Tag: CSPI

Unmitigated Chutzpah: The CSPI’s Merchantability Claim Against Safeway

Ken posted about some general issues related to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s claims against Safeway related to the decision not to use its Club Card data to publicize recalls. Hidden among the claims, however, is a claim for breach of the warranty of merchantability that is so breathtakingly extensive it requires a … Continue Reading

Why CSPI’s Loyalty Card Suit Has No Merit and Does Not Promote Food Safety

Following the playbook it has followed in the past with sodium and other issues, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed yet another complaint of very questionable legal merit to promote a policy agenda. This time CSPI seeks to compel all retailers to use loyalty cards as a recall alert system. … Continue Reading

The Show Goes On: USDC Allows Vitaminwater Lawsuit to Proceed

In an opinion issued on July 21, 2010, Judge John Gleason of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York largely denied the defendant’s motion for dismissal and held that 10 of the 13 claims in a class action suit brought against Coca-Cola for alleged unlawful health claims on its Vitaminwater … Continue Reading

District Court to CSPI: No Standing Any Time

Standing is one of those basic concepts they teach everyone in law school.  Courts, law students are told, are for the resolution of disputes between parties with a real stake in the outcome, not for the delivery of advisory opinions.  Then, it being law school after all, you are taught a number of ways in … Continue Reading

Jim Prevor Deconstructs CSPI’s List of “Ten Riskiest Foods”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its list of "Ten Riskiest Foods Regulated by the FDA."  The list has gotten a lot of publicity, particularly because some unexpected foods like potatoes made the list.  Our friend Jim Prevor, the Perishable Pundit, has written a Special Edition of his newsletter that pretty … Continue Reading

Sodium Putative Class Action Suits to Become Epidemic?

Following the putative class suit filed last month in New Jersey by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) against Denny’s, a similar suit was filed in Illinois (apparently CSPI is not directly involved in this action). The Illinois complaint can be found here. Like the New Jersey complaint, the Illinois action alleges … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Decision Casts Doubt on Merchantability Claim in CSPI Suit Against Denny’s

The recent case against Denny's brought by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in New Jersey claims that food was inadquately labeled in violation of the implied warranty of merchantability. A recent Ninth Circuit case indicates that this claim should fail because there was no specific contract between the plaintiff and Denny's requiring that food be labeled to plaintiff's satisfaction.… Continue Reading

Facts Alleged in CSPI Sodium Suit Incongruent with Claims Asserted

Thought to be the first putative class action against a restaurant chain related to disclosure of sodium content on menus, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed what appears to be a test case against Denny’s. Best guess is the case will fail on its merits (though for CSPI, success in litigation may not be the … Continue Reading

Another High-Profile California Labeling Case

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently filed a putative class action in federal court in the Northern District of California claiming that Glacéau’s VitaminWater is mislabeled under California law. This suit comes on the heels of the recent Ninth Circuit decision that remanded the Gerber foods case. We previously discussed the Gerber … Continue Reading

Upcoming Hot Topics in Food Law Teleconfernce

UPDATE – This panel will address emerging issues related to the recalls and investigations related to the Peanut Corporation of America. The panel includes persons intimately involved with these issues. Anybody with an interest in the peanut recall should register and tune-in. The American Bar Association is presenting its second Hot Topics in Food Law teleconference on … Continue Reading
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