This Lawyer Has Filed 27 Lawsuits Against Food Companies Over ‘Vanilla’ Flavoring

Vanilla. To some it is the most basic flavor available, in need of spicing up with the help of chocolate, strawberry, or caramel. To others, it is perfect on its own.

To Long Island attorney Spencer Sheehan, “vanilla” means dollar signs. The attorney, from Great Neck, New York, told local outlet Newsday that he had filed 27 lawsuits just this year on behalf of consumers who have been mislead about vanilla flavoring. Sheehan has fired the lawsuits, according to Newsday, against companies that produce “yogurt, cookies, oatmeal, almond milk, soy milk, cream soda and ice cream labeled as ‘vanilla.’”

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Misleading Labeling by Turkey Hill LP, Danone North America LLC and Voortman Cookies Limited.

A Long Island lawyer is waging a legal crusade against food makers that he says mislead consumers into believing their products are flavored with reSpencer Sheehan is seeking $5 million in damagesal vanilla.

Great Neck attorney Spencer Sheehan said that since the beginning of the year he has filed 27 lawsuits on behalf of consumers related to yogurt, cookies, oatmeal, almond milk, soy milk, cream soda and ice cream labeled as “vanilla.”

The U.S. District Court cases, each seeking $5 million in damages, were filed against a variety of food brands, including Turkey Hill LP, Danone North America LLC and Voortman Cookies Limited.

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Article 78 FOIL Request – Reply Papers

After filing a petition on a Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) Request, the State, through one of the attorneys in the Attorney General’s office, will respond to you. Then you will submit a reply affirmation.  It is amazing the amount of effort that is often put in trying to protect documents that have no real confidential information in them.

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Fighting an H-1B Visa Application in District Court

If you’re reading this, you may have googled “H-1B visa court.” Sometimes the immigration practitioner feels he or she has had enough of the run-around from one of our nation’s immigration agencies and decides to go to Court to obtain relief on a non-immigrant employment application, otherwise known as an H-1B visa.

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Article 78 to Enforce FOIL Request against Department of Environmental Conservation

When the government doesn’t respond to your Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) request, you may need to bring an Article 78 proceeding to compel them to do so.

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Service of Process on U.S. Attorney General

I’m writing this post because it was something I had to dig into. In a lawsuit in a federal court, where you are suing an agency, corporation, officer or employee of the United States, the steps to follow to properly serve the governmental agency, corporation, officer or employee can be complicated. It’s easy to miss one of the steps and have your case dismissed. No plaintiff wants that.

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Packrats, Hoarding and a “Collyer Condition”

Most people know what a “Collyer’s Condition” is even if they never heard the term before. They know it as hoarding. I think most people could see a house or apartment and make a quick conclusion whether or not the person who lives there is in fact a hoarder.

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Revealing the people behind a limited liability company

In the last post I talked about why my subpoena to a formation agent (this is not an official term like registered agent and is a general way to refer to the companies which will set up a business for you by carrying out the requisite filings) contained the requests it did.

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Subpoena to uncover limited liability company

The previous post discussed the “secrecy” which a limited liability company (LLC) enjoys. I included a subpoena to a third-party company that sets up LLCs for people. That subpoena requested all of the contact information possessed by the third-party formation agent.

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