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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #4

NAD Says Aldi Should Change Savings Claims Ads - The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that Aldi, Inc. discontinue advertising based on a “market basket” comparison that claims consumers could save more...more

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

by WilmerHale on

Some of the most famous and luxurious brands (Champagne, Bordeaux, Port) around the world are geographical indications (GIs) and bring in substantial revenue for the United States and Europe. According to the European...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

Trade Agreements Leading Up to NAFTA Renegotiations, US Industry Response

by Cozen O'Connor on

While formal NAFTA renegotiation has not begun, there has been movement by the administration to begin reshaping trade deals with both Mexico and Canada since President Trump announced his plans and sent notice to Congress to...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

Washington to Become the First State to Certify Organic Cannabis

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On May 16, 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed GOP-sponsored Senate Bill 5131 to allow Washington State to be the first state in the nation to create a program to certify cannabis products as organic. The new law...more

The Love/Hate Relationship Between Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Industries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Here at GSB, we work with those in the cannabis industry (like producers, processors, retailers and ancillary service providers) and those in the alcoholic beverage industry (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, hotels and...more

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

Third Circuit Vacates District Court’s Decision And Remands For Further Proceedings Regarding Whether The Parties Agreed To...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, plaintiff Aliments Krispy Kernels, a Canadian “snack purveyor,” brought suit to confirm an arbitration award it received against Nichols Farms, a pistachio grower, in New Jersey federal district court. Nichols...more

California Releases Medical Marijuana Regulations: The Devil’s in the Details

In 1996, Californians passed Proposition 215, the first medical marijuana initiative in the United States. Since then, the California Legislature has enacted various laws relating to the medical marijuana industry, but there...more

The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine in the Wake of DeCoster

Executive Summary: The most important Park doctrine case in over forty years may be heading to the Supreme Court – but not if the federal government has its way. The Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine (“RCO doctrine”),...more

Winery, Vineyard Cyber Attack Risk Grows With Web-Connected Systems

In the internet of things (IoT), new opportunities for efficiency continually bring new cyber risk. If a device in your winery or vineyard connects to the internet, it is vulnerable. And so is the rest of the system connected...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Fraud Class Action

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 H.R.985 — 115th Congress - In March 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 220-201....more

No Use Crying Over Settled Claims?: Second Circuit Affirms Approval of Dairy Farmers’ Settlement

This week, the Second Circuit affirmed the approval of a $50 million agreement settling price-fixing claims brought by a class of farmers against a dairy cooperative and a dairy marketing company. The settlement in Allen et...more

Uncertainty Abounds for Food Labeling Rules

In the next year, a number of pending FDA and USDA regulatory proposals threaten to upend the food manufacturing environment and may result in food and beverage companies being forced to change their labels (and possibly...more

Are Too Many Eggs in One Basket?

by Ruder Ware on

In the last two weeks, 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers were notified by their dairy that it could not accept their milk. The dairy and its farmer suppliers are caught in a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered” milk....more

Are You Exempt? FDA Announces Waivers for Certain Businesses Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Dickinson Wright on

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final and on April 5, 2017, the FDA published three waivers for certain qualifying businesses. The Sanitary...more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food & beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2017. The compliance and enforcement priorities that are likely to be most relevant to businesses in the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - February 2017

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. California judge finds Roundup to be a possible cause of cancer. On January...more

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