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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.