Mina Nasseri

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From Dusk to Dawn: Battle Looming Over USDA Changes to Sunset Provision of Organic Rules

The USDA is facing a lawsuit in federal court stemming from its decision to unilaterally alter the process for exempting synthetic and non-organic substances used in producing organic food. Until September 2013, substances...more

4/21/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Food Manufacturers Organic Public Policy USDA

Deja Vu All Over Again: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced

Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)–joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio–announced the reintroduction of The , a federal bill that would mandate the...more

2/24/2015 - Food Labeling GMO Labeling Proposed Legislation

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

1/30/2015 - EU Food Manufacturers Food Safety GMO

Ho Ho Ho GMO! The 2014 GMO Legislation Scorecard

This has been a big year for GMO legislation. In 2014 alone, 25 states have proposed 67 pieces of legislation aimed either at the labeling of products containing GMOs or at the ban of GMO-containing crops. While this space...more

12/24/2014 - Farms Food Labeling Food Manufacturers GMO Legislative Agendas New Legislation Pending Legislation Pesticides Popular

Class Action Defense Counsel adding ‘The Pick Off’ to Their Playbooks

In recent years, we’ve noticed a new maneuver that class-action defense counsel have increasingly added to their playbooks: The Pick Off. This is how the play is run: Offer the named plaintiff(s) full relief through a Rule...more

11/24/2014 - Class Action Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk Rule 68 Whole Foods

November Elections Impact the Food & Beverage Industry (Part 1)

Bids to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) were voted down in Colorado and Oregon on Tuesday. Colorado voters rejected Proposition 105, with nearly 70% of voters saying no;...more

11/7/2014 - Election Results Food Labeling Food Manufacturers GMO

Battle of the Experts Still Brewin’ in Starbucks Trial

In April 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) sued Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers alleging they violated California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by California...more

10/23/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Expert Testimony FDA Proposition 65 Starbucks

Guilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions

This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety...more

9/23/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Food Manufacturers Food Safety Public Safety Salmonella

Hawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court

Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out...more

8/29/2014 - Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Food Marketing GMO Local Ordinance Manufacturers

Sugar and Spice and Cases on Ice: Evaporated Cane Juice Case Stayed Until FDA Issues Formal Guidelines

Last week, a California federal judge revived a putative class action accusing Amy’s Kitchen Inc. of misleading customers by labeling sugar as “evaporated cane juice” on its products. In a finding that puts the case on hold...more

7/15/2014 - Amy's Kitchen Draft Guidance Evaporated Cane Juice FDA Food Labeling Putative Class Actions

Update: Vermont Legislature Passes Toxic Chemicals Bill

Last month, we wrote about the toxic chemicals legislation bouncing between the Vermont House and Senate. On May 9, 2014, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to the bill, S.239, which gives the Vermont Department of...more

6/9/2014 - Chemicals Hazardous Substances Manufacturers Safety Precautions

Whose Role is it Anyway? Unanswered Questions About Social, Political, or Environmental Corporate Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit attracted plenty of attention by ruling that one of the SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rules – promulgated pursuant to a specific Congressional mandate in the Dodd-Frank Act – violated the First Amendment....more

5/21/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank First Amendment NAM Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC

Vermont Senate OKs Chemicals Bill

On May 5, 2014, the Vermont Senate gave final approval to a bill that would ramp up regulatory scrutiny of the chemicals found in children’s products. The bill, S.239, gives the Vermont Department of Health the authority to...more

5/8/2014 - Chemicals Children's Products Department of Health Manufacturers New Legislation

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