Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation and Where We Go From Here

Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy - Food Litigation Conference


Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

In Conjunction With The Litigation Section of The State Bar of California presents

Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation and Where We Go From Here
Friday, April 11, 2014 | 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | UCLA Faculty Center
Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. Program begins promptly at 8:45 a.m.
A networking reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center, following the conference.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 hours of general MCLE credit.

Food-related litigation has surged in recent years, with a significant increase in cases attacking labels on the basis claims about the quality of ingredients, or claims a food is “healthy” or “natural.” These developments have evoked considerable discussion of the emerging “Food Court” and its implications for consumers, industry, and lawmakers - but much uncertainty remains. This conference will bring together practitioners, academics, and law students to examine emerging issues in food litigation, its broader context, and the role for litigation in policy-making.

Registration will include entrance into conference, light breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception.

Detailed Conference Program

For directions to UCLA Faculty Center please visit: http://facultycenter.ucla.edu/About-Us/Directions.aspx

Parking is avaiable for purchase for $12.00/day in Lot 2 located at Westholme Ave. and Hilgard Ave. and parking with a handicapped placard is $5.00/day. Please note is is CASH ONLY.

Conference will feature the following speakers and topics:

Welcome and Introduction by Dean Rachel Moran, UCLA School of Law

Panel 1: Is “Food Court” Helping Consumers? The Historical Context of Food Labeling Litigation and the Role of Litigation in System Reform
A discussion of what is driving the recent surge in food related litigation, the social utility of litigation, and how food litigation compares to other types of class actions directed at driving industry changes.

Panelists:

  • David Biderman, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Steve Gardner, Director of Litigation, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Samuel R. Wiseman, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law

Moderator:

  • Joanna Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Panel 2: Recent Food Litigation Trends: What’s Healthy, What’s Natural, and Who Says So?
A discussion of recent case law, emerging legal theories and settlement trends.

Panelists:

  • Michael Reese, Reese Richman LLP
  • Diana Winters, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Dean Panos, Partner, Jenner & Block

Moderator:

  • Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program, UCLA School of Law

Panel 3: Regulatory and Legislative Landscape: A Look Ahead
A review of the key regulatory actions and legislative changes that will shape the litigation landscape in 2014 and 2015, to include discussion of the Food Safety Modernization Act, federal rulemaking, and state level activity regarding GMO labeling laws. What changes may limit or curtail litigation, and what changes are likely to create more legal risks or uncertainty?

Panelists:

  • Dennis Stearns, Professor from Practice, Seattle University School of Law; Founding Partner, Marler Clark Firm
  • Bruce Silverglade, Principal, Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Matz PC
  • Michele Simon, President, Eat Drink Politics
  • Neal Fortin, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Moderator:

  • Margot Pollans, Teaching Fellow, Resnick Program, UCLA School of Law

Panel 4: Beyond Labeling: The Role of Litigation in Broader Food System Reform
While “Food Court” activity is primarily focused on consumer protection and labeling actions, litigation is currently being used as a strategy to address various negative implications of the food system, from food safety to the environment. This panel features examples of these types of cases and explores the possibilities and limitations of litigation to address food system challenges.

Panelists:

  • Robert Bodzin, Chair of The Litigation Section of The State Bar of CA and Partner, Burnham Brown
  • Leslie Brueckner, Senior Attorney, Public Justice, Food Safety and Health Attorney
  • Avinash Kar, Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

Moderator:

  • Sean Hecht, Executive Director, Environmental Law Center, UCLA School of Law

Wrap-up and closing remarks by Michael Roberts, Executive Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law.

Lunch Speaker: Paul Miller, President of the Australian Olive Association

Networking Reception to follow directly after conference.

Registration Information:

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

For directions to UCLA Faculty Center please visit: http://facultycenter.ucla.edu/About-Us/Directions.aspx

Parking is avaiable for purchase for $12.00/day in Lot 2 located at Westholme Ave. and Hilgard Ave. and parking with a handicapped placard is $5.00/day. Please note is is CASH ONLY.

If you have any questions, please contact Randi Kusumi at kusumi@law.ucla.edu.

Thank you to our Sponsors:


Reese Richman