Pure Leaf Iced Tea “All Natural” Claims
December 2017: The Maxwell action was stayed pending the FDA’s decision regarding the use of the word “natural.”
December 2016: A federal judge ordered that the Maxwell and Cruz-Acevedo actions are related.
September 2016: The Cruz-Acevedo action was transferred to a California court where a similar lawsuit regarding Lipton tea products, Maxwell v. Unilever, is pending. According to the Maxwell action, the marketing for tea products misleadingly claims that teas provide various health benefits and are natural. To learn more about the allegations, click here to read the complaint. (Maxwell et al v. Unilever, Case No. 12-cv-1736, N. D. CA.)
April 2015 – August 2015: Three class-action lawsuits were filed against Unilever and PepsiCo for allegedly falsely advertising Pure Leaf Iced Tea as “All Natural” when it actually contains unnatural ingredients. To read each complaint, click on the case information below.
- Laboon et al v. Unilever United States, Inc. and PepsiCo, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-60914, S. D. FL.,
- Ren et al v. Unilever United States Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and Pepsi Lipton Tea Parntership, Case No. 156463/2015, Supreme Court of the State of New York
- Cruz-Acevedo et al v. Unilever United States, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and The Pepsi Lipton Tea Parntership, Case No. 15-cv-2175, D.P.R.
For more information about other class-action lawsuits regarding natural claims and TINA.org’s coverage of the issue, click here.
When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled.
When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.