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Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Fraud Class Action

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 H.R.985 — 115th Congress - In March 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 220-201....more

No Use Crying Over Settled Claims?: Second Circuit Affirms Approval of Dairy Farmers’ Settlement

This week, the Second Circuit affirmed the approval of a $50 million agreement settling price-fixing claims brought by a class of farmers against a dairy cooperative and a dairy marketing company. The settlement in Allen et...more

Uncertainty Abounds for Food Labeling Rules

In the next year, a number of pending FDA and USDA regulatory proposals threaten to upend the food manufacturing environment and may result in food and beverage companies being forced to change their labels (and possibly...more

Are Too Many Eggs in One Basket?

by Ruder Ware on

In the last two weeks, 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers were notified by their dairy that it could not accept their milk. The dairy and its farmer suppliers are caught in a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered” milk....more

Are You Exempt? FDA Announces Waivers for Certain Businesses Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Dickinson Wright on

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final and on April 5, 2017, the FDA published three waivers for certain qualifying businesses. The Sanitary...more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food & beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2017. The compliance and enforcement priorities that are likely to be most relevant to businesses in the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - February 2017

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. California judge finds Roundup to be a possible cause of cancer. On January...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q4 2016

by Benesch on

Developments in 3D Printing: A Sector by Sector Overview - This report explores recent developments across a number of sectors as it relates to 3D printing and its impact on each sector. We’ve limited our scan to the...more

Clearing up Standards to Earn Government’s “Organic” Seal

by Barley Snyder on

Federal officials believe a new rule will increase consumer confidence in the government’s “organic” seal and allow for more uniform enforcement of standards concerning organic products. The Organic Livestock and Poultry...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - January 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

Here comes CRISPR – gene-edited plants will soon hit grocery stores and dinner tables. According to a January 9 article in The New York Times, the longstanding dispute over the regulation of GMOs may soon take a dramatic new...more

International developments on modern slavery

by DLA Piper on

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

Elkhorn Crossing, LLC: An Equity Cushion is Not Enough

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

“Don’t Bet The Farm On It” When is a million dollar equity cushion not enough? Despite a purported cushion of at least $1.2 million, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska recently held that a proposed Chapter 12...more

Court Holds That There Was No Harm In Failing To Submit A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Question To A Jury

by Winstead PC on

In Gengenbach v. Rodriguez, a defendant alleged a counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty arising from a farming operation. No. 13-14-00711-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 12289 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi November 17, 2016, no pet....more

“Use in Commerce”: Look Before You Leap

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, With Leave to Amend, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, LLC, et al. v. Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., 16-cv-04922-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Plaintiffs in trademark cases may be tempted to...more

The new look of FDA food facility registration: Human and animal food companies beware

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The food industry has long been familiar with the requirement that facilities involved in the handling, packing, holding, storing, manufacturing or other processing of food must register with the Food and Drug Administration....more

Analysis of sugar industry documents may impact litigation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Litigation targeting products that contain added sugar is on the rise, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are expanding their playbook. In a recent class action against cereal producer General Mills, Inc., in the Northern District of...more

Has consolidation made egg and poultry industry ripe for the plucking?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We may never know the answer to this age-old question. But when it comes to allegations of price-fixing in the poultry and egg industries, at least, the answer appears to be the egg....more

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