Sugar Growers Can't Shake Counterclaims In Corn Syrup Suit

Law360, New York (September 18, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Monday refused to dismiss false advertising counterclaims levied against sugar producers by high fructose corn syrup makers accused of deceptively rebranding their product, rejecting arguments that articles and news releases critical of corn syrup are protected free speech.

U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall denied efforts by industry group the Sugar Association Inc. and related companies to toss the counterclaims on standing, First Amendment and immunity grounds, saying the plaintiffs had failed to make a case that media reposted on its...
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