Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Pom Wonderful v. Coca Cola Allowing False Advertising Claims Against an FDCA-Compliant Label
June 12, 2014
Authored by: Brandon Neuschafer
Today, the Supreme Court issued an 8-0 opinion in Pom Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., finding that compliance with the substantive advertising and labeling provisions of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) do not preclude a competitor from asserting a false advertising claim under section 43 of the Lanham Act. This opinion opens the door for a company to assert Lanham Act claims against a competitor even where a product’s labeling and advertising otherwise meet the requirements of a prescriptive statute like the FDCA.
For more analysis on the opinion, see this alert.