Nestlé Waters North America Statement Regarding Poland Spring® Lawsuit

To Press Releases listJul 8, 2019

07/08/19 Update:

Nestlé Waters North America filed a motion for summary judgment with the United States District Court of Connecticut on July 8, seeking a dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety, based on separate and independent grounds rooted in state law, summarized as follows:

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established standards for what can be labeled as “spring water.” State regulators established a process for issuing spring water permits. Poland Spring® Brand has met the FDA labeling standards and followed the various state regulators’ process to receive our permits – and we have labeled and sold our product accordingly. If anyone disagrees with either the standards or the process, they should take issue with the regulating bodies – not with a company following the clearly established rules.

Poland Spring® Brand spring water is 100 percent natural spring water. Poland Spring® Brand spring water sources meet all FDA and state regulations regarding spring water, a fact confirmed by an independent investigation conducted last year by the law firm DLA Piper. Consumers can be confident in the accuracy of the labels on every bottle of Poland Spring®, and that Poland Spring® Brand natural spring water is just what it says it is – 100 percent natural spring water.

We remain highly confident in our legal position and will continue to defend our Poland Spring® Brand vigorously against these meritless claims.

The full DLA Piper report can be accessed here.

More questions answered here.

 

05/10/19 Update:

Despite the Court’s decision to deny our motion to appeal the March 28 ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, we remain highly confident in our legal position. We will continue to defend our Poland Spring® Brand vigorously against this meritless lawsuit.
 
Poland Spring® Brand spring water is 100 percent natural spring water.

In fact, an independent investigation conducted last year by the law firm DLA Piper confirmed that Poland Spring® Brand spring water sources meet all FDA regulations defining spring water. Consumers can be confident in the accuracy of the labels on every bottle of Poland Spring®, and that Poland Spring® Brand natural spring water is just what it says it is – 100 percent natural spring water.

 

05/18/18:

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Grants Motion to Dismiss Poland Spring Lawsuit.

10/06/17:

We recently received a letter from the State of Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) that affirms that all eight spring sources in Maine for the Poland Spring® Brand 100% natural spring water "meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) definition of spring water." The DWP, which is the state agency that enforces the implementation of FDA rules about bottled water in Maine, has issued these letters to us in the past. This most recent letter verifies that all eight of the spring water sources are approved in the State of Maine. Consumers can be confident in the accuracy of the labels on every bottle of Poland Spring®, and that Poland Spring® Brand natural spring water is just what it says it is – 100 percent natural spring water. The DWP letter is further validation of this important fact, despite the allegations of opportunistic attorneys in their baseless lawsuits.


For more than 170 years, Poland Spring® has delivered great tasting spring water from Maine to millions of people in the Northeast.  The claims made in the lawsuit are without merit and an obvious attempt to manipulate the legal system for personal gain.  Poland Spring® is 100% spring water.  It meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations defining spring water, all state regulations governing spring classification for standards of identity, as well as all federal and state regulations governing spring water collection, good manufacturing practices, product quality and labeling.  We remain highly confident in our legal position.

Poland Spring: Straight to the  Source

 

 

Poland Spring® Brand 100% natural Spring Water is sourced from eight springs in Maine.  We go to great lengths to carefully select and manage our spring water sources, and we're proud to meet or exceed all federal and state standards. From Maine to you, with love.

Meet the Expert: How do you know Poland Spring® is Spring Water?

 

 

 

Hear from Poland Spring®Mark Dubois Natural Resource Manager about the science behind the springs.

 

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