Chicago Partners Susan Brice and Thor Ketzback, along with San Francisco Associates Merrit Jones and Thomas Lee, presented on "Toxic" Tort Food Litigation: The Truth Behind the Headline, May 4, via a live presentation in our Chicago office, as well as by live webinar.

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Attorneys, toxicologists and industry leaders examined the scientific evidence in play in "toxic" food litigation cases, discussed the trends involved in these claims and offered advice on how to manage such high-profile claims. The discussion covered Proposition 65 cases, advertising and marketing claims, and toxic tort personal injury suits. Hot topics included arsenic in wine, lead in chocolate, acrylamide in fried and baked foods, high fructose corn syrup, sugar and sugar substitutes, Bisphenol A in canned goods and chemical contaminants introduced through the supply chain.

Brice has 20 years of experience in science-based laws, including environmental law, energy law and food law. She regularly handles environmental, toxic tort, food and product liability litigation in federal and state courts.

Ketzback concentrates his nationwide practice in all areas of environmental and health and safety law. Utilizing his environmental background in private practice and government service, he has served as environmental counsel for a wide array of clients including those within the energy, manufacturing, chemical and agricultural production sectors.

Jones has represented restaurants, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in a broad range of legal issues, including consumer product safety and regulatory matters, false advertising claims, and compliance with California Proposition 65, in which she regularly advises clients concerning newly listed chemicals and targeted products, product reformulation, and warning requirements.

Lee has extensive experience counseling retail and manufacturing clients on their compliance with state and federal environmental laws that impact companies doing business in California. He has defended enforcement actions brought under California’s Proposition 65, and regularly advises clients on implementing compliance programs, as well as enforcement trends and changes in regulations and safe harbor levels to help them identify and manage their Proposition 65 risk.