Food & Beverage

  • January 9, 2007

    Relations Turn Frosty Amid Corn Subsidy Battle

    Adding further tension to its trade relationship with the United States, Canada has taken its corn subsidy concerns to the World Trade Organization, convinced that the U.S. is violating international trade standards through its handouts to American corn growers.

  • January 5, 2007

    Italian High Court OKs Parmalat Suits

    Italy’s highest court has upheld the controversial law that allowed Parmalat to sue underwriters and auditors for failing to prevent the multibillion-dollar fraud that eventually sent the company into bankruptcy.

  • January 4, 2007

    Unions Sue U.S. Over Worker Gear

    Two labor unions sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday, arguing that for eight years it has consistently failed to enact a rule requiring employers to pay for protective gear such as face shields and harnesses.

  • December 18, 2006

    Swift Faces RICO Suit Over Illegal Workers

    Eighteen former employees of Swift & Co. have filed a $23 million lawsuit alleging that the meat packing company conspired to “manipulate and depress the labor market and wages by hiring illegal immigrants,” lawyers for the employees said.

  • December 13, 2006

    E.U. Court Trims Fat On Beef Cartel Fines

    A European court has slashed fines imposed three years ago by the country’s competition watchdog on French beef industry associations for their alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel.

  • November 28, 2006

    Supreme Court Hears Predatory-Bidding Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a predatory-bidding case that hinges on whether forest products company Weyerhaeuser Co. drove a smaller competitor out of business by paying too much for logs that Weyerhaeuser didn’t need.

  • November 27, 2006

    Report Could Break Australia's Wheat Monopoly

    Australia’s wheat exporting monopoly abused its “great privilege” when it gave kickbacks to get an Iraqi aid deal with the United Nations, according to a long-awaited report.

  • November 27, 2006

    Brazil To Press On With Probe Of Alleged Juice Cartel

    Under pressure from federal prosecutors, Brazil’s competition authority has rejected a proposed $46.2 million settlement from orange juice producers in a case over an alleged price-fixing cartel.

  • November 10, 2006

    Prosecutor Rejects $46.72M Deal In Orange Juice Case

    The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in São Paulo has rejected a decision by Brazil’s Justice Ministry to settle an antitrust investigation into the orange juice industry for $46.72 million, according to the Sao Paulo orange growers association, Associtrus.

  • November 2, 2006

    Waco Takes Dig At Gardening Giant’s Liquidation Plan

    As EG Liquidating Co. Ltd. takes steps toward winding down, the city of Waco has raised objections to the gardening company’s first amended joint plan of liquidation.

  • November 2, 2006

    Vegetable Producer To Pay Out $3.5M To Workers

    Thousands of field workers will share a more than $3.5 million settlement to compensate them for time they spent being bused to work by their California produce grower employer.

  • October 10, 2006

    High Court Passes On Tobacco Fund Antitrust Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the appeal of 30 state governments that have been wrangling with three small cigarette companies over the antitrust implications of accounts established to cover damages from future tobacco-related lawsuits.

  • October 2, 2006

    Dairy Cooperative Caves In To DOJ In Antitrust Case

    Dairy Farmers of America, the world’s largest dairy farm cooperative, has agreed to sell off its stake in a smaller rival to resolve an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department, the DOJ said Monday.

  • September 28, 2006

    Monsanto Sprayed With Herbicide Antitrust Suit

    With its patented Roundup Ready seeds at the center of the debate, Monsanto Co. has been hit with an antitrust lawsuit that accuses the agricultural giant of abusing its monopoly on herbicides.

  • September 27, 2006

    Tyson Foods Settles Discrimination Claims

    Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by federal regulators that charged the company with discriminating against women and minorities, although the company continues to deny its practices were discriminatory.

  • September 25, 2006

    Senators Decry Pork Producer Buyout

    A bid by pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. to buy out its top rival has stirred the ire of Midwest senators and a coalition of farmers who say the proposed $810 million deal would adversely impact independent farmers and consumers.

  • September 18, 2006

    Greek Competition Head Jailed On Bribery Charges

    In one of the biggest corruption cases to come to light in Greece in recent years, a top official of Greece’s competition watchdog has been sent to jail on charges that he demanded a €2.5 million bribe from Mevgal, a major Greek dairy company.

  • September 15, 2006

    Greek Competition Head Charged In Bribe Scheme

    Only days after Greece’s Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption, a Greek prosecutor on Tuesday slapped a top official of the country’s competition watchdog with blackmail and extortion charges.

  • August 24, 2006

    Dow Ex-Worker Nabbed For Alleged Trade Secret Theft

    After months of escaping the law, a former employee of agrochemical giant Dow Chemical Co. has been arrested in Seattle on charges that he stole company trade secrets in order to market them to Chinese businesses.

  • August 23, 2006

    Deal Reached In Orange Juice Antitrust Probe

    Five of Brazil’s top orange juice exporters have agreed to pay $46.7 million to end a government investigation into whether the companies acted as a cartel.