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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 19 Dec 2013

Putative class cries foul in “organic” personal-care products litigation

Responding to Hain Celestial Group Inc.'s motion for summary judgment in a putative consumer-fraud class action alleging that the company wrongfully


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 26 Aug 2011

USDA denies New York City’s plan to ban food-stamp use for soda

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has rejected New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to prohibit residents from using food stamps to buy sugar-sweetened beverages and soda.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 5 Aug 2011

FSMA fees and burdens on small business on FDA docket

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a notice and request for comments about fiscal year 2012 fees under the Food Safety Modernization Act.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 29 Apr 2011

Plaintiff seeks motion to compel in omega-3 litigation against walnut company

Contending that Diamond Foods, Inc. has defended its decision to place “heart-healthy” claims on its packaged walnuts on the advice of counsel, and removed them after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning, also on the advice of counsel, the named plaintiff in a putative class action alleging consumer-fraud against the company is seeking the production of attorney-client communications.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 18 Mar 2011

Court again dismisses health-based false-labeling claims against margarine maker

A federal court in California has dismissed as preempted state-law claims that Smart Balance falsely labeled and advertised its Nucoa margarine product; the court also denied the plaintiff's motion to certify a class.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 25 Feb 2011

EPA questions standing of food interests to bring lawsuit over ethanol blend waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two decisions allowing the sale of ethanol blends above 10 percent, referred to as E15, for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 19 Nov 2010

Federal court denies motion to settle trans fat margarine litigation

A federal court in California, presiding over two putative class actions alleging that I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Country Crock and other cholesterol-free margarines were falsely advertised as nutritious, has denied a joint motion for preliminary approval of a class settlement.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 12 Nov 2010

EPA’s authority to allow more ethanol in gasoline challenged

A coalition of major farm, food and fuel industry trade groups has reportedly filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to allow gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be sold for vehicles made in the 2007 model year or later.

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