Food & Beverage

  • June 5, 2014

    Beastie Boys Get It Together With $1.7M IP Win Over Monster

    The Beastie Boys scored a $1.7M win over Monster Energy Co. on Thursday when a federal jury sided with the legendary New York City band’s claims of “egregious” infringement by the energy drink maker for its unauthorized use of their songs in a promotional video.

  • June 5, 2014

    Judge Balks At 'Greedy' Atty Fee Bid In Kraft Labeling Suit

    A California federal judge criticized the plaintiffs' attorneys' $1.8 million fee request in a class action settlement of allegations Kraft Foods Inc. misleadingly labeled unhealthy snacks as "sensible," saying Thursday the number appeared "greedy" considering the attorneys obtained mixed results.

  • June 5, 2014

    Coca-Cola's 'Simply Orange' Juice Not So Simple, Class Says

    The Coca-Cola Co. was hit with a putative consumer class action in California federal court Wednesday alleging that it has misleadingly promoted its Simply Orange brand juices as "pure" and "fresh" when in fact the juices are concocted through a complex algorithm using artificial flavoring.

  • June 5, 2014

    Kuwaiti Food Contractor Hits NSA With FOIA Suit

    A Kuwaiti logistics company that provided food under contract to U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Kuwait sued the National Security Agency on Wednesday in D.C. federal court, alleging the agency withheld its records on the company in violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

  • June 5, 2014

    WP Carey Spreads $48M On Smuckers' Chicago Complex

    WP Carey Inc. is set to buy a distribution center in northeast Illinois from Exeter Property Group for $48 million, the companies said Thursday, giving WP Carey control of a facility that is home to a JM Smucker Co. subsidiary.

  • June 4, 2014

    DuPont Hid Crop Gene Trait's Imminent Failure, Suit Says

    DuPont Co. executives unblushingly promoted an herbicide-resistant gene trait they knew would never live up to the hype then hid their attempts to improperly combine the trait with a Monsanto Co. product, a pension fund alleged Tuesday in a $1 billion Delaware shareholder suit.

  • June 4, 2014

    US Dairy Groups Urge Pressure On Japan, Canada In TPP

    Representatives of the U.S. dairy industry said on Tuesday that they would withdraw support for a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal if Canada and Japan don't open their markets to more foreign dairy products.

  • June 4, 2014

    Investor Sues To Halt Hillshire's $6.6B Pinnacle Foods Buy

    A Pinnacle Foods Inc. stockholder has filed a putative class action in New Jersey court to block The Hillshire Brands Co.'s $6.6 billion acquisition of the packaged foods company, contending the transaction undervalues the business behind the Duncan Hines and Birds Eye brands.

  • June 4, 2014

    Consolidated Keurig Antitrust Cases To Brew In NY

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday centralized in New York federal court eight actions alleging Keurig Inc.’s upcoming brewing machine will freeze out competitors’ coffee cups as part of an anti-competitive scheme.

  • June 4, 2014

    Watchdog Mostly Backs General Mills Yogurt Preference Ads

    The advertising industry’s self-regulatory body on Wednesday rejected Chobani Inc.’s allegations that General Mills Inc. ran advertisements distorting the results of a blueberry yogurt taste test, but suggested that General Mills clarify that consumer preferences could vary across different flavors.

  • June 4, 2014

    Andrews Kurth Reps Trinity In Premium Pet Food Co. Sale

    Trinity Hunt Partners said Wednesday it sold premium pet food company C.J. Foods Inc. to fellow private equity shop J.H. Whitney Capital Partners LLC for an undisclosed amount, as two other gourmet kibble companies look to go public.

  • June 4, 2014

    Godzilla Co. Settles With Brewery Over MechaHopzilla Beer

    Toho Co. Ltd., the owner of the intellectual property for Godzilla, reached a settlement Wednesday with a New Orleans brewery it sued for trademark infringement last year over a beer called MechaHopzilla.

  • June 4, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: CVC, Lenovo, Hutchison

    CVC Capital and KKR are said to be eyeing units to be sold by cement makers Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA to win EU regulatory approval, while Lenovo and IBM are seeking more time for a national security review of Lenovo's planned $2.3 billion purchase of IBM's low-end server unit.

  • June 4, 2014

    Pregnancy Test Maker Can't Escape False Ad Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by the maker of Clearblue home pregnancy tests to toss rival Church & Dwight Co.’s suit alleging it made false claims about its test that estimates how many weeks a woman has been pregnant, finding that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulations do not preempt the claims.

  • June 3, 2014

    4 Hawaii Farms To Pay $2M To Settle Thai Worker Bias Claims

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday reached deals with four Hawaiian farms that require them to pay a combined $2.4 million to settle claims they harassed and discriminated against more than 500 Thai workers in Hawaii.

  • June 3, 2014

    9th Circ. Urged To Spare Rib Broker From $1.25M Judgment

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorneys representing a broker sued over a disputed meat sale urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to toss the $1.25 million default judgment entered against him, saying he didn’t get a fair shot at a motion for reconsideration while representing himself pro se.

  • June 3, 2014

    Buchanan Ingersoll Opens Denver Office With Finance Pros

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC lured two former CoBank ACB attorneys to head its new Denver office, with a practice focusing on agribusiness, energy and infrastructure financing, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 3, 2014

    Food Safety Is The Next Frontier In Pot Legalization Wars

    Denver's recent string of food safety inspections at facilities making edible pot products such as brownies unearthed dozens of critical safety violations that could cause food-borne illness, a discovery that will interest not only plaintiffs attorneys but also detractors of the measure in other states observing Colorado’s struggles to ensure the safety of legal pot.

  • June 3, 2014

    Beer Co. Says Texas Doesn't Own Alamo Trademark

    Alamo Beer Co. on Monday slammed a magistrate judge's recommendation that the state of Texas be allowed to intervene in a trademark dispute over rights to the "Alamo" trademark, saying the state's ownership of the physical Alamo Mission doesn't mean it owns the Alamo trademark.

  • June 3, 2014

    Clover-Stornetta Cane Juice Suit Paused As FDA Mulls Rules

    A California federal judge on Tuesday stayed a proposed class action accusing Clover-Stornetta Farms Inc. of misleading consumers by advertising its dairy products as containing evaporated cane juice instead of sugar, putting the case on hold while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs new labeling rules.