Three California women are bringing a class action lawsuit against Las Vegas-based maker of Real Water after an investigation into the product-related liver disease.
The complaint was filed in Las Vegas on Monday and allowed anyone across the country who had suffered from an illness after drinking the water, along with a subclass of people who had bought and consumed the water in California, to join the case .
Meanwhile, Brent Jones, the company’s president and former Nevada lawmaker, posted a video on Real Water’s website saying he was cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration investigation.
“First of all, we would like to express our deepest condolences and concerns about the events that led to the investigation,” said Jones on the video. He stated that he founded the company 13 years ago, “with the intention of offering a healthy product that would promote and improve people’s lifestyles. We are deeply saddened to learn that anything else could be the result. “
The FDA has warned consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to drink, cook, sell, or serve the product that was delivered to their homes and sold in stores in the Southwest.
Real water was marketed as “alkalized water infused with negative ions” and touted on its label as “the healthiest drinking water available”.
Two of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit filed by Reno law firm Wise & Donahue said they experienced nausea after drinking the water and one of them noticed blood in her urine.
“Nowhere in the advertisements, marketing or labeling of the Defendant’s products does it disclose that the product causes liver failure, hospitalization, fever, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and / or fatigue,” wrote attorney David Hilton Wise in the complaint. “The plaintiffs would not have bought the product, or would have paid much less for it, if they had known that consuming it would pose a risk to their health.”
Three other lawsuits have been filed against the company in Clark County District Court, where attorneys are seeking financial compensation for several people who have been hospitalized.
Jones has urged retailers to pull the product off the shelves.
In the video, Jones called the recall “deeply worrying”.
“I can assure you that the lessons learned will lead to further improvements in the brand,” he said.
The FDA originally announced that as of November, the agency was notified of five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis causing liver failure in infants and children.
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