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Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017 #3

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Proposition 65 - After California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) began publishing a list of...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017#2

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A state senator in Pennsylvania has reportedly announced plans to introduce a bill that would bar any municipality in the state from levying a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). If enacted, the bill could invalidate the...more

Patentability of Natural Products in Europe

There is currently a significant divergence in practice between Europe and the United States when considering the patentability of naturally-occurring products. Since the Myriad decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the USPTO...more

Food Litigation Trends: New and Undefined Label Claims in 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Part 1: Current Trends and Ingredient Claims - Class-action lawsuits involving the false advertising of food products continue to be one of the most active areas in class litigation. Originally published in Update...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 7

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USDA Inspector General Recommends Reform of AMS Organic Program for Imports - The USDA Inspector General ("IG") reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's ("AMS") process used in determining whether exporting...more

Chipped Away: Frito-Lay Removes “All Natural” Label from Products Containing GMOs

by Reed Smith on

The plaintiffs in a five year old consumer class action against Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo, Inc. got their wish earlier this month when Frito-Lay agreed to remove the “All Natural” label from its...more

Genetically Modified – Naturally!

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 25, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a consumer class action under Massachusetts law, contending that Wesson vegetable oil is falsely labeled “100% natural” because it allegedly...more

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Plaintiffs’ lawyers in a class action against Neutrogena were fighting hard in the Central District of California in October 2017. The plaintiffs were trying to win class certification for a group of consumers who allegedly...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017

NOSB Votes to Continue Allowing Hydroponics - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has reportedly voted to continue allowing food grown in water-based nutrient solutions to be labeled “organic,” rejecting a...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

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

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The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

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Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

The patentability of isolated natural products … A proposed approach to clarify examination procedures in Singapore

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Legal action in several jurisdictions over the last few years has looked at the question of the patentability of isolated products from nature. How this important aspect of the life sciences sector has been considered, and...more

New Filings – October 2, 2017

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Kramarz v. JR Carlson Laboratories Inc., 2017-CH-12609 (Ill. Super. Ct. – Cook Cnty.): Putative class action raising claims for breach of express warranty and unjust enrichment, and alleging violations of various states’...more

Three Reasons “Natural” Class Actions Are Here to Stay

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In a review of new class action cases filed against in 2017, we counted at least 11 actions in the food industry alone alleging that a product was not “natural” or “all-natural” as claimed in its advertising or labeling....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

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Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

Yes, Your “Natural” Label is Still a Liability

Mid-year reports have shown that there has been a resurgence in “all natural” litigation against food product companies in 2017 – an expected 30% increase in filings as compared to 2016. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. These...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...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

When the Law Gives you Lemons: Will Citric Acid Make Good Lemonade for Plaintiffs? 

The food and beverage industry is faced with an onslaught of consumer fraud class actions targeting everything from the use of the terms “all natural,” “healthy,” and “organic,” to the amount of slack-fill in particular...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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017

Cruz-Alvarez and Canfield Examine Recent Ruling on Website Access for Visually Impaired - Food and beverage companies offering retail sales on the web are facing a wave of lawsuits filed by visually impaired plaintiffs...more

Minnesota Federal Judge Says Glyphosate Claims are “Unreasonable”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A mini-trend in food litigation last year was the spate of class action cases alleging that foods advertised as “natural” contained trace amounts of the herbicide glyphosate. “Trace” is the operative word; to the extent...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

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"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

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