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Check this page regularly for updates on our appearances, events, press and other happenings in the Handel Food Law world.

Startup CPG Webinar on Co-Manufacturing Contracts

Lauren presented to the Startup CPG community on the key issues in contracting with co-manufacturers. She was joined by Jamie Valenti-Jordan of Catapult, a food operations consulting firm. Click here to watch a recording of the webinar and stay tuned for a follow-up session on  distributor and broker contracts.

Lawline Course on food labeling and marketing litigation risks

Food Labeling and Marketing Litigation Risks (Update)

Lauren updated her popular Lawline course with the latest in food labeling litigation trends. The course provides an overview of the law governing food labeling and advertising, the legal claims and defenses commonly asserted in litigation, and the types of labeling and marketing claims that have been targeted in lawsuits.

plant Based World Conference and Expo June 7, 2019

Lauren will be speaking at the Plant Based World Conference on legal issues affecting plant-based food companies.

Handel Food Law Wins Trial for Dalmatia Import Group!

After a year of litigation and a 4-week trial in federal court, Handel Food Law obtained a favorable jury verdict for our client, Dalmatia Import Group, Inc., on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement and counterfeiting. Dalmatia is the brand and recipe owner of the award-winning Dalmatia® Fig Spread, the leading fig jam sold in cheese departments across the United States.

The jury found that Dalmatia’s former exclusive distributor and its former co-packer used Dalmatia’s trade secret recipe to create competing fig spreads. We believe this is the first jury verdict obtained under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, which was enacted in 2016.

The defendants also were found to have sold Dalmatia-branded fig spread, using Dalmatia’s trademarks, without Dalmatia’s consent. The jury awarded damages which will reach about $5 million after the court applies the trebling of damages required by law for trademark counterfeiting.

The case is Dalmatia Import Group, Inc. v. FoodMatch, Inc. et al. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Docket No. 16-2767).

Presentation for Pro Chile at Summer Fancy Food Show 2016













(Left to right) Event sponsor, Mauricio Banchieri, Trade Commissioner, Trade Commission of Chile in New York – ProChile, with speakers Lauren Handel, Janis Grover, Patty Murray and Andrea Sapag of the Trade Commission.

During the Summer Fancy Food Show, Lauren gave a presentation on US food regulation and upcoming FSMA requirements for a group of more than 30 Chilean food companies that are interested in exporting to the US market. Other presenters, Janis Grover and Patty Murray of Grover Global Food Marketing, presented on the market for international specialty products in the United States and maximizing online marketing. Read more about the event here.

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