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Kane v. Chobani
On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit placed an indefinite hold on a large number of lawsuits filed against food manufacturers whose products allegedly bear misleading labels. The decision to delay proceedings while FDA addresses the labeling issues was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case in support of the defendant. Although the decision to stay proceedings technically applies only to this case, it is likely to result in similar stays being issued in scores of similar lawsuits pending in the Ninth Circuit. The defendant in this case is alleged to have violated California law by including an “only natural ingredients” label on its yogurt, even though the yogurt included color additives that allegedly did not qualify as “natural.” There are scores of lawsuits in California that raise similar “natural” claims; in light of the Ninth Circuit’s decision, all are likely to be stayed until FDA completes its review of use of the term “natural.”
Case Status:
Victory.
More Information and Downloads:
11/15/2014: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Urges Ninth Circuit to Rein In Rampant Food Labeling Lawsuits
Press Release: Ninth Circuit to Hear Oral Argument in Suit Seeking Refunds for Allegedly Misleading Yogurt Labels
Press Release: Ninth Circuit Places Hold on Many Lawsuits Seeking Refunds for Allegedly Misleading Food Labels
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