Food Labeling Suits: An Explosive Trend In Tort System

Law360, New York (September 28, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT) -- William Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare, while perhaps the greatest writer in the English language, would never have made it as a lawyer. As a recent litigation trend makes clear, what is in a name and what label one gives to describe an item makes a huge difference, at least with regard to the potential liability of a food manufacturer.

One of the most explosive litigation trends in our tort system right now is the large uptick in the number of suits targeting the...

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