Food & Beverage

  • February 23, 2017

    30 Tons Of Chicken Salad Recalled Due To Listeria Risk

    A California-based food company on Wednesday announced that it was recalling about 30 tons of chicken salad nationwide after a supplier informed it that its cheese might be contaminated with listeria, one in a series of cheese-related recalls.

  • February 23, 2017

    Aldi Managers Get Collective Cert. In Classification Suit

    A New York magistrate judge on Wednesday conditionally certified a collective action brought by Aldi Inc. store managers alleging the grocery chain misclassified them to skirt overtime requirements, holding that the workers met their burden to show they were similarly situated victims of a common policy that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • February 23, 2017

    Philly Sugary Drinks Tax Brings In $5.7M In First Month

    Philadelphia has pulled in $5.7 million during its first month of collecting a tax on sugary drinks, more than double what had been predicted, the city’s revenue department announced Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    WTO Strengthens Rebuke Of Russia's Ban On EU Pork

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Thursday upheld a decision faulting Russia’s food safety restrictions on European pork products and even expanded the prior ruling by finding that Moscow did not take the necessary steps to properly tailor its restrictions to high-risk European regions.

  • February 22, 2017

    8th Circ. Says No Angling For Lower Sentence After Plea Deal

    A Missouri restaurateur who pled guilty to fraud and money laundering charges broke his plea deal by having a parade of local heroes tell a federal judge to go easy on him, the Eighth Circuit said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    McDonald's Liable For Franchisee Wage Violations, Suit Says

    Fast food workers engaged in a putative class action suit alleging McDonald’s violated wage laws asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny the company’s second bid for summary judgment, arguing that the restaurant chain is liable even if the violations were committed by a Bay Area franchisee.

  • February 22, 2017

    Kansas Top Court Rejects Pizza Hut Franchisee's Tax Appeal

    A $42.5 million dispute between a retired Pizza Hut franchisee and the Kansas Department of Revenue will make its way back to a tax appeals board after the Kansas Supreme Court rejected petitions to review the case.

  • February 22, 2017

    FTC, Maine AG Shut Down Deceptive Supplement Sellers

    A group of dietary supplement marketers will pay $556,000 to settle claims that they disguised radio infomercials as educational talk shows and used fake endorsers to push products promising to improve memory and reduce joint pain, the Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Consumers Win Bid To Remand General Mills Labeling Claims

    Accusations by a group of consumer organizations that General Mills wrongly labels granola products containing chemical pesticides as healthy and natural are heading back to a D.C. trial court after a federal judge on Wednesday found jurisdiction lacking because the allegations did not directly implement federal statutes.

  • February 22, 2017

    NLRB Asks 5th Circ. To OK Chipotle Break Petition Ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Fifth Circuit last week to affirm its ruling that Chipotle Services LLC illegally fired an employee for refusing to stop circulating a petition demanding fair break time, calling this “textbook” protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • February 22, 2017

    Sixth Person Admits To $8M MillerCoors Fraud

    A vendor for MillerCoors LLC marketing events charged with defrauding the beer giant out of more than $8 million became the sixth person indicted in the scheme to plead guilty Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Judge Chides Del Monte Bid To Seal Award Injunction Docs

    Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s request to seal certain documents in its effort to stop a juice company from buying pineapples from a grower that owes the produce giant an unconfirmed $32 million arbitral award comes “nowhere close” to passing muster, a Florida magistrate judge said Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    AIG, Biotech Co. Fight Toss Of $36M Ad Injury Coverage Suit

    AIG and agricultural product company Stoller Enterprises Inc. on Tuesday both objected to a Texas magistrate judge's recommendation to throw out nearly all of Stoller’s suit seeking coverage from AIG for an unfair competition suit settlement of an undisclosed amount after triple damages totaled $36 million.

  • February 22, 2017

    Gov't Trims Land O'Lakes' Defenses In $23M Cleanup Spat

    An Oklahoma federal judge dealt a blow to Land O’Lakes Inc. in the federal government’s suit seeking $23.4 million for the cleanup of an oil refinery previously owned by the dairy company, agreeing Wednesday that a number of its affirmative defenses and a pair of counterclaims don’t hold up.

  • February 22, 2017

    Coca-Cola Bottler Prefers White Managers, Class Suit Says

    A president of a Coca-Cola bottling company in New England told a group of about 50 employees that non-white workers weren’t being promoted to management positions because the company’s customers were white, according to a proposed race bias class action filed Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Farmer’s Co-op Says MF Global Too Late To Recover $1.7M

    A farming co-op hit back against MF Global Holding Ltd.’s demand for $1.7 million over derivatives trades that predate the firm's massive 2011 bankruptcy, saying on Monday that MF Global failed to preserve those claims in its Chapter 11 plan and therefore has no right to pursue them.

  • February 21, 2017

    Dunkin' Says Buyers Can Take Sales Tax Suit To NY Agency

    Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company urged the Second Circuit on Friday to affirm a lower court’s dismissal of a putative class action alleging that the chain illegally charged sales tax, saying that the complainants can only take up their dispute with New York tax authorities.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices Offer Skeptical Look At EEOC Subpoena Power

    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday over whether the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should be afforded broad authority to subpoena personnel information, as the justices considered whether appellate courts should use a deferential standard to review the enforcement of subpoenas.

  • February 21, 2017

    Keurig Pays $5.8M To End CPSC Probe Over Burning Brewers

    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has struck a $5.8 million deal with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to end allegations that the company knew a defect in its coffee makers was giving customers second- and third-degree burns but didn't take any action, the agency said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Syngenta MDL Class Counsel Want Other Firms To Butt Out

    Class counsel for a nationwide group of corn producers, as well as groups from eight states, in multidistrict litigation over Syngenta’s allegedly false promotion of genetically modified corn accused several law firms of trying to steal their clients, asking a Kansas federal court Friday to direct the firms to stay away.

Expert Analysis

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Rebuttal

    Patent Venue Needs Overhaul

    Brian E. Ferguson

    According to a recent Law360 Expert Analysis article, the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision boils down to determining “who gets the home court advantage — patentees or infringers.” That characterization is not only wrong, it also is representative of the substantial problem of abusive use of patent litigation, say Brian Ferguson and Anish Desai of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Key Takeaways From FTC Merger Remedy Study

    Michael B. Bernstein

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission released its first study on merger remedies in over 16 years. While the FTC views its overall approach as working well, the study also suggested that changes should be made and identified a number of best practices that FTC staff recommends, some of which are new, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Much More Than East Texas Is At Stake In TC Heartland

    Steven Pollinger

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in TC Heartland has received a considerable amount of press regarding the potential impact on the Eastern District of Texas's ability to retain patent infringement litigation. But commentators have neglected to address how the overruling of VE Holding would, in many cases, prohibit patent holders throughout the country from filing suit in their home districts, say Steven Pollinger and Yu... (continued)

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.