Burg Simpson Launches Consumer Class Action Alleging Dangerous Levels of Inorganic Arsenic in Certain California Wines

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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has filed a consumer class action (Case Number BC576061) in Los Angeles, California alleging that 83 different wines produced in California contain levels of inorganic arsenic that significantly exceed the level found to be acceptable by California, in some instances over five times the safe threshold.

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“This is an important case to protect consumer health and safety, which Burg Simpson is proud to be leading,” said Burg Simpson founding shareholder, Michael Burg.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has filed a consumer class action (Case Number BC576061) in Los Angeles, California alleging that 83 different wines produced in California contain levels of inorganic arsenic that significantly exceed the level found to be acceptable by California, in some instances over five times the safe threshold.

The lawsuit, filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on March 19, 2015 under case number BC576061, alleges that dozens of wineries are violating California state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling wines that contain dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic, and are failing to warn consumers about the potential danger. CBS Today aired the story the morning of March 19. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lawsuit-claims-high-levels-arsenic-found-some-california-made-wines/

The class action complaint also alleges that the 28 California defendant wineries “produce and market wines that contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic, in some cases up to 500% or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.” Medical experts say the risks of arsenic exposure allegedly include cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular ailments (Case #BC576061; pg 17).

Some of the popular wine brands named in the lawsuit include Franzia, Ménage à Trois, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Charles Shaw, Glen Ellen, Cupcake, Beringer and Vendage. The wines named in the lawsuit are primarily inexpensive white or blush varietals including Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

“This is an important case to protect consumer health and safety, which Burg Simpson is proud to be leading,” said Burg Simpson founding shareholder, Michael Burg. Burg Simpson is leading the lawsuit, which was filed today, with two other law firms.

The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of California consumers who purchased the wine in the last four years.

Find more information at http://www.burgsimpson.com/tainted-wine.

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