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Putative Class Actions Food Labeling

New Filings – January 10, 2018

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Community Science Institute v. Target Corp, et al., No. RG18-887565 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Alameda Cnty.): Proposition 65 action alleging Defendant fails to warn consumers that its Up & Up Toddler Beginnings Infant Formula with...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Senators Urge USDA to Implement GMO Labeling - Several Democratic senators, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging Secretary Sonny Perdue to...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

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Food For Thought: Liability-Only Class Certification Denied For Claims That “No Sugar Added” Juice Labels Misled Consumers Into...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff’s putative class action alleged that defendant Mott’s violated FDA regulations and California’s Sherman Law and Unfair Competition Law when it labeled and sold its 100 percent apple juice with the label “No Sugar...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

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

9th Circuit rejects argument that ‘No Added Sugar’ means ‘healthy’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The relationship between “added sugar” and adverse health outcomes has been a subject of debate. When the FDA proposed adding a line for “added sugar” to the nutrition labels on packaged food (a requirement that has gone into...more

Ninth Circuit Reconsiders, Nixes Deceptive Labeling Claim Against Gerber

by Bryan Cave on

Baby food maker Gerber has scored a partial victory in a false labeling would be class action. The Ninth Circuit in Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., Case No. 15-15174, has reversed itself and thrown out a deceptive labeling claim...more

Ninth Circuit Revises Baby Food False Advertising Class Action

by Bryan Cave on

The Ninth Circuit has revived a proposed class action against Gerber, saying the mother who sued it for labeling its sugar-laden baby food as “natural” only had to prove the labels were misleading, not necessarily false....more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

Ninth Circuit Parses “Administrative Feasibility” and “Ascertainability” – Refuses to Acknowledge Either as a Prerequisite to...

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in Declining to Impose an “Administrative Feasibility” Requirement for...

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

The 9th Circuit Declines to Adopt Administrative Feasibility Requirement for Class Certification

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit joined the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits in declining to adopt an “administrative feasibility” requirement for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class under...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

FDA Guidance on Evaporated Cane Juice Not So Sweet for Class-Action Defendants

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

Legal Update: Evaporated Cane Juice

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #2

No Shades of Gray in Order Banning Supplement Claims - In a case based on a referral from the National Advertising Division, the Federal Trade Commission obtained summary judgment and a final order against an advertiser...more

Guidance on Deceptive Advertising Claims from 9th Circuit

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that Dole’s “All Natural” food labels on products containing synthetic ingredients could be misleading to a reasonable consumer. - The 9th...more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

Where’s the Octopus? New False Advertising Class Action against Goya Foods, Inc. Claims Octopus Is Missing from Products

A new putative consumer class action claiming damages in excess of $5,000,000 was filed earlier this month in the Northern District of California against Goya Foods, Inc. (“Goya”). The plaintiff, a purchaser of Goya octopus...more

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