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Judge rules against Ben & Jerry's effort to pull product from Israeli shelves
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The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company has lost its legal battle to keep its products from being sold by its corporate parent in Israeli settlements which it claims would hurt its credibility and undermine the company’s social mission.
A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Ben & Jerry’s to block a plan by its corporate parent, Unilever, to allow its products to be sold in east Jerusalem and the West Bank against the wishes of the Vermont ice cream maker’s independent board of directors.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Carter said Ben & Jerry’s failed to show that the decision by London-based consumer goods conglomerate Unilever would hurt Ben and Jerry’s social mission or confuse its customers.
In his three-page decision, Carter said that the harm Ben & Jerry’s was claiming was "too speculative."
BEN & JERRY'S SUES PARENT COMPANY UNILEVER TO STOP SALE OF ITS ISRAELI BUSINESS