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The Crown Wraps Up Chocolate Case

Earlier today, the Crown stayed charges against Nestlé Canada Inc. and one of the company’s former executives, in the long-standing prosecution of Canadian chocolate manufacturers under section 45 of the Competition Act. This...more

Food and beverage industry target of new supply chain composition and disclosure suits. Are you covered?

As if risks relating to product recalls, product labeling, and food contamination were not enough, the food and beverage industry now faces potential liability in connection with the alleged composition of its global supply...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown authorizes streamlined groundwater: Allen Matkins - Oct 13: On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Brown signed a suite of bills that has the potential to significantly...more

When Is Evidence of a Foreign Cartel Proof of a U.S. Price-Fixing Conspiracy?

The Third Circuit held that in antitrust cases involving concentrated markets, courts must carefully consider the nature of the industry and whether the actions of defendants can be equally attributed to independent conduct...more

EEOC Sues Nestlé Waters North America for Sex Discrimination

Female Employee Denied Promotion and Terminated Because of Her Gender, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), a Stamford, Conn.-based division of Nestlé Waters, the world's largest...more

Five on Friday: Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

There continue to be regular developments in the business and human rights field that warrant attention from both companies and their stakeholders. New legislation and regulation, shifting policy positions, and developments...more

“Food” Courts Confirm That Price Premium Is the Proper Measure of Damages in Misbranding Cases

The flurry of food mislabeling class actions filed in California federal courts has recently come to a halt under the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Comcast v. Beherend. Comcast requires that putative class action plaintiffs...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

This Newsletter Aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Class Certification Denied In Popcorners “All...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. - House committee approves law to bar states from requiring GMO labeling. On...more

Why Paris will not be another Copenhagen

The road from Rio - Concerted international action to stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at safe levels began with the agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in...more

False Advertising By Ad Agencies: No Easy Dismissals

On April 20, 2015, in Nestle Purina Petcare Company v. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., the Eastern District of Missouri denied a motion to dismiss claims for false and misleading advertising brought against the advertising...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Army Corps jurisdictional determinations subject to pre-permit judicial review, Eighth Circuit says - Allen Matkins - Apr 13: EPA and Army Corps of Engineers imposition of federal...more

False Advertising Claim Washed Away for Lack of Standing

The issue of whether a party has standing to litigate in federal court can end up sinking a lawsuit. And as one bottled-water litigant in the District of Maine recently found out, failure to satisfy the standing requirements...more

Court’s Maine Message to Plaintiff Suing Poland Spring: You Don’t Have a Leg to Stand on

The District Court of Maine recently provided a reminder that – even in the post-Lexmark world of Lanham Act false advertising standing – Article III standing requirements can still impose a meaningful barrier on plaintiffs....more

Global Cartel Practice: Accused in Canadian Price-Fixing Investigation Have a Right to Information Obtained Under the Competition...

On February 4, 2015, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled in R. v. Nestle Canada Inc., that accused parties have a right to information proffered to the Canadian Competition Bureau during the course of a price-fixing...more

Advertising Law - January 2015 #3

President Obama Focuses on Cybersecurity, Privacy, Data Breach Notification - Data security and privacy concerns received special attention in President Obama’s State of the Union address where the President advocated...more

Alien Tort Case Developments: Three Recent Decisions

Alien Tort GavelIn July, we posted about two recent decisions by federal appellate courts that sought to define the parameters of the “touch and concern” standard established by the Supreme Court in its 2012 decision in...more

"Food and Beverage Labeling and Marketing Litigation Continues to Play out in the Courts and Legislatures"

The food and beverage industry has experienced a recent spate of consumer class actions attacking various aspects of the labeling and marketing of products. Advertising and marketing claims by manufacturers that a product is...more

Nestle Wins Dismissal of Class Action Over “Natural” Labeling on Buitoni Pasta Products

A federal judge in the Central District of California has dismissed a lawsuit against Nestle over its use of “all natural” on the packaging of its Buitoni pasta products. Pelayo v. Nestle USA, Inc., Case No....more

Advertising Law - Aug 29, 2013

Facebook Changes Its Promotion Guidelines - Sponsors can rejoice. Effective August 27, 2013, Facebook no longer requires that sweepstakes and contests be conducted on third party apps. By dispensing the apps...more

Use of Formula Clauses for Income Tax Advantage

In early 1985, Nestlé Holdings Inc. (Nestlé US), a first-tier wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. (Nestlé Switzerland), acquired Carnation Co. and made an election under section 338 for that acquisition. Under section 338,...more

Protecting Your Products in Light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Holding That A Copyright Owner Only Controls the "First Sale" of a...

A copyright affords the copyright owner with “exclusive rights”. One such right is “to distribute… copies of [a] copyrighted work”under 17 U.S.C. § 106(3). Under the first sale doctrine, “The owner of a particular...more

Patent Profile: Nestec Receives Patent for Method of Predicting Risk of Celiac Disease

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,409,819, entitled "Methods to predict risk for celiac disease by detecting anti-flagellin antibody levels." The '819 patent is assigned to...more

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