Food & Beverage

  • May 15, 2017

    Notorious Lobster Poacher Says US Unfairly Pursuing Him

    The U.S. government’s “relentless pursuit” of notorious rock lobster and wild fish poacher Arnold M. Bengis over 14 years amounts to an improper attempt to seize his family’s foreign assets, his counsel told a Manhattan federal judge Friday ahead of a scheduled May 30 resentencing.

  • May 15, 2017

    Buyers of Tainted Pomegranate Seeds Seek $29M Judgment

    A food distributor, pomegranate supplier and insurance company asked a California federal court Friday to grant them judgments totaling $29.3 million against a Turkish food company and its U.S. subsidiary, which allegedly sold them hepatitis A-contaminated pomegranate seeds.

  • May 15, 2017

    Cosi's Ch. 11 Reorganization Plan Is Now In Effect

    A reorganized Cosi Inc. on Monday filed notice in Massachusetts bankruptcy court, saying that Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Melvin S. Hoffman has confirmed the fast casual restaurant chain’s amended Chapter 11 reorganization and that the plan is now in effect.

  • May 15, 2017

    $4.6M Iraq War Supply Row Stays Paused For Criminal Case

    A Kuwaiti logistics company can’t undo or appeal an Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals order pausing its $4.6 million challenge seeking interest allegedly owed on slow payments under a massive Iraq war food supply project because the company is facing related criminal charges, according to a decision recently made public.

  • May 15, 2017

    Hendrix's Brother Seeks Out Of Estate's Pot Products Suit

    Jimi Hendrix’s brother on Friday asked a New York federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against him by the dead rock star’s estate that accuses him of infringing trademarks with Jimi-branded marijuana edibles and other goods, saying the court is the wrong venue for the action.

  • May 15, 2017

    Central Grocers Reaches Terms On $100M Stalking Horse Bid

    Bankrupt retail grocery cooperative Central Grocers Inc. filed a motion over the weekend in Delaware seeking approval of bid procedures for a Chapter 11 auction, including a stalking horse bid for 19 of its grocery stores and their inventory valued at $100 million.

  • May 15, 2017

    AdvancePierre Investor Sues To Block $4.2B Tyson Deal

    An investor in AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc. has hit the prepared food company with a proposed class action in Ohio federal court looking to block its $4.2 billion sale to Tyson Foods, citing alleged shortcomings in securities filings surrounding the deal.

  • May 15, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Standly Hamilton's Chris Hamilton

    We’re living through an era — brought about by “tort reform” and other such misguided ideas — where we’re seeing an unprecedented assault on the Seventh Amendment guarantee of trial by jury, says Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton LLP.

  • May 12, 2017

    Widow Sues NJ Food Co. Over Ex-Worker's 'Untimely Death'

    The widow of a former senior director of engineering at Pinnacle Foods Inc. has hit the business with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging company officials fired her husband for objecting to improper conduct there and set in motion the chain of events that led to his being found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

  • May 12, 2017

    Kroger Unit Sued Over Alleged Storage Of Worker Fingerprints

    An Illinois and Wisconsin supermarket chain owned by Kroger Co. has been hit with a putative class action alleging it stores employees' fingerprint information without their consent in violation of an Illinois state law barring the collection of biometric data, according to a suit removed to federal court Thursday.  

  • May 12, 2017

    Iowa Top Court OKs Class Cert. Of Corn Plant Pollution Suit

    The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cemented the class action certification of a case in which residents of the city of Muscatine accuse Grain Processing Corp. of releasing pollution from its corn wet milling plant there that interferes with the use of their property, paving the way for a trial.

  • May 12, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Denies Dow Review Of $455M Bayer Patent Award

    The full Federal Circuit on Friday denied Dow AgroSciences LLC’s petition for panel or en banc review of its March decision affirming a $455 million judgment in an agriculture licensing dispute with units of Bayer AG, leaving in place an arbitration panel’s finding that Dow infringed Bayer’s weed control technology patents.

  • May 12, 2017

    Marsh Supermarkets Seeks Quick Del. Ch. 11 Sale Checkout

    Bankrupt Marsh Supermarkets Holding LLC started its move through a Chapter 11 express checkout Friday, securing a Delaware judge’s interim approval for an accelerated sale of its 44 best stores and interim support from a wholesale supplier crucial to the Indiana-based company’s plans.

  • May 12, 2017

    NYC Hotel Owner Joins Suit Questioning Trump’s Biz Ties

    The owner of several New York City hotels and restaurants has joined a lawsuit against President Donald Trump that invokes the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses barring federal officials from taking payments from foreign governments or engaging in domestic conflicts, saying his businesses compete with Trump’s and will be hurt without court intervention.

  • May 12, 2017

    No Quick Win For DOD Agency In $11B Food Contract Row

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s logistics agency still can’t get an automatic win in a more than $11 billion dispute with an overseas food and water contractor despite the company’s guilty plea to fraudulent overbilling, according to an Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision.

  • May 12, 2017

    Brand Battles: Jaguar, Puma Clash Over Big Cat Logos

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Jaguar and Puma clash over their big cat logos, Apple appeals after being refused a registration for its "Music Memos" app, and W.B. Mason finds itself in a fight over its "Shazam" coffee.

  • May 12, 2017

    Skeptical Judge Gives Costco’s $2M Wage Deal Initial OK

    Changes to a $2 million settlement between Costco and a proposed class of truck drivers who alleged they were denied proper meal breaks and overtime pay are enough to warrant preliminary approval despite lingering concerns about the class counsel’s representation, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 12, 2017

    SC Farm Takes $15M Salmonella Warning Case To High Court

    A South Carolina tomato farm has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to re-evaluate a Fourth Circuit decision that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration properly issued a salmonella-related contamination warning even though the warning cost the uncontaminated farm some $15 million in sales.

  • May 12, 2017

    Property Cos. Slam Haggen Creditors' Aim To Block Expenses

    The companies holding the property that Haggen Holding LLC acquired in a 2014 merger hit back Thursday in Delaware bankruptcy court against claims they are violating a court order by using proceeds from real estate sales to defend against an adversary proceeding by the unsecured creditors, saying the order allows it and that the creditors are trying to undermine their defense.

  • May 12, 2017

    McCusker Anselmi Sued For Malpractice In $1M Contract Row

    McCusker Anselmi Rosen & Carvelli PC and two firm attorneys have been slapped with a malpractice action in New Jersey state court by a contractor alleging the lawyers mishandled litigation seeking about $1.1 million from the owner of A&P supermarkets for costs related to a project in New York state.

Expert Analysis

  • Spotlight On Corruption-Related Successor Liability Risks

    Jason Gray

    Several recent cases highlight the risks of successor liability when companies acquire targets that have been engaged in violations of anti-corruption laws. These cases reinforce the benefits of both pre-acquisition due diligence and timely post-acquisition review, including potentially avoiding corruption-related charges altogether, say Jason Gray and Bethany Hipp of Allen & Overy LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • McLane V. EEOC's Impact On Employer Subpoena Responses

    Mark B. Wiletsky

    In the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McLane v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, all eight justices agreed that the proper standard of review of an EEOC subpoena enforcement decision is abuse of discretion, not de novo review. The question now becomes whether the court’s ruling will affect how employers and employment lawyers respond to EEOC subpoenas, says Mark Wiletsky of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Takeaways From The ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Chuck Samel

    In the final installment of this review of last week's American Bar Association Antitrust Section meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP discuss the sessions that focused on consumer protection.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • When Does Data Breach Liability Extend To The Boardroom?

    Joseph B. Crace Jr.

    Director liability lawsuits following data breaches have been uniformly unsuccessful, but recently filed suits show the determination of shareholder plaintiffs to continue to pursue such litigation and experiment in the hope of landing the right legal theory or set of facts, say Joseph Crace Jr. and Virginia Yetter of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.