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Food & Beverage Industry Class Actions

The food and beverage industry is facing a rising tide of lawsuits and regulatory enforcement actions over product labeling and advertising.

Food & Beverage Group of the Year 2016 & 2017

With more than 40 lawyers in our Consumer Litigation & Class Actions practice, a world-class Antitrust practice, and one of the top-ranked Supreme Court & Appellate practices, Mayer Brown is exceptionally qualified to defend food, beverage and supplement manufacturers in complex class action matters. In matters involving false advertising, antitrust, patent, trademark, trade secrets, distributor relations and trade practices, we bring to bear our significant and wide-ranging experience on behalf of many of the largest national and international food and beverage companies in the world.

Our high-profile global and national clients in the food and beverage industry speak for themselves. Representative of our experience is the work we have performed for clients Nestlé, Chobani, Foster Farms, Wells Enterprises, Gerber, California Pizza Kitchen, Amy’s Kitchen, KIND, Patagonia and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, to name just a few.

Mayer Brown’s representation of food and beverage clients focuses on providing novel approaches to complex class action litigation. Our lawyers have obtained excellent results for our clients in a wide variety of high-stakes matters.

One example of our work for the food and beverage industry is in the area of false advertising consumer class actions. Over the last five years, the industry has faced a tidal wave of consumer class action lawsuits involving product labels and advertising. Working in partnership with our clients, Mayer Brown takes a multifaceted approach to these cases:

  • We aggressively and efficiently defend against class action litigation, with a strong track record in obtaining early dismissals based on arguments such as preemption, primary jurisdiction, plausibility and standing.
  • We help create a unified strategy to efficiently handle copycat class actions or private claims piggybacking on a government investigation.
  • We advise on how to minimize exposure to future false advertising claims.
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