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Back to School: Food Litigation Trends Webinar

With summer drawing to an end and the kids going back to school, it’s time to check in on the latest food litigation trends. Please join Perkins Coie on Tuesday, September 18 at 1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT/10:00 AM PT for a review of the key developments and trends in food litigation. This 60-minute webcast … Continue Reading

Notable Ruling: Precedent-Setting Proposition 65 Pre-emption Decision Involving Breakfast Cereal

Last week, the California Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff’s suit seeking to require Proposition 65 acrylamide based cancer warnings on 59 popular breakfast cereals was pre-empted by federal nutrition policies aimed at encouraging Americans to consume more whole grains and by FDA letters stating that any warnings should be deferred given the uncertain science on … Continue Reading

Industry Insights: Key Takeaways From The GMA Legal Conference

Earlier this week, attorneys in the Perkins Coie Food Litigation team joined top in-house counsel, defense attorneys and regulatory experts at the GMA Legal Conference which took place in New Orleans, LA.  The conference covered a wide array of important and timely legal issues, with an emphasis on protecting your brands from litigation risks and … Continue Reading

New Filings – December 29, 2017

Organic Consumers Association v. R.C. Bigelow, Inc., No. 17CA8375 (D.C. Super. Ct.): Plaintiff asserts a cause of action for violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act alleging that defendant deceptively labeled, marketed and sold its Bigelow’s Green Tea as “All Natural” and “Natural,” when in fact the product contains the synthetic chemical … Continue Reading

New Filings – December 15, 2017

Miao v. Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A. Inc., No. 1:17-cv-09427 (S.D.N.Y.): Putative slack-fill class action asserting violations of New York’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and False Advertising provisions of the GBL, and raising a claim for common law fraud. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant’s containers of Herbal Zen Nutrition plant-based protein powder are 40% slack-filled.… Continue Reading

New Filings – November 15, 2017

Hilel v. Gilda Industries Inc., No. CACE-17-019821 (Fl. Circuit Ct. – Broward Cnty.): Putative class action alleging violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and raising claims for negligent misrepresentation, breach of express warranty, and unjust enrichment. Plaintiff alleges Defendant misrepresented that its cracker products are “all natural,” when the crackers actually contain … Continue Reading

Food Litigation Year in Review

Perkins 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 of … Continue Reading

New Filings – April 3, 2017

Consumer Advocacy Grp., Inc. v. Chulada, Inc., et al., No. BC651577: (Cal. Super. Ct. – Los Angeles Cnty.): Proposition 65 action alleging defendants fail to warn consumers that their ground shrimp contains cadmium and cadmium compounds, and lead and lead compounds. Envtl. Research Ctr., Inc. v. Blackstone Labs, LLC, No. RG17-850885: (Cal. Super. Ct. – … Continue Reading

New Filings for January 23, 2017

Manemeit v. Gerber Products Co., et al., No. 2:17-cv-00093 (E.D.N.Y.): Putative class action alleging Defendants deceptively labels their “Good Start” infant formula as “the first and only formula whose consumption reduces the risk of infants developing allergies,” when such statement is false. Complaint. Miller v. Yucatan Foods, L.P., No. BC645421 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Los … Continue Reading

Consent Judgment Entered in Proposition 65 Action

Consumer Advocacy Grp. v. Olivier Napa Valley, Inc. et al, No. BC580857 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Los Angeles County):  The Court granted Plaintiff’s unopposed motion for entry of consent judgment in this Proposition 65 action alleging that Defendants’ raspberry balsamic vinegar products contain lead. The terms of the settlement are: (1) Defendant is permanently enjoined … Continue Reading

Court Denies Plaintiff’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in Action Challenging Proposition 65 Regulatory Safe Harbor for Lead

Mateel Envtl. Justice v. OEHHA, No. RG15754547 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Alameda Cnty.): The Court denied Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in this action seeking to invalidate the Proposition 65 regulatory safe harbor for lead.  The Court rejected Plaintiff’s assertion that the OEHHA adopted the safe harbor level after erroneously relying on a … Continue Reading

Settlement Proposed In Superfood Prop 65 Suit

Environmental Research Ctr. v. Athletic Greens (USA) Inc., No. RG15791200 (Cal. Sup. Ct. – Alameda Cnty.):  In this Proposition 65 action alleging that Defendant’s nutritional health products contain lead, Plaintiff moved for approval of settlement and for entry of consent judgment. The terms of the settlement require Defendant to place a Proposition 65 warning label … Continue Reading

OEHHA Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Proposition 65 Warning Requirements

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment recently issued to proposed regulations regarding California’s Proposition 65 that, if passed, will impact food and beverage companies, as well as manufacturers of other products sold in California. First, OEHHA issued proposed regulations regarding what is deemed a “clear and reasonable warning” under Proposition 65.  The regulations provide … Continue Reading
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