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HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court to Decide Whether Organic Regulations Preempt State Consumer Labeling Claims
Gene Summerlin; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 10, 2014
In Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., the California Court of Appeals held that state law labeling and deceptive trade practices claims arising from alleged mislabeling of organic products were preempted by the National Organic Program. The plaintiff sought review by the California Supreme Court...


HTMLCompliance with FDA Regulations May Not Protect a Company From the Risk of Liability to Competitors via Unfair Competition Challenges
Douglas J. Behr, Alyssia J. Bryant, Melvin S. Drozen, Arthur S. Garrett; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously held that one competitor may sue another under the federal Lanham Act for false, misleading, or deceptive advertising and labeling of its food and beverage products even though the labeling may conform with FDA regulations. The Supreme Court took the...


Adobe PDFSupreme Court: Lanham Act Suit Not Preempted By FDA Regulation
Keller Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 12, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that competitors may file an action under the Lanham Act to challenge the name, label, marketing and advertising of beverages and other food regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.* Neither the...


HTMLFederal Government Cracks Down on Cheese
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 13, 2014
That headline isn’t a typo. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the public health safety of using wooden boards to age or ripen cheese. The agency recently cited several New York state cheese makers for using the boards in a recent inspection, saying the...


HTMLFederal False Advertising Lawsuits Permitted to Proceed Notwithstanding Compliance with Government Rules and Regulations
Barry M. Benjamin, Theodore H. Davis; Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 12, 2014
In a closely watched case involving allegations of false advertising by competitors, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to POM Wonderful by accepting that company’s argument that mere compliance with governmental regulations does not preclude or preempt false advertising claims under the...


HTMLProposed Health IT Strategy Aims to Promote Innovation
Eugene Y.C. Ngai, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 11, 2014
On April 7, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in consultation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft report addressing a proposed strategy and recommendations on an...


HTMLDo Product Labels Matter? Maybe
Helene M. Freeman; Phillips Nizer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 21, 2014
Why is a can for Minute Maid juice like a coat? The answer: Because federal statutes and government regulations prescribe how each is labeled. In the case of juice, the label is prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations promulgated under the Nutritional Labeling and...


HTMLHealth Canada's Modernization Makeover: An Update on the New Food Safety Regulations
Sara Zborovski; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 4, 2014, previously published on May 29, 2014
On May 27, 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) released an Overview of the proposed regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (the “SFCA”). This is the latest deliverable in Health Canada’s modernization makeover, and sets the stage for ongoing...


Adobe PDFESDC Announces Moratorium on LMO Applications Related to the Food Services Sector
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 4, 2014, previously published on May 14, 2014
On April 24, 2014, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development (Jason Kenney) announced an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). As a result, Employment and Social Development Canada...


HTMLWill Feds Step Onto the GMO Playing Field?
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014
In January and April, this space took a look at the growing patchwork of state proposals for regulating the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). As posited here in April, the recent surge in such bills raises a serious question as to whether any individual...


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