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Bilzin Sumberg's Food & Beverage Industry team represents companies in national complex litigation, including product labeling and deceptive advertising class actions, antitrust and price-fixing opt out litigation, and franchisor/franchisee disputes.  The team also provides counsel to clients navigating the myriad challenges encountered by companies operating in the food, beverage and consumer product sectors, including product recalls, label changes, and investigations instituted by the Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies.

Bilzin Sumberg's primary goal is to protect client business interests through nuanced understanding of their products and challenges, and through coming up with innovative approaches to analyze and mitigate litigation risk. Clients seek out Bilzin Sumberg's Food & Beverage Industry team for their far-reaching experience counseling companies that operate at all levels of the food and beverage supply chain—from manufacturers, distributors, retailers, grocers, and national restaurant owners, to operators and franchises.  Bilzin Sumberg’s thought leadership is regularly showcased on The Food Court, the firm's blog chronicling the latest legal developments impacting the food and beverage industry. 

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Represented beverage manufacturer and distributor, All Market Inc., in defense of a national federal class action consumer fraud, and deceptive advertising case regarding its Vita Coco coconut water. The plaintiffs alleged that the Vita Coco product packaging and marketing materials containe...

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Representation of multiple national restaurant chains and a top ten food distributor in an ongoing case against the major producers of chicken in the United States. The chicken manufacturers- who account for more than 90% of all chicken products sold in the country- participated in a decade-long ...

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Defense of an American grocery store chain in connection with a nationwide federal class action for violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (“FACTA”). Plaintiffs alleged the grocery store chain failed to comply with FACTA by printing more than the last 5 digits of consumer credi...

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Defense of an herbal products distributor in connection with a national class action alleging that certain herbal cigarettes were being sold as a “natural” and “healthy” alternative to traditional cigarettes without proper disclosure of certain health risks.

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Representation of Florida franchisees in actions against Italian franchisor for rescission of franchise agreement based on violation of franchise disclosure laws.

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Defense of large Wisconsin franchisee in termination and default action brought by global QSR franchisor.

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