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A New Data Point on False Advertising, Causation, and Section 75-1.1

Earlier this year, in another false-advertising case, SMD Software, Inc. v. EMove, Inc., a plaintiff won a 1.7-million-dollar verdict based on section 75-1.1 alone. The jury instructions in that case did not specify what...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Rulings ..Court Dismisses Some of Plaintiff’s Claims In Pretzel Class Action ..Courts Increasingly Rely on FDA Notice to Stay or Dismiss ECJ Claims ..Court Dismisses...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

SawStop Dismissal Explained: Opinion Crosscutting SawStop’s Antitrust Lawsuit Released

Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia recently issued a Memorandum Opinion following up on his June 27, 2014 order dismissing the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC....more

A Five-Step Recipe for Managing Your “Natural” Litigation Risk

The past five years have brought a deluge of class actions challenging the way in which the word “natural” is used on food and beverage labels. Perhaps predictably so, this litigation phenomenon resulted from the convergence...more

SawStop Stopped: Judge Dismisses Antitrust Lawsuit Against Table Saw Industry

On June 27, 2014, Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC. We previously wrote about this lawsuit and the need for companies and...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Green Chemistry Regulatory Push Among States Continues

What began in 2008 with a few states enacting laws to address the perceived threats to children from chemicals in toys and kids’ products has become a full-fledged “green chemistry” movement in dozens of states. These laws...more

Launch of openFDA Increases Accessibility to Adverse Drug Event Reports

On June 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration launched openFDA, a program designed to improve access to publicly available data beginning with adverse event reports. While greater accessibility to adverse event reports...more

Buzzsaw or SawStop: Are You Prepared to Avoid Antitrust Liability in the Product Safety Arena?

In most respects, trade associations are pro-competitive organizations: they join together competitors to advance worthwhile goals and to learn from one another. Their societal value is why they are recognized as non-profits....more

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

Arbitration: coming to store near you?

The food industry may be catching on to the growing trend of binding arbitration agreements. General Mills recently added a binding arbitration provision to the legal terms on its website, then withdrew the changes a few days...more

New York State Takes Another Step Toward GMO Food Labeling Requirement

New York State has come one step closer to joining other states seeking to require manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A-3525, a bill sponsored by New York Assemblywoman Linda...more

Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

Proposition 65 "Reform": Consumer Protection or Litigation Stimulation?

Proposed new regulations may have unintended consequences. Despite the California governor’s call for meaningful Proposition 65 reform and a reduction in frivolous enforcement lawsuits, the California Office of...more

Safety First – Spotlight on Mandatory Safety Standards

The recent case of Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Dimmeys Stores[1] serves as a timely reminder to businesses of the importance of adhering to product safety standards prescribed by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)....more

Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Act: An Update

Canada has a complex legal framework at both the federal and provincial levels that governs the safety requirements for products sold in Canada. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) is a broad federal statute that...more

Class Action Law Bulletin: Green Light for Class Actions by Consumers

In a highly-anticipated and extremely significant pair of decisions for businesses and consumers alike, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) ruled on Thursday (October 31, 2013) that the ultimate consumers at the end of a...more

New Requirements for NHTSA Recalls and Early Warning Reporting Become Effective October 21

In August, NHTSA adopted numerous amendments to its recall and early warning reporting (EWR) regulations. (See 78 Federal Register 51382 (Aug. 20, 2013)). Several of these amendments – which impact all vehicle and equipment...more

CPSC Considers Rule on Voluntary Recall Notices and Compliance Programs

The CPSC is considering whether to issue an interpretative rule (to be included as part of 16 CFR 1115) that would significantly alter the way in which voluntary recalls and corrective action plans (CAPs) are conducted. One...more

Don’t Let Liability Exposure Be The Grinch That Ruins Your Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s a particularly good time to check your internal procedures. As you are certainly aware, a disappointed customer, or worse, an injured user, can assert claims against...more

After Recalls, Pharmacies Wonder How Well They REALLY Know Their Subcontractors

Pharmacy compounding has been a very hot topic over the last 12 months. Whether it is news from Capitol Hill regarding possible legislation, regulation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or action by a state board of...more

New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect – 9 things for manufacturers and importers to know

A new European Union cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety, holding that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health....more

6th Circuit Reaffirms Class Certification in Whirlpool II

his installment of the Hoosier Litigation Blog revisits the Supreme Court decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend in light of the 6th Circuits recertification of the class in Whirlpool II....more

Statutory Claims Against Manufacturers

When a dissatisfied consumer sues a manufacturer in Ontario, the unhappy consumer will frequently rely upon the Sale of Goods Act and the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. However, neither statute applies if the consumer did...more

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