Dog Owners in 15 States Join Lawsuit Against Nestlé Purina PetCare
An amended class-action complaint was filed June 8, 2015, against the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company on behalf of consumers who purchased Beneful brand dog food.
The complaint, brought in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, alleges that Purina failed to disclose that Beneful contains substances that are toxic to animals, including industrial-grade glycols, lead, arsenic and mycotoxins.
Twenty-six additional dog owners have joined the amended class-action lawsuit.
Thus far, dog owners from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington are part of the class action against Purina.
The suit also alleges Purina has been contacting injured consumers soon after they post (there have been more than 3,000 online complaints so far) on social media about their dogs getting sick or the dangers of Beneful.
Plaintiffs claim that Purina offers some consumers a settlement that requires them to sign an agreement prohibiting any conversations about the settlement or their experiences with Purina.
“Despite Purina’s aggressive defense of its product, the company is paying pet owners’ claims and demanding secrecy. ‘Why?’ is a question Purina should answer,” said Jeff Cereghino, one of the attorneys involved in the class action.
The products named in the complaint include Purina Beneful Healthy Weight, Purina Beneful Original, Purina Beneful Incredibites, Purina Beneful Healthy Growth For Puppies, Purina Beneful Healthy Smile, Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta, Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance and Purina Beneful Playful Life.
In addition, the suit accuses Purina of negligence, misrepresentation, product liability and unfair business practices.
The original complaint, Lucido v. Nestlé Purina, was filed on Feb. 5, 2015.