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Food & Beverage

  • August 8, 2018

    Jenny Craig To Settle TCPA Claims Over Texts For $3M

    Jenny Craig Inc. will shell out $3 million to end a putative class action alleging the weight-loss company sent out unwanted text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a filing in Florida federal court.

  • August 8, 2018

    Potato Chip Maker Can't Toss Billy Goat Tavern Suit

    An Illinois federal judge denied Billy Goat Chip Co.’s bid to escape a trademark infringement suit filed by Chicago landmark Billy Goat Tavern, rejecting the St. Louis potato chip maker’s claim the bar waited too long to sue.

  • August 8, 2018

    Papa John's Workers Seek Class Cert. In Unpaid Training Suit

    A proposed nationwide class of hourly employees at Papa John's has asked a California federal court to conditionally certify a lawsuit claiming the workers were stiffed on minimum wages because the pizza chain forced them to complete mandatory off-the-clock training on its corporate website.

  • August 7, 2018

    Monsanto Owes $412M For Roundup 'Reckoning,' Jury Hears

    A school groundskeeper's attorneys asked a California jury to award $412 million in damages against Monsanto Co. during closing arguments Tuesday in a landmark trial over claims its Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave him lymphoma, calling it a "day of reckoning" for Monsanto, which has denied the alleged link to cancer for years.

  • August 7, 2018

    Pinnacle Foods Investor Challenges $10.9B Conagra Deal

    A Pinnacle Foods Inc. investor filed a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Tuesday challenging its proposed acquisition by Conagra Brands for $10.9 billion, saying that he and his fellow investors lack the information necessary to make an informed decision about whether to support the proposed merger.

  • August 7, 2018

    Court Orders Pause Of Use Of Historic NOLA Market Name

    A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday granted New Orleans’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the operator of the city's historic St. Roch Market from using the name for new food halls in other cities, with the exception of Miami, where a St. Roch Market is already up and running.

  • August 7, 2018

    Bankrupt Real Mex Gets Access To $1.6M In DIP Financing

    The parent company of casual dining chain Real Mex Restaurants received bankruptcy court approval Tuesday to access $1.6 million of a $5.5 million debtor-in-possession financing package after the interim draw amount was slashed in half over questions about workers’ compensation program fees.

  • August 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Kills Olympic Advertising Antitrust Suit

    The two organizations that put on the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field athletes do not have to “open the floodgates” for advertisers that wish to sponsor the runners, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday, shutting down athletic chewing gum maker Run Gum’s antitrust lawsuit.

  • August 7, 2018

    Ahold Delhaize Serves Up Latest Chicken Price-Fixing Suit

    Ahold Delhaize USA Inc., parent company of Peapod, became the latest food retailer to accuse Tyson, Perdue and several other broiler chicken producers of conspiring in a nearly decadelong scheme to fix prices in a suit filed in Illinois federal court on Monday.

  • August 7, 2018

    Philly Exec Settles Business Journal Defamation Suit

    A Pennsylvania restaurateur has settled his defamation case against the Philadelphia Business Journal, which had allegedly published social media posts in 2017 falsely implying he had been jailed.

  • August 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Advent, Alibaba, HNA

    Advent International is reportedly making moves to sell Genoa Healthcare, Alibaba plans to ramp up its rivalry with Meitang Dianping by merging a pair of food delivery units, and HNA Group is in negotiations to sell a roughly 30 percent stake in Avolon Holdings.

  • August 7, 2018

    US Chicken Producers Gain Access To Moroccan Market

    Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry products and meat into the African country for the first time, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Tuesday.

  • August 7, 2018

    CookieCon Settles TM Dispute With Calif. Event Groups

    CookieCon founder Karen's Cookies has dropped its infringement lawsuit in Utah federal court against two California event groups it had accused of misusing its trademark, saying the parties have settled the dispute.

  • August 7, 2018

    Weed Killer In Rachael Ray's 'Natural' Dog Food, Suit Says

    Celebrity chef Rachael Ray falsely claims that her heavily advertised dog food is “natural” because tests show it contains an herbicide used to kill weeds, according to a misleading-food-labeling suit filed recently in New York federal court.

  • August 7, 2018

    Egg Producer Settles With DOJ In Immigrant Hiring Bias Suit

    Egg producer Rose Acre Farms Inc. has agreed to pay a $70,000 civil penalty and ensure its employee verification practices do not discriminate against noncitizens to settle claims from the U.S. Department of Justice that the company discriminated against its immigrant employees, the government said.

  • August 7, 2018

    US Will Seek $350M In WTO Sanctions Against Indonesia

    The United States is asking for permission to impose up to $350 million in annual tariffs against Indonesia, citing Jakarta’s failure to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that faulted the southeast Asian country’s import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, according to a WTO document.

  • August 6, 2018

    EEOC Can’t Keep Immigration Docs In Farm Rape Case Sealed

    A Florida federal judge Monday denied the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's request to keep sealed immigration documents for a woman a Florida farm allegedly fired for claiming a supervisor raped her, saying that revealing she applied for a visa wouldn’t deter illegal immigrants from bringing discrimination claims.

  • August 6, 2018

    Monsanto Faces Punitives Bid As Cancer Trial Nears End

    On the eve of closing arguments, a California judge ruled Monday that a school groundskeeper can seek punitive damages in a landmark trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave him lymphoma, though the judge called evidence supporting such damages "thin."

  • August 6, 2018

    Texas Retailers Sue USDA to Keep SNAP Data Confidential

    The Texas Retailers Association filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday, urging a Texas federal judge to revisit an earlier court's “stale” ruling concerning the release of certain data about participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program now that online retailers can participate in the program.

  • August 6, 2018

    Blue Apron Hit With Another Stock-Drop Suit

    Meal kit delivery service Blue Apron is facing another proposed securities class action after investors claimed in New York state court that it hid production slowdowns and staffing problems that ultimately drove down its stock price after its initial public offering.

Expert Analysis

  • It's Not Too Early To Prep For New Mass. Employment Laws

    Sean O’Connor

    Courtesy of the “grand bargain” legislation, significant changes are coming to Massachusetts employment law. Among other new requirements, employers should prepare for increases in the state minimum wage rates, revisions to tipped employees’ wages, and a new state-administered paid family and medical leave program, says Sean O’Connor of Morgan Brown & Joy LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • 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.