Triple Leaf Herbal Teas
June 2015: A federal judge preliminarily approved the proposed settlement.
May 2015: The plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a settlement agreement that would resolve this class-action lawsuit. According to the proposed settlement terms, the company will modify the product labels and packaging, as well as its websites to, among other things, remove certain statements (e.g., “Research indicates that green tea’s antioxidants help promote health metabolish”) and add certain statements (e.g., “This tea is not intended to be used for chronic constipation or as an aid to lose weight”). The settlement does not provide the class members with any monetary relief (i.e., refunds). A preliminary approval hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2015.
April 2014: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Triple Leaf Tea Inc. for allegedly misleadingly marketing herbal dietary supplements containing senna leaf, including Dieter’s Green Herbal Tea, Ultra Slim Herbal Tea, and Super Slimming Herbal Tea. The complaint alleges that, among other things, that the company markets the products as weight loss aids when, in reality, they are laxatives. (Johnson et al v. Triple Leaf Tea Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01570, N. D. CA.).
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