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Competition Enforcers focus on the Food Sector

The European competition authorities have become extremely proactive in investigating and punishing anti-competitive practices in the food sector in recent years. In the final week of June alone, substantial fines were...more

Food Product Liability in Canada - July 2014: Five drivers of litigation and steps to minimize the risk

The things we eat and drink can harm us as well as help us, a simple fact that has long made the food and beverage products industry a target for health and safety-related litigation. In recent years, however, food products...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..100% Natural Tea Case Survives Dismissal ..Claims in Chocolate Case Survive Dismissal ..Court Denies Class Certification in “All Natural”...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

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - FDA issues guidance on use of term “gluten-free” by small businesses. The...more

Is the ‘Food Court’ Losing Steam? - An Update on Food and Beverage Consumer Class Actions in the Northern District of California

In 2013, we examined the state of the ‘‘Food Court’’ in the Northern District of California. While highlighting the tidal wave of food and beverage-related consumer class action litigation in the Northern District, we...more

GMO Bill Fails in California Senate

Despite the recent passage of a genetically engineered (GE) food-labeling law in Vermont, and similar bills appearing in legislatures in other states, proponents of labeling have again failed to pass such a law in California....more

State GMO Labeling Laws: Friend or Foe?

Despite Vermont’s passage of its GMO labeling law and other states’ consideration of similar statutes, food manufacturers continue to support uniform federal legislation over the hodgepodge state-by-state approach that is...more

Here We Go Again: Primary Jurisdiction and Deference to FDA

We have been here before: in an attempt to capitalize on the ambiguities and uncertainties in product labeling, the plaintiffs’ bar focuses on phrases and ingredients for which there is little FDA guidance. Last year, the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMA, others say 2009 FDA guidance on use of the term “evaporated cane juice” has caused chaos in food industry. In 2009, the FDA told manufacturers not to use the term “evaporated cane juice” on the grounds that the...more

Will Feds Step Onto the GMO Playing Field?

In January and April, this space took a look at the growing patchwork of state proposals for regulating the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). As posited here in April, the recent surge in such...more

Federal Bill Seeks To Establish Uniform GMO Labeling Requirements

Earlier this month, Representative Mike Pompeo, along with 4 co-sponsors, introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432). This bill sets forth three main objectives: it establishes a process for evaluating the...more

Vermont Goes GMO Alone

In January, this space discussed the Maine and Connecticut laws that would require labeling for foods made with geneticially engineered ingredients (GMOs). Each of the bills had a trigger qualification: 4 other states, or...more

J.M. Smucker Company Gets Out of a Jam in Food Labelling Case

On April 15, 2014, in the case Caldera v. The J.M. Smucker Co., CV 12-4936-GHK, J.M. (C.D. Cal.), Smucker Company (“Defendant”) defeated the plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a case challenging the labels on...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Supporting healthy food options for students. On April 3, Senators Heidi...more

Sweet(ener) Confusion: Court Divide Over Role of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases Grows

In Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. C 13-04291 (N.D. Cal. April 2, 2014), Judge Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on the primary...more

Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Newsletter

Welcome - We are pleased to provide you with the Spring edition of the Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics newsletter. As stated in our inaugural issue, this newsletter provides updates on important...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

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity. A citizen’s...more

Do You Really Want to Know What’s in Your Food? Connecticut Requires Labeling for Genetically Modified Foods

Connecticut, the first state to pass a law that requires labeling for genetically engineered foods , is being joined by states with similar labeling requirements, but no labeling mandates. Despite the reluctance of some...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014 (2)

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Rejects ‘Grossly Excessive’ Attorneys’ Fee Claim in Dismissed Case ..Voluntary Dismissal in Bumble Bee Class Action - New...more

Food And Beverage News And Trends

Food industry proposes front-of-package nutrition information. In the wake of the recently proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel labeling, the Grocery Manufacturer's Association proposed its own front-of-package...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Class Certification Denied in Ben & Jerry’s “All Natural” Ice Cream Case ..FDA Responds to Court Referrals Regarding “Natural” and...more

California Reenters the GMO Food Labeling Arena; This Time Through the Legislature

Not to be left behind and not dependent on any other state action (Connecticut and Maine notwithstanding), a bill has been introduced (SB 1381) on February 21, 2014 that requires any food, with certain exceptions (more on...more

Like a Zombie, Mandatory Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Proposal Resuscitated in California

California voters roundly rejected mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered (GE) foods last year. However, the specter of California requiring such GE labels, which could apply to 75 percent of grocery store...more

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