food-lit-imagePerkins Coie has published its first Food Litigation Year in Review, covering key developments and trends in food litigation for calendar year 2016.  The Year in Review’s key insights include data-driven assessments of how (and where) the plaintiffs’ bar has continued its assault on the food industry in 2016. That data reflect the filing

Erika McCartney v. Pacific West Ingredients LLC, et al., No. CGC-17-556912 (Cal. Super. Ct. – San Francisco Cnty.): Proposition 65 action alleging Defendants failed to warn consumers their Organic Merchants Co. brand cacao nibs contain cadmium.

Burton, et al. v. Inventure Foods, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-0134 (S.D. Ill.): Putative class action for violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, unjust enrichment, and breach of express warranty. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant misleadingly markets and sells its Boulder Canyon branded snack chips as containing “evaporated cane juice” on their ingredient lists, instead of sugar. Complaint attached.


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Watkins Incorporated v. McCormick & Company, No. 1:15-mc-01825 (D.D.C.): In this putative class action alleging that Defendant deceptively “slack-filled” its black pepper containers, which Plaintiff says caused it to lose pepper sales by confusing consumers, the Court granted in part Defendant’s motion to dismiss. Defendant moved to dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims for lack of constitutional

Decerbo v. Melitta United States of America Inc., No. 8:16-cv-00850 (M.D. Fl.): In this putative class action alleging Defendant deceptively mislabeled its flavored coffee products by omitting federally- and state-mandated language about artificial flavorings on its “French Vanilla” and “Hazelnut Creme” flavored coffees, the Court granted in part Defendant’s motion to dismiss. Defendant moved

Stolz v. Fage Dairy Processing, S.A., No. 1:14-cv-3826 (E.D.N.Y.): The Court granted-in-part and denied-in-part Defendant’s partial motion to dismiss in this putative class action alleging consumers were misled by Defendant’s “Total 0%” packaging on its yogurt products because consumers believe the product lacks fat, sugar sodium, cholesterol, calories or carbohydrates. First, the Court dismissed

In re Kind LLC “Healthy and All Natural” Litig., No. 1:15-md-02645 (S.D.N.Y.): The Court entered an order granting in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss this consolidated putative class action asserting violations of multiple states’ consumer protection laws and raising claims for breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and negligent misrepresentation.  Plaintiffs allege Defendants deceptively marketed its snack food products with labels including the words “healthy,” “all natural,” and/or “non GMO.”
Continue Reading Court Grants Defendants’ Motion, Staying Consolidated Action Involving “Healthy and All Natural” Claim on Primary Jurisdiction Grounds

Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. 3:13-cv-04291 (N.D. Cal.): The Court issued an order granting in part and denying in part Defendant’s motion to dismiss. The order dismissed with prejudice Plaintiff’s claims asserting violations of California’s CLRA, FAL, and UCL, as well as its claims for breach of express warranty, breach of implied

Bailey et al v. Kind, LLC, No. 8:16-cv-168 (C.D. Cal.):  The Court denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss this putative class action asserting violations of California and New York’s consumer protection statutes, as well as claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and breach of the express and implied warranty of merchantability.  Plaintiffs allege Defendant falsely represented that eating two Kind bars a day helps prevent weight gain.”
Continue Reading Federal Judge in California Denies Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in Consumer Class Action Over Weight Prevention Claims

Demmler v. ACH Food Cos., No. 1:15-cv-13556 (D. Mass.):  The Court issued an order closing this case after granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss this putative class action asserting a violation of Massachusetts’ consumer protection statute and raising a claim for unjust enrichment.  Plaintiff alleges Defendant’s Weber BBQ Sauce products are misrepresented as being “All Natural” when in fact they contain caramel color. 
Continue Reading Court Grants Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in “All Natural” Action Involving Barbecue Sauce