Keller Heckman (LexBlog Italy)
Barilla’s Motion to Dismiss False Ad Class Action Denied
On October 17, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu denied Barilla America Inc.’s motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit that accused it of falsely representing its pastas as made in Italy [subscription to Law360 required]. The plaintiffs, Jessica Prost and Matthew Sinatro, allege that the company’s federally trademarked phrase, “Italy’s #1 Brand of...
High Levels of Arsenic and Lead Found in Vinegar Products, Particularly Balsamics
On May 24, 2021, the consumer protection groups Food & Water Watch and Empire State Consumer Project, Inc. (ESCP) requested (via letter) that the FDA take action to address the allegedly high levels of arsenic and lead found in many vinegar products. ESCP tested 24 samples of major brands of vinegars or vinegar reductions or...