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Food & Beverage

  • June 11, 2018

    Square To Pay $2.2M To Settle Food Delivery Tip Claims

    Mobile payment company Square Inc. will pay up to $2.2 million to settle a putative class action alleging its restaurant delivery service, Caviar, collected tips from customers that weren’t given to delivery drivers, according to notices sent to 93,000 people who used the service.

  • June 11, 2018

    2 Fired Execs' $11M ERISA Deal Not Covered, Insurer Says

    Federal Insurance Co. is suing a bean producer in Colorado federal court to get out of paying for an $11 million settlement it reached with two fired executives, saying a litany of exclusions apply to bar coverage for the deal.

  • June 11, 2018

    Marsh Supermarkets Gets Del. Ch. 11 Liquidation Approval

    Conceding that his decision was a close call, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday confirmed a liquidating Chapter 11 plan for remnants of the Marsh Supermarkets chain, overruling a U.S. trustee objection to provisions for blanket, nonconsensual liability releases.

  • June 11, 2018

    GAO Partially Sides With Challenger To $1.4B Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision that there is some merit to a Dubai-based contractor’s challenge to an up to $1.38 billion Defense Logistics Agency food-distribution contract, holding that the agency incorrectly evaluated the previous-experience portion of the winning proposal. 

  • June 11, 2018

    Cheesecake Factory Snagged In $4.6M Wage Theft Case

    The Cheesecake Factory Inc. was found liable in a $4.6 million wage theft case after the California Labor Commissioner’s Office found the upscale casual chain’s contractors withheld breaks and overtime pay from the workers who cleaned the restaurants at night, the agency said Monday.

  • June 11, 2018

    No New Trial For $1.4M Wegmans Tax Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit has found Tax Matrix Technologies LLC is not entitled to a new trial over claims that Wegmans Food Markets Inc. owes it $1.4 million for a sales and use tax audit defense project after a jury awarded Tax Matrix some $350,000 in damages.

  • June 11, 2018

    DoorDash Moves Drivers' Misclassification Suit To Fed. Court

    Online food delivery app DoorDash Inc. on Friday removed to California federal court a proposed class action accusing the company of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors and unlawfully requiring them to pay business expenses, saying the federal court has jurisdiction under the U.S. Class Action Fairness Act.

  • June 11, 2018

    Werther’s Candy Maker Settles Suit Over Underfilled Bags

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action alleging the maker of Werther’s Original sugar-free chew caramels purposefully underfills the packages of candies, saying the parties had reached an undisclosed settlement.

  • June 11, 2018

    High Court Tie Leaves Wash. Tribes' Culverts Win Intact

    The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked Monday in a battle over whether the state of Washington must foot the bill to replace hundreds of culverts to help salmon and protect tribal fishing, leaving in place a Ninth Circuit ruling that could cost the state billions of dollars.   

  • June 8, 2018

    German Grocery Giant Left Developer Out To Dry, Suit Says

    German grocery giant Lidl Stiftung & Co. misled real estate developers about the viability of its “destined for failure” U.S. expansion plan and left them “holding the proverbial bag” on millions in development costs, according to a suit filed by Leon Capital Group LLC in North Carolina federal court Friday.

  • June 8, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen dozens of eyewear retailers sue Visa and MasterCard, UBS look to seize property from beleaguered Indian beverage magnate Vijay Mallya and insurer HDI Global take action against Maersk. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 8, 2018

    Brand Battles: A 'Triple Crown' Trademark Fight

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, two horse brands vie for "Triple Crown" just days before the Belmont Stakes, Bayer launches another case over "Aleve," and Stone Brewing continues to fiercely defend its name against other alcoholic beverage brands.

  • June 8, 2018

    Bay Area Restaurants Dinged $10M For Wage Theft

    The California Labor Commissioner’s Office said Thursday it has issued citations to seven Bay Area restaurants for more than $10 million in wage theft violations that affected 431 workers, saying investigators discovered that the eateries failed to pay cooks and dishwashers minimum wage, overtime, and premiums for working split shifts.

  • June 8, 2018

    Meet The Lobbyist Battling FDA In Epic Supplement Clash

    C. McClain “Mac” Haddow was a top official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who endured a stunning fall from grace, dusted himself off and built an influential lobbying shop with big-name drugmaker clients. Now, in the twilight of his career, he finds himself at the center of one of the most heated battles to ever surround a dietary supplement.

  • June 8, 2018

    Drink Co.'s Tactics In JPMorgan Suit Puzzle 9th Circ. Judge

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Friday questioned the litigation tactics of Hip Hop Beverage Corp. in its suit accusing a JPMorgan Chase Bank manager of helping the energy drink company’s former chief operating officer steal $3 million, saying Hip Hop should have reported the COO to the police.

  • June 8, 2018

    Gibson, Fried Frank Aid $190M Blackstone-Tishman NYC Loan

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP represented Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. in connection with its $190 million loan to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP-counseled Tishman Realty Corp. for a hotel that includes restaurant and retail space on West 44th Street in Manhattan, according to records made public in New York on Friday.

  • June 8, 2018

    'Natten's' Sausage Vendor In Hot Water With Nathan's Famous

    A federal judge on Friday ordered a Central Park vendor to cease operating a "Natten's Famous" food cart, issuing a temporary injunction after New York hot dog giant Nathan's sued him for trademark infringement.

  • June 7, 2018

    Nestle, Cargill 'In Bed' With Slave Owners, 9th Circ. Hears

    An attorney representing six victims of human trafficking urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive their suit accusing Nestle and Cargill of aiding child slavery in Ivory Coast cocoa farms by funding slave owners, arguing that the companies' U.S. corporate teams are "in bed with slaveholders" and are liable for violating international law.

  • June 7, 2018

    Calif. Sues Toddler Formula Makers Over Lead In Products

    The California attorney general brought a lawsuit Thursday against toddler formula makers Nutraceutical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., after state officials discovered dangerously high levels of lead in the companies' products.

  • June 7, 2018

    Fla. Hotel Hit With Class Action Over Automatic Gratuities

    A consumer filed a putative class suit Thursday in Miami accusing the Mondrian South Beach Hotel of deceptively charging automatic gratuity fees at its restaurants, bars and food areas.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Tackling Depositions In Wage And Hour Misclassification Suits

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kamran Mirrafati

    A plaintiff’s deposition is often the most crucial deposition in wage and hour exemption misclassification cases. Kamran Mirrafati and Archana Manwani of Foley & Lardner LLP discuss how to prepare for and take this type of deposition, as well as how to defend the deposition of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) witness in such cases.

  • Banks Suing After Payment Card Breach Face Difficulty

    Donald Houser

    The Seventh Circuit's decision last month in Community Bank of Trenton v. Schnuck may stem the growing tide of financial institution litigation against merchants who fall victim to cyberattacks, say Donald Houser and Ashley Miller of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Pay Attention To The Law And The Science Of Cannabidiol

    Brett Taylor

    Many health claims have been made for cannabidiol, a substance derived from the cannabis plant. But producers and retailers of cannabidiol should understand that, while it may be permitted under some state laws, it remains illegal under federal law. They must also avoid claims of benefits that are unsubstantiated, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.