Food & Beverage

  • December 7, 2017

    Utz To Shell Out $1.25M To Settle 'All Natural' Class Action

    Utz Quality Foods has agreed to pay $1.25 million to resolve a proposed class action asserting that certain of its snack foods are deceptively labeled as being “all natural,” according to documents filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • December 7, 2017

    NJ Dunkin’ Brands Franchisees Sued Over Bakery Boycott

    Operators of a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts baking facility in Trenton, New Jersey, launched an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday in federal court against a group of Dunkin’ Brands franchisees and local businesses, accusing them of unlawfully boycotting the creation of the bakery in order to maintain their market share in South Jersey.

  • December 7, 2017

    JPML Sends Sonic Drive-In Data Breach Suits To Ohio

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred several proposed class actions against Sonic Drive-In to the Northern District of Ohio on Wednesday, centralizing the suits over the restaurant chain’s massive breach of customer data.

  • December 7, 2017

    Bumble Bee Salmon Not Wild Or Smoked, Consumer Claims

    Bumble Bee Foods LLC was hit Wednesday with a class action accusing the company of tricking consumers into believing its "medium red smoked salmon" product was fresh caught and smoked, when in fact it was farm-raised, colored pink and artificially flavored.

  • December 7, 2017

    Firms Are Facing A Cash Crunch As Demand Falters

    Some law firms are feeling a squeeze on the cash they have available for investments in the future as demand for firms' services remains sluggish and partners continue to expect ever-rising profit payouts.

  • December 6, 2017

    EEOC Blew Class Claims In Sex Bias Suit, Seafood Co. Says

    A Massachusetts-based seafood processor and its staffing firm on Tuesday hit back at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's federal court suit asserting that Spanish-speaking female workers were sexually harassed and fired after they complained, saying the regulator didn't give them sufficient opportunity to address and reconcile those allegations. 

  • December 6, 2017

    Italy Fines Unilever €60M For Freezing Out Ice Cream Rivals

    Italy's antitrust enforcer said Wednesday that it has fined Unilever’s Italian subsidiary more than 60 million euros ($70 million) for freezing out competitors in the country’s single-serve ice cream market.

  • December 6, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Morton Williams, CIM, Cornell Realty

    Morton Williams Supermarkets is reportedly leasing more than 29,000 square feet in New York, a CIM venture is said to have bought a Chicago apartment tower, and Cornell Realty Management has reportedly scored a $15 million bridge loan for a Brooklyn condo tower project.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bjarke Ingels Bringing First Pro Sports Stadium To Austin

    Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group is bringing the first ever professional sports stadium to Austin, Texas, which will be part of a massive 1.3 million-square-foot sports, music, entertainment and retail complex, according to an announcement from BIG on Tuesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    Del. Justices Urged To Remand S. China Livestock Case

    A Chancery Court judge neglected the “law of the case” in a summary ruling that tossed claims against the former executive of a failed and allegedly plundered Chinese livestock company, an attorney for the company’s receiver told Delaware’s Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    Dried Fruit Co. Found To Have No Agreement To Arbitrate Suit

    A Dutch food-processing equipment maker can't arbitrate claims against an Oregon dried fruit producer before the International Chamber of Commerce in a lawsuit over an allegedly faulty machine for drying blueberries, an Oregon federal court ruled on Tuesday, saying the parties had no agreement to arbitrate contract disputes.

  • December 6, 2017

    NJ Justices Nix Firm's Bid To Review 'Sham' Grocery Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a lower appeals court’s decision to revive a suit alleging a ShopRite supermarket operator and its former attorneys filed a sham lawsuit to block a shopping center development as part of a pattern of flimsy lawsuits aiming to stifle competition, according to an order released Wednesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    Brands Are Turning Trademark Cease-And-Desists Into Ads

    Bud Light used an actor dressed as a medieval town crier last week to ask a Minnesota brewery to stop using the company’s trademarks, becoming the latest brand to transform a cease-and-desist into a marketing stunt.

  • December 6, 2017

    Colony Says It Doesn't Owe Defense To Dog Food Maker

    Colony Insurance Co. doesn't owe a dog food maker a defense against allegations its product contained a drug that is used in large doses to euthanize animals, telling an Illinois federal court Tuesday that the company made false statements when applying for the insurance policy.

  • December 6, 2017

    Pa. Rep Wants To Preempt Philly's Sweetened Beverage Tax

    A Pennsylvania Republican state representative on Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would preempt Philadelphia's sweetened beverage tax, which went into effect in January and is being challenged in the state’s courts.

  • December 5, 2017

    Performance Food's $188M Offering Sees PE Firm Exit

    Food distribution giant Performance Food Group Inc. unveiled an estimated $188 million secondary stock offering Tuesday that enables private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management LLC to sell its remaining stake in Performance Food two years after its initial public offering.

  • December 5, 2017

    Bovine Breeding Tech Co. Seeks To Revive Patent Claims

    A company specializing in sex selection technology for semen used in artificial insemination of animals on Tuesday sought to resurrect portions of patents for sorting and freezing bovine semen for transport, telling a Federal Circuit panel that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board improperly struck down challenged aspects of the patents as obvious.

  • December 5, 2017

    Texas Roadhouse Ends TM Beef With Rival Restaurant

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. and Texas Corral Restaurants Inc. have agreed to end Roadhouse's trademark infringement suit over a logo featuring a map of the state of Texas wearing a cowboy hat, according to documents filed in Indiana federal court Tuesday, with both parties agreeing to bear their own costs.

  • December 5, 2017

    1st Circ. Issues Musical Beatles Opinion On Beetle Swarm

    The First Circuit found inspiration in The Beatles for a decision issued Monday in which it found the government didn’t have to get a property owner’s permission before removing 25 trees as part of an effort to stop an infestation of beetles of the nonmusical variety.

  • December 5, 2017

    Mayer Brown Advises Nestle's $2.3B Deal For Nutrition Co.

    Nestle has acquired Canada-based nutritional health products maker Atrium Innovations Inc. from a group of investors for $2.3 billion, with Mayer Brown LLP advising the buyer, the company announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Why The FDA Wants To Revoke Permission For A Health Claim

    Todd Halpern

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the revocation of authorization for a health claim about the relationship between soy protein and coronary heart disease. This is the first time that the FDA has proposed such an action, and it may encourage reassessment of other authorized health claims, say attorneys with Venable LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.