A consumer has filed a putative class action in Louisiana federal court against several California wineries alleging that their products contain “dangerously high” levels of arsenic, echoing a similar lawsuit filed in California in March 2015. Crespo-Bithorn v. The Wine Grp. Inc., No. 15-1424 (M.D. La., filed April 20, 2015).
The complaint alleges that the wineries “sell and distribute wine to consumers at inorganic arsenic levels significantly higher than what the State of California considers the maximum acceptable limit for safe daily exposure” and asserts that the advertising and marketing of each wine was deceptive because it failed to warn of the arsenic levels. The plaintiff seeks national and state class certification and damages for the Louisiana cause of action of redhibition as well as alleged violations of Louisiana consumer protection statutes and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Details about the March lawsuit appear in Issue 559 of this Update.