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December 2017

Gordon & Rees Defeats Class Actions in Tea Label Cases After Full Dismissals Affirmed on Appeal

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has successfully defeated a proposed nationwide class action claiming misleading labeling on behalf of a national family-owned tea manufacturer. Significantly, similar claims against other manufacturers have resulted in settlements totaling tens of millions of dollars. 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision follows the defeat of class certification and full dismissal of the claims on summary judgment in 2016. Partners Miles ScullyTimothy BransonMatthew Kleiner, and Joni Flaherty represented the Defendant. Scully has been named as one of the top 25 trial attorneys in the United States and among California's top 100 lawyers.  

In 2012, plaintiff attorneys filed more than 50 food labeling lawsuits against various national manufacturers in the Northern District of California.  One suit named Defendant, alleging that its promotion of the health benefits of antioxidants in its black and green teas violated FDA regulations. 

The published decisions achieved by Gordon & Rees at the district court level are frequently cited by other litigants and courts and have established the template for manufacturers to defend class action claims. 

Gordon & Rees lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country and continues to climb the ranks of both the Am Law 200 and The National Law Journal. Additionally, in 2017 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 50 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 35 on its Diversity Scorecard.

Timothy K. Branson
Matthew G. Kleiner
Miles D. Scully