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Supplement Manufacturers Need Game Plan to Defend Against Class-Action Lawsuits

A 2012 New York Times article highlighted a burgeoning opportunity for lawyers who made a name for themselves suing tobacco companies: food labeling litigation.

In recent years, the federal courts have been buried with putative class-action lawsuits that have been filed against manufacturers and marketers of conventional foods, beverages and natural products.

Robert Herrington, a defense lawyer in Los Angeles who wrote a book (“Verdict for Defense") on class-action and mass-action liability, recalls an American Bar Association presentation that cited hundreds of food and beverage cases pending in the “Food Court"—otherwise known as the Northern District of California.

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