The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that the federal government is not obligated to deliver more water to farmers in the San Luis unit of the Central Valley Project who claimed they had priority to the water for irrigation purposes over entities using it for other purposes.
Industry groups are laying the groundwork to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the event that the sequester furloughs food safety inspectors and shuts down plants, a dispute that attorneys say would touch off an unprecedented legal review of the agency's inspection obligations.
Mountaire Farms Inc. on Wednesday agreed to pay $7.85 million to settle a class action in North Carolina by workers who accused the company of failing to pay them for time spent donning and doffing protective gear.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a plan Thursday to boost the safety of imported food by refining the data collected by its foreign offices and sharing more outbreak data and other information with other countries.
A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ruined a property deal between two companies by improperly imposing Clean Water Act regulations on the property, saying the Corps' actions weren't final and couldn't be challenged in court.
Martin & Jones PLLC urged a North Carolina federal judge Wednesday to reject a former associate’s bid to be appointed co-lead counsel in a class and collective action brought by Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. workers over allegedly unpaid hours, arguing there's no basis for supplanting the firm’s role as class counsel.
The U.S. government on Friday reached an undisclosed settlement in Missouri federal court with two Wyoming ranchers who allegedly defrauded a government milk distribution program by illegally selling the dairy overseas, in violation of the False Claims Act.
Plantaciones del Norte SA, an organic banana producer in the Dominican Republic, sued the Spanish maker of an organic fungicide and its Florida distributor in state court in Miami, claiming contaminated product cost it millions of dollars in sales and other damages.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule requiring domestic almond growers to pasteurize raw almonds to reduce the threat of salmonella outbreaks, finding that the plaintiffs waived their claims by not participating during the public comment period when the rule was proposed.
Agricultural products conglomerate Cargill Inc. has settled its suit in New York federal court against the Mexican government to compel it to pay a $94.6 million NAFTA fine for the country's import restrictions on U.S.-produced high fructose corn syrup.
In a victory for Dow AgroSciences LLC and two other companies, the Fourth Circuit on Thursday overturned the National Marine Fisheries Service's finding that three pesticides were harmful to the Pacific salmon, saying it was not “the product of reasoned decision-making.”
Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC pumped up its stake in Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc. to 7.5 percent, according to a Thursday securities filing, stoking tensions amid a battle to reshape the company and its board.
Costco Wholesale Corp. and GoldCoast Salads Inc. were hit Wednesday with a proposed class action alleging that consumers were exposed to listeria-tainted crab spread that was eventually recalled.
During oral arguments Tuesday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a farmer's claim that he did not infringe patents on Monsanto Co.'s Roundup Ready soybean seeds by planting them, repeatedly suggesting that accepting his position would cripple patent rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a ruling that a person who discovers a naturally existing plant and recognizes its superior qualities cannot obtain a patent on it, rejecting an appeal by a man who sought to patent century-old oak trees.
As talks get underway for a landmark free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, the two sides are far apart on many contentious issues such as agricultural trade barriers and intellectual property protection that will make for tough negotiations, so the stated goal of having a deal in place in 18 months looks overly optimistic, attorneys say.
Two top U.S. senators said Tuesday that congressional support for a free trade agreement with the European Union depends in large part on getting European member states to agree on reducing trade barriers on domestic agricultural products and strengthening intellectual property protections.
The former CEO of SK Foods LP was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday, after previously copping to racketeering and price-fixing charges stemming from allegations that he told employees to bribe purchasing agents at Frito-Lay Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and other companies into doing business with the tomato processing company.
The battle for control over Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc. continued on Tuesday after New York-based activist investor Jana Partners LLC, the company's single largest shareholder, blasted it for appointing its own new directors despite a call for a board shakeup.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that will set the law on when a patent owner loses the right to enforce patents on self-replicating technology such as Monsanto Co.'s controversial Roundup Ready soybean seeds, and could undercut patent protection in a number of industries, attorneys say.