Gleiss Lutz provides comprehensive advice on German and EU food law. We support our clients in the development of new products and advise them on product labeling, marketing and advertising. In the event of litigation, we represent our clients on their receipt of cease and desist letters, in the civil courts, and in the administrative courts. We also answer any complaints from the supervisory authorities. We regularly support our clients in product liability cases and product recalls. We also have expertise in other specific consumer product areas, such as cosmetics, tobacco products, food contact materials, and toys.
As a full-service law firm, we integrate experts at the interface of trademark, competition, and patent law as required, and have acknowledged specialists on hand for specific questions, such as questions regarding administrative procedural law or sales and distribution channels.
“The team is in demand in crisis scenarios or in disputes with authorities.”
An important area of our advisory services is product labeling in conformity with the Food Information Regulation.
We also advise on issues relating to consumer protection from misleading advertising, the requirements for the use of nutrition and health claims, and the permissibility ofgeographic indications.
There is a growing demand for legal advice on regulatory issues in the area of food law, whether these relate to the use of novel food ingredients, to the composition of and notification requirements for food supplements, or to the demarcation line between foodstuffs and medicinal products.
Clients benefit here from our many years of experience in this area as a legal adviser to major German and overseas companies.
In cases involving the presence of undesirable substances in foods, Gleiss Lutz advises on developing the legally required measures to deal with the issue, such as product recalls and product liability, in a commercially viable way.
In disputes involving litigation we represent our clients in civil courts in the case of infringements of competition law, including in interim injunction proceedings and in the filing of protective briefs.
In the administrative courts we assist our clients in challenging or reviewing measures taken by the supervisory authorities.