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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Woman alleges Ice Mountain bottled water was contaminated


By Kayla Elder | Aug 27, 2019

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BELLEVILLE - A woman claims she was injured after she found unspecified pieces of a foreign substance in her Ice Mountain bottled water. 

Mary Hill of Cahokia filed suit against Nestle Waters of North America Inc. and Wal-Mart in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

She claims that on July 22, 2017, she drank a third of an Ice Mountain bottle of water purchased by an acquaintance from the Cahokia Wal-Mart

While drinking the product, Hill claims she felt something unusual on the left side of her face but continued to drink the water. The next morning, she allegedly noticed pieces of a white foreign substance in the bottle and became ill with stomach pains and blurry eyesight. 

Nestle Waters of North America argues that the company places a stringent testing process on all products. When necessary, they pull contaminated products from production, distribution and sale. 

"As a matter of policy, we do not typically comment on the specific aspects of ongoing litigation," the spokesperson said. 

In her complaint, Hill alleges Nestle owed a duty of reasonable care to place a safe product in the market, She claims the defendant was negligent and careless in their responsibility to inspect, test and dispose of any defective conditions in the bottle of water before distributing and selling the product. 

Hill seeks $50,000 plus costs from Nestle for manufacturing, producing, packaging, distributing and selling the contaminated Ice Mountain bottled water.

She also seeks $50,000 from Wal-Mart for selling the plaintiff's acquaintance the contaminated bottled water. 

Hill is represented by Mary Stewart of Brunton Law Offices PC in Collinsville. 

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-515

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