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§ 41. Weight gain or obesity civil liability restricted--Exceptions

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 76. Torts

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 76. Torts (Refs & Annos)
Common Sense Consumption Act
76 Okl.St.Ann. § 41
§ 41. Weight gain or obesity civil liability restricted--Exceptions
A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, a manufacturer, packer, distributor, carrier, holder, seller, marketer or advertiser of a food, as defined in Section 201(f) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C., Section 321(f)), or an association of one or more such entities, shall not be subject to civil liability arising under any law of this state, including all statutes, regulations, rules, common law, public policies, court or administrative decisions or decrees, or other state action having the effect of law, for any claim arising out of weight gain, obesity, or a health condition associated with weight gain or obesity.
B. Subsection A of this section shall not preclude civil liability if the claim of weight gain, obesity, or a health condition associated with weight gain or obesity, is based on:
1. A material violation of an adulteration or misbranding requirement prescribed by statute or regulation of this state or the United States of America and the claimed injury was proximately caused by such violation; or
2. Any other material violation of federal or state law applicable to the manufacturing, marketing, distribution, advertising, labeling, or sale of food, provided that such violation is knowing and willful, and the claimed injury was proximately caused by such violation.
C. In any action exempted under paragraph 1 of subsection B of this section, the complaint initiating such action shall state with particularity the following: the statute, regulation or other law of this state or of the United States that was allegedly violated; the facts that are alleged to constitute a material violation of such statute or regulation; and the facts alleged to demonstrate that such violation proximately caused actual injury to the plaintiff. In any action exempted under paragraph 2 of subsection B of this section, in addition to the foregoing pleading requirements, the complaint initiating such action shall state with particularity facts sufficient to support a reasonable inference that the violation was with intent to deceive or injure consumers or with the actual knowledge that such violation was injurious to consumers. For purposes of applying the Common Sense Consumption Act, the foregoing pleading requirements are hereby deemed part of the substantive law of this state and not merely in the nature of procedural provisions.
D. In any action exempted under subsection B of this section, all discovery and other proceedings shall be stayed during the pendency of any motion to dismiss unless the court finds upon the motion of any party that particularized discovery is necessary to preserve evidence or to prevent undue prejudice to that party. During the pendency of any stay of discovery pursuant to this subsection, unless otherwise ordered by the court, any party to the action with actual notice of the allegations contained in the complaint shall treat all documents, data compilations, including electronically recorded or stored data, and tangible objects that are in the custody or control of such party and that are relevant to the allegations, as if they were the subject of a continuing request for production of documents from an opposing party under Section 3234 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
E. The provisions of the Common Sense Consumption Act shall apply to all covered claims pending on the effective date of this act, and all claims filed thereafter, regardless of when the claim arose.

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Laws 2013, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 19, § 5, emerg. eff. Sept. 10, 2013.
76 Okl. St. Ann. § 41, OK ST T. 76 § 41
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 449 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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