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By Corky Siemaszko
It is spring for the lawyers who fight against Poland Spring water does not come from an actual spring.
A federal judge in Connecticut on Thursday gave the green light a lawsuit action that claimed the bottled water company owner, Nestlé SA, deceived customers by filling their bottles with plain ground water ̵
"Not a Drop" by Poland Spring water is spring feed, claims 325-page lawsuit on behalf of consumers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Litigation filed in the US District Court in Connecticut seeks unspecified damage and a permanent injunction that would prevent Nestlé Waters from claiming that the water comes from a spring.
"Nothing I n the Court's last decision undermines our confidence in our general legal position," a Nestlé Waters spokesman said in a statement. "We will continue to defend our Poland Spring® Brand vigorously against this merit lawsuit.
But the company has previously insisted that Poland Spring adheres to federal Food and Drug Administration standards for what can be described as source water.  On his website, Poland Spring describes how in 1797 Hiram Ricker "discovered the fresh taste of spring water at the original source" on his property in Poland, Maine, and over half a century later it was sold for 5 cents a gallon.
The clothes claim that the spring was dry almost 50 years ago, and that the company now relies on "false, man-made" springs "which are actually wells, some of which are located near former landfills – not that of the virgin forests that are. depicted in bottles
In 2007, Poland jumped up around $ 400 million in sales in the United States and earned between $ 300 million and $ 900 million annually for each of the last 11 years, the complaint actionMost 13 million nationwide consumers are buying Poland Spring Water,