March 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled., the reasons for which have not been disclosed.
September 2014: Plaintiffs filed a third amended complaint to include allegations that plaintiff relied on Tetley’s unlawful antioxidant and health claims on the tea’s labels when purchasing them.
August 2014: After plaintiffs amended their complaint in September 2013, a federal judge dismissed claims that the company unlawfully labeled products because the complaint failed to allege that plaintiff relied upon the deceptive statements when purchasing the products. The judge gave plaintiffs 15 days to amend the complaint and fix the problems. To read the full decision, click here.
August 2013: A federal judge dismissed the class-action lawsuit against Tetley explaining that plaintiffs did not clearly identify exactly which Tetley Tea products and which deceptive statements were at issue.
May 2012: A class-action lawsuit was brought on behalf of California residents claiming that Tetley falsely advertises its tea. The lawsuit states that, “Tetley utilizes improper antioxidant, nutrient content, and health claims that have been expressly condemned by the FDA in numerous enforcement actions and warning letters. . . .” (De Keczer et al v. Tetley USA, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-2409, N. D. CA.).
For more information about the false advertising of tea and TINA.org’s coverage of the issue, click here.