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The Failure to Warn of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, the long-term effects of marijuana use —the good and the bad — will continue to have a significant effect on the law, and in particular, products liability law. Products...more

Reexamination of “Healthy” Continues with an FDA Public Meeting in March 2017

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has signaled its interest in reviewing the scope and meaning of the nutrient content claim “healthy,” in part as result of a dispute with KIND LLC about label claims for its KIND Bar...more

Vermont Vapor Up in Smoke for Allegedly Deceptive E-Cig Marketing Practices

Last week, Vermont Vapor, Inc. (“Vermont Vapor”) announced that the Vermont Attorney General’s Office is seeking $50,000 in penalties in connection with Vermont Vapor’s e-cig marketing practices. How can e-cig...more

Don’t Game Your Players with False Advertising

Advertising for new games can present some troublesome legal issues, if due care is not taken. A recently concluded matter in the UK highlights an example of the potential issues. Hello Games was investigated by the...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Ingredient List Label on Product Not an Absolute Defense to Claim for Deceptive Merchandising...

Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, No. 104072 (November 8, 2016)- The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed a trial court’s order dismissing an action on the grounds that an ingredient list label was a...more

District Court Sacks Ginkgo Biloba False Advertising Case

On February 2, 2017, the Central District of California terminated a false advertising lawsuit against Schwabe North America, Inc. and Nature’s Way Products, LLC (Defendants), based on allegations that the companies...more

FDA-Approved Labeling Does Not Equal Medical Standard Of Care

We’ve been defending the ability of physicians to engage in off-label use ever since the Bone Screw litigation of the 1990s. Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs Legal Committee, where the United States Supreme Court affirmed that...more

The Viability of the “Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine” Defense and Other Ways to Stem the Tide of Food & Beverage Class Actions

As our readers are well aware, in the past decade, food and beverage manufacturers have faced an unrelenting onslaught of putative class actions challenging allegedly false or misleading labels. In the January 2016 issue, we...more

Spectrum Facing Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Over Wireless Internet Speed Claim Practices

The Office of the Attorney General for the State of New York (“NYAG”) has filed a consumer fraud complaint against Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company, LLC (“Spectrum”) for deceptive practices...more

Update: GMO labeling regs get Trumped

The Trump Administration’s latest executive orders have effectively prevented the USDA from promulgating rules on GMO food labeling. The development will likely throw a wrench in the USDA’s anticipated plans to give more...more

False Labeling Lawsuits Get Hung Up On Faulty Damages Models

Food companies have several significant defenses to consumer fraud class actions over product labeling, say attorneys Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez, and analyst Grace Rosales. The authors focus on damages, an area in which...more

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

Ninth Circuit Revives “All Natural” Label Class Action, but Affirms Decertification of Damages Class

In an unpublished decision that is significant for both shoppers and consumer food companies, the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s ruling that the label “All Natural Fruit” is not likely to deceive...more

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency...more

California Court Denies Stay of Consumer Class Action Challenging “Natural Cheese”

On December 6, 2016, United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt for the Central District of California denied a motion to stay a class action alleging violations of the UCL, FAL, and CLRA against Kraft Foods Group, Inc....more

Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.: Ninth Circuit Rules That There Need Not Be An Administratively Feasible Way To Identify Class...

In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., an opinion issued on January 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 does not require plaintiffs challenging the...more

FTC Grants Summary Judgment Against California Naturel, Inc. Falsely Advertising “All Natural” Sunscreen Products

In its opinion in In re California Naturel, Inc., the Federal Trade Commission held that the California Naturel, Inc. advertising promoting its “all natural” sunscreen on its website as containing “only the purest, most...more

Advertising Law - December 2016 #4

FTC Rules Against "All Natural" Sunscreen Maker - In a final order, the Federal Trade Commission granted summary decision against California Naturel, Inc. for falsely advertising its sunscreen products as "all natural"...more

Coming to a Retailer Near You: Made in USA Labeling Requirements

Patriotism is a hot topic in the United States. One study shows 51% of American consumers will pay higher prices to buy American made products. Not surprisingly, manufacturers actively promote products with the red, white and...more

Tobacco Marketing Has a Harmful Impact on Society

Statistics on smoking released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Big Tobacco relentlessly pursuing almost every facet of society to get consumers to light up. The cigarette industry targets children,...more

New actions based on ‘nothing artificial’ labels may be halted as FDA redefines ‘natural’

I previously wrote about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim based on “nothing artificial” labels on boxes of Duncan...more

3 Steps Food Manufacturers Can Take Now To Prepare For Federal Labeling Regulations

Consumers seem to be more eager than ever to know what they are eating and what journey it traveled to move from farm to table. In this era of authenticity, artificial is out; organic is in....more

Expansion of Liability in Product Labeling Cases

An unprecedented surge in consumer fraud lawsuits over the last several years has consumers and lawyers closely scrutinizing product labels and advertisements. While many of these claims challenge the veracity of “Organic,”...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

Words Matter: Product Claims Can Trigger Regulatory Application And Corrective Action

Most of us understand that the facts that give rise to the legal issues we face are sometimes sewn far in advance. This is certainly true in the area of product claims or statements. ...more

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