Archive: March 2022

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Wine Labelling: A New EU Regulation is Coming Into Force in 2023
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Second Circuit Sets the Stage for Standing in Crypto Class Action
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Court Dismisses False Advertising Suit Over Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Bars
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New U.S. Sanctions on Russia and Belarus Impose Trade and Investment Restrictions on Luxury Goods and Russia’s Energy Sector
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Annie’s Hops Away from Proposed Slack-Fill Class Action

Wine Labelling: A New EU Regulation is Coming Into Force in 2023

By: Serena Totino, Judith Rinearson

The European Union reform of Common Agricultural Policy (“CAP”), published on 6 December 2021, will enter into force on 1 January 2023. (See more here.)  Such reform consists of a number of changes to the existing regulations.

Specifically, wine labelling will be regulated by EU Regulation 2021/2117, which amended four EU regulations, namely Regulations (EU) No. 1308/2013, 1151/2012, 251/2014, and 228/2013. Consultations on modernization of the CAP started in 2017, and the legislative procedure was completed at the end of 2021. While a mid-term review will take place in 2025, the CAP is meant to cover the period 2023–2027.

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Second Circuit Sets the Stage for Standing in Crypto Class Action

By: Christian A. Zazzali

Earlier this month, Judge George B. Daniels, sitting in the Southern District of New York, adopted the recommendation of Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger in certifying a limited class in a suit against online digital asset exchange, KuCoin.

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Court Dismisses False Advertising Suit Over Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Bars

By: Amy Wong

Summary: Plaintiff filed a putative class action complaint in New York federal court against Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC, alleging it deceived consumers into believing that its chocolate-coated ice cream bars contained only milk chocolate when they actually contain vegetable oils, which Plaintiff contends are not found in real chocolate. Plaintiff’s primary cause of action arises under New York’s false advertising and deceptive practices statutes, General Business Law §§ 349 and 350. Beers v. Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC,  No. 21-CV-2 (CS), 2022 WL 493555, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 17, 2022).

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New U.S. Sanctions on Russia and Belarus Impose Trade and Investment Restrictions on Luxury Goods and Russia’s Energy Sector

Originally posted on the K&L Gates Hub

By: Jeffrey OrensteinSteven F. HillStacy J. EttingerErica L. BakiesJerome J. ZauchaDonald W. Smith

As an update to K&L Gates’ previous alerts of 24 February and 25 February, U.S. President Joe Biden issued two executive orders (EOs) last week imposing additional sanctions against Russia. The first order, EO 14066, issued on 8 March 2022, prohibits: (1) U.S. imports of Russian oil and other energy products, and (2) new investments by U.S. persons in Russia’s energy sector. The second order, EO 14068, issued on 11 March 2022, restricts: (1) exports of luxury goods to Russia and Belarus, (2) U.S. imports of Russian alcohol, seafood, and diamonds, and (3) the supply of U.S. dollar-denominated banknotes to Russia and the Russian Government worldwide. This alert describes these new developments in more detail.

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Annie’s Hops Away from Proposed Slack-Fill Class Action

By: Ashley Song

Summary: Annie’s, Inc. recently defeated a proposed class action that alleged its tropical-flavored bunny-shaped fruit snacks contained non-functional slack-fill and therefore misled consumers as to the amount of product contained therein.

Key Takeaways: Annie’s, Inc. defeated a proposed class action in the Southern District of New York that alleged that its tropical-flavored bunny-shaped fruit snacks (“Fruit Snacks”) deceived consumers by containing “non-functional slack-fill” (i.e., unnecessary empty space) and misled consumers as to the amounts of snacks contained in each package.

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