Litigation: Food false advertising class actions on the rise

Throughout 2012, a wave of new false advertising class-action lawsuits in the food industry continued to roll forward, reportsInside Counsel, a newsletter for corporate lawyers.   A powerful and well-financed consortium of plaintiffs’ attorneys, some of whom have in the past challenged big tobacco, asbestos manufacturers, the automobile industry and pharmaceutical companies, have set their sights on the food industry. “Food companies will argue that these are harmless crimes – the tobacco companies said the same thing,” said Don Barrett of the Barrett Law Group.