PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The parent company of Poland Spring water is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses it of providing water that's not actually from springs.
The filing Friday says the matter was already litigated in 2003 in Illinois and that a federal court can't pre-empt a state court ruling. It also says the plaintiffs should be taking up the matter with the Food and Drug Administration instead of turning to the courts.
The original lawsuit filed in Connecticut and a similar one in Maine contend Poland Spring water comes from wells or municipal sources.
FDA rules allow a bottler to call its product "spring water" if it is drawn from the same source as a natural spring and meets certain requirements for chemical composition.
Poland Spring is owned by Nestle Waters North America.