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  • October 15, 2018

    Cooler Maker Yeti Sets Sights On Renewed $400M IPO

    Texas-based Yeti Holdings Inc. on Monday said it could raise $400 million at midpoint through its initial public offering, bringing the heavy-duty cooler and insulated drinkware company closer to listing on the New York Stock Exchange after pulling an initial bid seven months ago.

  • October 15, 2018

    Energy Drink Falsely Touts Nutritional Supplements, Suit Says

    A consumer has launched a putative class action against energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Illinois federal court, alleging the company’s Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • October 15, 2018

    Shuttered Grocer Sues Union Over $9M Pension Payment

    A defunct Chicago-area grocery chain owned by Safeway Inc. has sued its union in Illinois federal court, saying the workers won’t write off $9 million in pension fund payments the company made before going under.

  • October 15, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Tribe's Tax Arbitration Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s bid to restore a $27 million arbitration victory against Oklahoma involving an alcohol sales tax exemption that was struck down by the Tenth Circuit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Starbucks Wins Last-Minute Stay Of Prop. 65 Penalties Trial

    A California appeals court issued a last-minute stay of Monday's scheduled trial to determine what penalties Starbucks Corp. and other coffee roasters owe for violating cancer-warning statute Proposition 65, after the roasters asked to wait until the state agency enacting the propositon finalizes a proposed rule saying coffee needs no cancer warnings.

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

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

    The last week has seen Deutsche Bank sue an Italian wealth management bank, several hotels lodge competition claims against Visa and MasterCard and the 200-year-old company behind British bank notes bring a pensions action against HSF. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 12, 2018

    Del Monte Veggie Trays Caused Outbreak, Customer Claims

    Del Monte has been hit with a suit in Wisconsin federal court over an outbreak of cyclospora that a customer claims was caused by vegetable trays produced by the company.

  • October 12, 2018

    Pepsi Unit Gets OK On $292M Arbitration Award

    A state district court judge in Houston on Friday affirmed a $292.2 million arbitration award in favor of Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Co. Inc. in an asbestos liability dispute with Cooper Industries LLC.

  • October 12, 2018

    Wine Co. Shareholder Can't Ax Writ In Award Row, Court Told

    A Delaware-based investor urged a Florida federal court Thursday not to dissolve a writ of garnishment issued against Citibank accounts held by a controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company who was ordered to pay the investor $28.7 million following the confirmation of an arbitration award.

  • October 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over MusclePharm Protein Labeling

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a putative class action alleging supplement maker MusclePharm Corp. mislabeled the protein content of an Arnold Schwarzenegger-branded supplement, saying the plaintiff can claim the company misrepresented the source of the protein.

  • October 12, 2018

    Breaking Down The Prop 65 Trial That Has Starbucks On Edge

    On Monday, dozens of companies that sell coffee in California will try to convince a California judge that they shouldn’t pay any penalties for violating the state’s cancer-warning statute Proposition 65, in the final phase of a long-brewing case about the presence of the chemical acrylamide in coffee. Here, Law360 takes a look at the case in advance of the trial.

  • October 12, 2018

    Brand Battles: HBO Aims To Depose 'Game Of Thorns'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, HBO jousts with a botanical garden over a thorny issue, four different Major League Baseball clubs get into the October action, and Volkswagen takes on a "beer and wine safari" over a logo featuring a "hippie bus."

  • October 12, 2018

    Commerce To Probe Beer Keg Imports From 3 Countries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched investigations into whether imports of steel beer kegs from China, Germany and Mexico are sold in the U.S. at prices below fair value, as well as into whether China’s government is unfairly propping up its keg producers, the agency said Thursday.

  • October 12, 2018

    McDonald's Slams Ex-Bush Atty's Call For NLRB Recusals

    McDonald’s has told the National Labor Relations Board to ignore a call by President George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer for members John Ring and Bill Emanuel to sit out a closely watched joint employment case, saying his legal arguments are flawed and possibly motivated by his opposition to President Donald Trump.  

  • October 11, 2018

    Applebee's Franchisee Told To Clarify Risks In Ch. 11 Plan

    Bankrupt Applebee’s restaurant franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings won court approval Thursday for its Chapter 11 plan voting disclosure, but only after a judge ordered changes to make its confirmation and funding risks clearer to creditors.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ex-Grubhub Driver Says Dynamex Unwinds Wage Trial Loss

    A former Grubhub driver asked a California federal judge on Thursday to revive allegations that he was misclassified as an independent contractor, saying that had the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision changing the state’s test for employment status come out a few months earlier, he would have won his bench trial.

  • October 11, 2018

    Hungary Ordered To Pay €23M To French Voucher Co.

    Hungary has been ordered by an international tribunal to pay a French voucher company €23.1 million ($26.8 million) for enacting tax reforms that effectively destroyed the company's business in the country, rejecting arguments that the claim was barred under a momentous decision issued by Europe's top court earlier this year.

  • October 11, 2018

    Japanese Retailers Swap Stakes In Deals Totaling $2.1B

    Japanese convenience store and retail giant FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. on Thursday said it will take over a 20 percent stake in discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co., while simultaneously handing the same company its stake in retail store chain Uny Co. Ltd. in a pair of deals totaling 240 billion Japanese yen ($2.1 billion).

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.