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Northern District of Illinois Commences Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program

On June 1, 2017, the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project (MIDP) took effect in the Northern District of Illinois. With only limited exceptions, the MIDP applies to all cases filed after June 1 and significantly impacts how cases in the Northern District of Illinois will proceed. In particular, cases in which defendants are seeking to … Continue Reading

FDA Announces Changes to the Nutrition Information on the Labels of Food, Beverages, and Dietary Supplements

On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced that it finalized changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on the labels of packaged foods and beverages, as well as changes to the Supplement Facts panel on the labels of dietary supplements.  The final regulations were published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016.  The final  version  … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Holds that Escrowed Funds Do Not ‘Moot’ a Claim, but Plaintiff Could Move for Class Certification Even if Claim Were Moot

In Chen v. Allstate Insurance Co., — F.3d —-, 2016 WL 1425869 (April 12, 2016), the Ninth Circuit held that the offer and deposit of funds into an escrow account in an amount sufficient to satisfy the named plaintiff’s individual claim, combined with an offer of injunctive relief, does not “moot” the claim under Article … Continue Reading

BPA Regulation Will Soon Affect Consumer Products Distributed in California – Comments on Regulation due April 29, 2016

Despite positive reviews from the EPA and European Food Safety Authority, Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic compound used to line canned goods and other consumer products, was added to the Proposition 65 list on May 11, 2015, as a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity.  Effective May 11, 2016, private enforcers may bring lawsuits to … Continue Reading

California Approves New Mattress Recycling Fee

Mattress retailers and manufacturers face new requirements in California in 2016. Responding to attempts to over-regulate disposal of used mattresses, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers sponsored legislation to create an industry managed recycling program. The primary objective of the program is to get mattresses out of the waste stream and landfills. SB 254 (Correa, … Continue Reading
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