Food & Beverage

  • August 25, 2011

    FDA Restricts Mexican Papaya Imports Over Salmonella

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday restricted imports of papaya from Mexico after a recent investigation linked the produce to a salmonella outbreak that sickened about 100 people in 23 states.

  • August 25, 2011

    Farmer Subclass Loses Bid To Regain Cert. In Milk MDL

    A Tennessee federal judge on Thursday affirmed his decision to decertify a subclass of dairy farmers accusing Dairy Farmers of America Inc. of conspiring with other dairy processors to control the supply chain and prices for milk in the Southeast.

  • August 25, 2011

    Michael Best Adds Polsinelli IP Attys In Chicago

    Midwest legal giant Michael Best & Friedrich LLP said last week it had snagged two partners specializing in life science and patents from Polsinelli Shughart PC as the firm continues to build its intellectual property forces in Chicago.

  • August 24, 2011

    Fed. Circ. Denies USDA Immunity In Grape Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that the U.S. government is immune from facing a suit brought by a trio of grape growers alleging that a California grape trade group violated antitrust laws by licensing invalid patents from the government.

  • August 23, 2011

    No Quick Appeal For Capper-Volstead Denials: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday dismissed an appeal from a mushroom farming cooperative facing putative class action price-fixing litigation, holding that a lower court ruling that said they weren't shielded from Sherman Act claims by the Capper-Volstead Act wasn't immediately appealable.

  • August 23, 2011

    Monsanto Must Cough Up Info On Seed Patent Application

    A Missouri federal judge reaffirmed Tuesday that Monsanto Co. must produce documents related to the reissue of a seed gene patent in its suit alleging DuPont Co. unlawfully incorporated the gene into its own herbicide-resistant seeds.

  • August 23, 2011

    Enviros Try To Kill Dow Suit Over US Pesticide Study

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday allowed four environmental and fishermen's groups to intervene in Dow AgroSciences LLC and two other companies' suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service over its finding that their pesticides were harmful to Pacific salmon.

  • August 23, 2011

    Australian Trade Minister Slams Palm Oil Labeling Bill

    An Australian bill seeking to mandate the labeling of palm oil in food would breach the country’s obligations under the World Trade Organization and stick businesses with $150 million in compliance costs, according to the country’s minister for trade on Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2011

    Syngenta Corn Seed Subject To Bunge False Ads: Suit

    Agriculture powerhouse Syngenta AG sued grain exporter Bunge North America Inc. in Iowa federal court Monday, alleging that it misrepresented Syngenta’s genetically modified corn as unapproved for major U.S. export markets.

  • August 22, 2011

    Smithfield Reaches Deal With US In Immigration Bias Suit

    A Missouri-based Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary has agreed to drop its allegedly high bar for determining employment eligibility to settle a suit accusing the pork producer of discriminating against immigrant hires, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • August 22, 2011

    Del Monte Fights FDA Limit On Cantaloupe Imports

    Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday in Maryland, arguing the agency unfairly restricted its imports from a major Guatemalan supplier without proof that salmonella-contaminated cantaloupes originated there.

  • August 22, 2011

    DynCorp Again Seeks Quick Win In Drug Crop Spraying Row

    Contractor DynCorp International Inc. continued its efforts to shake the claims of Ecuadoreans who were allegedly injured by an aerial herbicide used in a joint U.S.-Colombian operation to kill cocaine plants, filing three new motions for summary judgment Friday in Washington.

  • August 18, 2011

    EPA Inaction On Manure Petition Stinks: Enviros

    Three environmental groups on Thursday threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unless it acts on an ignored petition to revoke Iowa’s Clean Water Act discharge permitting authority over the state’s failure to regulate releases of pig manure into rivers and streams.

  • August 17, 2011

    Chicken Catchers Say Peco Foods Ran Afoul Of Wage Laws

    Chicken catchers employed by poultry producer Peco Foods Inc. filed a putative class action Wednesday in Alabama, claiming they were paid only per bird captured and not for travel time to farms, in violation of federal wage laws. 

  • August 17, 2011

    9th Circ. Ups Farm Worker Class Action Damages To $2M

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a class of workers suing two fruit growers, a labor contractor and Platte River Insurance Co. over denial of work and wrongful termination deserved the maximum $1.9 million in damages, partially reversing the lower court's judgment.

  • August 17, 2011

    Blount To Buy Woods Equipment For $185M

    In a major boost to its agricultural business, outdoor equipment company Blount International Inc. announced Wednesday that it would acquire GenWoods HoldCo LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary Woods Equipment Co. for $185 million.

  • August 16, 2011

    How They Won It: Wolf, Gray Notch $750M For Rice Farmers

    After three straight jury victories and a quick settlement in a fourth trial, attorneys from Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, Gray Ritter & Graham PC and others had Bayer CropScience AG in an ideal position to negotiate a resolution in sprawling and long-running mass tort litigation over the company's alleged contamination of the nation's rice supply — and used this advantage to obtain a $750 million settlement on behalf of all U.S. long-grain rice growers.

  • August 15, 2011

    USDA Sounds Alarm On Canadian Bacon Products

    Canadian food conglomerate Aliments Prince SEC is recalling about 380,000 pounds of diced bacon products after tests showed they may be contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

  • August 15, 2011

    DynCorp Claims Drug Spraying Suit Preempted By US Law

    DynCorp International Inc. on Monday in Washington again tried to shake a suit from a group of Ecuadoreans claiming injuries from an herbicide used in a drug eradication operation, saying the U.S. statute authorizing the operation expressly preempts the claims.

  • August 15, 2011

    Former Ahold Exec Cops To Books And Records Charge

    A former executive of ex-Royal Ahold NV subsidiary U.S. Foodservice Inc. pled guilty Monday in New York federal court to falsifying books and records as part of an $800 million fraud case, following the scrapping of his seven-year prison term last year.