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Food and Beverage

We know Food and Beverage. We represent America’s largest brand-holders, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Our food and beverage attorneys protect the consumer relationship, manufacturing process, ingredient, and packing innovations that define sector success.  Decades of experience have honed our knowledge of the industry’s consumer, competitor, and regulatory landscapes and power our efficient, proactive representations. When conflicts do arise, we help clients manage, assess, and control litigation and litigation risks, engaging in a decisive courtroom contest whenever truly needed. Attuned to industry issues as well events trending on the horizon, our food and beverage lawyers help clients solve the conflicts that most jeopardize consumer trust and competitive advantage.

Food and Beverage Experience

Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Supply-side cartel pursuit
  • Defense of marketing and market share agreements
  • FTC representation

Innovative and sophisticated antitrust counseling and litigation representation

Business Litigation
  • Appellate advocacy and guidance
  • Closely held food company shareholder disputes
  • Distributor and supplier disputes
  • Domestic and international arbitration
  • Employment counseling and litigation
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Global business and technology sourcing

An impressive track record of resolving complex legal and business challenges

Class Action Litigation
  • Ingredients
  • Benefit claims and FDA compliance
  • Nutrition information
  • State and federal consumer protection statutes
  • Risk management planning and litigation avoidance

Defense of consumer labeling and false-advertising claims

Food Safety
  • E. coli and salmonella contaminations
  • Defense of consumer claims
  • Responsible party pursuit

Protection of brand and consumer relationship in the aftermath of a contamination

Insurance and Catastrophic Loss
  • Contamination coverage
  • Spoliation claims
  • Business interruption and product losses

Representation for complex, high-exposure insurance, reinsurance, and recovery claim disputes

Manufacturer’s Liability
  • Defense of product injury claims
  • Recall counseling
  • Complex, catastrophic manufacturing accidents

Helping prevent, investigate, manage, and defend product liability litigation

Patent Litigation
  • Food technologies
  • Food products
  • Ingredient IP

Trial-born knowledge of patent infringement recovery, patent litigation defense, and key industry technologies

Trademark, Brand, and Advertising Litigation
  • Social and transmedia best practices
  • Consumer brand and mark disputes
  • Trade dress protection
  • Copyright disputes

Vigorous protection of key brand assets from infringement and unfair competition

Trade Secret
  • Misappropriation of industry-confidential information
  • Trade show protection best practices
  • Protection/prevention counseling

Safeguarding clients’ proprietary information and processes through all stages of litigation

  • Production rights acquisition
  • Reputation management
  • Contractual and shareholder concerns

Helping clients anticipate, manage, and resolve water issues impacting business operations and objectives

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Food and Beverage Case Results

Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Domestic and International Arbitration
Labelling Litigation
Manufacturer's Defense
Patent Litigation
Trade Secret
Trademark, Advertising, and Brand Litigation
Insurance and Catastrophic Loss
Food Safety
Restructuring and Bankruptcy

Food and Beverage Resources


December 5, 2017

A federal court has rejected a request by Keurig Green Mountain to dismiss multiple lawsuits charging that it has unfairly monopolized the market for single-serve “K-Cups” used in its popular coffee brewing machines.


Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, Li Zhu and Christine Yun Sauer offer a set of best practices for protecting trade secrets.


November 9, 2017

With each producer offering an ever-increasing selection of beers in a field as crowded as an Oktoberfest tent, trademark clashes are increasingly leading small brewers to turn against one another.


May 10, 2016

While best efforts provide some protection, no safeguards fully insulate against foodborne illnesses. To contain the harm imposed by these lurking catastrophes, companies must prepare with strategic and decisive crisis management.