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BPA to rejoin harmful chemicals list in California
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 9 2015

A California state court has lifted an injunction that barred bisphenol A (BPA) from placement on the list of reproductive toxicants mandated under


Claims rejected: deregulation of GE alfalfa, lead in fruit juice, MDL transfer of “all natural” Skinnygirl Margarita actions, U.S. Supreme Court review of $97.4-million Nicaraguan judgment in banana worker exposure to pesticides
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Nicaragua, USA
  • January 13 2012

According to news sources, the Center for Food Safety, which lost its challenge to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) decision to deregulate without restriction genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, plans to appeal the matter to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


New lawsuits filed: “natural” orange juice, mislabeled butter, city vs. state in trans fat dispute, lack of FDA action on nanotechnology petition
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 13 2012

Putative class actions have been filed in New Jersey and California federal courts against Tropicana Products, Inc., alleging that the company misleads consumers by labeling and marketing its orange juice as “100 pure and natural,” when it actually “undergoes extensive processing which includes the addition of aromas and flavors.”


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


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


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


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


Testing lab owner sentenced to prison for falsifying results
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2012

The owner of an environmental testing laboratory in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, has reportedly been sentenced by a federal court to nine months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that resulted in reporting false water test results


JPML consolidates Wesson Oil actions before multidistrict litigation court
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 14 2011

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has consolidated six actions questioning the “100 Natural” claims for Wesson oil products before a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in California


Failure-to-warn claims against tuna co. not preempted, says federal court
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 14 2011

Granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss in part, a federal court in New York has allowed further proceedings on most of the claims filed by a man who alleged that consuming one to two cans of tuna daily for more than two years caused his mercury poisoning