Food & Beverage

  • October 27, 2008

    Smithfield Settles RICO Suit Over Union Campaign

    Smithfield Foods Inc. and a union have struck a deal in a lawsuit related to a bitter, long-running fight to unionize a Smithfield pork processing plant in North Carolina, paving the way for the end of the union's campaign against the company, and the beginning of possible union representation.

  • October 23, 2008

    Dow, DuPont Sued Over Banana Fungicide In Ecuador

    More than 300 Ecuadorians have hit a slew of agrochemical and banana producers – including Dow Chemical Co., E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Dole Food Co. Inc. – with a proposed class action suit alleging the companies conspired to increase the use of a fungicide that can cause neurological damage.

  • October 23, 2008

    Md. Judge To Preside Over Tyson Marketing MDL

    A consolidated putative class action alleging Tyson Foods Inc. misled consumers by marketing chicken as “Raised Without Antibiotics” will be heard by a judge in Maryland federal court despite Tyson’s contention that the judge could be unfair to the company.

  • October 21, 2008

    EPA Deal With Mich. Sugar Beet Co. Approved

    In an agreement that raises the bar for environmental compliance of the sugar beet processing industry, a federal court has approved a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Sugar Co., a nonprofit, farmer-owned sugar beet processor, over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

  • October 20, 2008

    Defendants In Organic Milk MDL Argue Preemption

    Aurora Dairy Corp. and several U.S. retailers that sold the Colorado farm's organic milk are arguing that federal law preempts ongoing multidistrict litigation over alleged violations in the company's organic processes.

  • October 20, 2008

    Citigroup Wins $364M Verdict Against Parmalat

    A New Jersey state court jury has found that Italian dairy company Parmalat SpA defrauded Citigroup Inc., awarding Citigroup about $364 million and rejecting Parmalat's fraud claims against the bank.

  • October 20, 2008

    DOJ Has Beef With Meatpacking Merger

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit aiming to block beef-packing company JBS SA from acquiring National Beef Packing Co. LLC, saying the deal would reduce competition and result in higher beef prices for consumers.

  • October 17, 2008

    Ocean Spray Sues Rival Over Craisin Technology

    Things aren't looking so sweet for the maker of a dried fruit snack after being slapped with a lawsuit from Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. that accuses it of infringing patented technology Ocean Spray uses to make Craisins, a popular dried cranberry product.

  • October 16, 2008

    WTO Ruling Clears US Sanctions Over EU Beef Ban

    A new ruling from the World Trade Organization supports the United States' decision to sanction the European Union over a ban on beef from animals treated with growth hormones, according to the U.S. trade representative.

  • October 17, 2008

    Equitable Tolling Denied In Tyson MDL

    Ruling that there's no reason for "stale claims" to be rescued in a multidistrict overtime collective action against chicken giant Tyson Foods Inc., a federal judge on Wednesday denied the plaintiffs' motion for equitable tolling.

  • October 15, 2008

    Hawaii Votes To Ban Genetically Engineered Coffee

    Lawmakers in Hawaii have passed a bill outlawing the growth of genetically engineered coffee or taro on the island, introducing the first-ever targeted ban on engineered crops in the U.S.

  • October 15, 2008

    Judge Allows Pork Plant Union RICO Suit To Go On

    A lawsuit alleging that the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and more than 10 other defendants engaged in illegal pressure tactics to push to organize the world's largest pork processing plant will proceed after a federal judge ruled against the defendants' motion for summary judgment Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2008

    Braceros Win $14.6M Settlement After 60-Year Wait

    A federal judge has tentatively approved a settlement in which the Mexican government will pay 150 million pesos, or roughly $14.6 million, to a class of Mexican farm and railroad laborers who worked in the United States during and directly after World War II.

  • October 14, 2008

    China Issues Massive Milk Recall

    In its first blanket recall in the melamine scandal, the government of China has recalled all liquid and powdered milk made before Sept. 14 — ordering the products to be tested for contamination from the chemical additive.

  • October 7, 2008

    UN Report Criticizes Biofuel Subsidies

    The United Nations has warned in a new report that subsidies for the production of biofuels in developed countries may drive up food prices, hurt rural farmers and threaten environmental sustainability.

  • October 21, 2008

    DOJ Scrutiny Of Food Industry Could Expand: Experts

    With its challenge to a major beef merger and price-fixing investigations into the egg and tomato industries, the U.S. Department of Justice is sending a clear message that it has food on the brain.

  • October 1, 2008

    99¢ Only Stores Fined $1M Over Pesticide Violations

    Discount giant 99¢ Only Stores is facing a penalty of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selling unregistered and mislabeled pesticides in California and Nevada.

  • October 1, 2008

    Injunction Bid Denied In Poultry Waste Suit

    A federal judge has denied the State of Oklahoma's bid to bar a flock of chicken and turkey breeders from dumping “poultry litter” on protected lands while a legal battle over the environmental effects of poultry waste wages on.

  • October 2, 2008

    EPA Seeks To Stay Pesticide Cases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to stay three cases alleging that it wrongfully reregistered a group of pesticides that have been suspected of posing health risks to humans and wildlife while a related appellate lawsuit is pending.

  • September 29, 2008

    Crowell & Moring Snatches Six Lawyers From Pillsbury

    Crowell & Moring LLP has snatched six lawyers from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to bolster the firm's recently launched public policy group, which will advise clients on environmental and science policy as well as other practice areas, including agriculture, energy, health care and financial services.