Our notable ruling roundup aims to keep our readers up to date on recent rulings in the food & consumer packaged goods space.

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  • Deena Indiviglio v. B&G Foods, Inc., No. 7:22-cv-09545-VB (S.D.N.Y. – December 29, 2023): The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action challenging the labeling and marketing of defendants’ spreadable fruit as “All Fruit.” Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that the “All Fruit” labeling is false and misleading because neither citric acid nor natural flavor “can reasonably be described as fruit.” The court concluded that the plaintiff’s own definitions of natural flavor and citric acid acknowledged that both may be derived from fruit. Accordingly, the court held that the plaintiff had not adequately alleged the product’s packaging contained any materially false or misleading statements. Opinion available here.
  • Jeffrey Craig, et al. v. American Tuna, Inc., et al., No. 3:22-cv-00473-RSH-MSB (S.D. Cal. – December 21, 2023): The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied class certification to a plaintiff who alleged he was misled by defendants’ claims that tuna products are “Caught and Canned in the USA,” and “100% American Made,” when the defendants allegedly catch much of their tuna outside of domestic waters. The court found that the sole remaining plaintiff failed to offer any evidence that he saw the advertisements he now claims were false, or even that he had purchased any of the relevant products. The court noted that the challenged labeling was on products in 2016 and 2017, but the plaintiff alleged he bought the products in 2022 and 2023. The court held that the plaintiff has not shown he has standing to bring the suit at all and ordered the plaintiff to show cause why the action should not be dismissed. Opinion available here.

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Photo of David T. Biderman David T. Biderman

David Biderman, a partner in Perkins Coie’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, focuses his practice on mass tort litigation and consumer class actions. He heads the firm’s Mass Tort and Consumer Litigation group. He has represented a wide variety of companies in…

David Biderman, a partner in Perkins Coie’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, focuses his practice on mass tort litigation and consumer class actions. He heads the firm’s Mass Tort and Consumer Litigation group. He has represented a wide variety of companies in state and federal courts in California for 30 years.

On consumer class actions, David represents packaged food companies, coffee companies, dairy companies, footwear companies and others whose nutritional or health claims have been challenged. He also has represented search engines and other online companies. He has a record of favorable results for clients. He successfully tried a major consumer fraud class action on behalf of one of the world’s major search engines in a case involving online gambling advertisements. For that same client, he negotiated a favorable settlement of a class action challenging its online advertising pricing. He represented a major coffee retailer in defeating a class action on standing grounds. He also has litigated pre-emption defenses arising out of food labeling and obtained a dismissal for a client whose nutritional statements were challenged.

For fifteen years, David managed the firm’s full-service product liability team responsible for defending over 1,000 toxic tort cases pending in Los Angeles and Northern California state courts. These cases entailed ongoing trial activity at various levels for several trials set each month. The highly experienced and well-coordinated team has handled thousands of asbestos toxic tort cases for a variety of clients, including FORTUNE 500 companies from such industries as consumer products, aerospace manufacturing, household goods, dry cleaning and industries that generate electromagnetic fields, such as electric utilities and operators of wireless communications systems.

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Thomas Tobin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action matters involving statutory, constitutional, and regulatory issues in a range of industries, including food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and cannabis. In the food and beverage sector, Tommy has experience defending false…

Thomas Tobin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action matters involving statutory, constitutional, and regulatory issues in a range of industries, including food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and cannabis. In the food and beverage sector, Tommy has experience defending false advertising claims and consumer protection claims for well-known international corporations.