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Writing for Food Manufacturing, Shagha Tousi Analyzes Food and Beverage Packaging Litigation

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12.07.2016 | Article

Shagha Tousi, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice groups, explored how manufacturers can avoid being subject to a regulatory action or class action litigation on the basis of their product labeling in Food Manufacturing. In the Q&A article, “Check the Box to Avoid Food & Beverage Packaging Litigation,” Shagha discussed how product packaging can trigger litigation for food and beverage companies, the types of packaging that plaintiffs’ lawyers often focus on, if manufacturers should only be worried about what is on their nutrition label or physical product packaging, and how a company can avoid being subject to a regulatory action or class action litigation on the basis of their product labeling.

She also analyzed notable recent cases and settlements as well as the upcoming developments that companies in this area should keep an eye on, such as the regulatory scheme surrounding GMO food products. According to Shagha, perhaps more ominous than the threat of regulatory action is that of a consumer class action brought by the plaintiffs’ bar. These claims can vary from product liability claims alleging physical harm to false or misleading advertising claims.

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