Join us for the Second Annual Consumer Advocacy Symposium and MBA Pinnacle Awards, Nov. 18

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
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The Massachusetts Bar Association will host its Second Annual Consumer Advocacy Symposium on Wednesday, November 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston. This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will include panel discussions on the legal issues and litigation triggered by food labeling and mislabeling. (See panel info below.) Please join us to learn more about this burgeoning area of law.

At the symposium, two companies will also be honored with the MBA's Pinnacle Awards for their commitment to protecting consumers. The Pinnacle Awards highlight businesses that have taken proactive steps that benefit consumers in Massachusetts.

The event will conclude with a complimentary beer/wine networking reception.

Consumer Advocacy Symposium: Food labeling and mislabeling

Panel 1: Litigation over food labeling

This panel will focus on recent litigation challenging the labeling of food as healthy and natural, when there is evidence that the food in question is not healthy or natural.

Examples include several cases that were filed in Massachusetts, including one challenging the labeling of Twinings tea as containing levels of anti-oxidants that it, allegedly, does not contain; a case challenging the labeling of Coca Cola as "natural"; and a case challenging yogurt as containing "evaporated cane juice," which is another way of saying "sugar."

Panelists:

  • Andrew Rainer, Litigation Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute
  • John Roddy, Partner, Bailey & Glasser, Boston
  • Joshua Solomon, Partner, Pollock Solomon Duffy, Boston

Panel 2: Seafood mislabeling

This panel will focus on the legal issues that arose from the mislabeling of seafood, first reported in the Boston Globe spotlight series, and the steps that have been taken to try to rectify these issues.

Panelists:

  • John Connelly, National Fisheries Institute, Virginia
  • Logan Gregory, Deputy Director, Office of Law Enforcement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Gloucester
  • Richard Heller, General Counsel, Legal Sea Foods, Boston
  • Beth Lowell, Oceana Institute, New York