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December 2016

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November 2, 2016

Honey implicated in battle against glyphosate

Testing for residues of an herbicide developed by Monsanto Co. that has been linked to cancer has turned up high levels in honey from the key farm state of Iowa, adding to concerns about contamination that have triggered at least two lawsuits against honey industry players and prompted scrutiny by regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration began glyphosate residue testing in a small number of foods earlier this year after the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015. The “special assignment,” as the FDA refers to the testing project, is the first time the FDA has ever looked for glyphosate residues in food, though it annually tests foods for numerous other pesticides.

November 2, 2016

Richman Law Group takes on Sioux Honey for “natural” labels on glyphosate-contaminated products

WASHINGTON – Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), represented by Richman Law Group, today filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in the District of Columbia against Sioux Honey Association, for the deceptive and misleading labeling of its Sue Bee and Aunt Sue’s honey brands. The suit follows news that Sue Bee honey products labeled “100% Pure” and “Natural” tested positive for glyphosate residue. Glyphosate, a known endocrine disrupter and, according to the World Health Organization, a probable human carcinogen, is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide.

October 19, 2016

Richman Law Group supports truthful labeling in deli meats

A leading meat producer has been sued over “natural” claims on deli meats

  • Challenges to “natural” claims continue, with many cases targeting “natural” claims for products containing synthetic ingredients or preservatives.  As previously covered on this blog, FDA is considering whether to regulate the term “natural”. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat and poultry, currently has in place an informal policy on “natural” which permits USDA-regulated products to be labeled “natural” when the product does not contain any artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient, chemical preservative (as defined in 21 C.F.R. 101.22), or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient; the policy also provides that the product and its ingredients cannot be more than minimally processed.

October 2016

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October 11, 2016

Richman Law Group supports consumers against Handsome Brook Farm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Minnesota consumer group is suing egg distributors, alleging false and misleading representations.

Organic Consumers Association of Finland, Minnesota, filed a class action complaint on behalf of the general public Sept. 26 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Handsome Brook Farm, LLC and Handsome Brook Farm Group 2 LLC and Doe Corporation 1-10, alleging violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

October 4, 2016

From Law360

Richman Law Group involved in case against Aveeno

Law360, Los Angeles (October 4, 2016, 9:42 PM EDT) — A New York federal judge on Tuesday certified three classes of consumers from New York, California and Florida who allege the “Active Naturals” labeling on Johnson & Johnson’s Aveeno line of products is deceptive since the products contain synthetic ingredients, saying class requirements have been met.

U.S. District Judge Nelson S. Roman granted, with modification, the named plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, limiting the subclasses based on the Aveeno Active Naturals products actually purchased by the three named plaintiffs in their respective states.

Sep. 19, 2016

Richman Law Group supports consumers against Pfizer

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Two consumers are suing Pfizer, a personal care product manufacturer, alleging negligent misrepresentation.

Rachel Tyman of Broward County, Florida, and Johnathan Robinson of New York filed a class action complaint, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Sept. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Pfizer Inc., alleging violation of the New York General Business Law and the Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

September 7, 2016

Richman Law Group challenges ‘Pasture Raised’ claims

Lawsuit alleges that an egg retailer falsely labeled eggs as “pasture raised”.

  • The term “pasture raised” is the latest labeling claim to become embroiled in controversy.  Like the term “natural” (which has been the subject of extensive consumer litigation), the term “pasture raised” is also not currently regulated at the federal level.

September 2, 2016

Richman Law Group supports consumers against General Mills

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman is suing General Mills Inc. claiming the company’s products are falsely advertised and harmful to consumers.

Yesenia Nuez, a resident of New York, filed a class-action lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Aug. 24 against General Mills Inc. alleging false, deceptive and misleading advertising practices regarding its Nature Valley products.

August 25, 2016

Richman Law Group mentioned in  Bloomberg’s article “Is a Granola Bar “Natural” If There’s a Pesticide in It?”

Stroll down your supermarket’s aisles, and you may notice some new words on the cereal and snack boxes. “Natural,” once the descriptor of choice, is being crowded out after years of lawsuits. In its place: “Honest.” “Simple.”

The “natural” claims haven’t vanished; they’ve just become less conspicuous—and as the claims have evolved, so has the litigation over whether they’re deceptive. New lawsuits filed Wednesday target what they say are small amounts of the world’s most popular pesticide in granola bars ostensibly “made with 100% natural whole grain oats.”

June 30, 2016

Richman Law Group & Animal Defense Fund take on Hormel

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Public Justice, and the Richman Law Group filed a joint lawsuit in the District of Columbia Superior Court against Hormel Foods, alleging the company is misleading consumers through the advertising of its Natural Choice® brand of lunch meats and bacon. Contrary to Hormel’s branding campaign, the suit alleges, meats the company advertises as “natural” actually comes from animals raised in the worst factory farms that employ additives, hormones and antibiotics, and contain ingredients that constitute artificial preservatives.

June 23, 2016

From Law360

Richman Law Group challenges Post Foods over “Natural” cereal claims

Law360, New York (June 23, 2016, 3:30 PM EDT) — Post Foods LLC was hit with three suits in New York, California and Washington, D.C., courts Wednesday alleging that the company advertises its Shredded Wheat products as completely natural when they actually contain a herbicide that might cause cancer.

The complaints allege that Post and parent company Post Holdings Inc. tout their Shredded Wheat cereals as “100 percent natural whole grain wheat” and a “natural source of fiber” when they actually contain a chemical called glyphosate, a controversial weed killer that the World Health Organization said…

June 16, 2016

Sodium Warning Requirement

On average, Americans consume about 3,400 mg of salt per day, exceeding the federal government’s daily recommended limit of 2,300 mg. Studies show that there is a link between sodium intake and cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death within New York City. In an effort to address the health risks associated with sodium intake and set a new standard for nutritional transparency within the restaurant industry, the New York City Board of Health enacted a law that requires food service establishments that are part of chains with 15 or more locations to place a warning next to items that top the 2,300 mg recommended daily limit. Two days after the rule took effect, the National Restaurant Association filed a lawsuit challenging NYC’s Board of Health’s rule.

In response to the National Restaurant Association’s attempt to hinder the NYC Board of Health’s new act, a number of “friends of the court” enlisted The Richman Law Group to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. These “friends of the court” support the sodium warning requirement, on the grounds that such information empowers consumers to make choices with knowledge of the health risks associated with sodium consumption. On February 2, 2016, the Court issued an Opinion & Order, siding with the NYC Board of Health and denying the National Restaurant Association’s challenge of the sodium warning label. The National Restaurant Association is appealing the decision, preventing the rule from taking immediate effect. The Richman Law Group has again been enlisted to file an amicus brief in support of the rule.

June 15, 2016

Kim Richman Named New York State Chair for the National Assocation of Consumer Advocates

The Richman Law Group is proud to announce that Mr. Kim Richman has been named the New York State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). NACA’s mission is to ensure justice for consumers. Read more about the nonprofit organization here.

JUNE 4, 2015

Richman Law Group mentioned in Natural Society article ‘Class Action Suit: Major ‘Organic’ Baby Formula Isn’t Organic’

Just how desperate are Big Food companies to get in on the burgeoning organic market? It seems that they are desperate enough to lie about their ingredients – even in baby formula.

Plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million in damages from the well-known baby formula maker, Abbot Laboratories (who makes Similac) for labeling one of their formulas as organic when it is anything but organic.

May 27, 2016

From EcoWatch

Richman Law Group mentioned in EcoWatch’s article, “Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate”

More bad news for Quaker Oats. A random inspection from Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected glyphosate in 10 out of 36 oatmeal products it tested, exceeding the country’s legal limit…

May 26, 2016

Richman Law Group Represents a Proposed Amici in the Fight for Sodium Warning Rule

NYC Health Commissioner’s Statement on Sodium Warning Rule Court Decision:

Today, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett applauded the decision of Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court to lift the stay of enforcement, allowing the Health Department to enforce the sodium warning rule. The rule requires chain restaurants to post sodium icons next to items that contain 2,300 milligrams or more of sodium – the total recommended daily limit…

May 1, 2016

Richman Law Group Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Quaker Oats

A lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action has been filed on behalf of consumers in New York and California against the owner of Quaker Oats after testing found traces of the pesticide glyphosate in some oatmeal…

April 27, 2016

From CNN

Richman Law Group Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Honest and Hain Celestial Group on Behalf of Organic Consumers Association

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has filed a lawsuit in California claiming the company falsely labels its Premium Infant Formula as “organic”…

April 26, 2016

Organic Consumers Association Sues Two Infant Formula Makers for Falsely Labeling Products Organic

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced today that the nonprofit consumer advocacy group has filed suit against two infant formula makers—The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), owner of the Earth’s Best infant and toddler formula brands, and The Honest Co.—for falsely labeling “organic” products that contain ingredients prohibited under the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OPPA)…

February 23, 2016

Richman Law Group supports consumers against the Honest Company

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Two New York residents are suing a personal care and household care company, alleging it misleadingly, falsely and deceptively labels its products.

Brad Buonasera and Manon Buonasera, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against The Honest Company, alleging violations of the New York General Business Law, breach of express warranty, and unjust enrichment.

December 1, 2015

Announcing the Richman Law Group

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Richman Law Group, a boutique class action and civil rights litigation firm based in Brooklyn, New York, representing everyday citizens …

June 3, 2015

Lawsuits Allege Earth’s Best and Similac Organic Infant Formulas Violate Organic Standards

Victory Federal court in New York says – for the first time – consumers can sue over violations of organic law ….

March 6, 2015

What is ‘natural food?’ Even the people who make it aren’t sure.

If you are confused about what a “natural” food is, turns out you’re in good company …

November 12, 2014

Lowe’s Settles Lawsuit for Obtaining Consumers’ Private Information

Victory Plaintiffs brought suit against Lowe’s Home Center for unlawfully requesting and recording private information from customers who used a credit card at the point of purchase. The suit alleged that …

May 6, 2013

How to Stop Deceptive Food Marketers? Take Them to Court.

Some lawsuits are being filed over products sporting the natural label that contain genetically-engineered ingredients. Two such examples are ConAgra’s line of Wesson cooking oils and Frito-Lay’s snack products ….

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