Monday, July 17, 2017

Nestle hasn't sued the government...but its opponents have

Back in March, I speculated that if President Trump's "Make America Great Again" moves resulted in deteriorating water quality in the San Bernardino National Forest, Nestle could sue the government for reducing the value of its Arrowhead water.

Well, that hasn't happened yet, but according to Courthouse News Service, someone else is suing.

Environmentalists who want Nestle to stop pumping tens of millions of gallons from a California creek, virtually for free, to sell it as bottled water, have sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for records on the multinational corporation.

California groups Story of Stuff Project and Courage Campaign Institute sued the FDA in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, in a federal FOIA complaint. They say the agency failed to timely respond to their Freedom of Information Act request for the records, and did not indicate whether, or even if, it will deliver the records.

Story of Stuff's activist information is here. Courage Campaign Institute material is here (they say Sprouts is evil, but Whole Foods sells Arrowhead water also).

Nestle itself is not a party to the suit, and in a separate statement, it said that it has "cooperated with the State Water Resources Control Board’s requests for documents and information."

Of course, that's the State Water Resources Board, not Story of Stuff Project or Courage Campaign Institute.

Following up on other stuff, Nestle has moved its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia.

And, sadly, the Trevor Carpenter who was mentioned in that old Empoprise-BI post has passed away. I didn't intend to end the post with that, but once I saw the old post, it had to be acknowledged.

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