Food & Beverage

  • July 14, 2017

    Restaurants, Convenience Stores Fight NYC Menu Labeling

    Several restaurant and convenience-store trade groups filed a lawsuit in New York federal court on Friday against the city’s health and consumer affairs departments, challenging their enforcement of menu-labeling standards as premature and preempted by federal law.

  • July 14, 2017

    Chinese Co. Seeks Award OK In Dietary Products Sales Row

    A Chinese company has asked a New York federal court to confirm an award against a Long Island nutritional products manufacturer, which an arbitrator had issued after finding the manufacturer failed to pay for an order of dietary supplements.

  • July 14, 2017

    Akerman Adds 4 Partners To Labor And Employment Group

    Akerman LLP is continuing the national expansion of its labor and employment practice group with the addition of four partners formerly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Holland & Knight, Fragomen and Blank Rome, the law firm announced Thursday.

  • July 14, 2017

    Arnstein & Lehr, Crush Law Steer PMG's $154M Goldman Loan

    Arnstein & Lehr LLP and Crush Law PA represented developer Property Markets Group in connection with its $153.9 million loan from Goldman Sachs & Co.'s merchant banking division for a Florida mixed-use project, according to an announcement on Friday.

  • July 14, 2017

    Commerce Says It Will Look Into Spanish Olive Duties

    The U.S Department of Commerce will look into applying duties for those importing ripe olives from Spain after domestic olive producers launched a tariffs bid alleging that the Spanish goods have been sold at artificially low prices in the U.S. and given unfair government subsidies, it was announced on Thursday.

  • July 13, 2017

    Whole Foods Investor Sues To Block Amazon Merger

    A Whole Foods Market Inc. investor filed a class action in Texas federal court Thursday seeking to halt the organic grocer’s proposed merger with Amazon.com Inc., alleging the company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission omitted key information pertinent to stockholders.

  • July 13, 2017

    House Dem Calls For Hearing On Amazon-Whole Foods Tie

    The top Democrat on the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee on Thursday said he wants a hearing looking into Amazon’s $13.7 billion bid to buy Whole Foods, saying the proposed acquisition could be bad for American wages if the marketplace becomes less competitive as a result.

  • July 13, 2017

    Watchdog Says Chinese Chicken Imports Imperil Public Health

    A food watchdog group on Thursday said that processed chicken products shipped from China to the U.S. originated at a plant in Chile, where a 2016 audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found problems with the plant’s sanitation procedures, arguing the government should halt the imports.

  • July 13, 2017

    EEOC, Restaurants Ask For Quick Wins In Age Bias Suit

    Federal regulators and a national chain of restaurants each moved for summary judgment Wednesday in a case alleging the businesses intentionally discriminated against hiring employees over the age of 40.

  • July 13, 2017

    Grocers Say Midwest Consumers Can't Prove Antitrust Injury

    C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and Supervalu Inc. have urged a Minnesota federal court to throw out multidistrict antitrust litigation brought against them by a group of Midwest wholesale grocery customers, saying their accusers cannot prove they suffered an actual injury from the alleged scheme.

  • July 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: KKR, Manulife Financial, JBS

    KKR could pay more than $2 billion for a medical transportation business, Manulife Financial plans to list or spin off its Boston life insurance business, and the biggest creditors of JBS are nearing an agreement to refinance around $5.5 billion worth of the Brazilian meatpacking giant's loans.

  • July 13, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Durst, Chicago Hard Rock, Ocean Land

    The Durst Organization is said to have scored $1 billion in financing, part of which is backed by five Manhattan properties; the Chicago Hard Rock is reportedly severing ties with the brand; and Ocean Land Investments is said to have scored a $17 million loan for a Florida condo project.

  • July 13, 2017

    EU Softens WTO Proposal To Curb Fisheries Subsidies

    The European Union on Thursday offered a revision to its proposal for a World Trade Organization agreement that will cut down global fisheries subsidies, offering a transitional period during which even companies in developed economies may still receive government support.

  • July 12, 2017

    NJ ShopRite Chain Hit With FLSA Suit For Unpaid Overtime

    A ShopRite supermarket chain has been slammed with a proposed collective action in New Jersey federal court by a former store chef alleging that the business misclassified him and other employees as being exempt from overtime pay requirements and stiffed them on the additional compensation.

  • July 12, 2017

    Justice Breyer On Changing His Mind And Sparring With Scalia

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the extent to which oral arguments can influence his thinking and recalls his many debates with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    Feds Crack Down On $147M Boiler Room Scheme

    Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges Wednesday against more than a dozen individuals they alleged orchestrated a $147 million boiler room scheme using aggressive telemarketing to older investors and other manipulative techniques.

  • July 12, 2017

    Jury Finds Cos. Don't Owe Boy In $23M Farm Pesticide Suit

    A California jury on Wednesday sided with three companies in a toxic tort trial, rejecting a mother’s claims for $23 million in damages due to her son’s alleged in utero exposure to chemicals when she worked on a berry farm, a defendant’s law firm said.

  • July 12, 2017

    No New Insider Trading Trial For Gambler Billy Waters

    A New York federal judge has rejected a request by sports bettor Billy Walters for a new trial on insider trading charges, saying his claims that a government witness committed perjury lacked support and wouldn't have changed the outcome anyway, setting up Walters’ sentencing later this month.

  • July 12, 2017

    Marsh Supermarkets Continues Cash Collateral Discussions

    Bankrupt grocery retailer Marsh Supermarkets Holding LLC told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday the company had filed a new draft of its proposed final cash collateral order and would continue negotiations with creditors to get to a consensual order.

  • July 12, 2017

    General Mills Beats Nature Valley False Labeling Suit

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action alleging General Mills misrepresented its Nature Valley products as containing 100 percent “natural whole grain oats,” saying the inclusion of trace amounts of a chemical doesn’t make the statement untrue.

Expert Analysis

  • How Menu Labeling Could Lead To A Preemption Dilemma

    Robert Hibbert

    In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the postponement of the compliance date of a federal menu labeling rule for one year. Just weeks later, New York City announced plans to begin enforcing its own updated local menu labeling rule. These two actions potentially raise novel and significant issues of federal preemption, say Bob Hibbert and Hilary Lewis of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Roundup

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup

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    A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark antitrust decision in Leegin v. PSKS, this series examines the ruling's impact on resale price maintenance.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: An Economist's Perspective

    Thomas Overstreet

    Despite the relative dearth of new empirical evidence from litigated cases in the decade following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Leegin, there have been new developments in the economics literature. Economic theory still strongly supports a rule-of-reason approach to resale price maintenance, says Thomas Overstreet of Charles River Associates.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: Tips For Advising Clients On RPM

    Janet McDavid

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Leegin, optimism that resale price maintenance agreements would become an easier tool for manufacturers quickly dampened. Particularly where companies have international and U.S. nationwide sales, implementing RPM agreements can be fraught with the same difficulties that existed pre-Leegin, say Janet McDavid and Meghan Rissmiller of Hogan Lovells.

  • The Far-Reaching New 'Domestic Injury' Rule Under Civil RICO

    Paul Chan

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in RJR Nabisco last year, district courts across the country have generally held that a plaintiff suffers an economic injury under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act at his or her place of residence or the company's principal place of business. A handful of courts, however, have departed from this general rule, say Paul Chan and Gopi Panchapakesan of Bird Marella Boxer... (continued)