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Corruption Risks in Brazil: Ensuring Compliance with the FCPA & BCCA

Brazil is one of the hardest places in the world to do business – the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014 ranked Brazil 116 out of 183 for overall “ease of doing business.” In this on-demand webinar, Matteson Ellis of...more

Seventh Circuit Applies “Weak” Ascertainability Requirement, Splits From Third and Eleventh Circuits

A panel from the Seventh Circuit split from the Third and Eleventh Circuits and rejected what it described to be a “heightened” ascertainability requirement under Rule 23(b)(3). In Mullins v. Direct Digital, LLC, plaintiff...more

Mead Johnson: Baby Formula and Bribes

Last week, the SEC announced a settlement of an FCPA enforcement action for $12 million against Mead Johnson Nutrition for payment of bribes in China to health care professionals at state-owned hospitals. Mead Johnson’s...more

Mead Johnson Nutrition Settles SEC FCPA Charges for $12 Million

On July 28, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (“Mead”), an infant formula maker, agreed to pay $12.03 million to settle civil FCPA charges with the SEC. The SEC alleged that a majority-owned subsidiary in China used discounts given...more

7th Circuit Rejects “Heightened” Ascertainability Requirement for Class Actions

Creating a clear circuit split on a class action issue of increasing importance, the Seventh Circuit has rejected the notion that in order to certify a class, a trial court must be able to identify class members in a reliable...more

The Meaning of Falsity in Misrepresentation Cases

When a consumer sues a product manufacturer over an allegedly false advertisement, what must the consumer allege to state a claim that the advertisement is false?...more

False Advertising? Not if Just One Expert Says It’s Not.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that “a manufacturer cannot be liable for false advertising so long as at least one qualified expert opines that the representations made are truthful,...more

The Pleading Bar In False Advertising Cases Has Been Raised

The Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision affirming a district court’s order dismissing a false advertising claim against GNC and Rite Aid relating to several supplement products containing glucosamine and chondroitin, as...more

Pumped Up Protein Powder Preemption

While some of us are naturally jacked up—have you seen Bexis in short sleeves?—others turn to supplements to build up their beach bodies. We are not talking about the injectables favored by 1970s East German Olympians or...more

NOPALEA Mark Merely Descriptive of a Product Derived from Nopalea Cactus - In Re TriVita, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB’s) decision that the trademark NOPALEA was descriptive of TriVita’s products, which contain juice from the nopal cactus....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

KIND LLC faces challenges from FDA on its labeling claims. KIND LLC, a New York-based natural foods company, says it is working closely with the FDA to address issues raised by the agency in a warning letter over label...more

What’s Really in Your Supplements?

New York State Attorney General’s Investigation Has Sparked a Coalition of State Attorneys General Against Herbal Supplement Manufacturers: What does this mean for the industry as a whole in terms of product liability...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS ..Summary Judgment For Defendants In Juice False Advertising Suit ..Partial Class Certification Granted in “100% Natural” Cooking Oil Action ...more

Intellectual Property 2014 Year in Review

The year 2014 saw some important developments in the area of intellectual property law. A number of intellectual property-related issues even made national headlines. Who can forget the public debate over the rightful...more

Gingko, Roses, or Just Filler? The New York Attorney General's Attack on Supplements

We all know that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But what if the roses you give to your sweetheart are actually painted daisies or thorns without flowers? Or worse, if they do not contain flowers at all but...more

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Dangerous Supplements by New York Attorney General

Since the passage of the “Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act,” the supplement industry has effectively been a wild west of snake oil salesmen foisting their sometimes fraudulent and dangerous miracle cures on the...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #4

Privacy Authorities to App Marketplaces: Post Links to Privacy Policies - An international coalition of 23 privacy regulators released a plea to app marketplaces to act like “a responsible corporate citizen” and make...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Another Settlement With Disproportionate Attorney Fees Compared to Class Member Benefits

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a class action settlement because class counsel would have received generous attorney fees for conferring only meager benefits to the class. Writing for the Court, just as he did...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. - Advocates of GMO labeling vow to continue fight even after electoral...more

Nutritional supplement claims fail to meet utility requirement, according to Judge Engelmayer

U.S. Patent No. 6,645,948 (“Nutritional composition for the treatment of connective tissue”) claims a “nutritional composition for the treatment of connective tissue in mammals comprising: a therapeutically effective amount...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Use of Legal Presumptions of Consumer Confusion and Injury in Certain Lanham Act Cases

On Tuesday, July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “clarified certain aspects of [its] false advertising jurisprudence” and held that, where literal falsity and deliberate deception have been...more

What a Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice to Deceive: Second Circuit Holds that “Deliberate Deception” Creates Legal...

On July 29, the Second Circuit clarified its view that, in a two-player market, willfully deceptive advertising – even non-comparative advertising – creates a legal presumption of consumer confusion and injury, applicable to...more

Second Circuit Issues Decisions on Lanham Act False Advertising Case

On July 29, 2014, the Second Circuit decided a Lanham Act false advertising case that clarified the circuit’s jurisprudence on demonstrating consumer confusion and competitive injury. In Merck Eprova AG v. Gnosis S.P.A. and...more

ERISA (8th Circuit): Over-The-Counter Vitamin Supplements Trigger Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

What sort of “medical treatment” triggers the pre-existing condition exclusion in an ERISA-governed disability policy?...more

Advertising Law - June 2014 #4

Don’t Forget: FTC Settlement Over Memory Claims - The marketers of the BrainStrong dietary supplement – which claimed to improve adult memory and prevent cognitive decline – reached a settlement with the Federal Trade...more

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