Product Packaging

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Slack-fill Litigation on the Rise

The recent filing of a proposed class action targeting Mondelez International, Inc. for the amount of empty space in its Sour Patch Watermelon candy boxes is the latest lawsuit targeting consumer goods manufacturers for...more

A Faster, Sleeker Milk Jug

Another for the file of newly-registered product configuration marks: acquired distinctiveness, sold by the gallon....more

FSANZ Publishes Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

In June 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the availability of two reports on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging. FSANZ retained an expert...more

California Plaintiffs Say that Size Matters: Consumer Fraud Class Action Challenges Slack-Fill in Protein Products

According to named plaintiffs in a consumer fraud action filed in December in the Southern District of California, size matters when making it comes to making a purchase. In fact, Plaintiffs claim that the average consumer’s...more

The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia: Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal Publishes...

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) has just released the full award of the Tribunal in Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia, which was rendered in late 2015. We previously published...more

Legal Update: Regulation of E - Cigarettes

On May 5, 2016, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations governing the sale of e-cigarettes, hookahs, dissolvable tobacco, pipe tobacco, cigars and other tobacco products (ENDS). The new rule...more

FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes: The What, When, and Warnings

On May 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule extending its regulation of "tobacco products" to include electronic cigarettes and similar products, sometimes called Electronic Nicotine Delivery...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

FDA New e-Cig Rules Raise Issues for Traditional and Digital Ad Platforms

The long awaited FDA regulations “deeming” e-cigarettes a tobacco product have, at last been issued and were published in the Federal Register earlier this week. While they may have answered some questions, they also leave...more

Not Sweet Enough: Ninth Circuit Tosses Claims Over Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Labeling and Packaging

Plaintiff Angela Eber filed a putative class action against Fresh, Inc. alleging that the label, design and packaging of its Sugar lip balms deceived consumers about the amount of available product. In a published panel...more

When Can You Show Real Fruit on a Package?

The short answer is, when it’s not false or misleading about the product inside the package. This past weekend, my daughter and I found ourselves in Costco, picking up some provisions, and this bag of non-provision...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Bar on California AG’s Efforts to Enforce Slack Fill Provisions Against Del Real in Meat and Poultry Case

On February 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision barring the California Attorney General’s efforts to enforce nonfunctional slack fill provisions against Del Real LLC, a producer of Mexican...more

Court Construes Claims Regarding Beverage Concentrates And Packaging

Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v. TC Heartland, LLC, C.A. No. 14-028 - LPS, March 7, 2016 - Stark, C. J. Court considers 7 terms from 3 patents in Markman proceedings. A hearing was held on January 5, 2016 and post-hearing...more

DIBBIOPACK Looks Back On Four Years of Collaborative Work Researching Bioplastics Packaging

On February 24, 2016, the four year DIBBIOPACK project ended with a final conference at the CaixaForum Congress Centre in Zaragoza and the AITIIP Technological Centre's (AITIIP) facilities. The project was created by AITIIP,...more

Seventh Circuit Hears Argument in Clorox Appeal

This week, the Seventh Circuit heard argument in the Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox Co. appeal. As members of our team have previously reported, this case concerns whether a plaintiff can state a claim under Section 2(e) of...more

International Food Law Gazette - January 2016

FDA Approves First Genetically Modified Food-Producing Animal - On November 19, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new animal drug application (NADA) that authorizes the marketing of...more

Court of Justice of the European Union: Ruling on Package Design of Foodstuffs (Teekanne Felix)

By judgment of June 4, 2014, Case C-195/14, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that it is unlawful to use a package design for a fruit tea that gives the impression that an ingredient is present, when it...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

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 - Court Rejects Class Settlement Bid in MSG Case...more

FDA Issues Final Rule Amending Food Additive Regulations

On January 4, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule amending its food additive regulations to no longer allow the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl-containing food contact substances...more

New Year’s Resolution for a BRAND New Year

A new year is upon us, and we suggest that trademark owners make it a brand new year, by resolving to use their marks correctly going forward. Proper trademark use is important to creating and maintaining trademark rights,...more

A Brief Decoding of Trademark Notice Guidelines

As the global nature of the economy and business grows, companies are faced with the challenge of determining when, whether and how to provide notice of trademark rights on product packaging and advertising materials. The...more

Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal declines jurisdiction to hear Philip Morris’ challenge to Australia’s plain packaging laws...

News has just emerged that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) declined jurisdiction in a unanimous decision to hear the merits of Philip Morris’ expropriation claim against the Commonwealth of Australia. Philip...more

Snack Time: Court Finds Prominent Pictures of Produce on Fruit Snacks Not Deceptive

Last month, the Northern District of California held that prominent photographs of fruits and vegetables on Plum Organics’ food packaging were not enough to mislead a reasonable consumer into believing that the pictured...more

PATRÓN Tequila Bottle Design Enforcement?

When we write about non-traditional trademark enforcement here on DuetsBlog, we almost always are referring to the protection of non-traditional marks like product configurations, product containers, product packaging, color...more

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