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Ninth Circuit Reconsiders, Nixes Deceptive Labeling Claim Against Gerber

by Bryan Cave on

Baby food maker Gerber has scored a partial victory in a false labeling would be class action. The Ninth Circuit in Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., Case No. 15-15174, has reversed itself and thrown out a deceptive labeling claim...more

FDA Creates Uncertainty by Delaying Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 13, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would indefinitely extend the compliance deadline for the Nutrition Facts Label final rules, creating uncertainty for food and beverage manufacturers....more

When the Law Gives you Lemons: Will Citric Acid Make Good Lemonade for Plaintiffs? 

The food and beverage industry is faced with an onslaught of consumer fraud class actions targeting everything from the use of the terms “all natural,” “healthy,” and “organic,” to the amount of slack-fill in particular...more

Missing Ingredient Claims Lead Food Advertising Class Actions So Far in 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

For the first 28 weeks of 2017, the most frequently alleged claims in new food and beverage false-advertising class actions have related to featured product ingredients that allegedly are absent, or present only in small...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017

Cruz-Alvarez and Canfield Examine Recent Ruling on Website Access for Visually Impaired - Food and beverage companies offering retail sales on the web are facing a wave of lawsuits filed by visually impaired plaintiffs...more

THE LATEST: German Antitrust Authority Issues Guidelines on Resale Price Maintenance

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) published a guidance paper (Guidance Paper) on the prohibition of resale price maintenance (RPM). The Guidance Paper has a particular focus on the food retail sector. At...more

The Deadline for Submitting Comments to USDA as it Prepares to Draft a Proposed Rule on GMO Labeling is Quickly Approaching –...

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or agency) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a list of 30 questions for consideration by stakeholders in order to assist the agency in developing a Proposed...more

The Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Owners May File Infringement Actions – With Some Guidance from Applicable District Court...

The Supreme Court recently decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group, 581 U. S. ____ (2017), which has changed the rules concerning where patent infringement lawsuits may be brought. Specifically, patent infringement actions...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

by DLA Piper on

"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Refrigeration Systems Targeted: Risk Management Plans and Release Reporting

by Williams Mullen on

Companies operating ammonia refrigeration systems are easy targets for EPA under a number of environmental programs. Recent history suggests release reporting under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and under the...more

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) Flags Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 16 June 2017, the Member State Committee (MSC) of the ECHA unanimously agreed to identify BPA as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under the REACH regime. BPA is common in a variety of household products, typically...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

Sweet as Candy? Sugarfina takes Competitor to Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 15th, Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a gourmet candy boutique, sued one of its competitors, Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”), accusing Sweet Pete’s of trade dress, copyright, trademark, and patent infringement, as...more

FSMA: What Every Food Industry Executive Should Do & Why

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

With six of the seven rules implemented under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) currently being enforced, what should you know and do? Here are some considerations for facilities that manufacture, pack, process,...more

TC Heartland – One Month Later Delaware, Texas, California and Illinois Courts Most Popular Venues

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

We previously reported on the early impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland based on the first few weeks of new filings. It has now been one month, and based on the filing data for the month since TC Heartland...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

FDA Extends Compliance Dates for Nutrition and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size Final Rules

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, June 13, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was extending the compliance dates for its final rules for Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labeling and Serving Sizes....more

Supreme Court Narrows Choice of Court to File Patent Infringement Actions

by Genova Burns LLC on

The Supreme Court used a dispute over flavored drink mix to settle a question regarding the proper venue for patent infringement actions, unanimously ruling in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341,...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

The Northern District of California Shoots to Second Place After TC Heartland

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It’s been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland. As plaintiffs and the courts now struggle to deal with venue in patent cases (and patent litigators brush up on venue law), we looked at recent...more

Court Holds That Fiduciary Duties Did Not Arise In A Licensing Transaction

by Winstead PC on

In Jacked Up, LLC v. Sara Lee Corp., Jacked Up entered into a licensing agreement whereby Sara Lee would produce and sell energy drinks developed by Jacked Up. No. 15-11019, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7311 (5th Cir. April 25,...more

High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Venue in a patent litigation is limited to the alleged infringer’s state of incorporation or where the defendant has committed infringing acts and has a regular and established place of business....more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Venue Options for Patent Infringement Actions

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC related to proper venue for patent infringement actions against a domestic corporation. Prior to this decision, a...more

New Venue Considerations May Shape Patent Litigation after TC Heartland

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, unanimously holding that, for the purpose of the patent venue statute 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), “a domestic corporation...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

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