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Food & Beverage

  • September 21, 2018

    GrubHub Drivers Say They’re Exempt From Arbitration

    Dozens of GrubHub Inc. drivers asked an Illinois federal judge to pump the brakes on the restaurant delivery app’s motion to send their proposed class action to arbitration Thursday, arguing that they fall under a transportation worker exemption to federal arbitration law.

  • September 21, 2018

    Brand Battles: Red Sox Aim To Strike Out 'Green Monstah' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Boston Red Sox talk about New England accents in an effort to shut down a reference to Fenway Park, Discovery Channel picks a fight with Alibaba, and Anheuser-Busch targets a "Bud" mark.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Cocoa Trading Co. Exec Gets 3 Months For $352M Fraud

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Friday hit a former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. finance executive with a three-month sentence for his role in a $352 million fraud that bankrupted the cocoa trader and damaged banks, crediting his effort to cooperate but saying the size of the caper required a prison term.

  • September 21, 2018

    Agrokor Gets Croatian Restructuring Recognized In US Court

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday granted Croatian food and beverage giant Agrokor U.S. bankruptcy protection while the company works through its restructuring deal in its home country.

  • September 21, 2018

    Miami Beach Restaurant Servers Win Cert. In Tips Suit

    A Florida federal judge has preliminarily certified a class of servers at a Miami Beach restaurant who claim they were forced to share their tips with their employer and were not paid for all hours worked in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 21, 2018

    Migrant Workers Seek Approval Of Sauerkraut Co. Settlement

    Counsel for more than 200 Mexican migrant workers urged a Wisconsin federal court on Friday to approve a proposed class action settlement of more than $900,000, which would resolve two lawsuits accusing the world’s largest sauerkraut producer of violating migrant protection laws in its handling of workers on temporary nonagricultural visas.

  • September 21, 2018

    Alaska Court Defers Ruling, Trims Claims In Dock Collapse

    An Alaska federal court has granted partial summary judgment to both Chubb Custom Insurance Co. and Copper River Seafoods Inc. in a dispute over the insurer’s alleged failure to compensate the seafood company for a building collapse under a policy with a $15 million limit, trimming claims against the insurer while also tossing some of its defenses.

  • September 21, 2018

    ITC To Probe Steel Keg Imports From China, Germany, Mexico

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday agreed to probe a Pennsylvania-based beer keg producer's allegations that refillable stainless steel kegs imported from China, Germany and Mexico are being sold at unlawfully low prices in the U.S.

  • September 21, 2018

    Chipotle To Face Claims It Fired Manager After Back Surgery

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. can’t duck a former Philadelphia area manager’s allegations that he was fired because he needed back surgery, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sterigenics Hid Cancer Risk Of Emissions, Ill. Residents Say

    Residents of a Chicago suburb have slapped sterilization company Sterigenics International Inc. and its private equity owner with a proposed class action in Illinois circuit court that claims the company has for decades knowingly emitted a highly carcinogenic chemical from a local facility without disclosing the risks.

  • September 21, 2018

    Country Singer's Pub Didn't Infringe 'Descriptive' TM: 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision favoring a restaurant chain run in partnership with country singer Dierks Bentley, saying none of the arguments raised in Nashville pub The Row’s infringement suit over the chain’s "Whiskey Row" trademark alter the conclusion that its own mark is merely descriptive.

  • September 20, 2018

    Antitrust 'Bundling,' Patent Fraud Case Sent Packing

    A Minnesota judge has thrown out a food packaging company’s antitrust lawsuit against its larger rival, finding no evidence that patents asserted against it were obtained fraudulently and rendering one of the first applications of a test for improper “discount bundling.”

  • September 20, 2018

    Chancery OKs Papa John's Founder's Records Suit For Trial

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Thursday declined to dismiss a “books and records” lawsuit filed against Papa John’s by former pizza chain CEO John Schnatter, rejecting company claims that he was using the demands to improperly support a suit to counter actions against him and other employees. 

  • September 20, 2018

    Don't Let Purina Off The Hook In Dead Bass Suit, Farm Says

    A farm blaming mass fish deaths on formula changes in a Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed argued Wednesday that the company can't reel in the suit, telling an Illinois federal judge Purina's attempt to slip the case is a flop.

  • September 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Nature Nate’s, Rocket Internet, Amazon

    Private equity firms are buzzing around Nature Nate’s Honey Co., Rocket Internet is reportedly getting ready to list Jumia, and Amazon and an India-based private equity firm have bought Indian retail and grocery chain More.

  • September 20, 2018

    Earl of Sandwich's Quick Win Bid Draws Ire In Caesars' Ch. 11

    Investment adviser Whitebox Advisors LLC blasted an Earl of Sandwich location’s request for an order declaring it the owner of a $3.6 million claim in Caesars’ Illinois federal court bankruptcy, arguing that the evidence shows the now-shuttered Atlantic City eatery had reached a binding preliminary deal to sell the claim.

  • September 20, 2018

    Beach Eatery Showed Need For Summer Hires, BALCA Finds

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has reversed a U.S. Department of Labor certifying officer’s determination that a shrimp restaurant on the Jersey Shore failed to establish that it temporarily needed more dishwashers during the summer season.

  • September 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Puts A Lid On Appeal In Starbucks Hot Coffee Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a jury verdict clearing Starbucks Corp. of allegations that a barista negligently served coffee that gave a customer severe burns, rejecting arguments that the jury should have heard about other customer complaints regarding Starbucks' lids.

  • September 19, 2018

    Eli Lilly's Animal Health Unit Elanco Raises $1.5B In IPO

    Eli Lilly & Co. subsidiary Elanco Animal Health Inc. on Wednesday raised $1.5 billion after pricing its initial public offering above range, guided by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Barnes & Thornburg LLP, marking the largest IPO since market activity resumed after Labor Day.

  • September 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tencent Music, Linde, Coca-Cola

    Tencent Music wants to raise roughly $2 billion in an initial public offering, Linde AG is selling more assets, and Coca-Cola is pushing forward with its bid to swallow Nigeria’s Chi Ltd.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Brewing Ethical Behavior At AB InBev

    John Blood

    When Anheuser-Busch InBev combined with SABMiller two years ago, our legal teams were faced with the enormous task of integrating two complex compliance systems, and we explored data aggregation and analytics to manage the process. Today, our compliance team includes data engineers in its ranks, says John Blood, general counsel of AB InBev.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Layth Elhassani

    The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.