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Food & Beverage

  • March 1, 2013

    Farmers Not Entitled To Central Valley Water, 9th Circ. Says

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    USDA Faces Major Litigation Threat As Sequester Kicks Off

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    Mountaire Farms Puts Up $8M To Settle Don, Doff Suit

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    FDA To Share More Food Safety Info With Other Countries

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    Army Corps Dodges Suit Over CWA Policy Injunction

    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.

  • February 28, 2013

    Martin & Jones Says Ex-Atty Can't Rejoin Smithfield Wage Row

    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.

  • February 25, 2013

    US, Rancher Resolve FCA Suit Over Milk Exports

    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.

  • February 22, 2013

    Organic Banana Grower Says Tainted Fungicide Ruined Crop

    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.

  • February 22, 2013

    DC Circ. Upholds USDA Almond Treatment Rule

    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.

  • February 21, 2013

    Cargill, Mexico Settle Feud Over $95M NAFTA Fine

    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.

  • February 21, 2013

    4th Circ. Backs Dow, Others In Fight Over Pesticide Findings

    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.”

  • February 21, 2013

    Jana Ups Agrium Stake Amid Push To Steer Company

    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.

  • February 21, 2013

    Costco Faces Class Action Over Contaminated Crab Spread

    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.

  • February 19, 2013

    Justices Seem To Lean Monsanto's Way In Seed Patent Case

    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.

  • February 19, 2013

    Supreme Court Declines To Review Plant Patent Standards

    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.

  • February 14, 2013

    Long Road Ahead For US-EU Free Trade Deal

    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.

  • February 12, 2013

    Sens. Outline Priorities In US-EU Free Trade Agreement

    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.

  • February 12, 2013

    Ex-SK Foods CEO Gets 6 Years For Price-Fixing

    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.

  • February 12, 2013

    Agrium, Jana Fail To Compromise As Proxy Battle Looms

    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.

  • February 11, 2013

    High Court Could Limit Patent Rights In Monsanto Case

    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.