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Bottlers Beat Firm in Court

Dumping three small clients for a more lucrative class action proved to be a less profitable deal than Maine law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro had bargained for. It resulted in a $10.8 million jury verdict against the firm.

While represented by Hagens Berman in 2003, Glenwood Farms Inc., Carrabassett Spring Water and New York-based Tear of the Clouds were close to reaching a settlement with Nestle? Waters North America. The bottlers alleged the company's subsidiary, Poland Spring, misled consumers by claiming its water was "natural spring water," when the water is actually derived from wells.

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