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California Mandatory Packaging Waste Management Initiative

CalRecycle, the California state agency responsible for solid waste and recycling regulatory programs, estimates that packaging represents about one-quarter of California's total disposal stream. Packaging includes cardboard,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | July 2017

JAMA Study and Editorial Call for Improvements in Cosmetic Regulation and Surveillance - In response to a study analyzing adverse events for cosmetics and personal care products, the Journal of the American Medical...more

FDA Delays Enforcement of Prescription Drug Product Identifier and Related Requirements

Facing pressure from stakeholders and technological realities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has again delayed its enforcement of parts of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). As we discussed in a prior post,...more

SCOTUS Decisions May Provide A Roadmap to Enforcing Arbitration Clauses Included In Product Packaging

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is open opinion season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and two recent decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product...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

How Intellectual Property Rights Shape Neuropsychological Demand for Orange Flavors

Oranges possess a special cachet in the American dream. Growing up in the baby-boomer era meant that you heard—“breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine”—thousands of times while watching rerun episodes...more

The Goods on IP - April 2017

Intellectual property plays an important role in maintaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving consumer product and consumer packaged goods markets. Consumers expect ongoing product improvements, and savvy companies...more

The European Commission Amends Plastic Food Contact Materials Legislation

by Jones Day on

On April 28, 2017, the European Commission issued Regulation 2017/752, amending Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food...more

A Multi-Layered Approach to Packaging Protection

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The way in which a product looks or how it is packaged and sold can often be a driving force in the consumer’s purchasing decision. Yet, the intellectual property rights available for product designs and packaging are...more

European Commission publishes recommendations concerning the summary of product characteristics and patient information leaflet...

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission (EC) has published a report (Report) recommending improvements in the summary of product characteristics (SmPC) and the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) of medicinal products for human use. The report...more

The Advisor: Best Practices for Display of a Trademark on Software

by Field Law on

Xylem Water Solutions Manufacturing Alberta (“Xylem”) was the owner of the registered Canadian trademark AQUAVIEW in association with software for water treatment plants and pump stations. ...more

Beware the Empty Space - Defending Food Packaging Design Against Slack Fill Claims

by Bryan Cave on

There is a recent proliferation of slack fill litigation involving food products – both class and non-class suits. If you are a food manufacturer, distributor or seller, you need to be prepared to deal with these claims....more

[Event] International Brand Protection and Enforcement: Best Practices and Key Insights for the United States, Europe, and China -...

Please join us for an interactive roundtable discussion with experienced trademark practitioners from the United States, Europe, and China, offering industry considerations and practical insights on where the laws and...more

Plain Packaging and Warning Labels—While the WTO is Examining the Legality of Packaging and Labeling Requirements that Prohibit...

by King & Spalding on

There have been several pieces of research recently calling for the use of plain packaging and graphic health warnings, similar to those used on tobacco products, on soft drinks and alcoholic beverages as a means of...more

Bill S-5: Canada Prepares to Introduce Plain and Standardized Packaging for Tobacco Products

by Smart & Biggar on

by: Jennifer Ponton In 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Several countries have since followed suit, and many more, including Canada, have made commitments to introduce...more

Plaintiffs Have Come Up Empty on Class Action Slack Fill Litigation But Are Expected to Pick It Up in 2017

Complaints regarding the amount of product contained in a particular package appear to be the new battlefront on which plaintiffs are waging war on a wide range of consumer product manufacturers. The lawsuits are spurred by a...more

Slack-fill lawsuits filling up state court dockets

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The uptick in “slack-fill” litigation that we have previously covered in this blog shows no signs of abating — and a spate of recent filings in Missouri state court show that the trend may be expanding....more

Missouri appellate court rejects ‘ingredient list’ defense in food labeling case

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As Missouri’s reputation as a plaintiff-friendly venue increases, a state appellate court has dealt a blow to food manufacturers facing suits under the state’s consumer fraud statute regarding claims made on their products’...more

“Slack Fill” Class Action Is Empty Space

by Reed Smith on

We never heard the term “slack fill” before we started writing for this blog, but it seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. We enjoyed a podcast from NPR’s Planet Money the other day discussing slack fill in black...more

Check the Box to Avoid Food & Beverage Packaging Litigation

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Shagha Tousi, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice groups, addressed product packaging litigation in the food and...more

5 legal trends food and agriculture companies need to know about

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Thompson Coburn recently sponsored the 37th annual 2016 American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Symposium in Oklahoma City. I had the honor to help plan the event, speak on food labeling issues, and moderate a panel on...more

Accurate Net Weight Disclosures May Defeat Slack-Fill Claims in California

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

Last April, we reported on Ebner v. Fresh, Inc., in which a Ninth Circuit panel held that the plaintiff failed to state a claim that Sugar lip balm packaging was misleading because it contained non-functional “slack-fill.”...more

A Berry Mixed Decision: Consumer Class Action Challenging Packaging of “Himalania” Goji Berries Largely Survives Motion to...

On September 2, 2016, United States District Judge Dean P. Pregerson for the Central District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging violations of the UCL and...more

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