9th Circuit Issues Wrongful Termination Decision

In Santillan v. USA Waste of California, Inc., a 53-year old garbage truck driver filed an action against his employer of 32 years alleging a wrongful termination claim based on age discrimination and retaliation.  Gilberto Santillan (“Santillan”) had an exemplary employee record and was rarely disciplined during his first 30 years at USA Waste of…

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When the Last Label Gets Corrected the Lawsuit May Be Over

The Northern District of California recently ruled that a consumer had no standing to pursue class action claims for injunctive relief after tea maker Twinings removed certain labeling about antioxidants from its packages. In May 2012, Nancy Lanovaz sued Twinings North America, Inc. alleging causes of action under California’s Unfair Competition law (UCL), False Advertising…

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Beware of Slackers in Packaging

Laws prohibiting “nonfunctional slack-fill” in food and other packaging have been on the books for years, but have gone largely unnoticed. Recently, however, plaintiffs’ attorneys and district attorneys have brought the issue to prominence by initiating numerous lawsuits against manufacturers of various consumer products, including food and beverages. Thus, any food and beverage producer should…

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