Food & Beverage

  • October 21, 2009

    US Shrimpers Win Bid To Halt Thai Duty Collection

    A group of U.S. shrimp producers has won court approval to postpone the collection of lowered anti-dumping duties levied on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand until litigation protesting the duties is resolved.

  • October 21, 2009

    Donning, Doffing Suit Against Koch Foods Decertified

    A federal judge has decertified a class of more than 1,300 employees of Koch Foods Inc. in Mississippi who accused the chicken processor of failing to pay them for the time spent donning and doffing their work clothes.

  • October 21, 2009

    DuPont Settles Crop Protection Patent Spat

    DuPont Co. and Makhteshim Agan of North America Inc. have reached a licensing deal for DuPont crop protection patents and resolved a lawsuit in which Makhteshim Agan sought a declaration that a DuPont patent was invalid.

  • October 21, 2009

    Dole Off The Hook In $97M Banana Farmers Award

    A federal judge has ruled that a $97.4 million judgment a Nicaraguan court issued against Dole Food Co. cannot be enforced, marking a decisive victory for the world’s biggest fresh fruit and vegetables producer in a years-long saga over alleged injuries banana farmers suffered because of pesticides.

  • October 20, 2009

    Claim Dropped In Nebraska Beef $6.4M Coverage Suit

    The federal judge overseeing Factory Mutual Insurance Co.'s lawsuit over coverage for a disputed $6.4 million in losses suffered by Nebraska Beef Inc. and South Omaha Investors Pack LLC has dismissed a claim for declaratory judgment regarding policy rescission, noting a partial settlement among the parties.

  • October 20, 2009

    US Shrimpers Seek To Halt Thai Import Duty Collection

    A group of U.S. shrimp producers has asked a federal judge to postpone the collection of lowered anti-dumping duties levied on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand until after litigation protesting the duties is resolved.

  • October 20, 2009

    Miss. Farmers Try To Nix Bayer Tainted Rice Defenses

    Mississippi rice farmers in the multidistrict litigation against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice have asked a federal judge to dismiss two of Bayer's defenses that were already tossed in a related suit.

  • October 20, 2009

    Pilgrim's Pride Could Get $1.65B In Financing

    A bankruptcy court is considering a disclosure statement for a proposed Chapter 11 plan for Pilgrim's Pride Corp. that would allow the poultry producer to emerge with at least $1.65 billion in available financing.

  • October 19, 2009

    VeraSun Plan Doesn't Protect Grain Growers: Liberty

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has objected to bankrupt ethanol producer VeraSun Energy Corp.'s proposed liquidation plan, saying it gives senior lenders liens on grain that should belong to the farmers that grew it.

  • October 16, 2009

    Topps Meat Buyers Seek Class Cert. In E. Coli Action

    Consumers of more than 21.7 million pounds of ground beef recalled by Topps Meat Co. LLC in 2007 have asked a federal judge to certify consumer and injury classes in a product liability suit against the defunct company.

  • October 15, 2009

    Plaintiff Stuffed In Butterball Donning & Doffing Suit

    The judge overseeing a proposed “donning and doffing” class action against Butterball LLC has sided against one of the production line workers, dismissing a Missouri case that accused the poultry producer of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 15, 2009

    Catfish Farmers Ask Judge To Revisit Duties Decision

    U.S. catfish farmers have asked a judge to reconsider an order affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision not to charge two Vietnamese fish exporters anti-dumping duties, claiming the judge failed to consider a later determination the department made in the same matter.

  • October 15, 2009

    Feds Greenlight JBS' $800M Pilgrim's Pride Deal

    Federal antitrust regulators have given the go-ahead to JBS SA's $800 million acquisition of a 64 percent stake in bankrupt poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride Inc.

  • October 14, 2009

    Earthjustice Wants Farm Pesticides Banned Near Kids

    Claiming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ignored substantial risks posed by agricultural pesticides, Earthjustice and other environmental advocacy groups have submitted a petition to the agency seeking a ban on the spraying of the chemicals near areas used heavily by children.

  • October 14, 2009

    DOC Sued Over 3rd Review Of Vietnam Shrimp Duties

    After receiving a favorable ruling in a suit over an earlier review, 20 Vietnamese shrimp producers have sued the U.S. Department of Commerce over anti-dumping duties the agency levied on the companies in its third review of frozen warmwater shrimp imports.

  • October 13, 2009

    Dole Launches 35.7M-Share IPO With Eye On $500M

    Dole Food Co. Inc., the world's largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, revealed Tuesday that it had launched an initial public offering of 35.7 million shares priced at between $13 and $15 per share, as part of the company's plan to sell up to $500 million of stock.

  • October 13, 2009

    Bayer Escapes Some Claims In Tainted Rice MDL

    With the first bellwether trial fast approaching, the federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over genetically modified rice has tossed out several claims, including a public nuisance allegation, against Bayer CropScience.

  • October 13, 2009

    Smithfield Hits Back At TIG In Pig Pollution Suit

    Premium Standard Farms LLC, a Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary accused of discharging pollution from its hog farms, has asked a federal judge to throw out the defenses offered by TIG Insurance Co. in their dispute over insurance coverage.

  • October 13, 2009

    DOC Cuts 2 Thai Shrimp Cos. From Duty Order

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has let Phatthana Frozen Food Co. Ltd. and Sea Wealth Frozen Food Co. Ltd. off the hook from an earlier order imposing anti-dumping duties on warmwater shrimp and prawns from Thailand.

  • October 12, 2009

    USDA, FDA Join Forces On Produce Safety Guidelines

    An official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will temporarily join the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it develops new food safety rules for fresh produce.