As co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Consumer Litigation & Class Actions practice and co-leader of its Food False Advertising group, Giali has distinguished himself as the country’s go-to defense lawyer for defending food companies in consumer class actions alleging that products have misleading labels. In this kind of litigation, largely brought under California consumer protection laws, enterprising plaintiffs’ lawyers attack the veracity of just about any statements on products, such as “natural,” “organic,” “probiotic,” “non- GMO,” “healthy,” “sugar free,” “0 grams trans fat,” and “antioxidant.”
These suits began to explode beginning in 2008 and more than a thousand have been filed against the food industry since then. The leading attorney helping clients in response to these lawsuits is Giali, who has notched more than 100 favorable results. His clients include some of the most recognizable names in the consumer food business, including Nestle USA, Tyson Foods, Purina, Campbell Soup Co., Gerber, Ferrara Candy Co., KIND LLC, and California-based Foster Farms, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Amy’s Kitchen.