The Procter & Gamble Company was transferred from state court to federal court. The complaint, which was originally filed in May 2014, alleges that the company falsely advertises the Charmin Freshmates as flushable wipes. Specifically, plaintiffs claim that the company misleadingly uses labels such as “flushable wipes” and “safe for sewer and septic systems” when, according to plaintiffs, the wipes do not disintegrate upon flushing or break down sufficiently to pass through pipes and they can cause serious problems for plumbing, sewer, and septic systems. (Belfiore et al v. The Procter & Gamble Company, Case No. 14-cv-04090, E.D.N.Y.).
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