Sacramento Joins Suit Against Novartis and Alcon
District Attorney Jan Scully announced that her office joined prosecutors in four other California counties in a civil lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Alcon Laboratories, Inc., accusing the companies of misleading consumers with respect to the packing of their products.
Sacramento County is joined by the district attorney's offices of Shasta, Fresno, Tulare, and Riverside counties.
The action stems from the defendants' packing of its products, including Zaditor eye drops, which suggest that more product exists inside the container than really is present. Photographs of the products were attached to the complaint filed by the District Attorneys.
Manufacturers are prohibited by California's "slack-fill" law (pdf) from packaging products in a fashion that is deceptive or misleading as to the actual amount of product inside the container.
The lawsuit filed in Shasta County on October 16, 2013, seeks an injunction preventing the companies from continuing to sell the products that violate the law as well as civil penalties for the violations.
The matter is being prosecuted on behalf of the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office by the Consumer & Environmental Protection Division.