Law 693 - Food Litigation: Consumer Protection, Regulation, and Class Actions

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

D. Biderman T. Tobin


General Course Description:

Food: it’s what for dinner. Recent years have seen a drastic increase in food litigation cases in federal and state courts across the country as consumers challenge food labeling, marketing, and supply chain claims and food companies themselves battle it out.  This seminar will discuss such consumer protection and other food litigation matters, the top claims and defenses, and the changing regulatory landscape—from the rise of cannabis and CBD to “natural” products to alternative meat and milk products. The seminar will provide opportunities to analyze standing and preemption as applied to food labeling challenges as well as how food labeling is regulated by federal agencies but supplemented by private-party litigation. The seminar will provide insights into the specific litigation tactics and strategies employed by lawyers in food and consumer packaged goods litigation matters.

Grading will be based on class participation and a final paper, which may fulfill the SAW requirement. This seminar is particularly appropriate for those interested in consumer protection law, class action litigation, public health, and regulation. There are no prerequisites and no prior knowledge is required, other than a healthy appetite for learning more about this fast-evolving field.


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Biderman / Thomas Tobin 21S 693 SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
  This course may shift to hybrid instruction (i.e., students have the option of participating in-person or remotely) at some time during the spring semester.