Brendan Coller of the General Litigation department discusses the labeling claim against Whole Foods Greek yogurt in Legal Newsline. A lawsuit alleging that Greek yogurt at Whole Foods contained more sugar than listed on the label was dismissed earlier this month after a judge found the testing methods cited by plaintiffs attorneys were not stringent enough. Though the ruling dismissed all individual actions, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, of the Western District of Texas, allowed plaintiffs the opportunities to modify the complaint. This, Brendan said, means a suit still could be brought against Whole Foods under the same case file, if the plaintiffs find new justification.
Brendan noted that this and other cases highlights the importance of companies to be “proactive rather than reactive.” In addition to keeping up the standards for industry regulation, he said companies need to be keep aware of what media outlets or interest groups are saying about their products.
“You never know how even an innocent statement in a report somewhere may be taken by he plaintiffs bar somewhere and could make its way into a complaint,” he said.
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Legal Newsline (LNL), founded in Dec. 2006, is an Internet-based newswire dedicated to 24/7 coverage of state supreme courts and state attorneys general. The focus is on cases and actions that portend to have an impact on business– whether directly or eventually, once they’ve meandered their way through our justice system.
To read Brendan's recent Cozen O'Connor Products Liability Prevention & Defense blog post on the same topic, click here.