STUDIO LEGALE CORTE'S PRACTICE AREAS

Studio Legale Corte's core business is food law.   Studio Legale Corte's strengths are the technical and legal expertise, and the wide judicial experience in food law.   The firm offers judicial assistance and legal advice to food business operators in food law and strictly related matters.

JUDICIAL ACTIVITY

The infringement of food laws is punished either by criminal sanctions, or by regulatory sanctions. 

Studio Legale Corte's lawyers are litigators.  The firm offers legal assistance to food business operators both as defendants in criminal proceedings and in challenging regulatory sanctions.  

 

Criminal sanctions

Studio Legale Corte assists food business operators in criminal proceedings.  

The most common food related crimes are the following: fraud; marketing of industrial products with deceptive or misleading trademarks or labelling; crimes following food sampling by supervisory bodies (found to have microbiological levels exceeding allowed limits; parasites; pesticides exceeding the limits; additives exceeding permitted amounts or not allowed for certain food; food otherwise unfit for consumption); crimes related to involuntary food poisoning by caterers, etc.  

The assistance of large scale food retailers and producers has led the firm to represent companies and defendants in other fields that are strictly connected to the marketing of food.  Pet food, food supplements, food contact materials, textiles, criminal issues related to waste and drains, and crimes related to the injuries occurred due to the breaches in work safety rules are all matters in which the firm has developed significant expertise.  

Regulatory sanctions

When infringements of food law are not considered crimes, the violations are punished by regulatory sanctions.  Studio Legale Corte regularly challenges regulatory sanctions on behalf of its clients.  The most common sanctions are due to misleading labelling and the infringement of EU Reg. 1169/2011, as well as vertical legislation or the violation of procedures for hygiene and food safety. 

LEGAL ADVICE

Studio Legale Corte's strength is the technical and legal expertise and the wide judicial experience in food law.  The combination of these sets of skills are used to give sound legal advice to clients operating within the food business.  

 

Legal check of product compliance

Studio Legale Corte regularly performs assessments of the legal compliance of composition of food and beverages (including the assessment of food additives used, minimum percentages of set ingredients, compliance to EU and Italian vertical legislation, etc.) The same task is performed on food supplements, pet food, toys, and other consumer goods.   

Information to consumers, labelling, advertising, etc. 

Studio Legale Corte regularly reviews the compliance of food labelling and advertising, and any form of communication, checking both the presence of all compulsory information and the compliance of optional information (claims, depictions, etc.).  

The firm also analyses labels, advertising and other forms of communication regarding food supplements, pet food, food contact materials, toys, cosmetics, textiles, and other consumer goods.  

Food hygiene

The firm aids FBO's in the preparation and the revision of HACCP plans from a legal standpoint

 

Emergency situations

Studio Legale Corte has extensive knowledge in assisting food business operators in handling emergency situations such as alerts; product withdrawals and recalls.   

New legislation

Food law is perhaps the most rapidly evolving sector of the law.  The firm provides Food business operators with legal updates, according to the clients' areas of interest,  both on Italian and European legislation.  Studio Legale Corte also advises food business operators and trade associations on the impact of draft or enacted new legislation on the clients' business.  

 

Inhouse training

Studio Legale Corte provides in-house food law training programs.  

 

Delegations of power and company structures

The firm has know how in the assessment of company structures in light of the study and preparation of legal proxies in companies that operate within the food business.  

D.L.vo 231/01

The firm can aid in the implementation of the D.L.vo 231/2001 in company systems.  

 

 

 
 

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