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Food & Beverage

  • December 17, 2018

    Jury Award Cut By $40K In Pizza Puffs Trademark Dispute

    An Illinois federal judge knocked $40,000 off a jury award that favored Illinois Tamale Co. in its suit alleging a Chicago-based competitor infringed its Pizza Puffs trademark, deciding the suit could have been brought sooner.

  • December 17, 2018

    Customs Restricts Duty Refunds For Wine Importers

    The Trump administration has finalized a regulation restricting when U.S. wine importers can get a refund on duties or taxes collected on their imports, prohibiting wineries from filing for a refund of those levies based on the exportation of tax-exempt wine products, according to a filing set to publish Tuesday.

  • December 17, 2018

    $11.5M Deal OK'd To Cut Mushroom Co. From Antitrust MDL

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday signed off on an $11.5 million deal to end class claims against Giorgio Foods Inc. in a long-running multidistrict litigation program over alleged efforts by the company and a host of other entities to fix the price of mushrooms.

  • December 17, 2018

    Jack In The Box May Add A Sale To Its Shareholders' Menu

    U.S. burger chain Jack in the Box Inc. on Monday revealed that it is exploring ways to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale, and said it has already held talks with interested suitors.

  • December 17, 2018

    Boston Firm Dodges Chobani Consulting Fee Suit

    The Boston-based Sassoon & Cymrot LLP has shaken all claims in a suit in New York federal court brought by the former boyfriend of the ex-wife of Chobani's founder, who accused the firm of cutting him out of a consulting fee in her case over ownership of the yogurt company.

  • December 17, 2018

    CIT Says Insurer Must Cover Unpaid Duties On Chinese Garlic

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection correctly forced Hartford Fire Insurance Co. to cover unpaid anti-dumping duties on garlic under bonds taken out by a Chinese company, the U.S. Court of International Trade said Friday, rejecting the insurer’s assertion that a federal law retroactively wiped out the bonds.

  • December 17, 2018

    MVP: Stueve Siegel's Patrick Stueve

    Patrick Stueve of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP was instrumental in guiding corn producers and others damaged by Syngenta’s sales of genetically modified corn seed to a massive $1.51 billion settlement, earning a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Food & Beverage MVPs.

  • December 14, 2018

    Mirage Must Arbitrate Food Workers' Unpaid Vacation Bid

    A split Ninth Circuit panel wiped out an arbitration award blocking a Las Vegas culinary workers’ union from making the MGM Mirage arbitrate a dispute over unpaid vacation, saying it wasn’t up to the arbitrator to decide whether the case could be arbitrated.

  • December 14, 2018

    NY AG Says There's Something Fishy About Seafood Labels

    The fish New Yorkers pay for may not be the fish they're eating, according to a report from the New York attorney general released Friday, which says more than 1 in 4 fish are mislabeled as a different species or otherwise less desirable variety of fish.

  • December 14, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an Italian investment boutique sue a film production company, MMA and Axa sue shipper MSC and a wealth management firm lodge a part 8 action against major banks like Barclays and HSBC.

  • December 14, 2018

    WTO Upholds US 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna Label Criteria

    The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body on Friday signed off on a set of revised "dolphin-safe" labeling criteria for tuna sold in the U.S., ending a decadelong dispute with Mexico over whether the United States' labeling conditions are discriminatory and out of line with several global trade agreements.

  • December 14, 2018

    Bar, Ex-NFL Player Hit With $25M Wrongful Death Verdict

    A Dallas County jury has handed a $25 million wrongful death verdict to a now-shuttered nightclub and former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, finding the club’s service of too much alcohol to him resulted in a car crash and the death of the NFL player’s friend and teammate Jerry Brown.

  • December 14, 2018

    Weil Shapes $3.2B Sale Of Belmond To Luxury Group LVMH

    LVMH said Friday it will take over hotel, restaurant and cruise operator Belmond in a deal worth $3.2 billion, as the luxury group known for brands like Dom Pérignon and Louis Vuitton looks to grow its foothold in the hospitality space following a sale process shaped by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • December 14, 2018

    MVP: Skadden's Sean Doyle

    The beverage world got a profound shock when Sean Doyle of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP helped Keurig Green Mountain acquire Dr Pepper Snapple Group, creating a $26 billion drink behemoth that landed Doyle among Law360's 2018 Food & Beverage MVPs. 

  • December 14, 2018

    A Year On The Brink: Trump's Trade Battle With China

    The past year has seen President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade posture toward China shift from mere rhetoric to actual policy, sparking a massive tariff battle that has stretched into nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of how we got here.

  • December 13, 2018

    Chevron Moves Calif. Anglers' Greenhouse Suit To Fed. Court

    Chevron Corp. has said a lawsuit filed by a fishermen's group alleging the company and others contributed to ocean damage caused by climate change belonged in federal court, arguing that the global warming-related claims are governed by federal — not California — common law.

  • December 13, 2018

    Sam Adams Pa. Brewers Can Organize Alone, NLRB Says

    A National Labor Relations Board official said a group of brewing operators at a Pennsylvania brewery can unionize without including workers in other positions in the unit, rejecting the employer’s arguments that only a wall-to-wall unit is appropriate.

  • December 13, 2018

    Costco Execs Face Stock-Drop Suit Over Internal Controls

    Costco’s top brass failed to effectively address problems with its internal financial reporting systems and shared misleading information about those problems in public statements and to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a shareholder said in Washington federal court.

  • December 13, 2018

    Bojangles' Investor Seeks More Details On Chain's Acquisition

    A Bojangles’ Inc. investor sued the restaurant chain and its directors in Delaware federal court Wednesday claiming not enough details have been provided about its acquisition by Durational Capital LP and The Jordan Co. for investors to cast an informed vote on the deal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Biotech Biz Zymergen Lands $400M Series C Funding

    Molecular manufacturing technology company Zymergen said on Thursday that it has raised over $400 million in its latest round of funding that it will use to accelerate product development and commercialization.

Expert Analysis

  • How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018

    Farhad Jalinous

    The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • The New Water Rule And Its Potential Ripple Effect

    Christopher Thomas

    If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • The Latest On Article III Standing In False Ad Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit provided a clear rule regarding plaintiffs' standing to assert claims concerning products they did not purchase. To no one’s surprise, the decision has already been used to defeat defendants’ motions to dismiss, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • How Brexit May Change UK Food Labeling Rules

    Ravi Randhawa

    Producers and distributors of food products in the U.K. will be pleased to know that, should there be a no-deal Brexit, they may not need to change food labels and packaging from day one, as the government is proposing grace periods for some required labeling changes, says Ravi Randhawa of Gowling WLG.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • TC Heartland's Impact In 2018

    Alex Chachkes

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods in May 2017, revitalizing the patent venue statute. Alex Chachkes and Josh Montgomery of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP review its impact over the past year and a half.

  • Employee Arbitration Agreements In NJ Face New Hurdles

    Benjamin Teris

    New Jersey state courts have been less favorable to employers than federal courts when it comes to enforcing arbitration agreements. The latest example is the Appellate Division’s precedential decision in Flanzman v. Jenny Craig, says Benjamin Teris of Post & Schell PC.