Class actions against food industry defendants are on the rise, as evidenced by a report recently published by Bryan Cave LLP. This report, which analyzes class action filings, demonstrates that “complaints concerning food and dietary supplements continue to dominate civil class action complaint filings for the third quarter in a row.” Nearly 50% of class actions filed in the third quarter of 2013 related to food (35%) or dietary supplement (15%) industries. Complaints against the food industry were up 8% over the second quarter of 2013. As described in the report:
The vast majority of [unfair and deceptive acts and pratices]class action complaints filed during the period related to food labeling and/or nutrition content (22%), followed by claims related to a product’s performance (20%). Closely following in third were complaints regarding claims that a product was ‘natural’ (17%).