Food & Beverage

  • November 18, 2008

    Buckeyes Sue Nebraska Beef Over Tainted Chuck

    Nebraska Beef Ltd. has been hit with a putative class action brought by Ohio residents who contracted E. coli from tainted ground beef the company sold this past spring and summer.

  • November 18, 2008

    Drexel Sues Pilgrim's Pride For Alleged Contamination

    Agricultural chemical firm Drexel Chemical Co. has sued chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., claiming that an entity owned by the poultry company sold Drexel a contaminated pesticide-making facility more than 20 years ago.

  • November 17, 2008

    Smithfield Faces Yet Another Class Action

    Smithfield Foods Inc. has been slammed with a proposed class and collective action alleging that it failed to pay the employees at its Crete, Neb., hog processing facility for time spent donning and doffing their uniforms and for other time worked.

  • November 17, 2008

    Government Botched Salmonella Response: Report

    The federal agencies responsible for food safety and public health may have aggravated this summer's salmonella outbreak with a disorganized and late response, the Pew Charitable Trusts reported Monday.

  • November 13, 2008

    Special Master To Aid Negotiations In Rice MDL

    The federal judge handling multidistrict litigation in farmers' claims that Bayer CropScience AG mishandled genetically modified rice that contaminated the U.S. supply has appointed a special master to assist with settlement talks even as the parties prepare to go to trial in a year.

  • November 12, 2008

    Nesquik Recalled Over Aluminum Shavings

    Following a recall earlier this week of its Brazilian-made Farinha Lactea cereal, Nestle USA Inc. has issued a recall for Nesquik strawberry-flavored powdered breakfast drinks.

  • November 10, 2008

    6th Circ. Upholds NLRB Fineberg Ruling

    An appeals court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision, overturning an administrative law judge’s finding that the management at Fineberg Packing Co. Inc. wrongfully terminated workers after condoning a strike.

  • November 7, 2008

    Fla. Court Says Mexican Investors Can't Sue IAT

    Mexican investors alleging bribery at work in the 1996 auction of Fresh Del Monte Produce NV have no standing to bring a case against the Palestinian company that purchased Del Monte, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • November 6, 2008

    EU Adviser Pushes Lower Cartel Fine For ADM

    In a boost to Archer Daniels Midland Co., an adviser to the European Union's top court has reportedly recommended slashing a fine imposed on the U.S. food processing giant for its involvement in a citric acid price-fixing cartel.

  • November 6, 2008

    Riceland Fights Remand Order In Tainted Rice Case

    Riceland Foods Inc. has asked a federal judge to reconsider remanding to state court a proposed class action over allegedly tainted rice, arguing that the plaintiffs erroneously reported the company wasn't facing any similar class actions.

  • November 5, 2008

    Benefit Payments Don't End When CBA Does: 2nd Circ.

    The expiration of a collective bargaining agreement doesn't let meat-processing company Cibao Meat Products Inc. off the hook for paying into employee benefit funds, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • November 3, 2008

    Ocean Spray Wins In Appeal Of Dried Fruit Patent

    Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. got a second taste of victory after an appeals court upheld a district court ruling that found the fruit product giant did not infringe a raisin maker's patented process of sweetening dried fruits.

  • October 31, 2008

    EPA Toughens Rules On Manure In Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has passed a new rule that aims to improve water quality by requiring concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to manage manure safely.

  • October 30, 2008

    Poultry Giant Slapped With Securities Fraud Action

    Texas-based poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is facing a purported securities fraud class action accusing it of misleading investors about the company's financial well-being while in fact it was struggling due to record-high feed costs, which the company pegged on the federal government's “deeply flawed ethanol policy.”

  • October 27, 2008

    Smithfield Foods Slapped With 2 More FLSA Actions

    The packing division of leading pork processor Smithfield Foods Inc. has been hit with two separate putative collective actions alleging that the company does not properly compensate its workers at two North Carolina facilities for time spent donning and doffing their uniforms.

  • October 27, 2008

    EU Pesticides May Harm Brain Development: Report

    Many pesticides commonly used in Europe may be harmful to brain development in humans, according to a journal article published last week.

  • 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.