Food & Beverage

  • December 1, 2009

    Garlic Producers Challenge Duties On Chinese Imports

    A group of American garlic producers is disputing the methodology used by the International Trade Administration to formulate its final review on duties for fresh garlic imported into the U.S. by a Chinese company.

  • November 30, 2009

    EU Approves Syngenta's Modified Corn For Import

    The European Commission has approved Syngenta AG's modified corn variety MIR604 for importation into the European states but refused to lift a ban on growing the product inside the European Union.

  • November 25, 2009

    USDA Says Plan Lets Pilgrim's Pride Evade Rules

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture challenged the reorganization plan of bankrupt poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride Inc. on Wednesday, claiming the plan provides releases to the company that could wrongly excuse it from federal industry regulations.

  • November 25, 2009

    Rice Co. Appeals Toss Of $13M Iraq Contract Spat

    Agricultural products trader The Rice Corp. has said it will appeal a judge's decision dismissing its lawsuit against Iraq after the war-torn nation rejected a shipment of rice in 2005 that allegedly breached a contract worth at least $13 million and left a cargo vessel sitting in the Persian Gulf for three months.

  • November 25, 2009

    EU OKs Cargill-Nutreco €40M Animal Feed Unit Sale

    The European Commission has cleared Nutreco Holding NV's €40 million ($60 million) acquisition of Cargill Inc.'s animal nutrition operations in Spain and Portugal, finding no competition concerns over the sale of the unit that generates sales worth €240 million ($362 million) a year.

  • November 24, 2009

    Hartford Pays To Settle Garlic Import Case

    The Hartford Fire Insurance Co. has agreed to pay $62,500 to settle a lawsuit by the U.S. government over its insurance coverage of a sketchy shipment of fresh garlic into Los Angeles in 2002.

  • November 24, 2009

    Cherokee Try Again To Join Chicken Waste Suit

    The Cherokee Nation has appealed a district court's denial of its request to intervene in an action brought by the state of Oklahoma accusing Tyson Foods Inc. and seven other poultry processors of polluting the Illinois River with chicken waste.

  • November 24, 2009

    9th Circ. Kills Humane Society Bird Slaughter Case

    A federal appeals court has found that The Humane Society of the United States lacks standing to challenge the U.S. Department of Agriculture's determination that a 1958 law requiring the humane slaughter of cows, horses, pigs and other livestock was not intended to extend to poultry.

  • November 24, 2009

    McKesson Can Pursue Suit V. Iran Over Dairy Plant

    A U.S. district judge has ruled on remand that McKesson Corp. has causes of action under Iranian law and international law in a 27-year-old suit over the Iranian government's alleged expropriation of McKesson's stake in an Iranian dairy.

  • November 23, 2009

    JBS Beef Unit Settles Donning, Doffing Claims

    A subsidiary of Brazilian beef giant JBS SA has settled a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit with the employees of a Utah meat processing facility who alleged they were not paid for overtime work or the time they spent donning and doffing safety equipment and completing other mandatory tasks.

  • November 23, 2009

    Smithfield Tries To Decertify, Dismiss FLSA Claims

    Asking a judge to decertify the action and dismiss a slew of claims, Smithfield Packing Company Inc. is attempting to hack away at a collective action alleging that the company owes workers overtime pay and unpaid wages.

  • November 23, 2009

    US Appeals Order On Canadian Wheat Duty Deposits

    The United States is appealing a judgment ordering it to return duty deposits it had collected from the Canadian Wheat Board on exports of hard red spring wheat in the wake of the revocation of the original anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders.

  • November 20, 2009

    WTO Grants Brazil $295M In Sanctions On US Cotton

    The World Trade Organization has authorized Brazil to impose $294.7 million in trade sanctions on the U.S. for supporting cotton farmers with subsidies that the South American country says have harmed it.

  • November 20, 2009

    Bayer's Motion For JMOL Denied In Modified Rice Case

    Two weeks into the first bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation over losses related to Bayer AG's alleged mishandling of genetically modified rice that entered the U.S. supply, a judge has swiftly denied two motions for judgment as a matter of law filed by Bayer and its subsidiaries.

  • November 19, 2009

    Canada Gets WTO Panel Over US Meat-Labeling Rule

    The World Trade Organization has convened a dispute panel to hear Canada's challenge to U.S. regulations that require meat sold in large grocery stores to be labeled with its country of origin, the Canadian government announced Thursday.

  • November 19, 2009

    Deloitte, Grant Thornton To Settle Parmalat Suit

    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Grant Thornton International have agreed to cough up $15 million to settle with a class of Parmalat SpA stockholders in a suit stemming from the Italian dairy giant's collapse.

  • November 19, 2009

    Agriprocessors Exec Won't Face Immigration Charges

    A federal judge granted prosecutors' request Thursday to dismiss 72 immigration charges against Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of Agriprocessors Inc., the kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa that was raided by federal immigration authorities last year.

  • November 18, 2009

    Bayer Seeks To Join Suit Over EPA Pesticide Approval

    Bayer CropScience AG has asked for permission to join the Natural Resources Defense Council's suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of spirotetramat, a new Bayer pesticide that allegedly harms the nation's dwindling honeybee population.

  • November 16, 2009

    Fla. Green Groups Close In On Water Nutrient Limits

    A federal judge on Monday signaled his intent to approve an agreement between environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require the government to set more precise limits for waste pollution that observers say causes harmful algae blooms in Florida's waters.

  • November 16, 2009

    Gibson Dunn Appeals Sanctions In EnCana Antitrust Suit

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has decided to appeal $102,000 in sanctions incurred more than four years ago while defending Canadian energy giant EnCana Corp. in a long-running, now-settled antitrust suit brought by E&J Gallo Winery.