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Food & Beverage

  • January 14, 2019

    Chobani Defends Sugar Claim, Yet Made Changes To End Suit

    A Chobani executive told a Manhattan federal judge Monday that the company fast-tracked changes to the recipe and packaging of its new drinkable yogurt to try to stop a lawsuit by competitor Dannon, but insisted it didn't mislead shoppers with a label that sparked the suit.

  • January 14, 2019

    Pineapple Farm Blasts Del Monte Fee Award In 11th Circ.

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm urged the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to reverse a ruling ordering it to pay a Monaco-based Del Monte unit’s attorneys’ fees after unsuccessfully challenging a more than $29.3 million arbitration award, saying the lower court erred by imposing the sanctions without jurisdiction and without a finding of bad faith.

  • January 14, 2019

    Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit Settled After Decertification

    Doorstep Delivery has been able to settle a driver’s Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service claiming that he was misclassified as an independent contractor and not properly paid overtime.

  • January 14, 2019

    Romania Says $250M Award Row Must Be Paused

    Romania on Friday again urged a D.C. federal court to pause a lawsuit filed by two Swedish food industry investors to confirm a $250 million arbitral award, arguing that the underlying award against it is invalid and that clarity is needed regarding Romanian insolvency proceedings involving the investors' companies.

  • January 14, 2019

    Calif. Denny's Workers Ask To Send Wage Suit To State Court

    A proposed class of Denny's employees asked a California federal court on Friday to send its wage suit back to state court, arguing that the restaurant company was unable to prove the amount in controversy will likely exceed $5 million, as required by U.S. law.

  • January 14, 2019

    Shell Sues Coke To Recover Costs In Calif. Plant Cleanup Row

    Shell Oil Co. has filed suit against BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles and a variety of other entities seeking to recover cleanup costs related to a site that was once home to a synthetic rubber plant in Torrance, California, saying that others must contribute to costs related to the remediation of soil contamination.

  • January 14, 2019

    Fla. Sports Bar To Face Overtime Suit In Federal Court

    A proposed collective action filed in Florida state court accusing Juana's Latin Sports Bar and Grill of failing to pay its servers the time-and-a-half overtime rate and earned tips was removed to federal court on Friday at the request of the restaurant.

  • January 14, 2019

    Amy's Kitchen Tries To Nix DaVita Dialysis Coverage Suit

    Amy’s Kitchen Inc. has urged a California federal court to toss a suit from health care giant DaVita Inc. accusing the natural foods company’s employee benefit health plan of effectively removing in-network coverage for dialysis, arguing DaVita had been charging unreasonable prices and its claims lacked any legal basis.

  • January 14, 2019

    15 Minutes With Tyson Foods' General Counsel

    Amy Tu, who held in-house roles at Boeing, the Gap and Wal-Mart before leading the legal department at Tyson Foods beginning in 2017, doesn't recall a specific pivotal point when she knew she wanted to become a lawyer. Here, she explains her career path and what she didn't previously realize about the general counsel position, and offers advice to attorneys looking to move into the corporate realm.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Justices To Consider FOIA's Exemption 4 In SNAP Grocer Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a grocery trade group’s appeal claiming an Eighth Circuit decision that allowed a South Dakota newspaper to receive information on participating SNAP businesses requires a closer look at the Freedom of Information Act’s Exemption Four.

  • January 11, 2019

    Judge Sours In Yogurt Co. Fight, Calls Attys 'Children'

    The back-and-forth between Chobani and Dannon in a dispute over the sugar content of the companies' yogurt drinks left a bad taste in the mouth of a New York federal judge, who chided the attorneys for "behaving like small children" Friday in a terse response to a motion.

  • January 11, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Axa sue a private health-care provider, AIG take on shipper MSC and an appeal by a printer cartridge maker that has been fighting a multimillion-pound award to its pension trustees.

  • January 11, 2019

    Government Shutdown Stretches FDA Food Safety Thin

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to resume inspections of high-risk foods as the federal government shutdown drags on, forcing the agency to triage thinned resources to monitor food safety risks amid concerns that problems would go undetected.

  • January 11, 2019

    US Holds Firm On Ag Demands In Looming EU Trade Talks

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative declared Friday that it would look to pry open the European Union’s tightly protected agricultural market in forthcoming bilateral trade talks despite the EU’s repeated insistence that agriculture will not be included in any trade deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Slack, Dalian Wanda, Anheuser-Busch

    The company behind workplace instant-messaging app Slack is reportedly planning on undertaking a direct listing, Dalian Wanda plans to list its sports unit in the U.S., and Anheuser-Busch InBev is mulling publicly listing its Asian operations.

  • January 11, 2019

    Brand Battles: Pizza Hut Tackles 'Football' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Pizza Hut defends its status as the official sponsor of the NFL and NCAA football by aiming to sack an "Official Pizza of Football" application, Nintendo isn't cryptic about its opposition to a blockchain riff on Pokémon, and Salesforce claims a broad "family" of "force"-related trademarks.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOI Eyes Immunity In Enviro Suit Over Dam's Effect On Trout

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday signaled it plans to seek immunity from environmental groups' accusations that its operating procedures for a dam on California's Santa Maria River threatened an endangered trout.

  • January 11, 2019

    Superfood Co. Lands $32M In Funding From WeWork, Others

    Oregon-based maker of assorted superfood products Laird Superfood said on Friday that it has landed a $32 million funding round that included workspace company WeWork as an investor.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • 5 Food Labeling Litigation Trends To Watch In 2019

    Trent Taylor

    As 2019 shapes up to be another eventful year for food labeling litigation, companies should keep a close eye on several developments, including the evolution of "natural" claims and the re-emergence of the reasonable consumer standard, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Tipping Is The New Wage-And-Hour Battlefield

    Laurent Badoux

    In a recent opinion letter, the U.S. Department of Labor noted that two appellate court opinions endorsing the so-called 20 percent rule for tipped employees were not beneficial and set new guidelines. Laurent Badoux of Buchalter PC examines the clash between the appellate rulings and the DOL's determination.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 3 Key Food And Beverage Trends To Watch In 2019

    Angela Spivey

    As we ring in the new year, attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP discuss what to expect from slack-fill litigation, partially hydrogenated oil-related lawsuits, and the messy regulatory landscape of cannabidiol and THC edibles.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • 2018 Farm Bill Marks Watershed Moment For Industrial Hemp

    Alva Mather

    The signing of the Agricultural Act of 2018 will likely bring industrial hemp and its derivatives the opportunity for full commercial legalization across the nation, although implementation of the act and its related programs will take some time, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Mass. Cos. With Tipped Employees Face New Wage Laws

    Matt Horvitz

    As a result of new legislation that takes effect in January, Massachusetts companies with tipped employees should revisit how they calculate wages — or risk getting swept into the next onslaught of class actions, says Matt Horvitz of Goulston & Storrs PC​​​​​​​.