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Dole targeted with “greenwashing” class action
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 30 2012

A putative class action alleging that Dole Food Co. misleads consumers by claiming it is an environmentally friendly and socially responsible company despite purportedly purchasing bananas from growers using pesticides in Guatemala has reportedly been filed in a California federal court


EU court allows challenges to proposals for chemical phase-out
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • European Union
  • March 22 2013

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has upheld the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA's) decision to list several substances as "substances of very


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


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


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


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.”


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
  • USA, Nicaragua
  • 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


Sixth Circuit agrees that medical monitoring is not warranted for small risk of disease from chemical exposure
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 15 2011

Ohio, residents who were purportedly exposed to toxic chemicals, including dioxin, following a train derailment and fire that occurred in 2007 near the town


European General Court annuls EC decision removing triclosan from food contact substance list
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • European Union
  • October 28 2011

The European General Court (ECG) has determined that the European Commission (EC) erred in removing the antibacterial chemical 2,4,4’-trcihloro- 2’-hydroxydiphenyl ether (triclosan) from the list of additives that may be used to make plastic materials and other articles that come into contact with foods