Food & Beverage

  • August 7, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Eden Creamery, E-Shang, United Tech

    Eden Creamery is exploring a sale that could value the ice cream maker at up to $2 billion, e-Shang Redwood is nearing a deal to buy Sabana REIT, and United Technologies is interested in buying Rockwell Collins.

  • August 7, 2017

    Seasons 52 Age Bias Proven By Statistics, EEOC Says

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged a Florida federal judge Friday to deny grill and wine bar chain Seasons 52's attempt to end a suit alleging the company discriminates against workers over the age of 40, arguing statistical and anecdotal evidence shows a pattern of discrimination. 

  • August 7, 2017

    'Top Chef' Host Says Teamsters Threatened, 'Terrified' Her

    “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi testified in Boston federal court Monday that she was “terrified” and “petrified” after a Teamster reached into her van and suggested he was going to assault her during a confrontation that prosecutors say was criminal extortion.

  • August 7, 2017

    FDA Expands Papaya Warnings Tied To Salmonella Outbreak

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged consumers on Friday to avoid a second brand of papayas grown on a Mexican farm that has been linked to a salmonella outbreak over which one hospitalized man has sued. 

  • August 7, 2017

    Buyers Reach $2.25M Deal In Broiler Chicken Antitrust Suit

    Direct purchasers in a proposed class action accusing poultry producers of colluding to fix the prices for broiler chickens urged an Illinois federal judge on Friday to sign off on a $2.25 million deal they struck with Fieldale Farms Corp.

  • August 7, 2017

    Babyganics To Pay $2.2M To End 'Organic' Mislabeling Suit

    The maker of the Babyganics line of popular baby sunscreen and cleaning products has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle a putative class action claiming it falsely advertised its products as "organic," according to court documents filed in New York federal court.

  • August 7, 2017

    Mexichem Inks $1.895B Acquisition Of PE-Backed Netafim

    Mexichem SAB de CV has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Israel-based Netafim Ltd. from a company backed by private equity firm Permira and others in a deal worth $1.895 billion, according to a Monday statement.

  • August 4, 2017

    ICSID Roundup: The Latest Claims You Need To Know

    It's been a particularly busy few weeks at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, with new claims in the agricultural, energy, tourism, textiles and construction sectors targeting nations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Here are the latest claims at ICSID you need to know.

  • August 4, 2017

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

    The last week has seen a pair of former Lloyds Bank executives sue their erstwhile employer, a trio of insurers lodge a professional negligence claim against a McLarens loss adjusting service unit, and a former owner of Arsenal sue Linklaters and Deloitte. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 4, 2017

    Coke Buyers Push For Cert. In 'No Artificial Flavors' MDL

    Consumers in multidistrict litigation accusing Coca-Cola Co. of misleading people about added preservatives and artificial flavors in its Coke products on Thursday urged a California federal judge to certify their classes, saying that they would consider buying Coke again if it were properly labeled.

  • August 4, 2017

    High Court Urged To Revive Ex-Worker's Antitrust Claims

    A restaurant linen salesman has pushed the U.S. Supreme Court to revive antitrust claims against his former employer, arguing that the Eleventh Circuit incorrectly dismissed his allegations that his old company and a major linen buyer iced him out of the market.

  • August 4, 2017

    Furious Judge Rips Teamsters, Reporter In ‘Top Chef’ Case

    U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock, who is presiding over the trial of four Boston-area Teamsters accused of trying to strong-arm a “Top Chef” television crew into paying them for unneeded work, usually speaks so softly that spectators have to lurch forward on the courtroom benches to hear him.

  • August 4, 2017

    EEOC Wins Partial Sanctions In Muslim Meatpackers Case

    A Colorado federal judge on Friday blocked meatpacker JBS USA LLC from arguing that giving prayer breaks to Muslim workers would significantly slow production, saying documents it destroyed or lost are vital to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rebutting this defense at an impending discrimination trial.

  • August 4, 2017

    SEC Sues Convicted Restaurant Treasurer Over $3.9M Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed a civil complaint in Ohio federal court alleging that a convicted former assistant treasurer for the Frisch's Big Boy restaurant chain misappropriated about $3.9 million from the chain by diverting payroll funds and falsifying Frisch's accounting records.

  • August 4, 2017

    Grocery Chain Is Refused Jury Trial In $85M Contract Case

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday approved a magistrate judge’s order striking down a grocery chain’s demand for a jury trial in an $85 million grocery supply contract dispute.

  • August 4, 2017

    See’s Candy Escapes Kosher Mislabeling Suit

    A California federal judge tossed on Thursday a putative class action alleging See's Candy Shops Inc. mislabels sweets as kosher, finding that the plaintiff hadn’t shown that at least $5 million of the company’s $250 million in candy sales were subject to mislabeling.

  • August 4, 2017

    NBA's James Harden Wants Out Of Nightclub Assault Suit

    Houston Rockets star James Harden filed a response on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the son of late all-star and Rockets great Moses Malone, telling the court while someone may very well have assaulted Moses Malone Jr. outside a nightclub in June 2016, it wasn't him and he's not liable for the incident.

  • August 4, 2017

    Monini Wins Toss Of False Ad Suit Over Truffle Olive Oil

    A New York federal judge said Thursday that consumers who alleged they were duped into believing Monini’s truffle-flavored olive oil contained actual truffles could not show they had been misled, as the listed ingredients did not include truffles, dismissing the proposed class action. 

  • August 3, 2017

    Fatburger, Buffalo's Cafe Parent Plans IPO To Raise $20M

    The parent company behind fast-casual chain Fatburger Corp. and the Buffalo’s Cafe restaurant franchise said Thursday it seeks to raise up to $20 million with an initial public offering under recently changed rules aimed at smoothing smaller companies’ paths to public markets.

  • August 3, 2017

    Chipotle Fights Law Firms' Bids To Enter Shareholder Suit

    Chipotle asked a Colorado federal judge Wednesday to deny a bid from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Motley Rice LLC, involved in a separate suit, to intervene in a derivative shareholder suit and attempt to unseal certain documents, telling the judge they have no right to the information.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Survey And Real-World Data: A Winning Combination

    Peter Simon

    Courts increasingly require empirical proof in cases where the impact of particular behavior, claims or statements on consumer perceptions or choices is a central focus. Primary survey data and real-world data can each offer strong evidence on its own, but substantial synergies can be obtained when the two are used together, say members of Analysis Group Inc.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • When Text Messages To Employees Become A Liability

    Stephen Roppolo

    Supervisors using texts as a way to communicate with employees can find their words scrutinized by judges, jurors and government agencies. A New York demolition and concrete company recently discovered this the hard way when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that one of its supervisors engaged in unlawful interrogation of an employee, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    Why 'Class Action Attorney Fees' Are Such Dirty Words

    Dan Karon

    What drives disdain for plaintiffs class action lawyers getting paid? While stupid class actions filed by feckless lawyers are a disgrace, good class actions are essential. Without risk-taking plaintiffs lawyers, there would be no defense lawyers, and corporate cheaters would run amuck, ravaging consumers and victimizing well-behaving companies, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • Ex-NAD Director Looks Back On 20 Years And 2,600 Decisions

    Andrea Levine

    Reflecting on over two decades at the National Advertising Division, it's hard to discern any clear pattern regarding the type of products, legal issues or the sheer number of cases that came before us. Looking ahead, with advertising metamorphosing into so many different formats, I think identifying “what is advertising” is going to be the biggest challenge, says Andrea Levine, former director of the National Advertising Division.

  • Caveat Emptor In The Information Age

    We live in an age of unprecedented access to information, as well as unprecedented availability of product choices. At the same time, courts are choked with increasing case dockets — including consumer class actions — amid decreased funding. It may be time to reconsider the duty of the consumer to investigate the reasonably discoverable attributes of a product, says Brooks Gresham of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.