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Prop. 65: lawsuit targets fish oil supplements containing PCBs

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 12 2010

Environmental and public health groups have sued eight manufacturers and retailers of fish oil supplements sold in California under the state Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65) alleging that the fish oil supplements contain high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and require warning labels

Enjoining GM alfalfa deregulation went too far according to U.S. Supreme Court

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 25 2010

In a 7-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that a district court erred in enjoining the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) from even partially deregulating Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa while the agency takes steps to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA

Consumers taking new shots at product manufacturers

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 29 2010

With an increasing number of companies touting their products as "green" or "environmentally friendly," consumers have reportedly begun challenging those claims in court complaining that they paid more for products that did not meet their expectations

Procedural missteps doom trade association challenge to EPA rule ending domestic pesticide tolerances

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 30 2010

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld, in part, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) denial of objections filed to its final rule revoking all residues of the pesticide carbofuran permitted on or in raw and processed foods

Issues narrowed in Texas bellwether GM rice contamination cases

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 8 2010

A multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in Missouri has issued a number of rulings on motions for summary judgment and to exclude or limit expert testimony in the bellwether cases involving Texas rice farmers who allege that contamination of the U.S. rice supply with genetically modified (GM) rice caused a precipitous decline in prices for their crops on world markets

Preliminary EU ruling says honey with GMO is not authorized

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • European Union
  • -
  • February 18 2011

According to an advocate general opinion, which is not binding on the European Union (EU) Court of Justice, honey that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) due to the proximity of the hives to experimental GMO maize fields is considered a food produced from a GMO and therefore cannot be marketed unless authorized

SCOTUS to hear appeal on California slaughterhouse rules

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 1 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the petition for certiorari filed by the National Meat Association (NMA) to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision denying NMA’s request for preliminary injunction in a challenge to the application of California’s rules requiring the humane treatment of downer animals in slaughterhouses

Recent court developments: BPA, Nutella and Alaskan fishing regulations litigation

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 15 2011

A multidistrict litigation court in Missouri has denied motions for class certification in 24 transferred cases against companies that make baby bottles and sippy cups allegedly containing bisphenol A (BPA

Recent agreements to settle disputes: contaminated GE rice lawsuits, dairy pricing and false pet food ads

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 15 2011

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay up to $750 million to settle the claims of rice farmers who allege that the company’s genetically engineered (GE) rice contaminated their conventional crops and led to market losses when some countries closed their borders to U.S

Company agrees to settle complaints about its environmentally friendly product claims

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 28 2011

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. has reportedly agreed to settle putative class actions filed in California and Wisconsin federal courts alleging that the company falsely advertised its Windex products as good for the environment