A federal judge has agreed to cut certain job categories from a collective action accusing Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. of failing to pay overtime wages to hog processing line production employees for time spent donning and doffing gear.
The federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over Bayer AG's genetically modified long-grain rice has agreed to the creation of a common benefit trust fund to pay plaintiffs' lawyers, which will require Bayer to contribute a portion of funds it owes in federal but not state court settlements.
The U.S. Department of Justice has greenlighted Wisconsin-based packaging giant Bemis Co. Inc.'s $1.2 billion acquisition of Alcan Packaging Food Americas from Rio Tinto PLC, but not without requiring Bemis to sell off certain of Alcan's assets.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take another look at regulations that allow chickens injected with saltwater — a process known as plumping — to be labeled “100 percent all natural.”
Italy's competition regulator has launched a probe into whether Bayer CropScience AG abused its dominant position in the market for grapevine fungicide by delaying competitors' attempts to gain regulatory approval to sell the chemicals.
Trade groups representing U.S. shrimp and dairy producers have weighed in on the U.S. International Trade Commission's probe of the consequences of a potential U.S. free trade agreement with seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region, expressing some qualms over the proposal.
The U.S. government said Thursday it will pay $1.25 billion to settle allegations the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against tens of thousands of black farmers by denying them farm loans.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced new emissions standards for stationary diesel engines, such as those that power industrial and agricultural generators, imposing measures to reduce polluting chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene and acrolein.
Agricultural exporter AWB Ltd. concealed critical details of a transaction with Standard Chartered Bank involving contracts related to soybean exports to Indonesia, a federal judge has said in explaining his $24 million award to Standard Chartered after finding AWB breached its contract with the bank.
A nutritional supplements maker that bought a calcium supplement that became the subject of a recall has tied All American Dairy Products Inc. and Plainview Milk Products Cooperative into a suit alleging breaches of implied warranty and strict liability.
A federal judge on Tuesday granted class certification to current and former employees of Nebraska Beef Ltd. accusing the meatpacker of not paying them for time spent putting on and taking off protective equipment and performing other tasks required for work.
Australia’s Genetic Technologies Ltd. has accused several rival laboratories and two major biotech companies — Monsanto Inc. and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. — of infringing a patent for noncoding DNA technologies.
A federal appeals court has granted Bayer CropScience LP a reprieve in its battle to keep its pesticide spirotetramat on the market, temporarily staying a lower court's order vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's registration of the chemical.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new rule regarding visas for temporary agricultural workers, imposing tougher restrictions on employer requests to hire foreign workers and seeking to ensure higher wages for farm labor.
China's recent imposition of steep anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products could shut out virtually all U.S. chicken exports to China in the foreseeable future, according to the head of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, who has urged Chinese officials to reconsider their “baseless” ruling.
With federal regulators set to take a renewed look at competition issues in the U.S. agriculture business this year, many are betting that a significant uptick in antitrust enforcement and a closer look at new mergers in the industry is sure to follow.
Hartford Fire Insurance Co. has initiated the latest in a string of court actions claiming it owes no money under surety bond obligations to the U.S. government for the period when anti-dumping duty proceeds stopped being treated as U.S. revenue.
Trivitis Inc. has accused Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. of infringing a patent covering the delivery of therapeutic agents through the manufacture and sale of its Cranergy Energy Juice Drink.
A federal judge has affirmed a U.S. Department of Commerce decision to impose strict anti-dumping duties on a company that imports freshwater crawfish tail meat from China.
Having failed to prolong a stay for an appeal, Bayer CropScience LP will soon have to quit selling its pesticide spirotetramat while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voids Bayer's registration for the pesticide and starts the approval process anew.