A federal court in Florida has dismissed without prejudice a putative class action alleging that the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. misled consumers by claiming that its Eclipse® Breeze chewing gum contains “Cardamom to Neutralize the Toughest Breath Odors.” Nichols v. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., No. 10-80759 (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D. Fla., decided January 19, 2011). A similar lawsuit, filed in August 2010 in California, is discussed in Issue 360 of this Update.
According to the court, the plaintiff pleaded sufficient facts “to establish the falsity of the representation,” but he did not plead sufficient facts as to each of his claims of fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation, and breach of express warranty. The court dismissed the plaintiff’s claim for unjust enrichment because “he does not lack an adequate legal remedy.” The plaintiff was given five days to file an amended complaint.