Legal News Articles - Food/Drink
August 8, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Read [ Monsanto Glyphosate Lawsuit: Expert Testimony Deemed Credible Enough for Trial ]
San Francisco, CA Roundup Weed Killer has been used by homeowners, schools, gardeners, and farmers since its development in the 1970s. Its usage has increased exponentially since the 1990s when genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were developed that can survive heavy applications of Roundup, enabling farmers to kill all types of weeds but not the desired crops. In 2015, an arm of the World Health Organization (France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer “IARC”), designated glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen. Thousands of Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits over alleged Roundup cancer followed. Now Plaintiffs have cleared a crucial hurdle. A judge has ruled that the preliminary opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science,” and should be permitted for a jury’s consideration.
May 8, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC: Bumble Bee Foods LLC has agreed to plead guilty to charges of tinned tuna price fixing and pay a criminal fine of at least $25 million to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The charges against Bumble Bee are the first to be brought by the DOJ in its ongoing investigation of antitrust practices in the seafood industry in the US.Read [ Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty to Tuna Price Fixing with Possible $25M Fine ]
April 24, 2016. By Brenda Craig.
Barrie, ON: Diamond Pet Food and its distributor Costco is now paying out claims to Canadians whose pets required screening for salmonella poisoning or treatment for salmonella infection, or died after consuming certain Diamond Pet Foods in 2011 and 2012.Read [ Salmonella-Tainted Pet Food Payout in Canada—No Bill Required ]
November 27, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
Syngenta is prohibited from appealing a federal judge’s ruling that allowed corn industry plaintiffs to continue multidistrict litigation, claiming the company tainted large shipments of U.S. grain with genetically modified seeds. The court recently issued the coordination order for the MDL proceeding.Read [ Mass Tort Suits Proceed Against Syngenta for Genetically Modified Corn ]
November 15, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Rochester, MN: There have been several high-profile lawsuits alleging Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations, each of which have settled for undisclosed sums. And while the debate over the safety of energy drinks and their contents continues to roil, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to evaluate the products, while researchers keep jumping into the pool with studies and randomized trials.Read [ Energy Drink Impact on the Body Isn’t Pretty ]
November 7, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Kansas City, KS: More than 1,800 Syngenta lawsuits have reportedly been filed by farmers across the US against Syngenta. The lawsuits allege the biotechnology company’s genetically modified Agrisure Viptera and Duracade seeds contaminated US corn shipments, making them unacceptable for export to China. Although Syngenta reportedly filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits, in September that motion was denied.Read [ More Than 1,800 Syngenta Lawsuits Reportedly Filed ]
October 14, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Monster Energy Drinks Safety Designation Easily Obtained ]
Washington, DC There is little doubt that Monster Energy Corporation does not view its products in the same light as health critics and plaintiffs who claim Monster drink contents are harmful. And yet a trend appears to be emerging that sees Monster, at the eleventh hour, stepping in to settle a Monster drink lawsuit before it even starts.
August 27, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Read [ Energy Drink Lawsuits: Understanding Caffeine ]
Baltimore, MD As far as substances go, energy drinks seem fairly harmless to most people. Need a quick boost of energy, ingest an energy drink and get some much-needed caffeine. People turning to energy drinks might need more caffeine than what a cup of coffee or a soda would provide, but would be forgiven for thinking that the caffeine in an energy drink isn’t any more harmful than the caffeine in a cup of coffee. But energy drink lawsuits allege caffeine overdoses are deadly, and consumers aren’t warned about the risks, especially the risks to adolescents who consume the highly caffeinated beverages.
July 2, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ A Busy Time for Monster As Next Monster Energy Drink Injury Trial Looms ]
Corona, CA With two marquee Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations lawsuits having now been settled, all eyes turn toward the Anais Fournier lawsuit that begins in August. The 14-year-old girl died from cardiac arrest at home while watching television with her family after consuming two cans of product manufactured and distributed by Monster Energy Corp. (Monster), within 24 hours.
May 24, 2015. By Brenda Craig.
Read [ Food Poisoning Lawyer ”Besieged” with Blue Bell Creameries Victims ]
Houston, TX On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of the products made at its three plants in the US because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen the company detected in samples of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream produced between March 17, 2015 and March 27, 2015.
- ConAgra’s Tainted Peanut Butter Multimillion-Dollar Fine a Warning to Food Manufacturers By Brenda Craig (May-23-15)
- Another Month, Another 300 Syngenta Lawsuits By Heidi Turner (May-19-15)
- Syngenta Lawsuits Continue to Grow By Gordon Gibb (May-11-15)
- Almost 1,500 Lawsuits Involved in Syngenta MDL By Heidi Turner (May-4-15)
- Defending America’s Bread Basket and American-Grown Corn By Gordon Gibb (Apr-29-15)
- All Eyes on California as Monster Death Trial Poised to Get Underway By Gordon Gibb (Apr-22-15)
- Defendants in Syngenta Lawsuits Pushing for Federal Jurisdiction By Gordon Gibb (Apr-7-15)
- Corn Farmers Case against Syngenta’s GMOs Could Take Years By Brenda Craig (Mar-27-15)
- Did Jumping the Gun Kill a Market and Sow the Seeds of Discontent? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-24-15)
- Syngenta Facing Lawsuits Over Genetically Modified Corn Seed Sales By Lucy Campbell (Mar-23-15)
- Norovirus Outbreak Suspected on Princess Cruises By Lucy Campbell (Apr-11-14)
- 3,600 Dogs and Cats Sickened by Chinese Jerky Treats By Lucy Campbell (Oct-22-13)
- Salad Mix Linked to Stomach Illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska By Jane Mundy (Aug-3-13)
- Household Chemical Triclosan Under FDA Investigation By Lucy Campbell (May-7-13)
- Peanut Butter Recall Expands as Salmonella Infections Increase By Lucy Campbell (Sep-28-12)
- Trader Joe's Recalls Peanut Butter Due to Salmonella By Heidi Turner (Sep-23-12)
- One Little Girl's Nightmare With Food Poisoning By Gordon Gibb (Sep-22-12)
- Dangerous Amounts of Arsenic Found in Rice-based Food Products By Lucy Campbell (Sep-19-12)
- Mexican Mangoes May be Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak By Lucy Campbell (Aug-28-12)
- Recall to Prevent Listeria Food Poisoning Crosses 36 States By Gordon Gibb (Aug-19-12)
- Cantaloupes Linked to Salmonella By Jane Mundy (Aug-18-12)
- 60 Hospitalized in Denver Homeless Shelter Food Poisoning Outbreak By Lucy Campbell (Jul-23-12)
- Allegedly Bad Chicken Worth $140,000 to Foodborne Illness Plaintiff By Gordon Gibb (Jul-21-12)
- Florida Nurse Missed Work From Foodborne Illness By Gordon Gibb (Jun-23-12)
- FDA Asked to Ban Lindane from Head Lice Shampoos By Lucy Campbell (Jun-4-12)
- Australian Girl Left Brain Damaged Allegedly from Chicken Wrap By Gordon Gibb (May-13-12)
- People Sickened by Salmonella Dog Food By Jane Mundy (May-6-12)
- Effects of Foodborne Illness Can Exist Long After Crisis Has Passed By Gordon Gibb (Apr-14-12)
- Will Widened Michael Foods Egg Recall Result in Foodborne Illness? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-11-12)
- Starting a New Year with an Old Problem: Foodborne Illness By Gordon Gibb (Feb-8-12)
- Government Officials Issue Final Tally for Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak By Charles Benson (Dec-18-11)
- More Cantaloupe Lawsuits Filed By Heidi Turner (Dec-9-11)
- Cantaloupe Food Poisoning Deaths Allegedly Point to Inadequate Inspections By Charles Benson (Nov-29-11)
- Cantaloupe Listeria Lawsuits Filed By Heidi Turner (Nov-15-11)
- Death Toll in Cantaloupe Recall Rises By Heidi Turner (Nov-5-11)
- Potential Source of Cantaloupe Food Poisoning Identified by FDA Officials By Charles Benson (Oct-24-11)
- Listeria-Contaminated Cantaloupe Illness Increases By Lucy Campbell (Oct-20-11)
- First Cantaloupe Listeria Illness Reported in Pennsylvania By Lucy Campbell (Oct-18-11)
- Cantaloupe Recall Expands As More Deaths Are Reported By Heidi Turner (Oct-14-11)
- Attorney: Cantaloupe Food Poisoning Dangerous for Some By Heidi Turner (Oct-12-11)