The following article explains why I am writing this article on the Orijen Dog Food Lawsuit. Is it because I feel strongly about the quality of food that my pet dog gets or because I want to draw attention to the problems with commercial dog foods? Or maybe both. The fact remains that I care about this topic.
Oriental Kennel Club Dog Food Lawsuit
The Lawsuit: The U.S. based pet food company states that they used “ither a low or a high level of irradiation treatment” when producing their dry food for dogs. They also claim that their treats, although naturally tasting, are designed to be biologically appropriate for dogs on a variety of different diets. But the plaintiffs in this case, five people who have diagnosed an array of different diseases and disabilities say that the supposed benefits are in fact misleading and that the supposed health benefits are in fact unproven and harmful. Basically the plaintiffs say that the meat from these products, which they insist are healthy, is harmful and should not be consumed by anyone, particularly by people with pre-existing illnesses.
The plaintiffs are asking for compensation because, they claim, this unhealthy meat has caused them to develop bladder and colorectal cancer, lymphoma, renal failure, growth deficiencies, liver and kidney disease, chronic pain, and much more.
These are only a few of the ailments that the plaintiffs have experienced after consuming the supposedly healthy and nutritious “nutritional” diet of the Orijen dog foods. They also claim that the company has lied about the purity and safety of the foods, as well as about the quantities of each ingredient. The lawsuits also point out that the dog foods contain only trace amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and vitamins, none of which are deemed to be beneficial to humans. Moreover, the lack of nutrients can cause an imbalance in the dogs’ bodies, causing possible illness or disease.
The plaintiffs argue that the manufacturers should have provided a statement about the ingredients in their dog food, including everything related to the manufacturing process.
However, according to the documents filed by the plaintiffs, only a portion of the required information has been filed. Furthermore, the manufacturer is not required to inform that their foods contain growth hormones or antibiotics. Furthermore, the dog food is not certified, as required by law, by any of the national dog food organizations, despite the fact that such certification is supposed to guarantee that the food is safe for consumption. Despite all of these, the jury found in favor of the company.
The Oriental Kennel Club filed a suit against Oriental Kennel Club International, Inc. in Federal Court.
This corporation is accused of falsely advertising their dog food as a health and wellness dog food by using phrases like “Orijen Daily Vitality Diet”, “Orijen Long Life Dog Food”, and “Orijen Senior Healthy Choice”. The plaintiffs claim that these false and misleading statements created the false impression that Oriental Kennel Club’s dog foods were appropriate for dogs with health problems. At first glance, it would seem that this particular case has something to do with the pet food recall that occurred in 2021. However, attorneys who are handling the origin dog food lawsuit claim that this was not a part of this lawsuit and was brought about by the defendant.
When the lawsuit was filed, Oriental Kennel Club did not admit liability.
Instead, they filed a motion to dismiss the case saying that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue them. They also filed a motion to quash the complaint stating that the complaint is facially defective. On appeal, the US District Court denied the motion to dismiss stating that the complaint was timely filed and that it reasonably claims that the defendant intentionally deceived consumers about the contents of their dog foods. The court also stated that the complaint was sufficiently readable as a matter of law.