Mr. Hainline represents food and supplement industry clients in litigation involving product safety claims and product labeling claims (often where the company’s reputation is at risk), as well as distribution, competition and intellectual property matters.
In the hospitality and leisure space, Mr. Hainline represents hotel management companies in disputes with owners. His experience includes representing:
- Food companies in consumer class actions challenging food labels as being misleading
- Food and consumer products companies in challenges under California’s Proposition 65 labeling statue. Mr. Hainline tried one of only three Proposition 65 cases to go to trial, including the best known – the California Attorney General’s attempt to require methyl mercury warnings on canned tuna
- A major food manufacturer in connection with a mercury poisoning case a month before trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Food manufacturers in cases claiming botulism poisoning
- A major food manufacturer in a catastrophic product loss claim against a manufacturer of a sanitizing agent used in the preparation of fresh produce
- A major cookie manufacturer in nationwide challenges to its distribution system
- An industry leading food manufacturer in a patent infringement and theft of trade secret claim involving its well-known in-store displays
- A major food manufacturer in an antitrust challenge to its direct-billing of chain stores serviced by independent distributors, and established the legality of that practice
- The former CEO and former chief wine maker of a famous vineyard in a dispute over the value of his clients’ ownership of the winery
- Hotel management companies in “midnight raid” (an industry phrase Mr. Hainline coined) efforts by hotel owners to change management
- Hotel management companies in radius and other disputes with hotel owners
- A supplement marketer regarding Proposition 65 matters
Mr. Hainline has tried cases to juries, courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels throughout the United States, and has appeared in courts in more than 40 states. He has also acted as an arbitrator.