Claudia Vetesi

Claudia Vetesi

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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FTC Targets “All Natural” and “100% Natural” Claims on Personal Care Products

As we have previously reported, FDA is currently seeking public comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. The announcement came as a surprise since FDA had previously declined requests from consumers, the...more

5/16/2016 - All Natural False Advertising FDA Food Labeling FTC Settlement

Battle of the Batteries: NAD Refers LEI Electronics Inc.’s Green Marketing Claims Regarding Its Eco Alkalines Batteries to FTC

The NAD recently referred certain green marketing claims made by LEI Electronics Inc. (LEI) regarding its Eco Alkalines batteries to the FTC after the company stated it would not comply with the NAD’s decision and...more

4/20/2016 - Advertising Batteries False Advertising FTC NAD

Seeing Double . . . or More: FTC Sends over 50 Warning Letters to Contact Lens Prescribers and Sellers

The FTC recently sent over 50 warning letters to contact lens prescribers and sellers warning them that they may be in violation of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act, 15 U.S.C. § 7601 et seq., and the Contact Lens...more

4/20/2016 - FTC Warning Letters

Ninth Circuit Revives Chobani Yogurt Action, But Puts Claims on Ice and Leaves Questions Unanswered

There has been much recent discussion of the primary jurisdiction doctrine, as well as stay motions based on the doctrine, related to FDA’s review of its evaporated cane juice (ECJ) draft guidance. Now, in its recent...more

3/31/2016 - Chobani Inc Evaporated Cane Juice False Advertising FDA Order to Stay Pleading Standards Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine Standing

Certification by Statistics: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Statistical Sampling in Tyson Foods Employment Class Action

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 decision affirming a $2.9 million judgment against Tyson Foods, Inc. in an employment overtime pay case where statistical sampling was used to establish classwide liability and...more

3/25/2016 - Admissible Evidence Calculation of Damages Class Action Class Certification Class Members Doffing Donning FLSA SCOTUS Statistical Sampling Tyson Foods v Bouaphakeo Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Testing 101: Court Dismisses Whole Foods’ Yogurt MDL over Failure to Comply With FDA Testing Requirements

On February 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a multidistrict litigation involving 11 putative class action lawsuits against various Whole Foods corporate entities and...more

3/23/2016 - Class Action FDA Food Labeling Negligent Misrepresentation Preemption Testing Requirements Unfair Competition Whole Foods

Diet Pill Company Sale Slash to Pay $43 Million in Settlement with FTC Over Spam Email and Fake Celebrity Endorsements

On February 2, 2016, the FTC settled claims against Sale Slash LLC regarding the marketing of its weight loss pills, including Premium Green Coffee, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin...more

3/1/2016 - Celebrity Endorsements Civil Monetary Penalty Fraudulent Marketing FTC Misrepresentation Permanent Injunctions Scientific Evidence Settlement Spam Weight-Loss Products

NAD Recommends Church & Dwight Discontinue OxiClean “Scary Bleach” Advertising Claims

On January 29, 2016, NAD recommended that Church & Dwight, the maker of OxiClean White Revive, modify or discontinue various advertising claims conveying the message that chlorine bleach is damaging or “scary” if used on...more

2/26/2016 - Advertising False Advertising NAD

California Supreme Court Opens the Door to Organic Mislabeling Claims

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a long awaited ruling on organic labeling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., No. S216305, 2015 WL 7770635 (Cal. Dec. 3, 2015). At issue in Quesada was whether consumers may...more

12/9/2015 - CA Supreme Court Consumer Fraud Corporate Counsel Food Labeling Misrepresentation Organic Preemption

Red Light for Green Claims: FTC Sends Warning Letters to Green Certifiers

This week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has sent warning letters to five marketers of environmental certifications and seals, as well as over 30 product companies displaying those certifications,...more

12/4/2015 - Certifications FTC Green Guides Marketing Warning Letters

FDA Requests Public Comments on “Natural” Food Labeling

On November 10, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is seeking public comments on use of the term “natural” on food labeling. FDA, “Natural” on Food Labeling (Nov. 10, 2015). The agency explained...more

11/12/2015 - Comment Period FDA Food Labeling GMO Misbranding Natural Products

“Food” Courts Confirm That Price Premium Is the Proper Measure of Damages in Misbranding Cases

The flurry of food mislabeling class actions filed in California federal courts has recently come to a halt under the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Comcast v. Beherend. Comcast requires that putative class action plaintiffs...more

9/9/2015 - Class Certification Damages Disgorgement Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Food Marketing Misbranding Nestle Putative Class Actions Restitution Unjust Enrichment

Judge Illston Finds Proof of Injunctive Standing and Consumer Deception Lacking in Consumer Challenge to Mott’s 100% Apple Juice...

Judge Illston’s recent summary judgment ruling in Rahman v. Mott’s LLP, Case No. CV 13-3482 SI (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2014), highlights courts’ varied approaches to the level of proof required to demonstrate Article III...more

11/24/2014 - Class Action Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Injunctive Relief Mott's Putative Class Actions Reasonable Certainty Standard Summary Judgment Unfair Competition

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Broad FDA Preclusion in Pom Wonderful Lanham Act Case

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8-0 ruling1 in favor of Pom Wonderful in a long standing false advertising dispute against rival beverage company Coca-Cola. Reversing the Ninth Circuit’s broad FDA...more

6/16/2014 - Advertising Coca Cola FDA FDCA Food Labeling Lanham Act NLEA POM Wonderful POM Wonderful v Coca Cola SCOTUS

Arbitration: coming to store near you?

The food industry may be catching on to the growing trend of binding arbitration agreements. General Mills recently added a binding arbitration provision to the legal terms on its website, then withdrew the changes a few days...more

5/13/2014 - Advertising AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Binding Arbitration Consent Food Labeling Food Manufacturers General Mills Websites

Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - California Announces First Consumer Products Subjected To New Green Chemistry Rules - FDA Issues Final Guidance Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages - Private Surgeon General...more

4/8/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dietary Supplements FDA Green Chemistry Retailers SEC

Pom Wonderful Brings Food Labeling Dispute To The U.S. Supreme Court: When Are Claims Based On Allegedly Improper Product Labeling...

A long-standing false advertising dispute between beverage companies Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola has reached the United States Supreme Court and carries far-reaching implications for other food labeling litigation. On January...more

3/28/2014 - Coca Cola FDA FDCA Food Labeling POM Wonderful

Class Certification Denied in Chipotle “All Natural” Case Where Class Unascertainable from Chipotle’s Records

A recent decision in the Central District of California reflects the growing trend among federal courts to deny class certification where the class is not ascertainable from the defendants’ records. ...more

12/13/2013 - Ascertainable Class Chipotle Grill Class Action Class Certification Food Labeling

Second Time’s a Charm: “Evaporated Cane Juice” Claims Tossed in Chobani Yogurt Case on Motion for Reconsideration

Judge Koh in the Northern District of California recently issued a strong ruling in favor of Chobani, Inc. on a motion to reconsider her prior ruling on Chobani’s motion to dismiss. Kane v. Chobani, Inc., No....more

10/1/2013 - Chobani Inc False Advertising FDA Food Labeling Motion to Dismiss Motion To Reconsider Unfair Competition

Kashi and Bear Naked Beat Back Nationwide Class Actions Brought Against “All Natural” Products

On July 31, 2013 the Southern District of California refused to certify nationwide classes in nearly identical “all natural” cases brought against Kashi and its subsidiary, Bare Naked. In Astiana v. Kashi Co., Case No....more

8/8/2013 - Class Action FDA Food Labeling

Ocean Spray Defeats Class Certification in Food Misbranding Action

Can a named plaintiff in a class action bring suit over products she didn’t buy? This issue has been heavily litigated in the recent wave of food misbranding cases. ...more

6/21/2013 - Class Action FDCA Food Labeling Misbranding Ocean Spray

FDCA Express Preemption Victory in Benecol Misbranding Class Action

A recent Third Circuit case brings good news for defendants making express preemption arguments under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) in misbranding class actions. Last week, the court affirmed the dismissal of a...more

5/17/2013 - FDCA Johnson & Johnson Misbranding NLEA Preemption

“All Natural” Suit Against AriZona Iced Tea: Class Decertified and Suit Tossed

In the world of food misbranding class actions, few cases have yet made it to the merits stage. Companies defending against these claims should accordingly take note of AriZona Iced Tea’s recent win in Ries v. AriZona...more

4/10/2013 - Advertising Class Action Food Labeling Marketing Misbranding Patents

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