Food labeling litigation is one of the fastest growing areas of class action litigation today. New cases are being filed all the time alleging that food manufacturers have labeled and marketed their products deceptively. Food manufacturers (and the lawyers who advise them) need to ensure not only that they comply with labeling regulations, but also that they avoid marketing products in ways that invite lawsuits. This course, presented by Lauren Handel of Foscolo & Handel PLLC, The Food Law Firm, provides an overview of food labeling regulation, the causes of action asserted by consumers and competitors, key defenses, and the types of labeling and marketing claims that plaintiffs have targeted in lawsuits.
I. Identify the regulatory framework for food labeling and marketing
II. Understand the basic legal claims and defenses asserted in food labeling litigation
III. Recognize risky labeling and marketing claims that could subject a food manufacturer to civil liability
Lauren Handel is the principal attorney at Handel Food Law LLC, where she counsels and represents food, farming and alcoholic beverage businesses. Lauren’s practice includes regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, intellectual property and litigation.
Before forming her firm, Lauren was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP where her practice concentrated on product liability and environmental litigation, as well as workplace safety regulation. After nearly 10 years of counseling and defending Fortune 50 companies, Lauren decided to put her skills and experience to work for independent businesses that produce the things she is most passionate about − good food and drink.
Lauren earned her bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997; her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002; and an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2013. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, the US Supreme Court, and the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Lauren is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Defending “Natural” Food Labeling Litigation, published in the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture & Natural Resources Law, as well as a chapter on Urban Agricultural Nuisances and State Right to Farm Laws published by the American Bar Association in the book Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation. She frequently lectures on food and agricultural law topics at seminars for the food industry and for attorneys.
Great and interesting topic.
A really nice presentation. Thorough and well delivered.
Very informative. Good course content. Good strategies.
Not an area I have practiced in, but I certainly found it interesting and have a basis of understanding the topic should I ever wish to pursue it. Very informative to me as a consumer as well.
makes what can be a complicated topic very understandable. good presentation.
I liked the real examples of labeling issues, i.e. Kind Bar case, vegan mayo, etc
Great lecture & well presented.
Thanks for the info on "Good Eats" law.
Exactly the sorts of information I was hoping would be presented.
Interesting and informative
Very good overview of food law
Excellent presentation. Very informative on standards governing food labeling litigation.
Very timely topic. Balanced & fair presentation; very knowledgeable.