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Three of the Biggest Retailers in the US Must Face Lawsuit Over ‘Fake Egyptian Cotton’ Says Judge

Linens being sold at Walmart, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond were mislabeled as Egyptian cotton.

Egyptian Cotton

Following claims dating back to 2016 from buyers in the US concerning products falsely labeled as ‘100% Egyptian cotton’, a federal judge in New York has announced that Walmart, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond must face lawsuits, reports Reuters.

Unsure of the actual roots of the cotton used in the linens in question, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond are said to have continued to knowingly sell the products with false labels. The mislabeled linens in question were actually manufactured by an Indian textile company named Welspun India Ltd.

While New York U.S District Judge, Vincent Briccetti, clarified that breach of warranty and negligent misrepresentation cases could actually be filed against the retailers, there still hasn't been evidence strong enough to do so. That being said, under consumer protection laws, buyers could actually proceed to sue the retailers at the their own discretion.

Lawyers representing the companies in question have refused to comment. Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond are said to have halted the sale of the mislabeled linens, whereas Target has stopped doing business with Welspun altogether in 2016.

Photo courtesy of Khaled Desouki / AFP.