US: Nestle Waters stands firm over lawsuit
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Nestle Waters has told just-drinks that it will vigorously defend itself over accusations that the company is defrauding its customers in the US.
The bottled water giant is the subject of a US$50m class action lawsuit, filed by a US customer last month, accusing Nestle Waters of an "oppressive and fraudulent scheme" regarding late payment fees, according to Beverage Daily. The complaint, filed by law firm Sanford, Wittels & Heisler on behalf of client Gary Ciser and his firm Ciser Computer Consulting, looks to prevent Nestle Waters from "continuing to implement its unlawful trade practices and schemes".
Ciser claims that Nestle Water regularly breaches its contracts with water delivery customers across the US by implementing late fees during a grace period, despite customers having made timely payments, Beverage Daily has reported.
However, a spokesperson for Nestle Waters told just-drinks today (14 September): "Nestle Waters has not been sent a filing on the lawsuit. We have reviewed our policy for late fees and will vigorously defend our position through the legal process."
Ciser is seeking damages in excess of $50m plus costs for the lawsuit.
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