Each month we will be sharing the PC Food Litigation Index, a summary of latest class action filings in the food and beverage industry.  This data is compiled by Perkins Coie based on a review of dockets from courts nationwide.

Annual Filing Trends

California and New York continue to be the preferred jurisdictions for food and beverage class action filings.  The majority of the new filings in February 2018 occurred in those two jurisdictions followed by Missouri and Washington DC.  As for the type of cases filed, the trend continued with suits involving false labeling claims dominating the new filings in February 2018 followed by claims involving slack fill, “all natural” and health maintenance.   The rate of filings ticked down slightly, but the monthly numbers are very variable.

Filings by Jurisdiction

Filings by Category