Food & Beverage

  • November 17, 2017

    Pa. Worker's Actions At Protest Don't Bar Unemployment Pay

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has refused to bar a restaurant worker from getting unemployment benefits despite losing his job after an altercation outside his workplace with individuals protesting a police-involved shooting.

  • November 17, 2017

    Veggie Processing Plant Settles DOJ Immigrant Bias Claims

    A Washington-based vegetable processing plant has agreed to shell out $100,000 to resolve claims levied against it by the U.S. Department of Justice that it discriminated against immigrants who were authorized to work in the U.S. in violation of federal immigration law, the DOJ announced Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Pilgrim's Pride To Pay $1.4M In Water Pollution Settlement

    Poultry processing giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has agreed to pay $1.43 million — believed to be the largest amount ever in a citizen enforcement Clean Water Act suit in Florida — to resolve environmental groups' claims that its Live Oak, Florida, plant polluted the Suwannee River.

  • November 16, 2017

    Defunct Food Distribution Co. Owner Gets 3 Years For Fraud

    The owner of a former food distribution company has been sentenced by a federal judge to three years behind bars for swindling three restaurant groups out of millions of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    ICC Provider Says Salsa Co.'s Suit Belongs In Federal Court

    The International Chamber of Commerce’s North American arbitration provider said Wednesday it plans to urge a New York federal judge to keep a dispute over whether the provider must halt arbitration between an investor and a salsa company after a Mexican court ordered it stopped.

  • November 16, 2017

    TerraVia's Ch. 11 On Track For January Confirmation Date

    Bankrupt algae-based food maker TerraVia Holding Inc. received interim approval Thursday in Delaware for its Chapter 11 plan disclosures so it can begin soliciting creditors for votes on the plan, which is up for confirmation in January.

  • November 16, 2017

    AIG Says Disney Can't Arbitrate 'Pink Slime' Coverage Row

    AIG on Thursday urged a California federal judge to deny The Walt Disney Co.'s request to arbitrate a dispute over $25 million in coverage toward a settlement with a beef company over an ABC news story that dubbed its beef byproduct “pink slime,” saying Disney’s petition fails to include the news outlet and the reporter.

  • November 16, 2017

    Greek-Style Foods Top Recall List Over Listeria Risk

    Yorgo’s Foods Inc., which specializes in Mediterranean-style food, is recalling more than 40 types of Greek-style products sold under its name and the Trader Joe’s brand because they may be contaminated with listeria, the company said Wednesday, a day when multiple listeria-related recall notices were posted to the FDA's website.

  • November 16, 2017

    NY Restaurant Supplier Gets Wage Collective Action Tossed

    A New York federal judge has dismissed a proposed collective action alleging a Queens restaurant supply distribution company denies workers minimum wage, saying even if the worker behind the suit is right that he worked many more hours than the business recorded, he was paid enough. 

  • November 16, 2017

    6 Virginia Restaurants To Pay $3M In DOL Wage Suit

    Six Virginia restaurants have agreed to pay $3 million in damages and unpaid minimum and overtime wages to nearly 150 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency said Wednesday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Yelp Says It’s Owed $2M For Breach Of Fake-Review Deal

    Online review leader Yelp Inc. asked a California judge Wednesday to reopen its case against a website that writes fake positive reviews for businesses for pay, saying one of the website’s co-founders had breached the terms of their settlement and Yelp was now entitled to $2 million under the previously agreed-upon stipulated judgment against him.

  • November 15, 2017

    Monsanto, Ag Groups Sue Calif. Over Glyphosate Listing

    Monsanto Co. and several agricultural industry groups on Wednesday sued California’s chemical watchdog over its decision this year to list the herbicide glyphosate — a key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer — as a substance that is known to cause cancer.

  • November 15, 2017

    Fla. Courts Won't Move Citrus Canker Suits To Tallahassee

    Two Florida appeals courts on Wednesday denied the state's attempt to move suits by classes of Florida homeowners who had their residential citrus trees cut down — and have already won nearly $30 million in judgments against the state — to Tallahassee from courts in Lee and Broward counties.

  • November 15, 2017

    Online Health Network Hit With $179M Judgment In FTC Probe

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered a $179 million judgment against an online network of 19 California-based health product and supplement companies, based on a Federal Trade Commission investigation that found they were running a scheme that tricked consumers into enrolling in deceptively marketed weight-loss and other programs with poorly disclosed monthly charges.

  • November 15, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Dwight Capital, Capital One, Levi's

    Dwight Capital is said to have leased 20,000 square feet in New York, Capital One reportedly plans to open a hybrid bank branch and coffee shop in Chicago, and Levi's is said to be taking 17,000 square feet in New York at a building owned by REIT Vornado.

  • November 15, 2017

    Ex-Boston Union Treasurer To Plead Guilty To Embezzlement

    A veteran organizer of Boston’s service industry union agreed on Wednesday to plead guilty to embezzling more than $170,000 over five years.

  • November 15, 2017

    Houston Restaurant Says Atty Negligence Cost It $1.2M

    The owner of Frenchy's Chicken — a family-owned restaurant that's been in business in Houston for 48 years — filed a lawsuit against an attorney and his law firm on Tuesday, alleging his negligence in drafting a contract with an investor has cost the company $1.2 million or more.

  • November 15, 2017

    Frito-Lay To Pay $2M In Fees In 'All Natural' Suit Deal

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday approved the settlement of a class suit accusing Frito-Lay of deceptively labeling food products as being “made with all natural ingredients” when they are actually made with ingredients containing genetically modified organisms, awarding about $2 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses to class counsel.

  • November 15, 2017

    Sodexo Buys Centerplate From Olympus In $675M Deal

    Food services and facilities management company Sodexo Inc. said Wednesday it will take a major leap forward in the stadium and entertainment venue concessions business with the acquisition of Centerplate Inc. from private equity firm Olympus Partners in a deal worth $675 million.

  • November 14, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Rethink Toss Of Chipotle Patron's GMO Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit declined Tuesday to reconsider its decision affirming the dismissal of a Florida woman's proposed class action alleging that Chipotle lied about using genetically modified ingredients in its food.

Expert Analysis

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Applying Calif. Antitrust Law To Out-Of-State Transactions

    Fred Isquith

    In Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, a California federal judge recently examined state court choice-of-law rules as applied in antitrust actions lodged in federal court. In applying California’s antitrust law to out-of-state transactions by the citizens of states other than California, the opinion adds an important contribution to the jurisprudence in this area, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Illinois Case Holds A Warning For Animal Food Cos.

    Carolyn Davis

    The Southern District of Illinois recently greenlighted claims against the manufacturer and distributor of fish feed that allegedly caused the death of a largemouth bass population. Producers and sellers of animal foods should note that their products might be subject to similar legal scrutiny to food intended for human consumption, says Carolyn Davis of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Rejecting FTC Drug-Level Standard On Dietary Supplements

    Benjamin Mundel

    Over the past decade the Federal Trade Commission has attempted to raise the standard for dietary supplements to require drug-level randomized clinical trials. However, as demonstrated by a New York federal court's recent decision in FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Company, when companies have refused to give in, courts have dismissed the FTC’s attempt to apply this standard, say Benjamin Mundel and Jacquelyn Fradette of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.