Nature's Body sued over 'slack-fill' in packaging

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 30, 2015

Nature's Bounty, a nutritional supplements maker, is being sued in United States Court in New York over allegations that its packaging is misleading to customers.   United States District Court in New York

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline - A nutritional supplement manufacturer is the subject of a class action lawsuit over allegations its packaging is misleading to customers.

Jeennit Rodriguez, Josefina Valdez and Jing Ye filed the lawsuit on June 11 in United States District Court in New York against Nature's Body claiming the “slack-fill” in its bottles violates federal law.

Slack-fill is the empty space located in a bottle or packaging. The lawsuit names 12 different products sold by Nature's Body, claiming there is too much slack-fill for the size of the product in the package. Nature's Body did this in order to increase the size of the packaging and make it more appealing to customers, according to the lawsuit.

“The size of the bottles in comparison to the volume of the products contained therein make it appear as if the consumer is buying more than what is actually being sold,” the lawsuit said. “By increasing the size of the product packaging, (Nature's Body) maximizes the shelf presence of its products over competitor products.”

The lawsuit is seeking class status for those who purchased one of Nature's Body's products, and is also seeking more than $5 million in damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by C.K. Lee of the Lee Litigation Group, PLLC in New York City.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York case number 1:15-cv-04547.

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