A former vice president of National Beverage Corp. has alleged that he was fired because he objected to the company president’s intention to use cans lined with bisphenol A (BPA) while marketing its LaCroix products as natural and BPA-free. Dejewski v. Nat’l Beverage Corp., No. PAS-L-1802-19 (N.J. Super. Ct., Passaic Cty., filed June 6, 2019). The complaint alleges that Albert Dejewski was fired in retaliation for objecting to Joseph Caporella’s plan to “prematurely announce” that the company’s LaCroix cans would be BPA-free; Dejewski argues that Caporella knew LaCroix would not be sold in BPA-free cans until “at a minimum 4-6 months” after the announcement. Dejewski seeks damages under New Jersey’s whistleblower-protection law.

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