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Food & Beverage

  • January 27, 2014

    Calif. Agency Controls LA's Coastal Development, Court Says

    A family that built a guest house and a commercial vineyard on a Topanga, Calif., property lost a bid in state appeals court on Friday to force Los Angeles county officials, and not the state's Coastal Commission, to rule on whether they could develop their coastal estate.

  • January 27, 2014

    'Natural' Labeling Row Remains FDA's Domain, Gruma Says

    Gruma Corp. argued Friday that a proposed food labeling class action in California should be dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently refused to determine whether genetically modified food can be marketed as “natural.”

  • January 27, 2014

    Ralphs Hit With Class Action Over Decaf Coffee

    A California consumer on Wednesday hit Ralphs Grocery Co. with a putative class action over its brand of decaffeinated coffee, alleging the food giant misled consumers because the coffee had small amounts of caffeine, even though the label said "without caffeine."

  • January 27, 2014

    Monsanto Agent Orange Deal Faces High Court Challenge

    Objectors to Monsanto Co.'s $93 million deal with West Virginia residents alleging medical harm and property damage from Agent Orange herbicide produced at a nearby plant have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court after the state high court rejected their intraclass conflict claims.

  • January 27, 2014

    Tobacco Co. Hit With Possible $60M Excise Tax Bill

    Native American cigarette producer King Mountain Tobacco Co. Inc. was slapped with a possible $60 million Internal Revenue Service tax assessment Friday, after a district court in Washington ruled federal tobacco excise tax laws trump a 160-year-old treaty with the nation.

  • January 24, 2014

    Aaroma Not Liable For Diacetyl Consumer Claims: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit ruled Friday that Aaroma Holdings LLC cannot be held liable for claims filed by consumers who say they were harmed by exposure to food coloring chemical diacetyl, saying plaintiffs must instead file suit against Emoral Inc., the chemical's bankrupt producer.

  • January 24, 2014

    Synergy Auditor Can't Escape Suit Over Co.'s $1B Fraud

    A New York judge on Friday shot down Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP’s bid to quash a creditor's lawsuit that claims the auditor should have caught bankrupt food products company Synergy Brands Inc.’s $1 billion check-kiting scheme that led to the arrest of its CEO, ruling the creditor has standing to bring the action.

  • January 24, 2014

    Suits Say Pepsi, Goya Masked Caramel Color Content

    PepsiCo Inc. and Goya Foods Inc. were hit Thursday with proposed class actions in California federal court accusing them of covering up how much of an alleged carcinogen is contained in their soft drinks, the same day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the chemical.

  • January 24, 2014

    Beer Drinkers Can’t Revive Anheuser-Modelo Monopoly Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday ended efforts by a group of beer drinkers to revive their antitrust case opposing Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $20.1 billion acquisition of Group Modelo, rejecting arguments that the defendant companies abandoned a competitive pricing agreement they promised to follow.

  • January 24, 2014

    GrayRobinson Adds Former Alcohol Regulator To Miami Office

    GrayRobinson PA has bolstered its alcohol practice with the addition to its Miami office of a veteran alcohol industry regulator who has more than four decades of federal regulatory service and experience, the firm said Thursday.

  • January 23, 2014

    Brazil Puts Limits On Monsanto-Bayer Licensing Deal

    Brazil's antitrust watchdog on Thursday signed off on a licensing deal giving Bayer SA access to Monsanto do Brasil Ltda.'s soybean seed technology but forced the companies to modify terms that could have given Monsanto undue control over Bayer's market activity.

  • January 23, 2014

    FDA Analyzing Foods For Caramel Coloring Danger

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is testing a variety of foods, including soft drinks, for a chemical impurity that can form in caramel coloring after a Consumer Reports study showed higher than expected levels of the substance in some products.

  • January 23, 2014

    Krispy Kreme Signs 23-Unit China Development Deal

    Continuing its expansion streak, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced Thursday that it has struck a development deal with a Chinese franchise company to build 23 new stores in one of the country's key growing provinces.

  • January 23, 2014

    Genetically Modified Food Labeling Bill Fails In NH House

    New Hampshire lawmakers voted down legislation on Wednesday that would have required companies to label genetically modified food, refusing to follow two other New England states that recently approved the labeling mandate.

  • January 23, 2014

    Unilever Escapes Most Claims In Butter Spray Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday chopped down most of a proposed class action accusing Unilever United States Inc. of falsely advertising its I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spray as being zero-fat and zero-calorie, finding most of the claims are preempted by federal law.

  • January 22, 2014

    Nestle Child Labor Ruling Blurs Alien Tort Law, 9th Circ. Told

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revisit a panel's ruling reviving a putative class action against Nestle USA Inc., Cargill Inc. and others over alleged forced child labor, saying the decision will deepen confusion about the proper interpretation of the Alien Tort Statute and open companies up to protracted ATS litigation.

  • January 22, 2014

    Mass. Budget Would Tax Candy, Soda, Online Travel Cos.

    The state budget proposed Wednesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick includes tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue thanks to a tax on candy and soda, along with a measure that would prevent online travel websites from bypassing hotel taxes.

  • January 22, 2014

    Wells Fargo, Accounting Firm Settle $20M Malpractice Suit

    A Missouri federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement between Wells Fargo Bank NA and accounting firm Worley Stroud & Associates PC in a $20 million professional negligence lawsuit against the firm.

  • January 22, 2014

    FDA Updates Mad Cow Disease Guidance For Medical Devices

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday advised medical device makers on how to ensure that products made with animal components don’t end up transmitting infectious diseases, expanding previous policies related to mad cow disease.

  • January 21, 2014

    GAO Rejects Protest Of $16M USDA Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a management company's protest of a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract awarded to its rivals, saying the department had evaluated the proposals thoroughly.