Judge Defers To USDA In Dr. Bronner's False Ad Suit

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a false advertising suit brought by Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps against The Hain Celestial Group Inc. and other makers of beauty and skin-care product, saying the interpretation of federal standards for the labeling of such goods as “organic” was outside the jurisdiction of the district court.

In granting Hain's motion to dismiss the Lanham Act complaint, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston deferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to determine whether Hain and others misled the public by...
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