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Class Action Litigation

In their ongoing quest to both advance narrow policy agendas and pursue lucrative legal fees, professional activists and class action lawyers have identified food and beverage producers, as well as restaurants, as prime litigation targets. These legal crusaders have a long-term strategy, and have been laying the groundwork through state “consumer protection” lawsuits and other class actions. More opportunities, likely on the heels of new laws and government regulatory actions, await.

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News Flash! Jelly Beans Contain Sugar—The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

By Yvonne M. McKenzie, a Partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP in the firm’s Philadelphia, PA office, and Colleen Kelly, an Associate with the firm.

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase “evaporated cane juice” (ECJ) in its ingredient labeling to mislead consumers about the amount of sugar in Sport Beans.

Jelly Belly markets the product to athletes seeking a jolt of “quick energy,” which is usually accomplished through ingesting sugar and carbohydrates. Far from masking its ingredients, the product labeling clearly states that Sport Beans contain 19 grams of sugar per serving. Despite this, the plaintiffs claimed that the term ECJ misled them into thinking that the product contained juice, not sugar. Never mind that juice itself typically contains sugar. Continue reading →

News, Commentary, and Updates

Thursday, September 28, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

The Tide Is Slowly Turning Against Food Labeling False Advertising Claims That Do Not Involve Affirmative Misrepresentations

All About Advertising Law

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

California court won't dismiss Odwalla and ZICO Beverages 'no sugar added' lawsuits

Legal Newsline

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

How lawmakers can prevent abusive 'slack-fill' lawsuits

The Washington Examiner

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Judge's 'well-rounded decision' decertifies class action over Kraft cheese; Plaintiffs respond with new motion

Legal Newsline

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Kellogg Can’t Duck Class Action Over Cereal Labels

Courthouse News Servicre

Monday, August 7, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

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

Lexology

Monday, August 7, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

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

Lexology

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Kind contests bid to lift stay on ‘natural’ class action

Food Chemical News

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Pret A Manger Perpetrating Sneaky Sandwich Wrap Ripoff, Lawsuit Alleges

The Gothamist

Monday, July 24, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Court Rules Against General Mills Motion to Dismiss in '100% Natural' Lawsuit

Alternet

Friday, July 14, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Judge says lawsuit against Nature Valley's 'natural' claim is 'not plausible'

Food Dive

Thursday, July 6, 2017  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Federal lawsuit against Sioux Honey stayed

Sioux City Journal

Tuesday, December 27, 2016  |  News, Commentary & Updates

Plaintiffs Attorney: Corporate Wrongdoing The Cause Of More Food, Beverage Class Actions

Forbes.com

WLF Resources

Friday, November 10, 2017  |  WLF Resources

Food Court Follies: Misled-By-Maple Class Action Against Quaker Oats Preempted

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Monday, November 6, 2017  |  WLF Resources

Update: Plaintiffs in Subway Not-Foot-Long Class Action Throw in the Napkin

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, August 18, 2017  |  WLF Resources

Food-Court Follies: Fraud Suits Fall Apart after Plaintiffs’ Candid Admissions During Discovery

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, June 23, 2017  |  WLF Resources

News Flash! Jelly Beans Contain Sugar—The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  WLF Resources

Drunk Suing?: Once Again, Plaintiffs File Food-Labeling Class Action Due to “Confusion”

The WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, June 24, 2016  |  WLF Resources

Ninth Circuit Consumer Class-Action Ruling Signals Resurgence of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine

WLF Legal Opinion Letter

Thursday, March 24, 2016  |  WLF Resources

Ninth Circuit Places Hold on Many Lawsuits Seeking Refunds for Allegedly Misleading Food Labels

WLF Press Release

Thursday, October 1, 2015  |  WLF Resources

Litigation Targeting Trans Fat Stayed: A Bump in the Road or Something More?

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, March 20, 2015  |  WLF Resources

FDA’s Next Gift to the Litigation Industry: A Veritable Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils?

The WLF Legal Pulse blog

Thursday, February 26, 2015  |  WLF Resources

On Appeal from the Food Court: Must Consumer Class Action Plaintiffs be “Ascertainable”?

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, December 12, 2014  |  WLF Resources

Key Ruling for Food Labeling Class Action Defendants Issued on "Reasonable Consumer" Standard

WLF Legal Pulse blog

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  WLF Resources

ON THE MERITS: Maple v. Costco Wholesale

WLF On the Merits Publication

Monday, May 12, 2014  |  WLF Resources

Update: Two Food Labeling Suits Settle after Judge Certified Narrowed Classes

WLF Legal Pulse blog

 
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