There are few things more alarming for a business owner than receiving a letter threatening a class action lawsuit. Yet, an ever-increasing number of food companies are facing such threats as plaintiffs’ attorneys across the country seek to leverage consumer protection laws in pursuit of lucrative claims against food companies. In particular, food companies face significant risk from lawsuits involving allegations of misleading or illegal labeling practices. This column will discuss the legal background and history of these lawsuits and explain how companies can best protect themselves and mitigate against the risks associated with these lawsuits.
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