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court rules that Pom Wonderful precludes claims that supplement is unsafe etc.

ThermoLife Intern., LLC v. Gaspari Nutrition, Inc., No. CV–11–01056, 2014 WL 99017 (D. Ariz. Jan. 10, 2014) This dispute has been around for a while. The court’s introduction gives you a sense of the case: “The briefs and statements of … Continue reading

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FDA declines to define "natural," again

FDA letter.  Discussion at Seller Beware Blog. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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Bumble Bee pushes the envelope, finds lawsuit inside

Ogden v. Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, No. 12-CV-01828, 2014 WL 27527 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 2, 2014) I’m trying to do less food claim blogging, but I noted this case because of the summary judgment submissions, which contain interesting evidence about … Continue reading

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soy and almond milk couldn’t deceive reasonable consumers

Ang v. Whitewave Foods Co., No. 13-cv-1953, 2013 WL 6492353 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2013) Plaintiffs sued over defendants’ Silk and Horizon products. The Silk products are plant-based beverages, including Silk Vanilla Soymilk, Silk Almond Milk, and Silk Coconut Milk.  … Continue reading

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Learned intermediary doctrine doesn’t bar claim at pleading stage

Saavedra v. Eli Lilly and Co., 2013 WL 6345442, No. 2:12–cv–9366 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 26, 2013) Plaintiffs brought a putative class action under the consumer protection laws of California, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New York, and Saavedra also brought individual causes … Continue reading

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Retailer’s California claims against supplier proceed

TRC & Associates v. NuScience Corp., 2013 WL 6073004, No. 2:13–cv–6903 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 18, 2013) TRC, a supplement retailer, sued NuScience and Lumina based on their sales to TRC of a dietary supplement, Cellfood.  TRC alleged that defendants misrepresented … Continue reading

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"All Natural" too undefined to be the basis of a claim

Pelayo v. Nestle USA, Inc., 2013 WL 5764644, No. CV 13–5213 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 25, 2013) Pelayo sued Nestle alleging claims about 13 Nestle stuffed pasta products using the term “All Natural” on the labeling while containing synthetic xanthan gum … Continue reading

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The milk of human lawsuits

Gitson v.Trader Joe’s Company, No. 13–cv–01333, 2013 WL 5513711 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2013)   Plaintiffs sued over “evaporated cane juice” and got basically the result in Wallaby, previously summarized.  They also alleged that certain soy milk products were labeled … Continue reading

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sugar by any other name unlawful, but not misleading

Morgan v. Wallaby Yogurt Company, Inc., No. 13–cv–00296, 2013 WL 5514563 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2013) Another “evaporated cane juice” claim, here for yogurt that used that term in its ingredients list instead of “sugar” or “dried cane syrup.”  The … Continue reading

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another evaporated cane juice plaintiff gets to proceed

Werdebaugh v. Blue Diamond Growers, No. 12–CV–02724, 2013 WL 5487236 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 2, 2013) The usual California claims, this time directed at Blue Diamond’s almond milk products and snack foods, which allegedly falsely claimed to be “All Natural” despite … Continue reading

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