A group of Chicago-area store owners Monday urged a state appeals court to block Cook County's controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, pointing to recently filed class action lawsuits and warnings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as support for the emergency motion.
Landry's Inc. will seek court approval Thursday of its winning $57 million bid for Joe's Crab Shack parent company Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., an offer that topped the stalking horse bid at the bankruptcy auction by $7 million, records show.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration laid into another homeopathic company over children’s teething products containing belladonna, upbraided a Chinese drugmaker for slack quality control, and scolded a bakery’s management for not knowing basic sanitation practices.
A member of a class of restaurants and retailers objected Monday to a $52 million cash settlement to end claims brought against Mercury Payment Systems LLC by lead plaintiff Champs Sports Bar & Grill alleging Mercury charged bogus fees, telling a Georgia federal judge that not enough work was done to ensure a fair deal.
A lawsuit challenging the delay of mandatory menu labeling at chain restaurants and grocers should be chewed up and spit out because challengers haven’t been concretely harmed by the delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a D.C. federal judge on Monday.
A unit of a Brazilian sugar and ethanol giant that used improper wash trades to resolve account imbalances has agreed to pay $300,000 to end an investigation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulator said on Tuesday.
A Pennsylvania woman ordered a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich with no butter, no pickles and, impliedly, no vermin, but instead received a sandwich with a small rodent baked into the bun, according to a complaint filed in state court.
A Florida man urged a federal court Monday to deny Burger King's bid to dismiss his proposed class action alleging the restaurant printed too many credit card digits on receipts, arguing that his claim meets the requirement for “concrete injury” established in 2016 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A California farmer accused of plowing over protected wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday just before the start of a trial on damages, agreeing to shell out $1.1 million to cover mitigation and civil penalties.
The maker of SlimFast diet drinks hit its former exclusive supplier with a suit in New York federal court, alleging that the provider retaliated against it for terminating their contract and compelled it to accept more than doubled fees per bottle shortly before the diet industry’s busiest season.
Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday that it would conduct a private debt offering to finance its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc., a rare move by the debt-shy tech and retail giant that has been in the works since the deal was announced in June.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture signed off on opening U.S. markets to avocado imports from Colombia in a decision published Tuesday, concluding the South American country's effort of more than 10 years to gain access to U.S. markets.
The final defendant in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case involving a “pump-and-dump” penny stock scheme for a Bob Marley-branded coffee company accused the SEC of overreaching in its $104 million bid for monetary relief, saying the proposed penalty is too high and doesn’t reasonably approximate his pecuniary gain.
Egg producers on Monday lost in their effort to unravel the certification of a class of direct egg purchasers accusing them of participating in a price-fixing conspiracy, with a Pennsylvania federal judge saying that the companies were mostly rehashing old battles.
Four Massachusetts Teamsters were acquitted Tuesday of trying to strong-arm a “Top Chef” television production into hiring union labor at a picket that turned violent.
Sazerac Co. asked a California federal judge to force Fetzer Vineyards to stop using the image of a buffalo on its “bourbon barrel-aged” wine during closing arguments in a bench trial Monday, saying the label infringed on Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace bourbon, while Fetzer countered that not one consumer had confused the brands.
An agricultural processing company has appealed a Singapore court’s rejection of its challenge to a $1.4 million arbitral award issued to a trading company in a dispute over a corn sales contract, a decision a judge had made when he found the arbitral tribunal had not exceeded its jurisdiction.
Jurors considering the fate of four Boston-area Teamsters accused of strong-arming a “Top Chef” TV crew into giving them unnecessary truck-driving work entered their 18th hour of deliberations Monday while suggesting a possible impasse and a lone holdout.
Bankrupt algae-based food producer TerraVia Holdings Inc. asked a district court judge in Delaware to transfer two lingering intellectual property suits to bankruptcy court late Friday, saying closure is critical to the company’s planned Chapter 11 auction.
The maker of Mike and Ike candy was slapped Monday with a proposed multimillion-dollar class action in federal court accusing the company of using “blatantly deceptive and misleading” packaging that’s about 30 percent empty, in violation of California’s consumer, false advertising and unfair competition laws.
When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
In a welcome change for employers, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it will once again begin issuing and making available to the public its opinion letters. Beyond offering much-needed guidance on the law, this announcement is also helpful to employers that find themselves already in litigation, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor recently published a temporary rule issuing an additional 15,000 H-2B visas. However, for many H-2B-dependent employers, this was too little, too late, says Daniel Kowalski of Ware Immigration.
Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.
Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.
As the food and beverage element becomes an increasingly significant part of a hotel's brand, owners are now faced with more complex agreements and options for how to increase customer flow and revenue. When devising an F&B plan and agreement, considering the various legal aspects is more important than ever before, say Samantha Ahuja and David Reina of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.
Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will require Canadian producers and distributors — and U.S. producers who also wish to sell in Canada — to develop different trademark filing and marketing strategies based on where a cheese product is sold, says Diana Wade of Knobbe Martens.