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Food Advertising And Compelled Commercial Speech In 2017

According to the Hyper-Chicken, a lawyer from my favorite television show, “freedom of speech applies to what comes out of a mouth, not what goes in.” State of Alabama v. Giant Space Iguana, 273 U.S. O (2976) (chewing corners...more

Utah Federal Court Dismisses Birth Defect Failure to Warn Claim

by Reed Smith on

On December 5, 2017, Time Magazine announces its Person of the Year. The publisher called us a week or so ago to say we were PROBABLY going to be named Man (Person) (Blog) of the Year, but we would have to agree to an...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Lower Court Erred in Flushing “Flushable” Wipes False Advertising Claims

On October 20, 2017, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel in Davidson v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 873 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 2017), resolved a circuit-wide split on injunctive standing requirements in the misbranding context. The panel...more

For N.D. Cal., Primary Jurisdiction is the “Natural” Outcome

by Reed Smith on

We’ve got food on our mind. Last Sunday, the CBS Sunday Morning show ran its food episode, with segments about, inter alia, a little restaurant in the north of England being rated the best in the world, the Martha Stewart...more

Regulators Share Agendas and Insight on Consumer Protection Enforcement - Highlights from "Navigating the 'Age of Uncertainty'...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section on Nov. 8, 2017, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion...more

Court Says “Lights Out” on UL Certification Lanham Act Claim

Last week, a federal judge in Manhattan examined the intersection of false advertising and trademark infringement law in connection with the alleged misuse of a certification mark, and found the plaintiff to be entitled to...more

Full Disclosure: New Labeling for Cleaning Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 258, known as the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act requires manufacturers of most cleaning products sold in...more

Risk Mitigation Strategies for Food and Beverage Companies: Five Prophylactic Measures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Each year, food, beverage and agribusiness companies pay millions of dollars in settlements, penalties and judgments to consumers allegedly harmed through the sale, advertisement and manufacture of their products. The legal...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

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Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...more

9th Circuit Resolves Split on False Advertising Injunctions

• The 9th Circuit held that consumers may have Article III standing to seek an injunction under California false advertising law even though the consumer subsequently learned that the advertising in question was false or...more

Quaker Dodges False Ad Suit Over Mislabeled Oatmeal

A California federal court judge sided with Quaker Oats Co., ruling that it did not engage in false advertising by dubbing several varieties of its instant oatmeal “Maple & Brown Sugar,” even though the products did not...more

Misled Consumers Can Obtain Injunctions Against Businesses

by Selman Breitman LLP on

A consumer misled by fraudulent representations may still obtain an injunction against a business so long as the consumer claims that he or she wishes to purchase the product or service in the future but cannot confidently...more

Ninth Circuit Says Plaintiff Might Get Fooled Again

by Carlton Fields on

Last week the Ninth Circuit reopened a key avenue in consumer false advertising class actions – injunctive relief. A growing number of trial courts had dismissed those claims, reasoning that plaintiffs who know of the alleged...more

Eleventh Circuit Has No Appetite for Non-GMO Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of Chipotle Mexican Grill in a false advertising action, holding that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate an actual injury based on the...more

Frito-Lay Drops ‘All Natural’ Labels to Settle Class Action

To settle a class action challenging advertising for chips and dip products touted as “made with all natural ingredients,” Frito-Lay North America, Inc., has agreed to change its labeling....more

Preemption, Puffery Defenses Can’t Overcome Ginger Ale Suit

A California federal court judge rejected both puffery and preemption arguments when it denied Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s motion to dismiss a putative class action challenging the labeling for its Canada Dry Ginger Ale....more

California Enacts Legislation in an Attempt to Level the Playing Field in Proposition 65 Enforcement Actions

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On October, 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced that he signed AB 1583 into law. AB 1583, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, a democrat from Monterey Park, is intended to promote transparency in Proposition 65 private...more

Worldwide Group of Data Privacy Regulators Issues Guidance on Connected-Car Technologies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A global group of data privacy regulators has, for the first time, set forth data privacy and security guidance on the development of automated and connected-car technologies. ...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes San Francisco Soda Warning

Advertisers and purveyors of sugar-sweetened beverages can rest a little easier now. The Ninth Circuit recently ordered a district court to issue a preliminary injunction to enjoin the 2015 San Francisco Ordinance requiring...more

The Ninth Circuit’s Food Court Menu: A Status Update

A few years back, the Northern District of California was dubbed the “food court” based on the influx of food misbranding class actions claiming that alleged FDA regulatory infractions constituted violations of California...more

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims. However, another important...more

Tough Puffery: Court Closes Door on Ford False Advertising Suit

The Northern District of New York recently found that Ford Motor Company’s “Built Ford Tough” slogan was non-actionable puffery, and dismissed putative false advertising class action claims brought under New York law that...more

Jury Tests the Limits in AndroGel False Ad Verdict

In late July, an Illinois jury came to a bizarre verdict in a case over an alleged link between heart attacks and AndroGel, a gel product used for treating low testosterone (or “low T”). The jury found that AbbVie, Inc., the...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

Court Rules Ford Trucks’ Claim Is Puffery

A false advertising suit against Ford Motor Co. was limited after a federal court judge found the company’s “Built Ford Tough” claim is non-actionable puffery....more

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