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Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

Do Consumers Know Better? Chobani, Facing False-Advertising Suit, Thinks So

As with cigarettes like American Spirit and other products, consumers have been conscripted into the crux of a legal battle against a food manufacturer and its Greek yogurt. Yes, you, I and millions of other Americans who...more

More Talk – No Action – From FDA on Off-Label “Communication”

It’s been over two years since the FDA – in March, 2014 Draft Guidelines and then in its June 2014 “grant” of an industry-submitted citizen’s petition – promised to review its restrictions on so-called “off-label promotion”...more

Another Reason Why Medical Device Class Actions Don’t Work

The Ninth Circuit filed a preemption opinion the other day that should help prevent the “foodification” of medical device litigation. That made-up word refers to the wasteful food-related class action litigation that has...more

Court Strikes FDA Preapproval for Tobacco Product Labeling Changes

Court holds that FDA guidance cannot require preapproval for label modifications to existing tobacco products, but can require preapproval for quantity modifications....more

Complying with Advertising Laws when Marketing Children's Products

We are now in the midst of the back-to-school season, and before you know it, Halloween and the winter holiday season will be upon us. Over these next few months in particular, companies may face a variety of issues related...more

Pokémon GO: An Indicator of Product Liability in the App Economy

As a big law firm involved in the defense of Product Liability cases, of course we are interested in how Product Liability law will evolve to address the App Economy. Mobile apps (apps) are software applications designed...more

The updated face of food labels: The nutrition facts panel

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the federal Food and Drug Administration has recently published two rules concerning the nutrition facts panel on foods and the supplement facts panel on dietary supplements....more

Mobile Apps - Has the Marketplace Downloaded Potential Product Liability Risk?

For many consumers, it is hard to remember performing a daily routine without using a mobile application. App usage starts almost immediately - with a morning alarm that wakes you up slowly or with a coffee waiting for you at...more

Food Manufacturer Sued for Allegedly Deceptive ”Slack-Fill”

Last Thursday, four New York City residents commenced a federal lawsuit and prospective class action against the world’s leading pasta maker, Barilla S.p.A., and its subsidiaries Barilla America, Inc. and Barilla USA...more

2016 Updates to Ediscovery for Defendants Cheat Sheet

We’ve been remiss in updating our cheat sheet devoted to ediscovery for defendants. Because of the broad nature of the topic – these cases can and do arise in a wide variety of non-drug/device contexts – we have to research...more

American Spirit Cigarettes — Tobacco is back with ad deception…

On August 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., the company that owns Santa Fe Natural Tobacco and produces American Spirit...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #3

Wikipedia Link Trips up Ninth Circuit False Ad Suit - Ruling that a California federal court incorrectly relied upon a Wikipedia link when considering a summary judgment motion in a false advertising suit, the Ninth...more

Slack-fill Litigation on the Rise

The recent filing of a proposed class action targeting Mondelez International, Inc. for the amount of empty space in its Sour Patch Watermelon candy boxes is the latest lawsuit targeting consumer goods manufacturers for...more

Augmenting Reality: A Pokémon Go Business and Legal Primer

We have become inured to the sight of people staring at their phones rather than engaging with one another or enjoying their real-life surroundings. But, over the past two weeks, enslavement to mobile devices rose to new...more

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

Forget About Vermont!: Congress Passes GMO “Labeling” Legislation

On July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed S.764 creating a National Bioengineered Food Standard. Importantly for food manufacturers and distributors, the law – expected to be signed by President Obama – will...more

New FDA Draft Guidance on Updates to Certain Generic Labeling

On July 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance amending the process for manufacturers to update labeling of generic drugs in situations where the reference drug labeling has been withdrawn for...more

Another Off-Label Promotion Third Party Payor Case Lacks Causation

July in D.C. is hot and sticky. When scorching day follows scorching day, area residents look forward to evening thunderstorms, not just to water otherwise thirsty lawns and gardens but to cool things down. Lightning can be...more

In Limine Gag Orders – Can We Play, Too?

Lately, we’ve seen some plaintiffs add gag order requests to their complement of in limine motions in advance of significant trials. Those of us who participated in the Bone Screw litigation remember plaintiffs attempting –...more

Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward

Four years after California’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont’s GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide. The...more

Can Plaintiffs Sue a “Celebrity Spokesperson”?

We’ve thought a lot about the various secondary entities that plaintiffs sometimes sue in prescription medical product liability litigation – such as sales reps, physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, distributors, and a number...more

A Symbolic Victory? FDA's Final Rule On Stand-Alone Symbols In Medical Device Labeling Raises Important Litigation Risk Questions

FDA this week released a final rule that will undoubtedly raise new litigation questions for medical device manufacturers in the context of product liability claims. The final rule, for the first time, permits medical device...more

Advertising Law - June 2016

First Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Jerk.com - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Commission ruling that website Jerk.com, a self-described reputation management...more

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