February 2016: A federal judge dismissed this action When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. finding that the company did not have a duty to disclose the likelihood of forced labor on product labels. Later that month, plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the decision to dismiss the case. (Wirth et al v. Mars, Inc. et al, Case No. 16-55280, 9th Cir.)

September 2015:class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars, Inc. for, among other things, allegedly deceiving consumers by failing to disclose important information about Iams cat food (for example, the likelihood that the fish in its pet food is the product of slave labor). (Wirth et al v. Mars, Inc., Mars Petcare US, Inc., Iams Company, and Procter & Gamble, Co., Case No. 15-cv-1470, C. D. CA.)

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