Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The End of the Story for the Pet Food Class Action

In case you were wondering what ever happened to the class action in Florida involving false advertising by pet food companies, here you go. In a nutshell, much of the evidence necessary to pursue the lawsuit--samples of the food--was destroyed by defendant Menu Foods. Menu Foods was also a defendant in the pet food recall litigation going on at the same time. The defendant asked the court to allow it to destroy the samples of food it had collected in the discovery phase of the recall litigation. The samples contained both recalled and non-recalled products. Storing the samples, the company argued, was an inconvenience. The court agreed over strenuous objections by consumers who needed that evidence for separate false advertising claims. Menu Foods promptly got rid of the evidence, fully aware of the other claims. This left the Blaszkowski class action, and others, with nothing to stand on. Blaszkowski was dismissed on March 30, 2009.


  1. You have a blog! Me too, but mine's less about anything important, more about knitting and such. Hey, I'm doing PI work now too. It wasn't what I'd expected to wind up in, but I like it okay so far.

    How's James Bond?

    - Jessica

  2. Andrew N. Ackley, if you have tried to get pet food manufactures to answer basic questions related to product quality and safety, you would understand why consumers resort to litigation. Purina's Pet Care division has a team of "Pet Advisors" who read answers from a script, their supervisors also have stock answers and as a last resort say they will ask their technical team, but never respond. I have a request for the Chairman and CEO of Nestle Purina Pet Care Company, please write an apology to all the customers who bought your products in good faith but lost their pets to poisoning from your products.