Skinnygirl Cocktails, LLC and a consumer have filed a joint stipulation of
dismissal in a lawsuit alleging that the company and its reality-TV star
founder, Bethenny Frankel, mislabeled its Margarita cocktail as “natural”
despite containing the preservative sodium benzoate. Langendorf v.
Skinnygirl Cocktails, LLC, No. 11-7060 (N.D. Ill., joint stipulation of
voluntary dismissal with prejudice filed May 5, 2015). The joint stipulation
comes after the court refused to certify the class in October 2014,
finding that the plaintiff failed to show that the class was ascertainable
and that the plaintiff was not a suitable representative for the class due
to a personal relationship with her counsel. The stipulation does not
indicate whether the parties reached a settlement. Additional information
about the denial of class certification appears in Issue 544 of this
Update.

 

Issue 564

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For decades, manufacturers, distributors and retailers at every link in the food chain have come to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to partner with a legal team that understands the issues they face in today's evolving food production industry. Shook attorneys work with some of the world's largest food, beverage and agribusiness companies to establish preventative measures, conduct internal audits, develop public relations strategies, and advance tort reform initiatives.

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