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Court Dismissals of “Made in USA” Class Actions

Two cases involving allegations that companies falsely labeled their products as “Made in USA” and thereby violated California’s “Made in USA” statute have recently been dismissed.  In April, the Southern District Court of California dismissed all claims against Heinz.  Then, earlier this month on June 6, the Central District Court of California dismissed all claims against Stearn’s Products.  […]

FTC Challenges “All Natural” & “100% Natural” Claims

On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced agreements with four cosmetics companies to settle charges by the FTC that the companies falsely advertised their products as “all natural” or “100% natural” even though their products contained synthetic ingredients.  The FTC also issued a complaint against a fifth company. If you have attended one of […]

“Made in USA” Right to Cure Legislation — Show Your Support for AB 2827

Last month’s round table discussion at EO Products was very insightful and now there is a piece of legislation that needs your support.  As I previously discussed here, a significant number of companies doing business in California are facing frivolous class action lawsuits and threats of litigation because of their use of a “Made in USA” claim […]

California’s New “Made in USA” — Not Stopping Onslaught of New Litigation Based on Prior Conduct

During the 2015 legislative session,  California’s legislature amended its “Made in USA” law (previously discussed here) with SB 633.  Under the new law, effective January 1, 2016, products sold in California may legally be labeled with a “Made in USA” claim as long as certain conditions are met (discussed below).  Unfortunately, however, over the last 6 months, class […]

FDA Seeks Public Input on the Term “Natural” for Food Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced the establishment of a docket to receive information and comments from the public on the use of the term “natural” in food labeling.  The FDA’s action is in response to 3 citizen petitions asking that the FDA define the term “natural” and 1 citizen petition asking the […]

Count Down to CARB

The old adage may be that “time flies when you’re having fun” but unfortunately, lately I have found that it just plain flies!  I received an email earlier this week from my friend and mentor Gordon Greenwood of Maclaren Corlett LLP in Canada.  He noticed I hadn’t posted in a while, which isn’t really like me, […]

Angela Diesch Appointed Chair of GRMA’s Joint Committee for the Joint Committee on Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics

I am excited to announce that I have been appointed Chair of the Joint Committee on Good Manufacturing Practices (“GMP”) for Cosmetics for the Global Retailers and Manufacturers Alliance (“GRMA”).  The GRMA was created by the global public health organization NSF International, Inc. and leaders from major retailers and manufacturers to develop consensus-based standards for dietary supplements, cosmetics/personal care […]