Court OK’s Class Suit Against “Prescription” Pet Food

Courthouse News reports:

The Seventh Circuit reinstated pet owners’ class action fraud suit against Hill’s Pet Food, ruling that the FDA did not authorize the company’s “prescription” label on high-priced pet food found to be no different than regular pet food.

Holly Vanzant and Dana Land sued Hill’s Pet Nutrition under the Consumer Fraud Act after allegedly discovering that Hill’s Prescription Diet brand cat food, which they had purchased for years for their cats with health problems, does not contain materially different ingredients from regular pet food.

Further, the pet owners showed their vet’s prescription each time they bought the food at PetSmart, but later found out that no prescription is actually necessary to purchase the food.