US company selling bottled water fined $130 million

A Nevada court awarded the Las Vegas-based company $130 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by 5 people who claimed they suffered from liver ailments due to the bottled water it sold

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The Clark County District Court ruled on lawsuits alleging that the “Real Water” brand of alkaline water offered for sale on the website “Affinitylifestyles.com” causes liver disorders.

Analyzing the water for the chemical hydrazine, which is used in rocket fuel, the court awarded a total of 130 million dollars in damages to all plaintiffs, 30 million dollars in financial compensation and 100 million dollars in non-pecuniary damages.

“(With the lawsuit) we want to send a message to food and beverage manufacturers to stick to quality assurance,” said lawyer Will Kemp.

The company’s bottled water, advertised as premium “alkaline” drinking water, was recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) in 2021.

In October 2023, the state court also awarded more than $228 million in damages in cases involving the relatives of a 69-year-old woman who died of “liver failure” and the relatives of a 7-month-old hospitalized child.

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The bottled water subject to the lawsuits was sold in some states of the country for about 8 years. Numerous lawsuits against the company are ongoing.

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