Food, Drug & Agriculture

With drought conditions expected to continue in California, efforts to protect water sources have ramped up with significant attention on the cannabis industry. Often portrayed as an eco-friendly or “green” industry, cannabis cultivation can actually have a significant environmental impact particularly because of its water use–cultivating a single plant can use between 450 and 900 gallons of water, although

In Ass’n des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec v. Bonta, plaintiff-appellees (foie gras producers and a California restaurant) argued a third set of appeals in their challenge to California’s foie gras law. Ultimately, their goose is cooked: the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the complaint in its entirety. However, in affirming the district court’s

Several consumer fraud class actions have been filed against restaurants and seafood manufacturers alleging that they misled consumers by asserting that the seafood products being sold were “sustainably” caught. Plaintiffs assert that due to concerns about sustainability, consumers are increasingly concerned with how their food is produced. They argue that consumers are conscious of the environmental, animal welfare, and public

CEB earlier reported on California’s extended alcohol regulations—even as other business sectors return to “normal”—which have continued the relaxed restrictions on bars and restaurants that were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside these special allowances by the Governor’s office—aimed at promoting Californians’ safety and economic relief for restaurants—CEB also reported on proposed legislation to make permanent certain extended allowances,

In the world of American alcohol and beverage regulation, as of the spring of 2020, Carrie Bonnington had seen it all. The Sacramento-based partner at Pillsbury leads that law firm’s wine, beer, and spirits practice, advising alcohol manufacturers, distributors, and retailers across the United States. She was appointed to the executive committee of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

The California Legislature is considering a bill that, if passed, would make the state’s liquor laws more flexible, with the aim of helping restaurants more nimbly adapt to outdoor dining as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

SB 314, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would permanently authorize restaurant parklets and allow cities to create open-container zones. The bill

Over 50 Bay Area restaurants and wineries served Gov. Gavin Newsom with a lawsuit Tuesday asking that he take back his order for regional bans on outdoor dining. The class action suit brought by the Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening seeks to enjoin Newsom’s December ban on outdoor dining and wine tasting. Public Health Director Tomás J. Aragón is