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When “Organic” is Not “Organic,” Even When the USDA Says It Is

by Barley Snyder on

Producers of agricultural products go to great lengths to achieve the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label. Under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), organic certification is a complex time-consuming...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

California "Organic" Labeling Decision: A Blueprint for More Class Actions of FDA Regulated Products?

by Baker Donelson on

In December 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., which may affect many companies subject to FDA regulation, but particularly those that advertise and sell products as...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

Ninth Circuit Addresses Preemption in Recent Labeling Cases

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed preemption in the context of food and cosmetic labeling. Food Manufacturers Can Label Honey as “Honey” - In June, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Brod v....more

Tomorrow is Another One-A-Day: FDA Guidelines Preempt Vitamin Claims, but Consumer Class Still Has Opportunity to Supplement

Although consumer class actions in California are dime-a-dozen, a recent Northern District of California case involving One A Day vitamins stands out because it demonstrates how federal regulations can preempt certain state...more

Recent Ninth Circuit Decisions in False Advertising Consumer Class Action Cases May Prevent Preemption and Relegate the Primary...

In two recent decisions, Reid v. Johnson & Johnson, __ F.3d __, Case No. 12-56726 (9th Cir. March 13, 2015) and Astiana v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., __ F.3d __, Case No. 12-17596 (9th Cir. April 10, 2015), the Ninth...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2015 # 2

by Perkins Coie on

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND RULINGS ..Ninth Circuit Reverses Dismissal Based on Standing, Preemption ..Court Applies Common Sense Standard in Dismissing ‘No Refined Sugars’...more

POM Wonderful: The New Prescription for False Advertising

by Lane Powell PC on

The ability of private parties to pursue mislabelling claims depends on whether allowing such claims to proceed would conflict with the purpose and intent of federal labelling laws and implementing regulations, such as those...more

Vermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill

As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed...more

Q&A Series: Class Action Litigation Has Focused On Claims By Spirits Producers on Labels, Websites, and In Marketing Campaigns

by Locke Lord LLP on

In some cases class action plaintiffs are making claims based on an allegedly incorrect statement on a label. Does TTB approval of a label protect a producer against claims based on the content of the label? TJC: There...more

POM Wonderful Decision: Companies Cannot Rely on FDCA for Protection from False Advertising Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The US Supreme Court allows private parties to bring Lanham Act claims challenging product labels that otherwise satisfy the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. In a battle of the beverages, the Supreme Court recently...more

Supreme Court Decision POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co: What You Need to Know

Why It’s Important: Yesterday’s ruling indicates that the reach of the Lanham Act regarding false and misleading advertising extends beyond the FDCA labeling requirements in protecting companies from having their customers...more

FDA to Revisit “Evaporated Cane Juice” Draft Guidance

Earlier this month, the FDA announced that it would reopen the comment period on its draft guidance for the industry concerning use of the term “evaporated cane juice” (ECJ). Draft Guidance for Industry on Ingredients...more

Supreme Court Will Rule on Whether Agency-Approved Beverage Label Can Be Challenged as ‘False Advertising’ in Federal Court

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Pom Wonderful LLC against The Coca-Cola Company. The Court will examine whether Pom can bring a federal Lanham Act false advertising claim against a...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

Wireless Site Applications: It's My Party (the FCC) and I'll Decide How I Want To

by Buchalter on

When a Federal statute is ambiguous, who gets to decide what it means — judges or the agency in charge of administering the statute? In its recent holding in City of Arlington v. Federal Communications Commission issued...more

The Supreme Court Rules that the Fox Can Guard the Henhouse (Because the Fox Told Them He Can)

The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed federal agencies to interpret ambiguities in their implementing statutes and directed courts to defer to agency expertise when deciding cases. (Who, after all, knows a...more

9th Circuit’s POM Wonderful Ruling Could Influence Food Class Actions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Originally published in Washington Legal Foundation on August 3, 2012. Class action lawyers looking for a shakedown have gone on a food binge. They have focused on the food industry and the ever-obliging federal court...more

Ninth Circuit: FDA Regulations Broadly Preempt Food Labeling Claims

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued a broad FDA preemption ruling that elbows aside federal deceptive-labeling claims in the latest slugfest between Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola that has been going on for almost five years....more

Patterson Belknap Secures Major Win For Coca Cola: Ninth Circuit Holds False Advertising Claims Against FDA-Authorized Label Are...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held last week that The Coca Cola Company cannot be sued under the Lanham Act over the name and labeling of a juice product that is authorized by FDA regulations. In doing so,...more

US Federal Trade Commission ruling that POM Wonderful Makes False Advertising Claims

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Full text copy of the 330-age US FTC ruling that POM Wonderful’s claims about the health benefits of drinking its pomegranate juice constitute false advertising. From Courthouse News: “Pom Wonderful makes deceptive...more

POM Wonderful LLC, v. The Coca-Cola Company

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in POM Wonderful LLC, v. The Coca-Cola CompanyNot Applicable

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Full text copy of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision dismissing POM Wonderful’s Latham Act false advertising claims against Coca-Cola for the labeling used to describe its Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry...more

Class Action Complaint on 100% Natural Oil Dismissed

by Dechert LLP on

A federal court recently dismissed a proposed class action accusing a food company of misleadingly labeling cooking oils as 100% natural when they allegedly were made from genetically modified plants. Robert Briseno, et al....more

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