STUDIO LEGALE CORTE'S
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 representation to food business operators both as defendants in criminal proceedings and in challenging regulatory sanctions.
We represent defendants in criminal proceedings. The most common food related crimes being: - 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. 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.
We challenge regulatory sanctions on client's behalf. The most common sanctions are related to - misleading labelling and the infringement of EU Reg. 1169/2011 - unfair commercial practices - violation of procedures for hygiene and food safety - violation of vertical legislation
Studio Legale Corte's strength is its technical and legal competence, and its judicial experience in food law. The combination of these skill sets is used to provide solid legal advice to clients operating within the food industry
Product compliance check
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.
Crises &Emergency situations
Studio Legale Corte has extensive knowledge in in handling emergency situations such as alerts; product withdrawals and recalls.
In House legal training
Studio Legale Corte provides both general and taylored in-house food law training programs.
Food label checks and Communication of Food Information B2C and B2B
review 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.
The firm aids FBO's in the preparation and the revision of HACCP plans from a legal standpoint.
The firm can aid in the implementation of the D.L.vo 231/2001 in company systems.
The firm performs specialized legal due diligence on food companies that are targets of M&A transactions in order to verify the compliance of the company to all food law matters.
New legislations: updates and impact assessments
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.
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.
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What clients said about us
Corte provides extremely specific advice in the food sector. The high level of competence is always accompanied by attention to the human relationship and the specific needs of the customer. This makes the advice of a very high and unique level.’
Corte stands out from other law firms for its ability to combine professionalism with the ability to proactively resolve the issues raised by clients in more than satisfactory turnaround times.’
‘Deeply rooted and very well-connected in the Italian food market. All lawyers are very easy to work with, smart with in-depth knowledge of food law and achieve fantastic results for their clients. Always ahead of others in terms of identifying new and relevant topics in the market.’
Expertise in food criminal law makes the firm absolutely unique in the Italian market.