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Food & Beverage

  • October 17, 2018

    Papa John's Tries To Stymie Founder’s Chancery Demands

    Papa John’s pizza chain founder John Schnatter’s “unbounded” demands for company records in a Delaware Chancery Court suit and alleged intent to use the results in future personal litigation against the company justify denial or heavy pruning of disclosures, company attorneys said late Tuesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Panera Assistant Managers Win Cert. In DC Overtime Suit

    A District of Columbia federal judge has granted conditional certification of a nationwide collective and a D.C. collective of Panera Bread assistant managers who sued the chain over claims that it illegally denied them overtime wages, rejecting Panera's arguments against certification as premature.

  • October 17, 2018

    GCs Pick 2 Fave Firms For Product Liability Work

    Two law firms are the go-tos for general counsel dealing with product liability litigation, according to a new report that predicts companies will spend more on such cases in 2019.

  • October 16, 2018

    Farmers Say Don’t Kill Monsanto Antitrust Claims In MDL

    Farmers' allegations that Monsanto Corp. engaged in anti-competitive practices by pushing soybeans with a tolerance to a specific herbicide should not be dismissed, they argue, because their suit could show that the company knew farmers would be compelled to buy the product.

  • October 16, 2018

    Nespresso Brews Up TM Fight Over 'NYXpresso' Coffee Pods

    Nestlé SA’s Nespresso launched a trademark lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday over the sale of “Nespresso compatible” coffee pods under the name “NYXpresso.”

  • October 16, 2018

    FDA Warning Wire: E-Cig Juice Spiked With ED Drugs

    An e-cigarette company's vaping liquid was packing more than nicotine with the addition of the active ingredients in erectile dysfunction drugs, a first according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • October 16, 2018

    Teamster Pension Fund Says Tops Hasn't Honored Ch. 11 Deal

    A Teamsters pension fund on Monday asked a New York bankruptcy court to force bankrupt grocery chain Tops Markets LLC to turn over documents related to an earlier lawsuit against a closely associated vendor, arguing that Tops is violating the terms of a May settlement by refusing to do so.

  • October 16, 2018

    Instacart Receives $600M In Funding Led By D1 Capital

    Grocery delivery service Instacart received $600 million in a financing round led by investment management firm D1 Capital Partners, raising the company's valuation to $7.6 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Hard Rock Says It 'Did The Right Thing' By Dropping TM Suit

    Hard Rock Cafe said Monday that it should not be punished after it “did the right thing” and dropped a trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, sharply criticizing the smaller company for seeking repayment of nearly half a million dollars in legal bills.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chicago Restaurant Group Settles EEOC's Sex Bias Suit

    A Chicago Italian restaurant group agreed on Monday to develop new polices and pay $160,000 to end litigation over the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims that it subjects its female employees to sexual harassment at work.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    Ailing Lobster Poacher Asks 2nd Circ. For New Sentence

    An ailing English lobster poacher who was sentenced to 11 extra months in prison for allegedly hiding assets to avoid restitution urged the Second Circuit on Monday to have him resentenced, saying the new punishment is too harsh.

  • October 15, 2018

    Food Distributor, EEOC Ink $3.6M Deal In Sex Bias Suit

    A Detroit-based national food distribution company has agreed to pay $3.6 million to resolve the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's claims that it flouted Title VII by engaging in hiring practices that discriminated against women, according to filings in Ohio federal court Monday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Feds Back Tribe Against Wis. Village In Apple Festival Row

    The federal government has urged a judge to rule for the Oneida Nation in its suit over a Wisconsin village’s permitting requirements for an apple festival, saying the village lacked authority to regulate the tribe at the festival's site because it still lay within the tribe's reservation, which was established in the 1800s and never subsequently reduced in size.

  • October 15, 2018

    Concessionaire Slams Rays' 'Abusive' Discovery Requests

    The former concessions operator of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays has slammed in Florida federal court the team's efforts to force it to hand over 20 years’ worth of personnel files for thousands of employees, calling the “abusive” discovery requests irrelevant to the Rays' breach of contract suit.

  • October 15, 2018

    In-N-Out Can Block Fight For $15 Buttons, Legal Group Says

    The Washington Legal Foundation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up In-N-Out Burger's request to review a National Labor Relations Board order blocking it from making workers take off buttons backing wage advocacy group Fight for $15.

  • October 15, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Helps Lead $1B Purchase Of Greencore Unit

    Ropes & Gray LLP guided private equity-backed Hearthside Food Solutions on its $1.075 billion purchase of Arthur Cox-represented Greencore Group’s American refrigerated sandwich and to-go meal business, the companies said Monday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Historic NYC Ice Cream Parlor Served With Wage Suit

    A popular New York City ice cream parlor that first opened in 1897 got hit Monday in federal court with a wage-and-overtime suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law by two ex-servers who claim the eatery didn't pay them minimum and overtime wages, among other claims.

  • October 15, 2018

    Mass. Restaurant Owner Gets 1 Year For False Tax Returns

    The owner of a counter-service restaurant in Salem, Massachusetts, was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars in federal court Monday after pleading guilty in July to failing to report almost $1 million in income to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

Expert Analysis

  • Daesang V. NutraSweet Reaffirms NY's Pro-Arbitration Attitude

    Stephen Younger

    The reversal last month by New York's appellate division in Daesang v. NutraSweet is an important decision for the state's courts because it helps reaffirm New York's role as a preferred venue for international arbitration, say Stephen Younger and Michael Farinacci of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • How FIRRMA Changes The Game For Tech Cos. And Investors

    Steven Croley

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, signed into law in August, will significantly alter how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States conducts its work. Emerging technology companies, and their prospective investors, must be mindful of whether investments are now subject to CFIUS jurisdiction, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Missouri Asks, 'Where's The Beef?'

    Martha Charepoo

    A newly enacted Missouri law makes it a misdemeanor to use the word “meat” on labels of food products that do not come from an animal. Businesses selling meat substitute products in the state that do not meet the new labeling requirements could face liability under another consumer protection statute as well, says Martha Charepoo of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • How New Prop 65 Amendments Impact Calif. Businesses

    Lotus Fung

    Amendments to California's Proposition 65 which came into effect in August change the law's safe harbor warning requirements and create tailored warnings for specific chemical exposures and products. Businesses must keep in mind that even an exposure below legally defined threshold levels can open them to liability, say Lotus Fung and Manuel Fishman of Buchalter PC.