Food & Beverage

  • January 7, 2011

    Sodexo Hatches Egg Price-Fixing Suit

    French food service giant Sodexo Inc. has accused a flock of U.S. egg trade groups and agricultural companies of conspiring to limit egg production and drive up prices, echoing complaints in a pending multidistrict litigation against the egg producers.

  • January 6, 2011

    US Aims To Allow Mexican Cargo Trucks Again

    The U.S. unveiled a plan Thursday to reopen its borders to Mexican cargo trucks, after a two-year-old dispute over the program led the Mexican government to impose tariffs on a bevy of American industrial and agricultural products.

  • January 4, 2011

    Enviro Groups Sue Calif. Agency To Stop Pesticide

    A coalition of environmental and farmworkers groups is suing a California state agency for allegedly fast-tracking the approval of a strawberry pesticide before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left office.

  • January 3, 2011

    US To Review Duties On Salmon, Tools, Paper Clips

    U.S. trade regulators said Monday that they are initiating five-year reviews to determine if countervailing and anti-dumping duties are still required for salmon from Norway and for hand tools and paper clips from China.

  • December 23, 2010

    Dutch Agency Fines Millers €82M In Flour Cartel Probe

    The Dutch antitrust regulator fined 14 millers in three countries almost €82 million ($108 million) on Thursday for allegedly running a cartel to divvy up the flour market in the Netherlands for six years.

  • December 20, 2010

    Debevoise Reps Uralkali In $8B Silvinit Deal

    Russian potash producer OAO Uralkali said Monday that it plans to acquire rival OAO Silvinit to create a combined company with a market capitalization of about $24 billion.

  • December 20, 2010

    Chinese Garlic Cos. Lose Fight Over Duty Rates

    A federal judge has upheld anti-dumping duties imposed on fresh garlic from China, finding little merit to claims from three Chinese companies that the rates are based on unsuitable surrogate data.

  • December 20, 2010

    Citing Corn Price Surge, Townsends Files For Ch. 11

    Poultry processor Townsends Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, claiming that the rising cost of corn coupled with a steep drop in the price of poultry products helped drive the family-owned business into Chapter 11.

  • December 15, 2010

    Cargill To Buy Indonesian Sorbitol Co. For $300M

    Aiming to boost its food ingredients business in Asia, commodities giant Cargill Inc. on Wednesday agreed to buy Indonesian sorbitol producer PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo TBK for a total purchase price of 2.72 trillion rupiah ($300 million).

  • December 14, 2010

    10th Circ. Won't Revisit Irrigation Co.'s Pollution Suit

    A federal appeals court has refused to rehear New Salida Ditch Co.'s lawsuit seeking to force United Fire & Casualty Insurance Co. to cover legal costs the irrigation company incurred after spilling dirt into the Arkansas River in Colorado.

  • December 14, 2010

    BASF Fails To Shake Farmers' Fungicide Suit

    A federal judge has shot down BASF Corp.'s bid for summary judgment in a suit brought by commercial blueberry farmers who allege that their crops were damaged by the company's fungicides, ruling that the farmers' claims are not preempted by federal law.

  • December 13, 2010

    Dyncorp Denied Sanctions In Drug Crop Destruction Suit

    Dyncorp Aerospace Operations LLC has lost a bid for sanctions against a group of Ecuadoreans who sued the company for alleged injuries stemming from a multibillion-dollar U.S. government program to eradicate drug crops in neighboring Colombia.

  • December 10, 2010

    Judge Won’t Cut Experts From Milk Antitrust MDL Case

    A federal magistrate judge presiding over the multidistrict litigation over an alleged antitrust conspiracy in the U.S. milk industry has shot down several bids by both the plaintiffs and defendants to eliminate experts from one of the MDL cases.

  • December 10, 2010

    Farmers Pride Donning, Doffing Action Recertified

    A federal judge gave new life to a collective action against Farmers Pride Inc. on Friday when he ordered that the case — which accuses the chicken processor of allegedly failing to pay workers for time spent donning, doffing and sanitizing safety gear — be partly recertified.

  • December 8, 2010

    S. Africa Blocks DuPont Unit's Bid For Pannar

    South Africa's competition regulator has decided to veto DuPont Co. unit Pioneer Hi-Bred's bid to take over Johannesburg-based Pannar Seed (Pty) Ltd.

  • December 7, 2010

    Obama Taps Career Enviro For Top FWS Post

    President Barack Obama has tapped a veteran environmental bureaucrat to serve as the new director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a position vacated when the former director died suddenly in February.

  • December 6, 2010

    GAO Denies Delta-21 Bid Protest Over USDA Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest filed by Delta-21 Resources Inc. challenging the award of a contract to conduct store visits for the government’s food stamp program to Information Systems and Networks Corp.

  • December 6, 2010

    Bayer Slams Dow Over Herbicide Resistance Patent

    Bayer CropScience AG has accused Dow AgroSciences LLC of infringing a patent that explains how to transform crops with genes that make them resistant to a popular herbicide used to kill invasive weeds.

  • December 6, 2010

    Great Lakes States Lose Bid To Block Asian Carp

    Attorneys general from five Great Lakes states have lost their bid to force the federal government to install physical barriers and take other preventive measures to halt the passage of Asian carp from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan.

  • December 3, 2010

    Court Affirms Reversal Of $20M Award Against DuPont

    A Florida appeals court has reaffirmed its decision to grant new trials and reverse approximately $20 million in judgments against DuPont Co. in a lawsuit brought by 27 leatherleaf fern farmers in Costa Rica who alleged a fungicide made by the chemical giant was toxic to the plants.