Food & Beverage

  • February 5, 2014

    USDA Rolls Out 7 Regional 'Climate Hubs' For Farmers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the formation of seven so-called "climate hubs" that will provide data and technology to ranchers and farmers so they can be better prepared for natural disasters and other effects of climate change.

  • February 5, 2014

    DOL Can Issue H-2B Visa Wage Rule, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor had authority to establish minimum wage requirements for foreign workers on H-2B visas, shooting down arguments that the Department of Homeland Security had unlawfully delegated its power to the DOL.

  • February 5, 2014

    Law Firm Beats Mushroom Distributor's Malpractice Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday said a trial judge rightly dismissed a mushroom distributor's malpractice suit against Dallas firm Carnahan Thomas LLP stemming from a noncompete dispute with his former employer, ruling the claims were based on speculative lost profits.

  • February 5, 2014

    FDA Pushes For $225M In User Fees To Finish FSMA

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official on Wednesday told Congress to back proposed user fees despite industry objections, saying the agency needs the projected $225 million the fees would provide to increase the number of foreign inspections and audits under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

  • February 5, 2014

    Coca-Cola Drops $1.25B For Stake In Green Mountain Coffee

    The Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to take a $1.25 billion stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. as part of an effort to launch a new global brand portfolio for use in Green Mountain's upcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • February 5, 2014

    Steptoe Snags Veteran Policy Atty From Patton

    A longtime legislative policy attorney and former Patton Boggs LLP partner experienced in international trade, tax, competition, gambling and homeland security is joining Steptoe & Johnson LLP's government affairs and public policy group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

  • February 5, 2014

    Polsinelli Adds New FDA Practice Head In DC

    Polsinelli PC has lured an experienced life sciences regulatory attorney and strategist to its Washington office as leader of its U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice, the firm said Monday.

  • February 5, 2014

    AB InBev Swallows NY Craft Brewer As Drink Sector Stays Hot

    Anheuser-Busch InBev said Wednesday it would swallow New York's popular Blue Point Brewing Co. in a deal reportedly worth $24 million, the latest sign that craft breweries could be the next frontier for deal makers in a red-hot drink sector.

  • February 4, 2014

    Disputed Duties On Chinese Off-Road Tires Will Stay Put

    The Department of Commerce renewed anti-dumping and countervailing duties against certain Chinese off-road tires challenged before the U.S. Court of International Trade, saying Tuesday that revoking the tariffs would result in a recurrence of the unfair trade practices the tariffs were meant to remedy.

  • February 4, 2014

    21 States Tell 3rd Circ. EPA Water Standards Violate CWA

    Florida, Texas and 19 other states have joined agricultural groups challenging federal pollution restrictions for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, lodging an amicus brief in the Third Circuit on Monday arguing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encroaching on state land-use decisions.

  • February 4, 2014

    Senate Sends $956B Farm Bill For Obama's Approval

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed an estimated $956 billion farm bill making several reforms to agricultural, food stamp and conservation programs while extending federal funding for communities with untaxable federal lands, marking the third major spending agreement to win bipartisan backing in as many months.

  • February 4, 2014

    Calif. Justices Asked To Revive Target Coffee Tax Suit

    Target Corp. customers on Tuesday urged the California Supreme Court to revive their class action accusing the retailer of fraudulently collecting sales tax on nontaxable takeout coffee, arguing that a state appeals court was wrong to find that it lacked the power to address Target's alleged conduct.

  • February 3, 2014

    Senate To Vote On $956M Farm Bill Tuesday

    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on an estimated $956 million farm bill Tuesday after a cloture vote — which sets a time limit on the debate of a bill, overcoming or preventing a filibuster — passed with 72 votes.

  • February 3, 2014

    Hot Dog On A Stick Files Ch. 11 Due To Costly Leases

    The owners of mall-based fast-food chain Hot Dog on a Stick filed for Chapter 11 on Monday, citing high leasing costs that it hopes to renegotiate.

  • February 3, 2014

    In-House Counsel Name Client-Friendly Litigators

    Nearly 100 litigators were chosen by corporate counsel as being the most client-friendly thanks to their commitment to understanding business’ needs and goals and finding the right solution to problems that can seem to have many possible answers.

  • February 3, 2014

    Tempt Hempmilk Accused Of Bogus Sugar Labeling

    A putative class action filed Thursday in Florida state court alleges that Living Harvest Foods Inc. is misleading consumers by listing the ingredient "evaporated cane juice" in some of its Tempt Hempmilk products, saying it is a false and misleading term for sugar.

  • February 3, 2014

    Gruma Can't Rely On FDA To Nix Labeling Action, Judge Told

    Gruma Corp. should be barred from again arguing that a proposed food labeling class action should be dismissed because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over what food is considered “natural,” the woman bringing the suit said Friday.

  • February 3, 2014

    US Questions India Subsidies As WTO Starts Work On Ag Deal

    As the World Trade Organization started working last week to implement the agriculture section of a recently agreed-upon package of trade concessions, the U.S. and Canada questioned India's plan to sell excess wheat at prices that may undercut those of U.S. or Canadian exports.

  • February 3, 2014

    Investor Class Action Against Stevia Supplier Nixed

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action that claimed a producer of popular sweetener stevia failed to provide proper notification of a declining relationship with its primary customer to its investors.

  • February 3, 2014

    FDA Floats Criteria To Gauge Food Contamination Risks

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will identify high-risk foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act by relying on criteria including the frequency of illnesses associated with those foods, severity of those illnesses and chances for contamination, the agency said Monday.