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Food & Beverage

  • November 21, 2018

    Class Action Claims Energy Bar Maker Hid High Carb Count

    A proposed class action has claimed a brand of energy bars trying to find its place in a crowded sports-nutrition market misled diet-conscious consumers to believe its low-sugar snacks are also low in carbohydrates, concealing that the bars actually pack a macronutrient punch.

  • November 21, 2018

    Brand Battles: American Whiskey, Barbie, Russell Westbrook

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Sazerac fights an effort to “monopolize” a simple whiskey name, Mattel cites a little-known Sotomayor opinion to protect Barbie, and NBA superstar Russell Westbrook shoots for a registration for his charitable foundation.

  • November 21, 2018

    Chipotle Can't Appeal Order On Attys' Role In Arbitration

    A Colorado federal judge has blocked Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. from appealing his refusal to disqualify attorneys from representing workers who sued the company over alleged wage violations and had those claims sent to arbitration, saying the motion was part of an "unseemly" attempt to sidetrack the case's resolution.

  • November 21, 2018

    Bankrupt Franchisee Reaches Ch. 11 Deal With Applebee's

    Bankrupt Applebee’s restaurant franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. said in a Delaware court filing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with the restaurant chain that will pave the way to a much smoother Chapter 11 confirmation process than anticipated.

  • November 21, 2018

    Chobani Founder's Ex-Wife Keeps Counsel In 'Consultant' Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by a former confidant of the ex-wife of Chobani Inc.’s founder to have her lawyers disqualified, calling his arguments for conflict in her legal team “speculation.”

  • November 21, 2018

    Chipotle Investors Denied 4th Shot At E. Coli Suit

    A New York federal judge has told a group of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shareholders that they can't have another go at the restaurant chain, saying the supposed new information they proffered doesn't save their claims.

  • November 20, 2018

    Vending Machine Co. Staff Ask 2nd Circ. To Nix Fraud Raps

    A group of former employees of a defunct Long Island vending machine company on Tuesday urged the Second Circuit to vacate their convictions for defrauding customers by lying about the money-making potential of the machines, with one worker citing ineffective assistance of counsel.

  • November 20, 2018

    CDC Warns Against Eating Any Romaine Lettuce, Fears E. Coli

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday advised consumers across the nation who have any romaine lettuce to throw it away, saying that 32 cases of E. coli across 11 states are linked to the consumption of romaine.

  • November 20, 2018

    2nd Class Action Says Energy Drink Hyped Up Nutrient Claims

    Energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. is facing a new proposed class action — this time, in Florida federal court — claiming the company's Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • November 20, 2018

    $16M Deal OK'd In Zicam Cold Meds False Ad Class Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday gave the final nod to a $16 million settlement ending class claims that Zicam LLC and Matrixx Initiatives Inc. falsely advertised their over-the-counter homeopathic remedies as able to prevent and shorten the common cold.

  • November 20, 2018

    Chipotle Gets New Trial In $3M Sexual Assault Case

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has won a new trial in a case that had resulted in a $3 million jury verdict against it stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a minor employee by her supervisor, with a Texas appellate court on Tuesday holding the jury should have been allowed to hear about the conduct of the employee.

  • November 20, 2018

    Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs

    Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can’t plausibly argue the two agreed Five Guys could share Soos’ restaurant design plans with a competing architecture firm.

  • November 20, 2018

    Producer's $2.3M Exit From Poultry Price-Fix Suit OK'd

    Georgia-based Fieldale Farms has secured a $2.25 million exit from a class of food service distributors’ suit surrounding an alleged decadelong industry-wide plot by poultry producers to ratchet up chicken prices, after an Illinois federal judge gave final approval to the settlement.

  • November 19, 2018

    Korean Cos. Altered Ramen Noodle Pricing Docs, Jury Hears

    A computer forensic expert took the stand Monday during the third day of a California federal jury trial over multimillion-dollar class claims that two South Korean companies fixed the prices of instant ramen noodles, testifying that the companies altered internal pricing documents before giving them to the Korean antitrust watchdog.

  • November 19, 2018

    High Court Denies Rehearing Over Illegal H-2A Visa Fees

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an appeal lodged by a woman found guilty by a Minnesota federal jury of a scheme to take illegal fees from foreign workers who received H-2A work visas.

  • November 19, 2018

    4 Cos. Eye December IPOs With New Filings Totaling $350M

    Four companies spanning a wide range of industries — from biotechnology and transportation companies to a plant-based meat startup and cryptocurrency bank — filed initial public offerings on Friday that are preliminarily estimated to total $350 million and could price before the year’s end.

  • November 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Habitat, TF Cornerstone

    A Blackstone Mortgage Trust entity has reportedly loaned $211.9 million for a Florida retail and residential project, a $200 million Habitat Co. Chicago mixed-use project is said to have received the green light, and TF Cornerstone has reportedly dropped $300 million on a development site near the location of the new New York City Amazon headquarters.

  • November 19, 2018

    Former Chiquita Exec Looks To Exit Terror-Funding MDL

    A former executive at produce distributor Chiquita International Brands Inc. has urged a Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation to toss tort claims that he was involved in a scheme to fund a Colombian terrorist group, asserting he had no knowledge of any such alleged payments.

  • November 16, 2018

    NJ Judge Says Prior Politics Won't Bias Him In Grocery Row

    A Republican New Jersey state court judge has declined to recuse himself from a supermarket competition case involving an attorney from his town who supported his Democratic political rivals, ruling that a “reasonable” person wouldn’t find that a 14-year-old election campaign would impact his impartiality.

  • November 16, 2018

    10th Circ. Sides With Wheat Farmers Over USDA Insurance

    The Tenth Circuit sided with a group of Colorado wheat farmers Friday in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. over calculations that the farmers said limited their ability to insure against losses.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Tofurky Has A Beef With Missouri's Meat Labeling Law

    James Lawrence

    Missouri recently became the first state in the union to enact a ban on labeling products as “meat” unless they are “derived from harvested product livestock or poultry.” But the company that makes Tofurky has already filed suit in federal court to challenge the new law's constitutionality, says James Lawrence of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • Daesang V. NutraSweet Reaffirms NY's Pro-Arbitration Attitude

    Stephen Younger

    The reversal last month by New York's appellate division in Daesang v. NutraSweet is an important decision for the state's courts because it helps reaffirm New York's role as a preferred venue for international arbitration, say Stephen Younger and Michael Farinacci of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • How FIRRMA Changes The Game For Tech Cos. And Investors

    Steven Croley

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, signed into law in August, will significantly alter how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States conducts its work. Emerging technology companies, and their prospective investors, must be mindful of whether investments are now subject to CFIUS jurisdiction, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Missouri Asks, 'Where's The Beef?'

    Martha Charepoo

    A newly enacted Missouri law makes it a misdemeanor to use the word “meat” on labels of food products that do not come from an animal. Businesses selling meat substitute products in the state that do not meet the new labeling requirements could face liability under another consumer protection statute as well, says Martha Charepoo of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.