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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

Facebook Successfully Dismisses Putative Class Action Alleging Violation of New Jersey’s TCCWNA Based on Choice-of-Law Clause in...

by Bryan Cave on

In Palomino v. Facebook, Inc., No. 16-cv-04329-HSG, 2017 WL 76901 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2017), two putative class representatives brought a claim on behalf of all “similarly situated New Jersey residents who created a Facebook...more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 263-Profit Disgorgement Issues in FCPA Enforcement Actions

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Miller & Chevalier lawyers Marc Bohn and George Hani on the recent IRS determination that profit disgorgement is not tax deductible and the Graham decision which limited profit disgorgement claims...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

by Bryan Cave on

On June 7, 2016, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require...more

CBS Radio Remasters the Art of Not Paying Artists Royalties

Two years ago, a federal judge rocked the music industry in holding that pre-1972 recordings may be protected under state copyright laws and are protected by California copyright law. This holding, in a case brought against...more

Menu Labeling: New York’s Salt Disclosures Temporarily Stayed

A day before new sodium labeling regulations were set to take effect in New York City, a New York state appeals court granted a temporary stay, pausing the implementation and enforcement of the new requirements. Under the...more

2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

DIRECTV v. Imburgia: Supreme Court Again Preempts State Law That Barred Waiver of Classwide Arbitration

On December 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court considered a contract provision preventing classwide arbitration and providing that, “[i]f the law of your state would find this agreement to dispense with class...more

Don’t Deceive Me: Claims for Mislabeled Organic Food in CA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

If a food is labeled organic, but is not actually organic, can a consumer bring state law claims under consumer protection statutes? In California, it appears that the answer is yes. In a recent case, Quesada v. Herb Thyme...more

SCOTUS Finds California’s Contract Interpretation Skills Lacking In New Arbitration Decision

Just under the wire, SCOTUS released an arbitration opinion today, ensuring that 2015 would continue the string of years with cases interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act. In DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court found...more

Food for Thought: Organic Food Act Doesn't Preempt Certain State Law Mislabeling Claims

by Carlton Fields on

On December 3, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that state law claims of intentional mislabeling produce as organic are not preempted by the Organic Food Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6522). In Quesada v. Herb...more

Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part I

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its long-anticipated Regulation Crowdfunding, as mandated by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). Regulation...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

by Perkins Coie on

This Newsletter Aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Class Certification Denied In Popcorners “All...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: “Certified Organic” — A Shield For Defendants Or A Sword For Plaintiffs?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Manufacturers and retailers of organic food products should take note that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that federal law governing the certification of organic and natural...more

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

Food for Thought: 2014 Litigation Annual Review

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought reports on significant court decisions affecting the food industry. The focus of this edition is on several food-related cases pertaining to class certification; particularly, on district court decisions...more

Federal Court Erie Prediction Insufficient to Establish Conflict of Law

In its recent decision in Bridgeview Health Care Ctr. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 Ill. LEXIS 596 (May, 22, 2014), the Supreme Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether a federal court’s Erie prediction is...more

Industry Group To Weigh In On GMO Labeling Debate

by BakerHostetler on

With the rise in state legislative efforts to require labeling for foods produced using genetic engineering or “GMOs,” the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is poised to enter the labeling debate by working with federal...more

Ninth Circuit: City Requirement That Cell-Tower Company Obtain Voter Approval Upheld

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When T-Mobile sought to place a cell-tower in a park owned by the City of Huntington Beach, California, the City granted the company all the regulatory approvals it required. But the City also informed T-Mobile that before...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Federal Law Preempts Click-Through Nexus Law

by Reed Smith on

In a decision released this October 18th, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Circuit Court of Cook County’s decision invalidating the Illinois click-through nexus statute in Performance Marketing Association v. Hamer. The...more

California Supreme Court Holds Insurers are Subject to Unfair Competition Claims in Zhang Case

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 1, the California Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in Zhang v. Superior Court, holding that the California Unfair Insurance Practices Act (Ins. Code §790 et seq.) does not necessarily preempt an...more

Courts Take Divergent Positions on "Disparagement" Under Advertising Injury Coverage

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Within the last four months, two divisions of the California Court of Appeal’s Second Appellate District have taken different positions on the requirements for “disparage,” as that term is used in commercial liability...more

"Rejection of Perpetual, Royalty-Free, Exclusive Trademark License Permitted by Eighth Circuit Ruling: Lewis Brothers Bakeries...

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code generally limits a Chapter 11 debtor-licensor’s ability to reject intellectual property licenses, but trademark licenses are not subject to such limitations. Trademark license agreements that are...more

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