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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In an unpublished decision that is significant for both shoppers and consumer food companies, the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s ruling that the label “All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

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2016"

This is the 14th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...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

The Peaks – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2016

Today we’re going peak bagging – no, not to the Canadian Rockies or Patagonia (we leave that to Bexis) – for the high points in this year’s drug/medical device product liability jurisprudence. Last week, we visited the...more

Fraud on the FDA Doesn’t Fly Under the FCA Either

Ever since Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee, 531 U.S. 341 (2001), held that state-law claims alleging fraud on the FDA are preempted, plaintiffs have been attempting to find some other way of bringing claims that...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

California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The...more

The Pits – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions Of 2016

The “pits of hell,” “black as a pit,” a “bad feeling in the pit of my stomach” – that’s how we feel about 2016’s bottom ten decisions of the year arising from prescription medical product liability litigation. This year’s...more

Is the FSMA a plaintiff’s lawyer’s dream and the food industry’s nightmare?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, signaling a sea change in U.S. food safety regulation and making prevention the cornerstone of safety measures. To achieve its lofty goals, while providing time for...more

FDA Checks Reveal Stores Illegally Sell Tobacco to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s crackdown on Big Tobacco continues. The agency sent warning letters to 55 point-of-purchase locations that sell cigarettes and related products in an effort to underscore newly passed...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. There has been another twist in the rare earth magnet saga. In November, the Tenth Circuit threw out the CPSC’s rule that restricted the size...more

You Should Know - December 2016

Presenting America’s Top Safety and Justice Stories of 2016 - Are you making all those lists and checking them twice? Gifts? Holiday cards? Party invitations? New Year’s resolutions? Well, here’s one more for you...more

FDA Increases Transparency of Adverse Event Data for Cosmetics and Foods

On December 6th, FDA announced that it is publicly releasing data received by the Agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) about adverse events related to cosmetics and foods, including both conventional...more

Heeding Presumption Only Goes So Far In Post-Sale Warning Case

Devoted as we are to the defense of manufacturers of prescription drugs and medical devices, we have often advocated for the full implication of the fundamental—to us, at least—requirements that warnings claims focus on the...more

A Gem on Alternative Design from a Pelvic Mesh MDL

We don’t write a lot on the various pelvic mesh MDLs in West Virginia because we are so heavily involved in two of them. But the MDL court entered an order last week on design defect and alternative design that we consider to...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

Rare Court Decision in CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently ruled against a product manufacturer, finding it liable for failing to report timely in a rare U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)-backed lawsuit. United States v....more

EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

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