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Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation and Where We Go From Here
April 11, 2014 @ 8:15 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, April 11, 2014 | 8:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | UCLA Faculty Center
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.
Conference will feature the following speakers and topics:
- 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
- Joanna Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
- Michael Reese, Reese Richman LLP
- Diana Winters, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- Dean Panos, Partner, Jenner & Block
- Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program, UCLA School of Law
- 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
- Margot Pollans, Teaching Fellow, Resnick Program, UCLA School of Law
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.
- 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, Senior Attorney, National Resources Defense Council
- Sean Hecht, Executive Director, Environmental Law Center, UCLA School of Law
- $135 – Public
- $65 – Academics, Non-profit, and new lawyers who have been practicing for less than 5 years
- $0 – UCLA School of Law Faculty and currently enrolled UCLA School of Law students may register free of charge.