Tootsie Roll Industries’ Junior Mints candies are packaged with too much empty space — almost twice as much as Hershey’s comparably sized Milk Duds — a proposed class of consumers told a New York federal court on Tuesday, claiming they paid for more candy than they actually received.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has agreed to rethink a three-judge panel’s decision axing $38 million worth of punitive damages awarded to the families of two workers gunned down by a disgruntled colleague at a Kraft Foods Inc. plant in Philadelphia.
Starbucks Corp. asked a California federal judge Tuesday for a quick win in a proposed class action over allegedly underfilled lattes and mochas, contending that the allegations are based on blatant inaccuracies about the size of its cups and the beverage-making process.
A group of McDonald's employees has urged the Ninth Circuit to revive its proposed class action accusing eight franchise restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area of violating wage laws, arguing that the fast-food giant is a joint employer with the franchisee and can be held liable for the wage violations.
Office space provider Knotel is reportedly leasing 23,000 square feet in New York; Bank of the Ozarks is said to have loaned $32.63 million for a Miami retail, restaurant and residential project; and media company TheSkimm has reportedly leased 22,000 square feet in Manhattan.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered bankrupt cocoa trader Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. to hand over documents and find an employee to be deposed regarding $8.2 million worth of cocoa butter and powder whose whereabouts is unknown after Transmar allegedly bought it.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Tuesday entered a $1.9 million judgment against importer Spectrum Brands Inc. for taking years to report a defect in a Black & Decker-branded coffee maker that caused the handles of full carafes to suddenly break, leading to dozens of reported burns.
The federal government has wrongly approved the widespread use of a class of pesticides known as “neonics” that environmentalists say have contributed to the collapse of bee populations and are harmful to other protected species, a new lawsuit said Tuesday.
The Federal Trade Commission has settled its suit filed Tuesday in California federal court against a group of health product companies, accusing them of running a scheme that tricked consumers into enrolling in deceptively marketed weight-loss and other programs with poorly disclosed monthly charges.
A granola maker’s labeling improperly described “love” as an ingredient, a South Korean drugmaker didn’t test for the presence of lethal contaminants implicated in past tragedies, and several Indian drugmakers failed inspections, according to newly released U.S. Food and Drug Administration documents.
A federal judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit filed by a group of southern Oregon and Northern California farmers who sought $30 million from the U.S. government for withholding water from their operations and sending it to rivers that provide the habitat for several endangered fish species.
Agrana Fruit US Inc. on Monday asked an Ohio federal court to issue sanctions against AmCane Sugar LLC for evidence spoliation in its lawsuit accusing AmCane of selling it evaporated cane juice littered with stones, arguing that the company intentionally destroyed evidence, including screens used in the production process and 200 to 300 testing stones.
Warburg Pincus is selling off a chunk of its Asian investments, Amazon is looking at distribution and acquisition opportunities in France, and Italy's Guala Closures is drawing interest from a sixth group of suitors.
Attorneys for a consumer who accused Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages have asked a Wisconsin federal court for roughly $2.7 million in fees and costs, saying an $8.5 million settlement wouldn’t have happened without their hard work.
The European Union and Canada have put an end to a 21-year World Trade Organization battle over Brussels’ restrictions on hormone-treated beef, according to a WTO document circulated on Tuesday that cited provisions of the two governments’ new bilateral trade deal.
France-based private equity firm PAI Partners SAS lobbed a sweetened takeover bid at Refresco Group NV, this time offering to pay €1.6 billion for the Dutch soft drink bottler and the beverage company it recently agreed to pick up, according to a Tuesday statement.
Two distinct plans to reorganize were filed Friday in China Fishery Group Ltd.’s Chapter 11 case, where its indebted groups contemplate separate tracks to emerge from bankruptcy by shedding hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and selling valuable assets or offering equity to creditors.
A group of employees at an Illinois-based packaged food product manufacturer are suing their employer in state court, claiming the company's collection of worker fingerprints for time-tracking purposes violates the state's biometric information privacy law.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a California-based nutrition supplement company’s argument that its mail-order business in Washington state did not create a taxable connection even where its wholesale channel did not establish or maintain a market for its retail side.
A member of a class of Native American farmers and ranchers urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to put a hold on a decision that would allow $380 million left over from a landmark settlement of racial discrimination claims to be redistributed, saying the U.S. Supreme Court should be given time to rethink the ruling.
With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.
Pesticide Action Network North America and public interest groups like Earthjustice have expressed disappointment with the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in PANNA v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although it is conceivable the court might agree with the merits of PANNA’s claims, it nevertheless determined them to be premature, says Patrick Paul of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
A federal jury recently acquitted four Teamsters on charges of criminally threatening the host of the popular cooking competition show “Top Chef." Michael Abcarian of Fisher Phillips examines how the dispute escalated into a criminal extortion prosecution and where the line is drawn between criminality and lawful conduct when union members threaten an employer who uses nonunion workers.
Sales of nondairy milk alternatives are flourishing, but the dairy industry charges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with failing to enforce its own labeling regulations regarding the definition of "milk." The longer terms like soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk remain in use, the stronger the argument for their continued use to describe these products, say attorneys with Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.
A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
When considering the impact of the recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board and the Second Circuit in Whole Foods v. NLRB, it is important to remember that the National Labor Relations Act’s protections are not limited to the unionized workforce, say Matthew LaGarde and Carolyn Wheeler of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
In a recent Law360 opinion piece, Gary Mason claimed that class actions provide “significant benefits” to class members. But the study he conducted to support this conclusion shows just the opposite, says Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP.
At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.