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Children's Products: An Overview of Advertising Laws and Regulations

Like all businesses, manufacturers and retailers of children's products must comply with advertising laws and regulations. Advertising laws protect consumers by requiring advertisers to be truthful about their products....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - January 2016

Eye on the Courts: IP Cases for Retailers to Note - Why it matters - Retail companies have closely monitored a series of cases from the U.S. Supreme Court on down, which have focused on IP matters covering induced...more

FDA Extends Comment Period on “Natural” Food Labeling by 90 Days

In November we reported that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was seeking public comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling, including foods that are genetically engineered or...more

Off-Label Promotion and Product Liability: Are Industry’s Recent Court Wins in One Space a Win in the Other?

The pharmaceutical industry has recently felt empowered and emboldened by recent litigation that would seemingly allow companies to distribute, proactively, information about unapproved uses, i.e., off-label, so long as the...more

California Recognizes State Claim for Foods Mislabeled as “Organic”

On December 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that a claim for intentionally mislabeling produce as “organic” is not preempted by the federal regulatory regime for certifying organic growers. Quesada v. Herb Thyme...more

When They Don’t Have Anything, They’ll Try Anything

The rumblings began shortly after the industry First Amendment victory over the FDA in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4720039 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 7, 2015). A couple of anonymous, obviously plaintiff-side,...more

Split Circuit: Seventh Circuit Debate over Judicial Internet Research Ends in a Tie

The results are in this afternoon in the Seventh Circuit’s vote to rehear en banc Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), and it was a close one, a 4-4 tie, which means that the majority’s opinion stands, though not...more

Breaking News - FDA Generic Drug Anti-Preemption Proposal Again

We just read on 360 this morning that the FDA has again postponed its schedule for finalizing the generic drug labeling changes (the so-called "Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and...more

New Draft Prop. 65 Warning Regulations: What Manufacturers and Suppliers Need to Know

On November 24, 2015, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) issued proposed revisions to its January 15, 2015 draft Prop. 65 warning regulations. 27 CCR §§25600 et seq. The full text of the new draft...more

Avoiding the risks associated with ambiguous marketing claims

Your business likely has a designated team responsible for developing memorable and informative marketing materials. But does that team include someone who can objectively review your materials to identify the risks...more

Tommie Copper Hurts While the FTC Finds Relief

Tommie Copper advertised its copper-infused compression garments with the slogan: “Life Hurts. Find Relief.” Now, the company is itself hurting, after the FTC announced a settlement that requires it to pay over $1 million in...more

The Risks of Plaintiff Lawyer DTC Advertising

We have been riding the Philly subway for years, but only recently realized how much the ads on the car walls have changed. Not so long ago there were lots of ads for vocational schools, inducing today's un- or underemployed...more

Keeping it Legal: Managing FDA Compliance for Consumer-Generated Content

Social technology platforms allow manufacturers to leverage consumer-generated content about their products (“CGC”) more easily than ever before. Such CGC generally takes the form of written testimonials and product reviews...more

FDA Proposes Gluten-Free Labeling Standards for Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods

On November 18, 2015, the FDA issued a proposed rule to set standards for making a “gluten-free” claim for foods that are fermented, hydrolyzed, or distilled, or that otherwise contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients....more

New FDA Guidance Doubles-Down on 1980 Fortification Policy and Potential Misbranding Risks of “Inappropriate Fortification”

FDA recently released its Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on FDA’s Fortification Policy (Guidance) to “clarify the existing policy” in response to questions FDA has received from the food industry, other federal...more

FDA Issues Final Food Biotechnology Labeling Guidelines for Plant Foods; Discourages “GMO Free” Claims

On November 19, 2015, FDA issued its final guidance for industry concerning the requirements for voluntarily indicating whether food products have or have not been derived from genetically engineered plants. The final...more

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing "a docket to receive...more

Weight-Loss Claims: How Many Studies Does the FTC Really Think It Takes?

On Tuesday, the FTC announced that it has sent warning letters to 20 marketers of weight-loss dietary supplements. The letters question whether the companies possess adequate support for claims and describe the scientific...more

The FDA Gets Pulled Into the "Natural" Labeling Fray: Surprise Move May Change the Food Fight

In a surprising change of tack, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that it will accept public comments on the use of "natural" claims on food labels. The move, which may signal FDA's intention to...more

Preemption Should Have Taken Down Performance Enhancement Class Action

Is it a food or is it a drug? The answer makes a difference because different laws apply. And then there are dietary supplements, which come under the “food” umbrella, but have some unique rules of their own. It can get...more

FDA’s Comment Period for “Natural” Food Labels Is Now Open

FDA took long-awaited and much-anticipated steps this week to address the requests of both consumers and food manufacturers and producers for guidance and regulation on use of the term “natural.” For years now, consumer...more

FDA Requests Public Comment on "Natural" Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week issued a request for public comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of food products. This represents the first time in 22 years that the FDA has indicated an...more

Generic Preemption Prevails in Testosterone MDL

What? You were expecting another of our insensitive blogpost headlines? Nope, we’re playing this one straight down the middle. In In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, 2015 WL 6859286...more

Happy Veteran’s Day/In Praise of Free Speech and a SD Fla. Decision

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. This is a holiday that escapes the attention of too many people – until they stare at their empty mailboxes in puzzlement. It is a federal holiday, but most of us go about our usual business....more

South Korean companies: progress with risk in the United States - South Korea: Building for the future

South Korean companies have made great strides in the US consumer product market, yet they must be more proactive in preventing US class action lawsuits. South Korean companies have progressively exposed themselves to...more

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