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Consumer accuses cleaning product manufacturer of false merchandising

By The Madison County Record | Jul 13, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County woman is suing a cleaning products manufacturer, alleging deceptive, unfair and false merchandising practices and unjust enrichment.

April Dugan, filed a lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all other similarly situated citizens of Illinois, June 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against CleanWell LLC, alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, in March, Dugan was deceived after reviewing the all-natural label on the product she had purchased, the CleanWell All Natural Antibacterial Foaming hand soap. As a direct and proximate result of defendant's unlawful conduct, the suit says, she has suffered economic damages for paying more for the product. 

The plaintiff alleges CleanWell marketed, distributed and sold the product as all-natural but it contains harmful artificial, synthetic ingredients and chemicals and that CleanWell took advantage of the growing market by labeling the product as all-natural.

Dugan seeks a trial by jury, certification this case is a class action, compensatory damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, legal costs and for such other relief as is just and proper. She is represented by attorneys Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis, David C. Nelson of Nelson of Nelson & Nelson in Belleville, and Stuart L. Cochran of Cochran Law PLLC in Dallas.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-315

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