Judge Tees Up Jury Charge In 'Top Chef' Extortion Case

Law360, Boston (August 9, 2017, 2:06 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday that he would focus a panel of jurors on whether a group of renegade Teamsters tried to force "Top Chef" producers into giving them additional jobs on their set.

The "eye of the needle" is whether the government has proved that the four Teamsters wanted not just any jobs, but jobs that would have added to the "Top Chef" payroll for truck-driving work the production didn't want or need, the presiding judge said. Above, "Top Chef: Las Vegas" contestants in 2009. (AP) Senior U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock, at a hearing on jury instructions in...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!