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Food & Beverage

  • October 16, 2014

    Wis. Co. Manager Cops To Distributing Tainted Cheese

    A former manager at a Wisconsin-based cheese company pled guilty in Illinois federal court on Thursday to charges that she helped distribute 110,000 pounds of imported Mexican cheese, samples of which turned out to be contaminated, against U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders.

  • October 16, 2014

    Bankrupt AWI Gets Nod For Executive Bonus Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge blessed a bonus plan Thursday that could pay executives of Associated Wholesalers Inc. more than $500,000, finding the food cooperative's program was incentive-based and modest in size.

  • October 16, 2014

    Dairy Cos. Urge High Court To Take Antitrust Case

    Dean Foods Co. and other dairy companies pushed the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear its appeal of a decision allowing several retailers' price-fixing case against them to move forward, saying the justices needed to "reinforce the gatekeeping function" of summary judgment.

  • October 16, 2014

    Chiquita Rejects $660M Counterbid To Stick With Inversion

    Chiquita Brands International Inc. on Thursday rejected a sweetened $660 million counterbid from a pair of Brazilian suitors that have tried for months to upend the banana giant's existing plans to merge with Ireland's Fyffes PLC in an all-stock inversion deal.

  • October 16, 2014

    NY AG Slaps Papa John's Franchisee With $2M Wage Suit

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slammed a Papa John's International Inc. franchisee with a $2.1 million suit on Thursday, claiming it significantly underpaid its delivery workers at its Harlem locations for six years.

  • October 16, 2014

    WTO Chief Warns Of Dimming Power As Trade Pact Stalls

    Continued discord among World Trade Organization members attempting to reach an agreement on a pact to eliminate trade barriers is quickly leading to deterioration of the organization’s negotiating powers, Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a speech Thursday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Hershey Says Class Can't Show Ascertainability In Label Row

    The Hershey Co. on Wednesday fought a class certification bid by consumers accusing it of misleading them about antioxidants in its chocolate and cocoa products, arguing that the class members could not show ascertainability — or who would belong in the proposed class.

  • October 15, 2014

    Judge Plucks Mott's 'No Sugar Added' Class Action Claims

    A California federal judge on Wednesday pared a bulk of the claims from a proposed class action alleging Mott’s LLP mislabeled its apple juice but ruled a trial should determine whether the plaintiff had relied on the juice’s “no sugar added” label.

  • October 15, 2014

    NJ Developer Takes ShopRite Monopoly Claims To 3rd Circ.

    A New Jersey real estate developer will fight to revive Sherman Act claims accusing the owner of various ShopRite locations of trying to monopolize a northern area of the state and interfering with the development of a competing supermarket, according to a notice Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Commerce Finalizes Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Garlic

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has finalized its anti-dumping determination on garlic from China, after reviewing comments and continuing to find that two companies sold garlic at less than normal value, according to a Federal Register notice set for publication Thursday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Vermont Seeks Public Input On Rules Enforcing GMO Labels

    The Vermont attorney general’s office is inviting public comment on its proposed rules enforcing the nation’s first law requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, releasing a draft Wednesday in advance of three public hearings next week. 

  • October 15, 2014

    Conciliation Already OK'd In JBS Religion Suit, EEOC Says

    A Nebraska federal court overseeing a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit that accused JBS USA LLC of failing to accommodate Muslim workers' prayer requests already ruled that the agency efforts to conciliate before suing the meat packager were adequate, the EEOC said Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Practitioner's Playbook: Starboard Vs. Darden

    Starboard Value LP was already one of the best-regarded activist investors in the marketplace before it won full control of Darden Restaurant Inc.'s board last week, putting another feather in its cap thanks to a campaign loaded with well-crafted offensive and defensive maneuvers. Here, Law360 peeks inside the winning playbook.

  • October 15, 2014

    Sidley Austin Reps Food Co. Ingredion In $340M Merger

    Illinois-based food ingredient manufacturer Ingredion Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to expand into the specialty food additive portfolio by paying $340 million for fellow ingredient maker Penford Corp. in an all-cash deal guided by Sidley Austin LLP.

  • October 15, 2014

    EPA Clears Controversial Dow Herbicide For GMO Crops

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday approved a Dow Chemical Co. unit’s controversial herbicide for use with genetically modified corn and soybean plants, prompting an immediate appeal from a conservation group alleging the weed killer threatens both human health and monarch butterfly populations.

  • October 15, 2014

    Texas Gets Green Light To Join 'Alamo' Trademark Fight

    A Texas federal judge said Tuesday that the state of Texas can intervene in a trademark dispute between Alamo Beer Co. LLC and Old 300 Brewing LLC over rights to the “Alamo” trademark, dismissing objections made by Alamo Beer as meritless.

  • October 15, 2014

    JPML Asked To Keep SuperValu Data Breach Suits Separate

    A group of plaintiffs suing SuperValu Inc. over its recent data breach has asked a federal judicial panel not to centralize two proposed class actions against the grocery retailer, saying that multidistrict litigation is unnecessary for such a small number of actions.

  • October 15, 2014

    US, Japan Still Without TPP Deal As Pressure Ramps Up

    A U.S. trade official on Wednesday reported progress in the government's bilateral talks with Japan to overcome automotive and agricultural market access hurdles in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but said that more effort will be needed as the broader 12-nation TPP negotiations enter a more intense phase in the coming weeks.

  • October 15, 2014

    Biz Groups Fear Costly Retaliation Over Meat Labeling Rules

    Two leading business organizations on Tuesday urged lawmakers to equip the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the ability to rescind portions of controversial meat labeling regulations that have violated World Trade Organization rules, warning of potentially damaging retaliation against the measures from Canada and Mexico.

  • October 15, 2014

    Brazilian Suitors Come Back With $660M Chiquita Counterbid

    A pair of Brazilian suitors on Wednesday raised their bid for Chiquita Brands International Inc. to roughly $660 million, their biggest threat yet to the banana giant's existing plans to merge with Ireland's Fyffes PLC in a tax-inversion deal.