With an emphasis on healthy living lately, it’s hard to miss the heart healthy checks on Campbell’s Soup cans when you walk down the aisle at the grocery store. A federal lawsuit was filed against Campbell Soup Co. and the American Heart Association stating the soups are not as heart healthy as the certification might suggest. The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke through a heart healthy lifestyle and diet. According to the AHA website, a low sodium product is defined as having 140 milligrams of sodium or less per serving, however, to earn the publicly recognized stamp of approval from the AHA, the product should have no more than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving. This contradiction in standards is what has caught the AHA and Campbell Soup Co. in a lawsuit. Read More
Check out the Wall Street Journal for a list of legal news to watch this week. Of note to us here at the Settlements blog is the news that the Deepwater Horizon trial was delayed by a week for settlement talks. Last week, MOEX settled with the US government and five states for $90 million concerning its 10% stake in the doomed oil rig. The company paid part in civil penalties and agreed to drop its suits against BP and other partners. Earlier in the year, they settled with BP to the tune of $1 billion. The trial that has been set back will be enormously complicated and most likely involve monstrous fines for the oil company. Some 75 million pages of court documents have been created already in what was one of the biggest environmental catastrophes in all history. We’ll be looking out for news of this trial, which will certainly be a landmark case.