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Judge Koh Awards Double Victory in “Natural” Labeling Class Action Against Dole, Granting Decertification and Summary Judgment

As the food “misbranding” litigation continues to fill courts’ dockets, Judge Lucy H. Koh recently put an end to the two-year battle against Dole’s packaged fruit labeling in the Northern District of California. Dole...more

Labeling Laws for the Food and Beverage Industry – Unfair Competition and Mislabeled Products

In a recent unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the court opened the door for private parties, including competitors, to bring false advertising and misrepresentation claims under the Lanham Act even if the product labels...more

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

Supreme Court: FDCA Compliance Does Not Bar Lanham Act Claims

POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and its...more

Supreme Court Reinforces Need for Robust Adverse Event Reporting Process

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Medtronic, Inc. v. Stengel, leaving in place the Ninth Circuit's en banc decision permitting a failure-to-warn claim against a pre-market approval (PMA)...more

The Juicy Truth – Supreme Court Rules that POM May Bring False Advertising Claim Based on Coke’s Misleading Juice Label

On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) does not presumptively bar Lanham Act claims that challenge food and beverage labels. This decision comes at a...more

Supreme Court Rules Compliance with FDA Labeling Guidelines Does Not Bar Lanham Act False Advertising Suits – POM Wonderful v....

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 12 announced that compliance with food labeling guidelines promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration will not operate as a bar against false advertising claims...more

Supreme Court Rules That Food and Beverage Mislabeling Claims Do Not Foreclose Competitor's Unfair Competition Claims Under §43(a)...

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered an opinion for a unanimous United States Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, in which the Court ruled that the Federal Food, Drug,...more

POM Wonderful™ News for Prescription Drug and Device Manufacturers?

Last week, the Supreme Court decided that POM Wonderful™, maker of pomegranate juice, could sue Coca-Cola Company, maker of a blended juice product that included pomegranate and blueberry juices, under the Lanham Act for...more

Supreme Court Rules Competitors Can Bring Suit Against FDA-Regulated Labels

On June 12, 2014, a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States ruled that competitors may bring federal false advertising and unfair competition claims against beverage labels that are regulated by the Food and Drug...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision Gives Competitor False Advertising Claims Added Juice

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that could have important consequences for lawsuits between competitors in the food and beverage industry and for manufacturers’ evaluation of their product labels, but the...more

POM Wonderful: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Lanham Act False Advertising Claims Not Precluded by FDA Statute

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, which confirms that federal false advertising claims can be brought against false or misleading...more

Supreme Court Turns FDCA Preclusion Argument to Pulp in Lanham Act Juice Case

Demonstrating compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling rules wasn’t enough for Coca-Cola to ward off a Lanham Act false-advertising claim by POM Wonderful, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2014

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Supreme Court speaks on deceptive labeling: Ruling in Pom Wonderful LLC v....more

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

Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Ninth Circuit’s Decision in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola

Ruling That Competitors May Bring Lanham Act Claims Challenging FDA-Regulated Food and Beverage Labels Could Impact Other Categories of FDA-Regulated Products - On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC...more

No T.K.O. in Beverage Wars

Today, the United States Supreme Court decided the case, Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola, in favor of Pom Wonderful. The Court found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rules do not narrow the requirements of the Lanham...more

Courts Still Searching for Sweet Spot in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases: Confusion Over Applicability of Primary Jurisdiction to...

May 2014 was an active month for evaporated cane juice (“ECJ”) litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Six courts issued opinions that involved the application of the primary...more

Primary Jurisdiction is Gaining Some Weight in the Food Court

The plaintiffs’ bar continues to file consumer class actions challenging food and beverage labels en masse, especially in the Northern District of California—also known as the “Food Court.”...more

Here We Go Again: Primary Jurisdiction and Deference to FDA

We have been here before: in an attempt to capitalize on the ambiguities and uncertainties in product labeling, the plaintiffs’ bar focuses on phrases and ingredients for which there is little FDA guidance. Last year, the...more

The FDA’s “Natural” Reluctance: What it Means for Class Action Lawsuits

A cottage industry of class action litigation recently grown up in the shadow of the FDA’s refusal to define the term “natural” for the purpose of food product labeling. In these class action suits, claimants allege that...more

Pom Wonderful and Consumer Class Actions Under State Law

The newest wave of false advertising consumer class actions asserts that consumer labeling or marketing violates state unfair competition laws by confusing (or potentially confusing) consumers. While brought under state...more

Sweet(ener) Confusion: Court Divide Over Role of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases Grows

In Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. C 13-04291 (N.D. Cal. April 2, 2014), Judge Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on the primary...more

The Sixth Circuit Clarifies Admissibility of the CPSC’s Failure to Take Regulatory Action

The admissibility of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) failure to take action to regulate products has been litigated in many courts throughout the United States, largely due to an ambiguous provision in the...more

CPSC Likely to Proceed with October Hearing on Magnet Rule

This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) will decide whether to hold a full Commission hearing to receive oral comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking on magnet set safety. If the meeting notice is...more

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