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Food and Beverage News and Trends

KIND LLC faces challenges from FDA on its labeling claims. KIND LLC, a New York-based natural foods company, says it is working closely with the FDA to address issues raised by the agency in a warning letter over label...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

New group emerges to oppose sale of GMO foods nationwide. A new nonprofit organization, U.S. Right to Know, seeks to publicize alleged harms of GMO food and to require disclosure by manufacturers of such ingredients....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Vermont AG defends the state’s GMO statute. On August 8, the Vermont attorney general filed a motion to dismiss a case brought by food trade groups against the state’s newly enacted statute requiring GMO foods be...more

How Courts Have Ruled on the Still-open Issue of Whether the Clean Air Act Preempts State Common Law Tort Suits

In its landmark 2011 decision in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, et al., 131 S.Ct. 2527 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

Par Pharmaceutical vs USA - Off-Label Promotion and the First Amendment

Par filed suit seeking a judgment declaring FDA’s regulations unconstitutional and preventing FDA from deeming lawful First Amendment protected speech as evidence of criminal intent. In response, FDA is seeking early...more

Fruit Juice MDL Court Dismisses Claims

The Massachusetts federal court overseeing multidistrict litigation against 11 beverage companies, including Coca-Cola Co. and Del Monte Corp., alleging that their fruit juices contained trace amounts of lead, dismissed the...more

FDA Takes It On The Chin Again In First Amendment Case

This opinion involves cigarette warnings, so we have to be careful, since Dechert represents tobacco companies. We recommend that our readers interested in First Amendment issues take a look at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v....more

You Heard It Here First

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the FDA's off-label promotion ban being "in some jeopardy" after the Supreme Court's Sorrell decision, and pointing to the Caronia case, to be decided "within...more

Private Lawyers on Contract to Represent States: Is That Fair?

What do a medical malpractice victim and the Kentucky Attorney General have in common? The same lawyer representing them. A fact little known to the public is that a growing number of state government enforcement actions...more

First Amendment Toolkit

Thursday is normally the day for our longer and meatier posts. However, the crush of business at the moment really is a crush. So we’re putting up something today that, frankly, doesn’t require as much work. Yesterday we...more

Caronia, The Latest

The moment we saw the Supreme Court’s First Amendment decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., 131 S. Ct. 2653 (2011), we knew it had implications for the FDA's suppression of truthful commercial speech concerning off-label...more

Interesting First Amendment Law Review Note

A recent law review note, Kristie Lasalle, "A Prescription for Change: Citizens United's Implications for Regulation of Off-Label Promotion of Prescription Pharmaceuticals, 19 J. L. & Pol’y 867 (2011), copy here (Please see...more

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