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Food & Beverage Litigation Update - Issue 643

European Union, USA - August 7 2017 Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging

Lawsuit Claims Blue Buffalo Dog Food Contains Lead

USA - July 18 2017 Blue Buffalo Pet Products faces a proposed class action alleging that three of its dog-food products contain unsafe levels of lead despite being

TTAB Says No Likelihood of Confusion Between “Cannibal” Beer and “Cannibal” Restaurant

USA - August 7 2017 The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reversed a refusal to register "The Cannibal" as a mark for beer to

Naked Juice Faces Proposed Class Action for "Cold-Pressed" Labeling

USA - August 7 2017 A consumer has filed a putative class action against PepsiCo alleging that Naked Juice products are mislabeled as "cold pressed" because they also

Unpaid Internships in New York: Understanding the U.S. Department of Labor and New York Labor Guidelines Applicable to For-Profit Companies

USA - June 3 2016 Unpaid internships historically have been a common practice among for-profit companies and a valuable means for students to gain work experience and

Ad Board Recommends Against Gimmick-Exposing Campaign

USA - August 14 2017 The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that Sanderson Farms change a campaign claiming that its competitors are tricking consumers

Mexico Bans Imports of U.S. Potatoes

Mexico - August 14 2017 In response to a petition for a constitutional injunction from a group of Mexican potato growers, a federal district court in Los Mochis, Mexico, has

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns

USA - August 14 2017 According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago

Copper Mugs May Cause Illness, Health Officials Warn

USA - August 14 2017 Iowa health officials have warned that the copper mugs typically used to serve Moscow Mule cocktails may cause copper poisoning. The state's Alcoholic

Food & Beverage Litigation Update - Issue 644

Mexico, USA - August 14 2017 According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago