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Greenwashing

Beyond Pesticides v. Exxon Mobil Corp., No. 2020 CA 002532 B (D.C. Super. Ct.)


  • Nonprofit Beyond Pesticides filed suit against Exxon Mobil for falsely representing that its use of “clean” energy and environmentally beneficial technology is growing at significant levels compared to its oil and gas businesses.
  • Fossil fuels are among the leading causes of climate change and pollution. The complaint alleges that Exxon Mobil’s advertisements create the mistaken impression that its efforts to mitigate climate change through the use of “clean” energy is both a significant part of its overall business and adequately addresses the effects its core business has on climate change.
Read the complaint here.




Beyond Pesticides v. TruGreen LP, No. 1:20-cv-01083 (D.D.C.)


  • Nonprofit Beyond Pesticides filed suit against TruGreen for the deceptive marketing of lawn-care services advertised as avoiding skin sensitizers, known and probable carcinogens, and chemicals known to leak into groundwater that TruGreen does in fact use.
  • The complaint alleges that consumers were led to believe that TruGreen products were less toxic and harmful to the environment than the chemicals used by competing lawncare companies.
Read the complaint here.




Earth Island Institute v. The Coca-Cola Company, No. 2021 CA 001846 B (D.C. Super Ct.)


  • Earth Island Institute, a non-profit organization, filed suit against The Coca-Cola Company alleging that Coca-Coca falsely and deceptively markets itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company.
  • The complaint alleges that Coca-Cola misleads consumers in presenting itself as a sustainable company despite being one of the largest contributors to plastic pollution. The complaint further alleges that the single-use plastic used by Coca-Cola is inherently harmful to the environment and that Coca-Cola frequently opposes “bottle bill” legislation targeted at improving bottle recovery rates.
Read the complaint here.




Beyond Pesticides v. Organic Touch LLC, et al., No. 2021 CA 000607 B (D.C. Super. Ct.)


  • Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit organization, filed suit against Organic Touch LLC and My CBD Organics alleging that Organic Touch and My CBD Organics’ “organic” cannabinoid products do not consist of organic ingredients.
Read the complaint here.