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Vegan Consumer Files Suit Over Contaminated Impossible Whopper

A Burger King consumer has filed a proposed class action against Burger King, claiming that the restaurant’s representations that the Impossible Whoppers were “0% beef,” when in fact they were cooked on “the same grills as its traditional meat products,” were misleading. The complaint alleges unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Potential Class Actions Against Fairlife Farms for Fraudulent Animal Welfare Representations

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that lawsuits seeking class action certification for consumers who were misled by Fairlife’s marketing regarding its treatment of cows used to produce dairy gathered in federal court in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. in Chicago. This follows an October order by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordering the transfer of all such cases to the Northern District of Illinois.

PETA Wins Endangered Species Act Case Against Tri-State Zoo

A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that the Tri-State Zoological Park of Western Maryland violated the Endangered Species Act with regards to lions, tigers, and lemurs under its care. The lawsuit, brought by PETA in 2017, alleged that the roadside zoo violated the Act by failing to provide adequately sanitary living environments, nutritional diets, veterinary care, and shelter and enrichment to the animals. The surviving animals at issue will be transferred to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and the Defendants have been enjoined from possessing any threatened or endangered species.

DC Circuit Revives Lawsuit Regarding Humane Handling of Birds Not Bred for Research

The DC Circuit has reversed a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Anti-Vivisection Society and the Avian Welfare Coalition against the United States Department of Agriculture that alleged that the agency’s failure to establish standards for the humane handling of birds not bred for use in research was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. The issue has been remanded to the lower court for briefing on whether such action was unreasonably delayed.

“Prince of Whales” Can Continue ESA Suit Against Massachusetts

Self-titled activist the “Prince of Whales,” Richard Maximus “Max” Strahan, may continue his Endangered Species Act lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts, a federal judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs violates the Endangered Species Act by requiring lobster fishermen to use a type of gear (vertical buoy ropes) that may harm and kill endangered right whales.

Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction for Missouri Labeling Law

A judge in Missouri has declined to issue a preliminary injunction to block a Missouri law that defines what food products may be labeled as “meat” from going into effect before the case is decided. Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union, the Good Food Institute, and Turtle Island Foods have appealed the decision.

Endangered Species Act Claim Against FWS and Forest Service to Go Forward

A federal judge has ruled that plaintiffs have standing sufficient to challenge the Fish and Wildlife Service’s and Forest Service’s failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act when approving a Montana mine.

Environmental Groups Sue Over Waters of the United States Rule

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and other local groups have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency claiming that the administration’s rollback of a Clean Water Act rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act in multiple ways.

Coalition Sues California for Allowing Use of Hunting Dogs with GPS Tracking Devices

Three animal protection organizations (Animal Legal Defense Fund, Public Interest Coalition, and Friends of Animals) are suing the California Fish and Game Commission for altering hunting regulations to allow hunters to employ dogs to chase potential prey to the point of exhaustion before using GPS trackers on the dogs’ collars to find the animal who is no longer able to run away and shoot them. The organizations argue that this decision violates the California Environmental Quality Act.

Lawsuit Challenges Red Lobster’s Sustainability Claims

A proposed class of seafood consumers has filed suit against Red Lobster alleging that the company’s marketing practices are deceptive. The complaint states that while the company claims its seafood is “sourced from the highest standards,” in reality its products come from “suppliers that use environmentally destructive practices that threaten endangered populations of North American right whales” and “industrial shrimp farms that do not employ the highest environmental or animal welfare standards.”