Taking on Big Plastic

Bill McDonald/ Algalita Foundation

Overview

Earth Island filed the first major lawsuit against Crystal Geyser Water Company, The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Inc., Nestlé USA, Inc., Mars, Incorporated, Danone North America, Mondelez Global LLC, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and The Procter & Gamble Company for polluting our waterways, coasts, and oceans with millions of tons of plastic packaging. The lawsuit was filed in California State Superior Court in the County of San Mateo alleging violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, public nuisance, breach of express warranty, defective product liability, negligence, and failure to warn of the harms caused by their plastic packaging. Through this lawsuit, Earth Island is seeking, among other things, to recover the significant resources it expends to prevent and mitigate the effects of plastic pollution on humans, wildlife, oceans, and waterways in California, where the impacts are particularly acute.

Significant Developments

March 6, 2020: In the News

Disposable plastic is bad for the environment, but is it illegal? Coca-Cola and Pepsi are about to find out

March 1, 2020: In the News

Coke and Pepsi Are Getting Sued for Lying about Recycling

February 26, 2020: In the News

Lawsuit in California targets plastics pollution from Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other companies

February 26, 2020: In the News

Earth Island Sues 10 Companies, Including Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle, Over Plastic Use

February 26, 2020: In the News

Bay Area group sues Coke, Pepsi, other giants over plastic pollution ‘poisoning everything’

February 26, 2020: Press Release

Earth Island Institute Takes on Big Plastic

February 26, 2020: Case Update

Complaint filed in California State Superior Court in the County of San Mateo against major food, beverage, and consumer goods companies alleging claims under tort and the California Consumer Remedies Act

Projects

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Shark Stewards

International Marine Mammal Project

1000 Fountains

Legal Team

Joe Cotchett & Mark Molumphy

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Focus Area

Pollution and Toxics