NewsFeed - Foley's Quarterly Web Conference Series (July 2011)
06 July 2011
11:30 a.m. Central
Please join us for the next session of Foley's NewsFeedSM Web conference series as we discuss the latest legal developments for the food industry. Topics include:
The Food Safety Modernization Act: A Large Animal, But Does It Have Any Bite?
Enacted on January 4, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) places significant burdens on companies and on the FDA regarding inspections, recalls, new requirements similar to Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), and others. In Congress, battles have already begun over the act's funding, with current proposals already threatening to defund the statute. Nathan A. Beaver will provide an overview of the most important provisions of the FSMA, the steps that the FDA has already taken to implement the act, and an analysis of Congress' funding debate and how the act's implementation might be affected.
So You Think Your Product Is Biodegradable? The FTC Might Not
Food companies often say their products are biodegradable, but the FTC's very strict standards might say otherwise. More importantly, if manufacturers and marketers are not careful with their biodegradability claims, they could face consumer and regulatory actions. Eileen R. Ridley will discuss the pitfalls of such claims and how to best protect against liability. She will also discuss what impact the Supreme Court’s recent Wal-Mart decision may have on consumer and employment class actions.
AT & T Mobility v. Concepcion: Relief From Employee Class Actions Through Mandatory Arbitration Programs?
In AT & T Mobility v. Concepcion, the United States Supreme Court recently found that a California State Supreme Court decision that had invalidated a waiver of class action claims contained in a mandatory arbitration program used by a bank ran afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act and hence was invalid. Unless Congress reacts by overruling the Concepcion decision legislatively, both businesses and employers may now have a way to curtail all manner of class actions against them through mandatory arbitration programs. Foley Partner John H. Douglas will discuss the significance and reasoning behind the Concepcion ruling and examine the significant advantages and decreasing disadvantages of mandatory arbitration for food companies, particularly in the employment context.
Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program, wherever applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of one General credit. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must log in to both the teleconference and LiveMeeting portions on the date of the event; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event.