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FDA takes Kind Approach to “Healthy” Corporate Philosophies

This month, FDA showed a willingness to catch up with the recent trends, advancements, and developments in the food and beverage industry by reconsidering years-old regulations regarding products labeled as “healthy.” Kind, a snack food company, was publicly condemned last

Posted in Food and Drug Administration

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’s Impact

FDA’s steadfast position against formally addressing “Natural” claims on food products may soon be forced to change if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which the House of Representatives passed on July 23, 2015, is enacted. The Safe and

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Posted in "All Natural", Food, Food and Drug Administration, Labeling Claims

Harsh Words for KIND Bars

Kind, LLC received a rude awakening from the FDA when it notified the popular snack-maker that it was violating numerous federal regulations by allegedly misbranding four popular products. Kind is known for its widely-popular snack bars which are marketed as

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Posted in Food and Drug Administration, Labeling Claims

Lanham Act Claims Are Not Precluded by Compliance with the FDCA

In POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., (June 12, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that companies can bring unfair competition actions under the Lanham Act even when their competitors have complied with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Posted in California, False Advertising, Food and Drug Administration, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Manufacturer, Labeling Claims, Lanham Act, Preemption, Regulation

Raising “Cane” in Labeling Claims

Class action plaintiffs again allege that the labeling on Chobani’s Greek yogurt violates FDA regulations and misleads consumers, even though a federal court in California dismissed a similar labeling class action earlier this year.  The New York complaint filed in

Posted in "All Natural", Class Action, Evaporated Sugar Cane, False Advertising, Food and Drug Administration, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Manufacturer, Labeling Claims, Preemption, Sugar Substitutes

State GMO Labeling Laws: Friend or Foe?

Despite Vermont’s passage of its GMO labeling law and other states’ consideration of similar statutes, food manufacturers continue to support uniform federal legislation over the hodgepodge state-by-state approach that is developing. Pessimists among us might say that the FDA has

Posted in "All Natural", Class Action, Food and Drug Administration, Food Manufacturer, Genetically Modified Organism, GMO, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Labeling Claims, Regulation

Here We Go Again: Primary Jurisdiction and Deference to FDA

We have been here before:  in an attempt to capitalize on the ambiguities and uncertainties in product labeling, the plaintiffs’ bar focuses on phrases and ingredients for which there is little FDA guidance.  Last year, the industry saw many lawsuits

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Posted in Class Action, Evaporated Sugar Cane, False Advertising, Food and Drug Administration, Food Manufacturer, Genetically Modified Organism, GMO, Labeling Claims

Leading the Charge: Vermont Mandates GMO Labeling by 2016

While some states have passed GMO-labeling laws which contain a triggering-clause before they go into effect, Vermont has officially become the first state to pass a law, without any triggering-clause, requiring food manufacturers to label food as containing genetically modified

Posted in "All Natural", Class Action, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Manufacturer, Genetically Modified Organism, GMO, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Labeling Claims, Preemption, Regulation

Cozen O’Connor to Attend Snack Food Association’s Legislative Summit

Cozen O’Connor has been at the forefront of defending consumer class action lawsuits involving food and beverage labeling for years.  On April 9th and 10th we will be taking the fight from the courtroom to Capitol Hill at the Snack Food

Posted in "All Natural", Class Action, Food and Drug Administration, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Manufacturer, Nutrition Labeling and Education Act

7th Circuit: Nothing “Loko” About Denying Defense Based on Liquor Liability Exclusion

In Netherlands Insurance Company v. Phusion Projects, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the insurer of the makers of Four Loko has no duty to defend it in lawsuits alleging the alcoholic beverage caused serious injury and death. 

Posted in Duty to Defend, Food and Drug Administration, Food Manufacturer, Food Safety, Insurance Coverage, Liability Policy, Liquor Liability Exclusion, Policy Exclusions, Public Health
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