Food & Beverage

  • May 13, 2014

    5 Insights From MassMutual General Counsel Mark Roellig

    MassMutual demands that our outside counsel be committed to ensuring that as a firm they represent the population of our customers at all levels. There have been times during my career when I have ended relationships with firms that did not meet our expectations in this area, says Mark Roellig, general counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group.

  • May 12, 2014

    9th Circ. Urged To Review Twinings False Ad Cert. Ruling

    The plaintiff in a proposed false advertising class action against Twinings North America Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to review a district court's refusal to grant certification on monetary damages, arguing the judge erred by conflating restitution with damages.

  • May 12, 2014

    Commerce Halts Anti-Dumping Review Of Brazilian Shrimp

    A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce said it would cease its investigation into anti-dumping duties on warm-water shrimp from Brazil, according to a notice in Monday’s Federal Register.

  • May 12, 2014

    Bankrupt Quantum Foods $54M Oaktree Sale Falls Through

    An attorney for bankrupt meatpacker Quantum Foods LLC said on Monday that its proposed $54 million sale to Oaktree Capital Management LP unit Raging Bull Acquisition Co. LLC had collapsed, with the former suitor suing to retrieve its deposit and the prospect for any alternative going-concern transaction grim.

  • May 12, 2014

    Grocery Stores Deny Luring Egg Producers Into Price-Fixing

    A number of grocery store chains embroiled in the long-running multidistrict litigation over alleged egg price-fixing on Monday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to throw out counterclaims by egg producers that the stores lured them into the practice by backing a certified egg program.

  • May 12, 2014

    5 Insights From UPS Chief Legal Officer Teri McClure

    Because we operate one of the world’s largest airlines, the case of Northwest Inc. v. Ginsberg could have had significant implications for our company. Ultimately, the Supreme Court decided in a way that helps us in terms of enforcing the federal preemption over state laws for some issues, says Teri Plummer McClure, chief legal officer for United Parcel Service of America Inc.

  • May 12, 2014

    Fox TV Licks NYC Libel Suit Over D'Lites Ice Cream Calories

    A Manhattan judge has thrown out a libel suit brought against Fox Television Stations Inc. by a low-calorie ice cream purveyor, ruling televised reports about high-calorie content in supposedly diet-friendly D'Lites ice cream were substantially true, according to a decision posted Friday.

  • May 12, 2014

    Diamond's Pringles Omissions Hurt Investors, 9th Circ. Hears

    A Diamond Foods Co. shareholder urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive his derivative action claiming Diamond misled investors before botching a $2.3 billion deal to purchase Procter & Gamble Co.’s Pringles brand, arguing the lower court wrongly found some of Diamond's nondisclosures weren't material.

  • May 12, 2014

    Hillshire Brands To Pay $4.3 Billion For Pinnacle Foods

    Packaged meats and bread giant Hillshire Brands Co. said on Monday it will acquire rival Pinnacle Foods in a cash and stock deal for $4.3 billion, and will also take on Pinnacle’s net debt, bringing the deal to a total of $6.6 billion.

  • May 9, 2014

    9th Circ. Nixes Calif. Raisin Producers' Federal Takings Claim

    The Ninth Circuit decided Friday in a case on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court that California raisin producers couldn't bring a takings claim under the Fifth Amendment after being penalized for not complying with a federal regulation steadying the country's raisin supply.

  • May 9, 2014

    AB InBev Can't Ditch Ex-SeaWorld Employees' ERISA Claims

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday refused to toss a putative class's claim that Anheuser-Busch InBev NV violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by denying pension plan participants enhanced benefits following the sale of its theme park unit to Blackstone Capital Partners VLP.

  • May 9, 2014

    Texas Justices Won't Budge On TransCanada Land Seizure

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to reconsider its stance on rejecting a North Texas landowner's suit alleging TransCanada Corp. couldn’t legally run a segment of its Keystone XL pipeline across her property.

  • May 9, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Backs DuPont Sanctions Over Atty E-Mails

    The Federal Circuit on Friday determined that chemical giant DuPont Co. knowingly made false statements to a Missouri federal court in its lengthy battle to ward off patent infringement and contract breach claims from Monsanto Co., affirming a lower court's order for sanctions and attorneys' fees.

  • May 9, 2014

    Diageo's United Spirits Gives Up Scotch Label For $727M

    United Spirits Ltd. said Friday it sold Whyte & Mackay for £430 million ($726.5 million), to appease British regulators who determined the maker of Johnny Walker and Guinness had too much to drink after buying a controlling stake in the Scottish whiskey company.

  • May 9, 2014

    Worker Groups Sue DOL Over Prevailing Wage Calculations

    Several migrant farmworker organizations sued Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez on Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court over the U.S. Department of Labor's implementation of a wage policy that allows employers to use private surveys, rather than publicly available data, to set wage levels.

  • May 9, 2014

    High Court Air Ruling Justifies Water Plan, EPA Tells 3rd Circ.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision backing federal cross-state air pollution regulation justifies a regional water cleanup plan for the Chesapeake Bay that is being challenged by states and agricultural groups.

  • May 9, 2014

    PE-Backed Shearer's Pays $430M For Private Label Snack Biz

    Private equity-backed Shearer’s Foods Inc. has agreed to fork over $430 million to buy the private label snack business and two manufacturing facilities from North Carolina snack maker Snyder's-Lance Inc., it was announced Wednesday.

  • May 9, 2014

    ITC Says Mexican Sugar Imports May Harm US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday that there is a resonable indication that the U.S. sugar industry is being harmed by imports from Mexico that are allegedly subsidized and sold at unfairly low prices.

  • May 8, 2014

    Vt. Gov. Signs Nation's First State GMO Labeling Bill

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed into law the nation’s first state regulations requiring the labeling of genetically modified food and creating a fund for its implementation, citing consumer demands for transparency in food choices.

  • May 8, 2014

    Powdered-Booze Boast Hurts 'Palcohol' Regulatory Chances

    Lipsmark LLC was on the brink of winning federal clearance to sell flavored, powdered alcohol, when its braggadocio about how "Palcohol" could be used led New York lawmakers to warn of potentially deadly results, a blunder legal experts say never would have been permitted by savvy counsel.