Tag: State

Constitutionality of Vermont’s Recently Enacted GMO Labeling Law Challenged

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, June 12, 2014, in United States District Court for the District of Vermont, four national trade associations representing food producers and manufacturers sued the state of Vermont claiming that the state’s recently passed Act 120, which would require certain food containing ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops to be labeled … Continue Reading

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate the Corporate and LLC Shield for Many Washington Contracts

Note: This blog entry was  authored by Douglas Batey and originally published on the LLC Law Monitor blog. The Washington legislature is currently considering a bill that would apparently require any contract that calls for the payment of money by an LLC or corporation, to include an extra signature by an authorized representative that would render the … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

The following is authored by guest blogger Jake Storms, from the Alcoholic Beverages Law Blog. In an update to an earlier blog post, the FDA issued warning letters today to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The FDA stated in the letters that caffeine added to malt alcoholic beverages was an “unsafe food additive ” … Continue Reading

Improved Surveillance Will Lead to More Food-Borne Illness Claims

We’ve explained previously in this blog why increased surveillance by state and federal agencies will lead to detection of more outbreaks (and, therefore, more legal exposure). Others seem to agree. Law360 published a nice interview with Jim Neale at McGuire Woods, another lawyer experienced in the food liability arena ( a Law360 subscription is needed … Continue Reading

Court Rules That Retailers Have No Duty to Investigate Suppliers Compliance with Organic Regulations

An important ruling was issued last week dismissing claims that milk produced by an organically certified dairy and labeled as organic was not really organic. Plaintiffs in the action asserted violations of various states’ laws because they claimed that they paid more for the milk because it was labeled as "organic.” A federal judge in … Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Announce Proposed Food-Safety Reforms in Wake of Pistachio Recalls

As pistachio recalls continue to be announced in the wake of salmonella-tainted pistachios from Setton Farms, two California lawmakers this week announced legislation that is expected to strengthen food-safety standards in that state. The bill to be introduced in the California State Assembly by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Assemblyman Mike Feuer is expected to … Continue Reading

California Appeals Court: No Mercury Warnings Required on Canned Tuna

The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District has upheld a trial court ruling that canned tuna sold in California need not warn consumers about methylmercury.   In 2004, the State of California sued three tuna companies: Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC; Del Monte Corporation; and Bumble Bee Foods, LLC. The state argued, among other things, … Continue Reading

Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Statute

As discussed previously on this blog, the ABA Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee will soon publish its 50-state survey on consumer protection statutes. In addition to the chapter on Washington, Bryan Anderson and I also coauthored the Alaska chapter.   As with Washington, the Alaska statute is quite broad. See AS § 45.50.471-.561. A … Continue Reading

The Human Cost of the Peanut Butter Recall Part Two

As the troubles at Peanut Corporation of America intensify, unaffected makers of peanut butter such as ConAgra, makers of Peter Pan, and J.M. Smucker, makers of Jif, have seen sales declines, too. Consumer reluctance to buy any peanut butter products, while understandable on a surface level, will have consequences throughout the economy, and will hurt many small grocers as well as big agribusinesses.… Continue Reading
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