May 05, 2021

2021 Bite-Sized Legal Food Webinar Series



Hungry for the latest food law insights and developments?

Our Bite-Sized Legal webinar series is just the thing to satisfy your appetite. Sessions will highlight recent legal developments and regulatory updates that are relevant to your day-to-day operations.

View more sessions in this series.

2021 Webinars in This Series

Session One (Wednesday, May 5, 2021) – Food Labeling Check-Up: The Latest Regulatory Requirements and Litigation Risks

(Available on Demand)

Learn about the latest regulatory requirements and litigation risks in labeling food, beverage and dietary supplement products in this webinar designed to help keep you in step with emerging trends, including:

  • The USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and FDA enforcement
  • Expected requirements for sesame allergen labeling
  • The latest class action claims and decisions related to food labeling and marketing, including litigation about:
    • Ingredients and flavors
    • Health and wellness claims
    • Servings per container
    • The latest evolution of “natural” claims
    • Recent court interpretations of FDA regulations in the class context

Faegre Drinker’s food regulatory and litigation team will examine the interaction between government regulation and class-action litigation, and offer you practical tips for mitigating risk while communicating the best attributes of your product.


  • Sarah L. Brew
  • Tyler A. Young
  • Emily Bodtke Zambrana

Session Two (Tuesday, June 15, 2021) – Litigation Considerations Arising From the Pandemic

(Available on Demand)

This presentation will explore litigation trends in the food practice area arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Covered topics include types of litigated claims, state and federal defenses, and jurisdictional questions, among others.


  • Molly E. Flynn
  • Rita Mansuryan

Session Three (Thursday, July 29, 2021) – The Latest Buzz in Advertising Law

(Available on Demand)

This session will focus on promotional claims and the various advertising buzzwords to describe health, wellness and sustainability benefits associated with a product. We’ll explore the legal standard applied to these statements and how to mitigate risks associated with consumer-directed health, wellness and sustainability claims and catch up on new developments and emerging trends in advertising law, including:

  • The complex competitive landscape facing companies who advertise and market consumer products, foods and dietary supplements.
  • Current issues facing companies as they develop innovative and creative advertising strategies.


  • Heili Kim
  • Rachel A. Gartner

Session Four (Friday, August 27, 2021) – The First Amendment and Food Marketing Litigation: Restoring the Legal Balance

(Available on Demand)

Over the last decade, there has been a flood of consumer deception claims against food manufacturers, with most focusing on the product labels. But there has been little recognition by the courts that these lawsuits are government regulations of speech that are subject to the First Amendment. The First Amendment ordinarily makes it easy to speak and hard for the government to punish or suppress speech. But deceptive practices laws, in contrast, make it hard for food manufacturers to speak on the labels of their products and easy for that speech to be punished through lawsuits seeking damages. This is a profound disconnect, and we’ll discuss how the balance of the law can be restored.


  • Aaron D. Van Oort

Session Five (Wednesday, October 27, 2021) – The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act or Lettuce Protect Our Clients

(Available on Demand)

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) governs the produce industry and provides growers and other fruit and vegetable sellers the ability to have special recourse and priority recovery. This webinar will help you understand this law, how it affects parties’ contracts and your ability to get paid for fresh produce deliveries, and how to preserve the rights it provides. Join Faegre Drinker attorneys Mike Gustafson and Rachael Dettmann Spiegel to learn about the ins and outs of PACA regulations, including:

  • What PACA regulates
  • How the PACA trust works
  • Considerations for dealing with produce buyers who do not pay for outstanding accounts
  • Contracting considerations
  • Bankruptcy considerations


  • Mike T. Gustafson
  • Rachael Dettmann Spiegel

Session Six (Wednesday, December 8, 2021) – Acrylamide and Heavy Metals in Foods: A Brief History Under Proposition 65

(Available on Demand)

In this session we will discuss the history and current enforcement and litigation developments for foods containing the Proposition 65 substances, acrylamide and heavy metals.

  • Measure and mitigate your risk
  • Prepare for California’s OEHHA’s proposed warning specific to acrylamide
  • And more


  • Joelle Groshek
  • Judith M. Praitis

Continuing Education Credit

This program will be sent to the following state bars requesting approval: CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, MN, NJ, NY, PA, TX and VA. 

All approvals are at the decision of the state bar based on content and deadlines. 

No applications are currently pending. 

The CLE provider for this event, CEU Institute (national CLE provider - will seek 1.0 hour General Law credit for this program. 

Please check back closer to the event date for updated credit information.

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