Join prominent practitioners and thought leaders from the food and dietary supplements industry for this two-day conference that will address the most pressing issues in advertising, labeling, and litigation.

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Conference Highlights 

  • Regulation of Plant- and Cell-Based “Meat” and “Dairy”
  • Cannabis Product Regulation and Ethical Considerations
  • Social Media Marketing and Competitor Disputes
  • Consumer Class Action, Prop 65, and Appellate Court Updates and Trends
  • Industry Perspectives from In-House Counsel

Keynote Address: Douglas W. Stearn, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA

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Are You New to Food Law?

Add the two-day training course, Introduction to Food Law and Regulation, to your schedule to get a comprehensive overview of the laws and regulations affecting the food industry.

To ensure that FDLI is able to provide you with a seat, materials, and meals, please register for programs at least 48 hours in advance. While onsite registration is available on a “space-available” basis; late registrants are not guaranteed materials or meals.

You can transfer your registration to another person at your organization for no cost by notifying us of the change. If you notify FDLI in writing at least five business days prior to the meeting, you can cancel your registration for a full refund (less a $75 fee). Refunds will be applied against the original form of payment.  

Our event policies are listed here. If you should have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-956-6293.


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Thursday, September 26

8:30–8:55 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55–9:00 AM
Laura Brown, Director, Educational Programs, Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
Suzie L. Trigg, Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP and Chair, Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference

9:00–9:45 AM
Keynote Address
Douglas W. Stearn, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA

9:45–10:45 AM
The Impact of Recent  Court Decisions: Deference, Precedent, Preemption, and the Impact on Marketing of Foods and Dietary Supplements

Supreme Court and Federal Appellate Court decisions can dramatically alter the landscape for food and dietary supplement marketing. This panel will discuss commercial speech in light of ABA v. San Francisco and NILFA v. Becerra, how several pending Supreme Court cases could impact FDA deference during litigation, and what the ultimate disposition of Frank v. Gaos could mean for Article III standing for class action plaintiffs. The recent trend of state courts allowing private lawsuits for FDCA violations, despite such actions seemingly being preempted by the Supreme Court’s 2001 decision in Buckman v. Plaintiff Legal Comm., will also be discussed.

Anthony J. Anscombe, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Matthew G. Ball, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Moderated by Amy E. Hancock, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, American Beverage Association

10:45–11:00 AM
Coffee and Networking Break

11:00–12:00 PM
A Scientific Look at the Impact of  Sugar

Sugar has become a major source of contention in the food industry. But what exactly is sugar, and how does it impact health and the human body? This session will begin with a scientific explanation of sugar and its various forms. The panelists will then discuss how FDA and state regulatory agencies are addressing sugar, as well as sugar-centric industry litigation that has challenged marketing and advertising claims.

Allison C. Sylvetsky,  Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Kurt D. Weaver, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Maia C. Kats, Of Counsel, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
Moderated by Suzie L. Trigg, Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP and Chair, Food Adverting, Labeling, and Litigation Conference

12:00 –1:15 PM
Networking Luncheon 

1:15–2:00 PM
Advertising Claims Litigation: FTC Actions, and the NAD Process

Experts from both the FTC and NAD will share the perspective of their respective organizations on their roles in industry marketing, with a focus on recent actions, and claim substantiation for dietary supplement products.

Richard Cleland, Assistant Director, Division of Advertising Practices, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
La Toya Sutton, Attorney, BBBNP, National Advertising Division (NAD)
Moderated by Diane McEnroe, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

2:00–3:00 PM
Rules of the Road for Marketing and Advertising on Social Media

Social media marketing and advertising is vital for reaching tomorrow’s potential customers. This panel will look at the unique challenges of promoting food and dietary supplement products online, such as using influencers, contracting with third party providers of social media services, and what to do in the case of ingredient-based commercial disparagement claims and misinformation.

Jason W. Gordon, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Nury H. Yoo, Counsel, Keller and Heckman LLP
Holly A. Melton, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
Moderated by Ronald Y. Rothstein, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

3:00–3:15 PM
Coffee and Networking Break

3:15–4:15 PM
In Light of Changing Preferences: FDA Modernization of Standards of Identity and Labeling Claims

In the early 20th Century, the FDA Standards of Identity were an important tool for combatting misleading food advertising. However, many of these standards are now out of date, creating obstacles for product innovation. The FDA recently announced the removal two previous standards while indicating more significant changes are on the way. This panel will review the history of FDA Standards of Identity, what their modernization may or should look like in light of public health objectives and consumer perceptions, and the potential impacts these changes may have on industry.

John F. Johnson, III, Senior Associate & Managing Attorney, Benjamin L. England & Associate, LLC
Sarah Sorscher, Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Seth A. Mailhot, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Moderated by Stuart M. Pape, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC

4:15–5:15 PM
War Over Words: Plant-Based, Cellular, and Novel “Meats” and “Dairy” Products

“What’s in a name? That which we call ‘milk’ by any other name would taste as sweet.” The market for and availability of plant-based meat and dairy product alternatives has exploded in recent years, and commercially available cell-based (lab grown) meat is just around the corner. But not everyone agrees that companies should use words like “sausage” and “milk” for plant- or cell-based products. This panel will discuss the legal status of meat and dairy product terms, the regulatory agreement between FDA and USDA, attempts by states legislatures to restrict the use of terminology, and how these issues should be considered in light of First Amendment jurisprudence. Panelists will also discuss the feasibility and merits of proactively creating a regulatory framework for cell-based meat.

Donnelly L. McDowell, Senior Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Nicole E. Negowetti, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Animal Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School
Nigel Barrella, Barrella Law PLLC
Shelly Garg, Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

5:15-6:30 PM
Networking Reception

Friday, September 27

8:30–8:55 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55–9:00 AM
Steven Leslie, Assistant Director, Educational Programs, FDLI

9:00–10:00 AM
Industry General Counsel Roundtable

Back by popular demand, this session will feature insights from in-house counsels at industry manufacturers who will share their most pressing legal issues, what keeps them up at night, and how they approach these challenges.

Lanny Schimmel, Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, Kerry, Inc.
Stephen L. Lacey, Division Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Nutrition, Abbott Laboratories
John Luedke, General Counsel – Global Food Law, Mars, Inc
Moderated by August T. Horvath, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

10:00–10:45 AM
Key Developments in California’s Prop 65 and Beyond

This panel will discuss Prop 65 developments over the past year, including the new safe harbor warnings, the potential listing of marijuana as a reproductive toxicant, and litigation over glyphosate, lead, and acrylamide.  Panelists will also discuss new and emerging issues that have arisen as food manufacturers implement the regulations, as well as New York’s proposed Consumer Right to Know Act, which has been dubbed “Prop 65 Lite.”

Tamany Vinson Bentz, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Trenton H. Norris, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

10:45–11:00 AM
Coffee and Networking Break

11:00–12:00 PM
Consumer Class Actions: Perspectives and Strategies

This session will look at the current state of industry class action litigation from the perspective of an outside defense attorney, plaintiff’s attorney, in-house counsel, and litigation consultant. Panelists will cover a wide range of topics, including the recent trend of challenging “natural” and other label claims based on the use of multi-function ingredients, developments and issues in dietary supplement class actions, the role of pre-suit demand letters and litigation strategy, and challenges to maintaining and settling cases, such as data aggregation.

Dale J. Giali, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Kirstin Mazzeo, Chief Counsel – Litigation, Campbell Soup Company
Timothy Snail,  Vice President, Charles River Associates
Michael R. Reese, Founding Partner, Reese LLP

12:00–1:00 PM
Luncheon with Table Topic Discussions
The luncheon will feature follow-up discussions on conference panel topics, facilitated by speakers from those panel.

1:00–2:00 PM
What’s the Buzz? The Current State of Regulation of Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD in the FDA World

While the 2018 Farm Bill declassified hemp and hemp-derived products as a Schedule I controlled substance, it expressly preserved FDA’s authority to regulate products containing cannabis or related compounds. However, this has not stopped the proliferation of CBD-containing food, beverage, and dietary supplement products from becoming available on the market, both online and in retail stores. This panel will provide an overview FDA actions regarding cannabis products, what upcoming changes may be on the horizon, and strategies for managing risks in an evolving regulatory landscape.

Marc C. Sanchez, Regulatory Counsel, CIHCC, LLC (d/b/a FDA Atty)
Stefanie Jill Fogel, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy, Office of the Commissioner, FDA
Moderated by Allison Fulton, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP 

2:00–3:00 PM 
Ethically Speaking: Issues and Uncertainties in Practicing Cannabis Law

A majority of states now allow at least limited medical use of marijuana, and several states have recently enacted laws legalizing certain CBD products.  These laws are at odds with federal prohibitions on both marijuana and CBD as an ingredient in food and dietary supplement products.  This panel will examine the ethical issues of representing medical marijuana and CBD product manufacturers in light of the tension between state and federal laws.

Lauren A. Farrugia, Associate, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Seth A. Goldberg, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Mark Mansour, Partner, Locke Lord LLP

3:00 PM 
Conference Adjournment

Planning Committee

Committee Chair

Suzie Loonam Trigg, Haynes and Boone LLP

Committee Members

August T. Horvath, Foley Hoag LLP
Maia C. Kats, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
Keith Matthews, Wiley Rein LLP
Diane C. McEnroe, Sidley Austin LLP
Meredith Q. Olearchik, Campbell Soup Company
Michael T. Roberts, UCLA School of Law
Ronald Y. Rothstein, Winston & Strawn LLP
Kurt D. Weaver, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Kristi L. Wolff, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Nury Yoo, Keller and Heckman LLP


Continuing Legal Education

FDLI applies for CLE credits in Ohio and Virginia. These CLE approvals also may be honored by other states. The CLE credits will be posted as they are granted and registrants can request to be notified when approval is received.

Pennsylvania: 1 CLE credit in ethics. 9.5 standard credits

Location and Overnight Accommodations

Course Location

Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

Parking and Public Transportation

Crowell Moring is located two blocks away from Metro Center Station (Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) and the Archives metro stop (Yellow and Green Lines). Parking is available at the Colonial Parking garage located at 555 11th Street NW for $14/hour or $25/full day. Please note that parking is currently not available in the Crowell Moring building due to construction.

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Moxy Hotel for conference attendees at the special group rate of $289/night, not inclusive of taxes.  The Moxy is approximately a 10-minute walk from the course venue.  Reservations can be made online and must be received by September 5, 2019 to receive the group rate. After this date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. 

Please contact the Conference Department with any accessibility requirements or dietary restrictions, or for other questions.