The amount of litigation in the United States regarding food has increased tremendously over the last five years. Cases range from those challenging the labeling and marketing of food to those challenging the very ingredients in the food itself such as trans-fat; sugar; and, refined flour. Often these cases are brought as class actions in federal court and are highly complex and challenging to litigate. Many
Successfully litigating a food law case often involves an in-depth knowledge of class action law; Food and Drug Administration regulations; and, many other areas of law.
This course, presented by Maia Kats, director of litigation at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”) and Michael Reese, a class action practitioner who has litigated dozens of food cases in the past twenty years and who teaches class action law at Brooklyn Law School, will review the current state of food law including recent class action decisions that pertain to food law; the FDA and USDA’s role in food law litigation; as well as recent trends in the type of claims and cases brought. They will offer practical guidance on how to litigate a food law case.
Maia Kats practices in the area of consumer litigation, with a special emphasis on deceptive labeling in the food and dietary supplements context. Prior to joining Kaplan Fox, Maia was the Litigation Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, where she led the department to unprecedented success. She is widely regarded as a leading expert in food litigation,and is a frequent speaker on the topic nationwide. Maia is the consumer representative on FDLI’s 2019 Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference Planning Committee. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Maia has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many landmark, deceptive marketing class actions that favorably resolved including, most recently, Coca-Cola (Vitaminwater), PepsiCo (Naked Juice), General Mills (Cheerios Protein), and Campbell’s (Plum Organics). She is currently class counsel in numerous deceptive “health halo” cases, including against CVS (Algal-DHA memory supplements), Jamba Juice (smoothies), and Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association (misleading marketing of sugar drinks as not linked scientifically to obesity and diabetes). Coverage of her cases routinely appears in the press, including on Good Morning America, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, and more.
Michael Reese is the founder of Reese LLP - a law firm based in New York, New York that has litigated class actions since 2008 on behalf of consumers, with a focus on food related cases. Mr. Reese frequently work with non-profit organizations to address food law related issues. Mr. Reese and his firm have been appointed as class counsel by federal and have been responsible for the removal of trans-fat for a number of popular consumer products; changes to labeling and marketing of a number of foods; and, reimbursements of tens of millions of dollars to consumers.
In addition to his litigation efforts, Mr. Reese is a widely respected lecturer and author of food law issues. He has recently presented at the American Bar Association Health Law Summit; the Food and Drug Law Institute; the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association; and, the Union Internationale des Avocats in Verona, Italy. Mr. Reese is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches on class actions. Prior to entering private practice in 2000, Mr. Reese served as an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Reese received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Outstanding presentation in every way. Thank you for making this available, and please provide more of the same!
Excellent! Very Informative!
Excellent examples of deceptive food practices and key cases
This deserves an expansion. Good content in an area of law that needs more attention from lawyers.
This is a new area of practice developed after I passed the bar in 1992. It would be wise to view this presentation and see what has developed. Highly recommended to those potential viewers who consume food.
excellent mixture of specific rules and cases and general issues in food safety addressed by CSPI
Michael Reese is an especially good lawyer and presenter.