It’s never as simple as “farm to table.” As you know, the complications start well before the seeds are planted—whether in the ground or in the mind of the entrepreneur. Alston & Bird’s legal team is there to help your ideas and products bear fruit and get to the marketplace, whether your obstacles are regulation or litigation.
Our practice centers on products that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), among many others. We guide established brands and startup clients through each phase of product development, marketing, and distribution, advising on regulatory compliance and managing risk along the way.
Our experience includes defending household brands and emerging companies in highly visible class action litigation as well as discreet resolution when appropriate. We defend growers in high-profile antitrust litigation and other commercial disputes. Our knowledge in this sector enables us to nimbly represent clients in supplier, Lanham Act, and National Advertising Division (NAD) disputes and other litigation matters. Similarly, we defend consumer and competitor claims brought against cosmetics and supplement products sold by manufacturers and retailers. For grocer and restaurant clients, we advise on everything from unclaimed gift cards and state escheat laws to employment risk, immigration policy, and data privacy and breach assessments.
We pride ourselves on proactively addressing and resolving issues that arise throughout the product supply chain, including those related to food contact substances, additives, labeling, supplier verification, current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs), Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC), and product recalls. We also provide regulatory advice and FDA due diligence support for corporate financing and mergers and acquisitions. On legislative matters, we assist with policy and implementation strategies, help draft legislation and testimony, prepare clients for interviews with congressional committee staff, assist with agency oversight, and advise on pending legislation.
Clients come to us for creative and business-minded solutions to the challenges they face. Our technical prowess and comprehensive understanding of the industry and regulatory and legislative bodies, coupled with our responsiveness, effectiveness, and seamless access to practitioners in other legal areas, set our team well ahead of the competition.