Introduction and Update in Class Actions and Food Law

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Wed, Nov 16, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

What are Class Actions and Food Law?

Class action lawsuits against food companies are becoming a common scenario. Many of those class action lawsuits are based on the claim that a product’s advertising or labels have misled the consumers. The cases involve small, consumable products. Food class action lawsuits have been prevalent for a few years now; however, the field is still developing as more cases make their way through the court.

This live session by expert speaker Christopher G. Van Gundy will discuss the updates for the class actions and food law. The specific challenge is to identify roughly the four or five major sources of liability in the food supply chain, and focus on the “Food Court,” the unique development of class action law in Food Court cases, and to discuss several trending issues in the Food Court today.

Session Highlights

  • There are five major sources of liability in the food supply chain today –
    • State attorneys general,
    • FDA and FTC enforcement
    • Regulatory actions;
    • Competitor lawsuits;
    • Consumer lawsuits.
  • These liability exposure points often intersect, where an FDA warning letter could lead to consumer class action litigation. The consumer class action litigation presents unique challenges to food companies because the claims are often with little or no merit, and yet can be expensive to defend or settle.
  • In addition, regulatory compliance or non-compliance is important, but is not the driver of the consumer litigation. There are best practices in labeling, marketing and advertising that can be followed to ensure regulatory compliance and to minimize exposure to “Food Court” claims.

Session Benefits

The webinar is intended to raise awareness about food labeling, marketing and advertising claim exposure, explain the current situation, and steps to take to minimize liability exposure.

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance personnel,
  • In-house counsel,
  • Marketing personnel and business decision makers in the food supply chain who either are new to “Food Court” issues, or desire an update on Food Court developments.

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Christopher G. Van Gundy

Christopher G. Van Gundy is a partner at Keller and Heckman, LLP in the firm’s Litigation and Food and Drug Practices. Mr. Van Gundy’s practice focuses on food law litigation, regulation, and policy, including class actions, product liability defense, Proposition 65, and “private label” issues such as supply chain liability, indemnity disputes, food authenticity (“food fraud”) issues, false advertising, food marketing claims, brand protection, trademark disputes, and distribution...   More Info
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