Food Safety

Food safety is fundamental to the health of our nation and your business. From agricultural enterprises to food processors, food distributors, and grocery stores, businesses involved in the development, distribution and sale of food products need legal counsel that can help them manage the risks associated with producing, delivering and selling this most basic of commodities.

The attorneys of McGuireWoods’ food safety practice wrote the book on food safety — literally. Two of our partners are the authors of Food Safety Law (Law Journal Press, 2010), the essential treatise on food-related legislation, regulation and litigation. Chambers, the international rating service for attorneys, ranks McGuireWoods’ food and beverage team as one of the top Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation practices in the United States. Our food safety lawyers have advised companies on some of the largest and most prominent food recalls in U.S. history, and our national litigators have defended food manufacturers, suppliers, restaurants, and packaging entities in high-profile and potentially costly cases alleging foodborne illness outbreaks.

We defend and counsel clients on a host of issues relating to foodborne illnesses, including the management of complex, class action litigation, multidistrict litigation and the defense of individual personal injury actions. We provide guidance on product recalls, regulatory compliance, labeling issues, governmental investigations, and commercial disputes with vendors, wholesalers and retailers, first- and third-party insurance issues and claims, and media relations.  We also defend clients against allegations of criminal violations of USDA and FDA regulations.

Over the years, we have developed a strong network of relationships with professionals in the fields of microbiology, HACCP, manufacturing, medicine, and epidemiology, among many others. Access to these resources enables us to assess and respond quickly and effectively to regulatory inquires and legal allegations when and where they arise.

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CONTACTS

James F. Neale Partner T: +1 434 977 2582
Angela M. Spivey Partner T: +1 404 443 5720
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Representative Matter

Successful resolution of highly publicized food recalls

Nationwide defense of a North American packaged food company against highly publicized food recalls involving more than 600 cases in 30 plus states filed between 2007 and 2009. After consolidating nearly 20,000 individual claims into an MDL, we prevailed on plaintiffs' motion to certify both a personal injury and an economic injury class. Next, we oversaw two trials that resulted in defense verdicts (one of which we tried), obtained summary judgment in hundreds of other claims, won dismissals of an additional several hundred claims and prevailed on every appeal to the 11th Circuit. Building upon this these successes, our client was able to resolve the remainder of claims on satisfactory terms.
Representative Matter

North American packaged foods company

Representation of a North American packaged foods company in a four-day trial in Delaware state court. The case sought insurance coverage for the indemnity payments and defense costs client incurred as a result of a recall.
Representative Matter

Regional supermarket

Represented regional supermarket in all aspects of recall of ground beef containing salmonella. Interfaced with regulators, advised client on public relations matters, resolved claims and defended lawsuits leading to favorable settlements.
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Charles Case Charles D. Case
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6698
F: +1 919 775 6675
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Meghan M Cloud Meghan Cloud
Counsel
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2534
F: +1 434 980 2254
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Diane Flannery Diane Flannery
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1015
F: +1 804 698 2047
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Sidney Kanazawa Sidney Kanazawa
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8238
F: +1 310 315 8210
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Annie Cai Annie Cai Larson
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1127
F: +1 804 698 2114
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Bethany Gayle Lukitsch Bethany Gayle Lukitsch
Partner
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 213 457 9875
F: +1 213 457 9895
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T:+1 310 315 8200

James F Neale James F. Neale
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2582
F: +1 434 980 2263
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John Obrien John F. O'Brien III
Counsel
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5707
F: +1 404 443 5793
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Jontille D Ray Jontille D. Ray
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1173
F: +1 804 698 2232
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Angela Spivey Angela M. Spivey
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5720
F: +1 404 443 5792
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Martha Swicegood Stwodah Martha Swicegood Stwodah
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4335
F: +1 804 698 2088
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R. Trent Taylor R. Trent Taylor
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1182
F: +1 804 225 5409
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Event

2017 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook

Parts 1 & 2

February 24 & 27, 2017
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

October 26, 2016
Dallas, TX
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

October 20, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Speaking Engagement

Do Criminal Prosecutions Make Food Safer? The Problem With Regulating Food Safety Through Criminalization

October 12, 2016
Washington Legal Foundation Web Seminar Series
Event

Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change

September 21, 2016
New York, NY
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

May 10, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Event

Food Safety Crisis & Risk Management

March 3, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Industries in Complex Consumer Litigations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

7th National Forum on Food Borne Illness Litigation

January 29, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Speaking Engagement

Food Regulatory Compliance Summit

October 3-4, 2013
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Food Labeling Class Actions: The Latest Damages Boon?

October 1, 2013
Strafford CLE Webinar
Event

Food Fight!

April 11, 2013
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Food Safety & Technology: What’s next for 2013

March 14, 2013
Complimentary Webcast
Event

Anatomy of a Recall

October 11, 2007
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Publication

Food Safety Law

Law Journal Press
2017
Article

Hot Topics Facing the Food and Beverage Industry

A smorgasbord of questions is laid out and waiting

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
April 2017
Publication

Food Safety Law

Law Journal Press
2016
Article

FDA Flexes Its Muscles in Food Fights

Strategic risk and crisis management take center stage as criminalization of enforcement threatens companies and their executives

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
March 30, 2016
Legal Alert

Addressing Adulterated Food Risk

January 19, 2016
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