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Food & Beverage

  • July 17, 2018

    EPA Official Tried To 'Kill' Pesticide Study, Monsanto Jury Told

    A California jury heard testimony Tuesday that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official tried to interfere with a federal study on the carcinogenicity of the main ingredient in Roundup, allegedly telling a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager, “if I can kill this, I deserve a medal.”

  • July 17, 2018

    Investor Claims LaCroix Maker Hid Bogus Data, Harrassment

    National Beverage Corp., the manufacturer of LaCroix sparkling water and other brands, was hit with a putative stock-drop class action in Florida federal court on Tuesday relating to the firm's alleged hyping of bogus analytics numbers and the sexual harassment allegations against its top executive.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ex-Contractor’s Partner Cops To Iraq War Bribery Scheme

    An ex-U.S. military contractor’s former business partner pled guilty Monday in Alabama federal court to playing a part in a yearslong bribery scheme involving Army officials stationed at a U.S. military base in Kuwait during the Iraq War, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 17, 2018

    Welch's Says Sunkist Candy Infringes Trade Dress

    The company behind Welch's Fruit Snacks is suing over a planned line of Sunkist gummies, saying it will closely mimic the candy’s trade dress to “siphon off” goodwill.

  • July 17, 2018

    Shopper Seeks Class Cert. In Kroger Listeria Suit

    A consumer asked a California federal judge Monday to certify a proposed class of state residents who bought Kroger-brand frozen produce products containing peas that were recalled due to a listeria outbreak, saying the shoppers meet all of the certification requirements.

  • July 17, 2018

    Landry's Seeks To Trim Claims In $20M Suit Over Data Breach

    Landry's Inc. asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to toss a breach of contract claim by JPMorgan Chase payment processing arm Paymentech in its $20 million lawsuit claiming the hospitality company refused to pay compensation for costs related to a data breach at Landry’s properties in 2014 and 2015.

  • July 17, 2018

    Cereal Cos. Don’t Have To Post Cancer Warning, Panel Says

    General Mills, Post and Kellogg breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday, after a California appeals court reversed a decision that would have forced the food giants to slap cancer warnings on Frosted Flakes, Fruity Pebbles and nearly 60 other brands of cereal.

  • July 17, 2018

    NLRB Judge Rejects Deal In McDonald's Joint-Employer Case

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed settlement that would have ended a closely watched case seeking to hold fast-food giant McDonald's responsible as a joint employer for franchisees' alleged labor law violations, calling the NLRB general counsel's arguments in favor of the deal "inadequate."

  • July 17, 2018

    Kraft Must Share Expert Reports In Wheat Market Action

    The Illinois federal judge handling a proposed investor class action accusing Kraft Foods Group Inc. of manipulating the wheat futures market ordered the company Tuesday to produce expert reports exchanged in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's similar case against it, rejecting Kraft's claim the production would be unfairly harmful.

  • July 17, 2018

    Baked Goods Co. Beats Distributors' Suit Over 401(k) Plan

    The bakery behind brands such as Wonder Bread and Nature’s Own defeated its product distributors’ claim that they were wrongly excluded from the company’s 401(k) plan, after a Georgia federal judge ruled that the distributors didn’t show that they were employees entitled to benefits under the plan’s terms.

  • July 17, 2018

    EU, Japan Ink New Trade Deal Trimming Nearly All Tariffs

    European Union and Japanese officials on Tuesday signed a bilateral trade deal that will drop tariffs and facilitate commerce between the two economic powerhouses, voicing a strong commitment for trade liberalization as barriers persist around the globe.

  • July 16, 2018

    Delivery Co. Fights Couriers' Suit Seeking Fees As Tips

    A courier service that uses a mobile app to pair bicyclists and drivers with people who request a delivery argued Monday that its workers operate under federal, not Massachusetts, labor laws and must lose their class action seeking a piece of the company’s delivery fees.

  • July 16, 2018

    Kraft Says Traders Shouldn't Get CFTC Reports In Wheat Row

    A proposed class of traders suing Kraft over its alleged manipulation of the wheat futures market shouldn’t get expert reports from a parallel U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission suit, the food giant told an Illinois federal judge Monday, arguing the material would give them an unfair advantage.

  • July 16, 2018

    Hair Care Product Maker Sued Over 'Nightmare' Side Effects

    A Michigan woman accused Florida-based hair care product manufacturer Monat Global Corp. of knowingly failing to disclose potentially harmful side effects of its “naturally based” products, including scalp irritation and hair loss, in a putative class action filed Friday in Miami.

  • July 16, 2018

    McDonald's Sued Over Contaminated Salads In The Midwest

    McDonald’s Corp. got hit Monday in Illinois county court with a product liability suit claiming the hamburger chain was negligent when it sold defective salads containing a microscopic parasite responsible for intestinal infections, even though the company voluntarily stopped selling the salads after state and federal officials launched an investigation.

  • July 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mediaset, Ele.me, Santander

    Mediaset is reportedly planning on partnering with F2i to takeover EI Towers, the food delivery business of e-commerce giant Alibaba wants to pocket as much as $2 billion in new funding, and Banco Santander could see bids for its toxic real estate assets come from Blackstone Group and Cerberus.

  • July 16, 2018

    Costco, Abbott Win Nutritional Drink Sales Tax Suit On Appeal

    A California appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision favoring Costco, the California Board of Equalization and Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of nutritional shake Ensure, in a lawsuit that sought to recover sales tax placed on the product.

  • July 16, 2018

    Indian Cos. Sold Shrimp For Too Cheap, Commerce Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has slapped 230 companies with tariffs on shrimp imported from India, according to a filing published Monday in the Federal Register.

  • July 16, 2018

    Hard Rock Cafe Must Repay Hotel Co.’s Fees To End TM Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday said she would only allow Hard Rock Cafe Inc. to drop a failed trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar Hotels Inc. if the hospitality giant repaid a portion of the smaller company’s legal bills.

  • July 16, 2018

    Rival Can't Intervene In $1.4B DOD Food Contract Dispute

    Logistics company Agility can’t intervene in a dispute over the Defense Logistics Agency's corrective action on a $1.4 billion food supply deal, because it lacks any legal interest either in the protest filed by rival KGL Food Services or the underlying contract, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Beer, Wine, Alcohol And Taxes: A Most Excellent Recipe

    Ed Brown

    Producers of beer, wine and distilled spirits were treated very well by last year's tax reform. Even before taking into consideration the reduction in effective tax rates and other tax changes that benefit all businesses, craft brewers, small vintners and artesian distillers received much needed relief relating to federal excise taxes, say Edward Brown and James McCarten of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Inside Kavanaugh's Merger Challenge Dissents

    Timothy Gray

    In the D.C. Circuit's Anthem and Whole Foods cases, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh disagreed with his colleagues’ decisions to block the contemplated mergers, suggesting an antitrust jurisprudence leery of excessive enforcement activity, say Timothy Gray and Melissa Ginsberg of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.