Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Lawyers | McDermott

Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Litigation


From contract issues with distributors or suppliers, to false product claims or a product recall, commercial disputes are an inevitable part of doing business in the food, beverage and agribusiness industries. We draw on McDermott’s deep bench of litigators, which includes lawyers with substantive experience and knowledge in class actions, consumer fraud, data privacy and breaches of privacy, FDA compliance, false claims, and marketing and pricing.

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  • An American subsidiary of a global, Swiss-based agribusiness company in the successful defense from two purported class actions brought by community water systems. The matters concerned allegations that, as a herbicide manufacturer, the company was liable for the presence or potential presence of a toxic substance in the water supplies used by the water systems.
  • A soft drinks and beverage products company with affirming the denial of class certification in a putative class action lawsuit where the plaintiff asserted consumer fraud and unjust enrichment claims related to the use of saccharin. We defeated the plaintiff’s motion for class certification because the proposed class included countless consumers who suffered no injury by the alleged nondisclosure.
  • A brewer with product liability advice on a wide variety of subjects, including potential advertising liability, personal injury claims and industry-wide issues involving health and public policy. We also represented the company in a lawsuit filed by a trade association of Belgium brewers that objected to its labels and packaging on certain products. No damages were paid and the case was dismissed.

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