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Procter & Gamble cited over 'flushable' wipes

By Shaun Zinck | May 29, 2015

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A class action lawsuit alleges the maker of wipes markets them as “flushable,” even though the wipes are not.

Jamie Pettit filed the lawsuit May 13 in California Superior Court against Procter & Gamble alleging the personal hygiene moistened wipes don't actually break down when flushed.

The lawsuit says the wipes actually: damage and clog plumbing pipes; don't break down and damage in septic tanks; catch on municipal sewage line screens; and damage those lines and pumps. Pettit said because the damage done by the wipes is so severe California has outlawed the flushing of the wipes.

“Reasonable consumers would not pay a premium to obtain the benefits of a 'flushable' wipe if [Procter & Gamble] disclosed the risks of flushing the wipes and that flushing the wipes is in fact illegal,” the lawsuit said.

Pettit seeks class status in the suit, and an unspecified amount in damages.

Pettit is represented by attorneys Adam J. Gutride, Seth A. Safier, Marie McCrary and Kristen G. Simplico of Gutride Safier in San Francisco; Lorenzo B. Cellini of Tycko & Zavareei in Washington, D.C.; and Stuart E. Scott and Daniel Frech of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber in Cleveland.

Superior Court of the State of California County of San Francisco case number 3:15-cv-02150.

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