Recently, a federal judge sitting in the Eastern District of California (Sacramento), for the first time, refused to require a manufacturer to place a Prop 65 warning on its product based on a finding that the requirement would violate the company’s First Amendment rights. We have been following this developing issue for some time. (See prior posts here, here, and here.) Continue Reading First Amendment Still Trumps Prop 65

A recent Federal Court decision on the issue of whether to grant a preliminary injunction in the ongoing saga of the appropriateness of adding the pesticide Glyphosate to the CA Prop 65 list (see prior posts, here and here) has become the grist for the “Fake News” phenomenon. More specifically, issued a press release on February 28, 2018 entitled “Judge Says Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning.”

However, a quick scan of the decision issued on February 26th reveals that the judge did no such thing. Continue Reading Prop 65 Preliminary Injunction and “Fake News”

GMA lawsuit GMO labeling VermontDespite a stiff litigation challenge from the food industry, Vermont’s GMO-labeling campaign marches on. This week saw major developments in the suit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association and other food industry groups challenging the constitutionality of Vermont’s GMO-labeling law, Act 120. Each side won an important victory in motions decided by the court, leveling the playing field and setting the stage for trial.

On Monday, the federal district court judge in Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell issued a decision denying the industry groups’ request for a preliminary injunction, which would have stopped Vermont’s labeling law from going into effect in July 2016 while the lawsuit remains ongoing. The court ruled that the industry groups had not shown they faced a risk of “irreparable harm”–that is, that the implementation of the law would impose severe costs on their members that could not later be remedied with a damages award. And specifically, the court found that the industry groups had not done enough to show that the law’s labeling restrictions would force their members to “make material changes in the way they conduct business” to justify freezing its implementation.

But every cloud has a silver lining, and the food industry won a significant battle in its own right. In the same opinion, the judge also denied the Vermont Attorney General’s motion to dismiss many of the claims in the lawsuit.  The court held that several of the industry groups’ claims were reasonably “likely to succeed” and could proceed to trial, including their claims that:

Continue Reading Onward to Trial: Federal Court Rejects Vermont’s Motion to Dismiss GMA Lawsuit