Food & Beverage

  • December 1, 2017

    UK Court Finds Supermarket Chain Liable In Data Breach Case

    A U.K. High Court judge on Friday ruled that supermarket chain Morrisons is partly liable for a staffer’s theft of the payroll data of nearly 100,000 of his fellow employees, finding that the company was vicariously liable to a class of employees as the data theft occurred during the course of the man’s employment.

  • December 1, 2017

    9th Circ. Reversal Gives Lummi Disputed Fishing Rights

    A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday that the Lummi Nation’s right to take fish under a treaty executed in the 1850s includes disputed waters near Seattle, reversing a lower court’s award of a quick win to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

  • December 1, 2017

    How Obergefell Could Hurt Gay Couple In Cakeshop Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage was a watershed moment in the fight for LGBT rights, but legal experts say Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion could spell trouble for same-sex couples in one of this term’s biggest cases.

  • December 1, 2017

    Del Monte Asks 11th Circ. To Abide By $32M Pineapple Award

    Del Monte International GmbH told an Eleventh Circuit panel Thursday that a district court’s decision affirming an arbitration award valued at $32 million against one of Costa Rica’s biggest pineapple growers was proper and that there is no need to remand the case to the lower court for further review.

  • December 1, 2017

    Union Rep Embezzled To Feed Opioid Addiction, Atty Says

    A longtime organizer of Boston's service industry union pled guilty on Friday to embezzling more than $170,000 over five years to satisfy what his attorney called a "raging" addiction to opioid pills.

  • November 30, 2017

    Mondelez Sues Union Over 7-Day Workweek Arbitration

    Food giant Mondelez Global LLC sued one of its unions in Illinois federal court Wednesday, seeking to vacate an arbitration decision in the union’s favor that allowed employees at Mondelez’s Naperville, Illinois, plant to continue voluntarily working seven days in a row without a break, despite an Illinois state law prohibiting it.

  • November 30, 2017

    Coca-Cola, Flowserve Dodge Ohio Superfund Suit

    An Ohio federal judge on Wednesday cut loose three companies, including Coca-Cola and Flowserve, from a lawsuit alleging they bear financial responsibility for the cleanup of an Ohio Superfund site.

  • November 30, 2017

    Keurig Rival Ordered To Return Docs In Trade Secrets Row

    Appliance company SharkNinja must get rid of any documents that its workers allegedly took from Keurig Green Mountain Inc. before they left to work at the rival appliance company, a Massachusetts federal judge ordered on Thursday in a month-old trade secret row filed by the coffee maker giant.

  • November 30, 2017

    Calif. Restaurant Operator Wants Layoff Suit Nixed

    Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. is seeking a quick win in litigation alleging the restaurant chain operator violated federal and state law by failing to provide sufficient warning before conducting mass layoffs, telling a California federal court that the reductions didn’t affect enough employees to trigger notice requirements.

  • November 30, 2017

    De'Longhi's Air Cookers Infringe Patent, Appliance Co. Says

    Illinois-based NuWave LLC slapped Italian home-appliance maker De’Longhi with patent-infringement claims Thursday over air cookers the Italian company sells in major American stores such as Macy's and Home Depot.

  • November 30, 2017

    Sidley, Kaufman Friedman Steer $150M Candler Tower Loan

    Sidley Austin LLP represented Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co. in connection with its $150 million loan to Kaufman Friedman Plotnicki & Grun LLP-counseled Epic LLC for an office tower in Times Square that’s home to Live Nation as well as a McDonald's franchise, according to records made public in New York on Thursday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-Kona Grill Worker Refines Class Bid In OT Suit

    A former sous chef at a Kona Grill restaurant in Florida filed a second, narrower bid Wednesday to gain conditional class certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit claiming the Arizona-based chain “willfully misclassified” employees as overtime-exempt to avoid paying them fair wages.

  • November 30, 2017

    Sexual Enhancement Supplements Recalled For Health Risk

    Dietary supplement maker Nutra Labs Inc. on Thursday said it was recalling male sexual enhancement supplements because a U.S. Food and Drug Administration analysis found they were tainted with the active ingredient for an erectile dysfunction drug, posing a risk to consumers.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ardian Aims To Pick Up French Plant-Based Chemical Co. DRT

    French private equity firm Ardian said Thursday it is in exclusive talks with backers of resin and turpentine manufacturer Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques for a controlling stake in the company, in a deal that would value DRT at €1 billion ($1.19 billion).

  • November 30, 2017

    Hanover Pushes Back On Liquor Chain's 5th Circ. Revival Bid

    Hanover Insurance Co. on Thursday asked the Fifth Circuit to find it does not owe a Texas liquor store chain the costs of a lawsuit against the chain’s credit card processor after two data breaches, arguing all the evidence pointed toward the claim being excluded.

  • November 30, 2017

    AB InBev Kept Cheap Beer From Belgians, EU Says

    The European Commission on Thursday accused Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer, of using anti-competitive tactics and abusing its dominant market position to keep cheap beer sold in France and the Netherlands out of the hands of Belgian consumers.

  • November 29, 2017

    Manager At Mass. Seafood Co. Admits Income Tax Evasion

    A manager at a Massachusetts-based seafood processor admitted Tuesday to failing to report roughly $75,000 he obtained in a scallop scheme on his tax returns, federal prosecutors said.

  • November 29, 2017

    Yoshinoya Can't Ditch Workers' On-Call Claims In Calif.

    Yoshinoya America Inc. must pay employees who are required to block off time for call-in shifts, even if the workers don’t have to physically show up at the Japanese fast food stores, a California state court judge said in a ruling refusing to throw out a proposed class action.

  • November 29, 2017

    Starbucks Slims Scope Of Underfilled Latte Dispute

    A California federal judge reined in litigation accusing Starbucks of underfilling hot beverages Tuesday, saying a quick win is appropriate on allegations about the size of the company’s warm drink cups and that other recently advanced arguments exceed the scope of the latest complaint.

  • November 29, 2017

    Drexel U. Gets Trim Of Magic Johnson Food Co.'s Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday slashed more than half of an alleged $1.2 million underpayment that food service provider SodexoMagic LLC claims Drexel University caused by overestimating its enrollment figures, saying the company partially owned by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson failed to show changes in the pay rates in their contract.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Rejecting FTC Drug-Level Standard On Dietary Supplements

    Benjamin Mundel

    Over the past decade the Federal Trade Commission has attempted to raise the standard for dietary supplements to require drug-level randomized clinical trials. However, as demonstrated by a New York federal court's recent decision in FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Company, when companies have refused to give in, courts have dismissed the FTC’s attempt to apply this standard, say Benjamin Mundel and Jacquelyn Fradette of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • House Bill Would Raise Stakes Of Congressional Inquiries

    Steven Ross

    On Monday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would shift the current landscape regarding judicial review of congressional subpoenas and place significant burdens on all recipients of such subpoenas, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.