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Food & Beverage

  • February 8, 2010

    Farmers Reap $1.5M Verdict In Bayer Rice MDL

    A federal jury has placed Bayer AG on the hook for $1.5 million owed to three farmers whose revenues sank after a strain of Bayer's precommercial genetically modified rice infiltrated their fields.

  • February 8, 2010

    Newport Sues US Over EU Beef Duty Collection

    Newport Specialty Foods Inc. has lodged a complaint against the government in the U.S. Court of International Trade to recover duties imposed on imports of food from the European Union as part of the U.S. response to the EU's duties against U.S. beef.

  • February 8, 2010

    Farms, Egg Trade Groups Try To Thin Antitrust MDL

    Land O' Lakes Inc., United Egg Producers Inc. and a host of other defendants have asked the court to drop much of the direct purchasers' complaint in litigation accusing a slew of egg trade groups and agricultural companies of a long-running conspiracy to limit production and drive up prices.

  • February 3, 2010

    Idaho County Free To Regulate Feedlots: Court

    Idaho's highest court has upheld a lower court decision allowing counties to regulate feedlots over objections from farmers who complained that state law preempted the local ordinance.

  • February 2, 2010

    Donning, Doffing Claims Nixed In Schreiber OT Action

    Former Schreiber Foods Inc. employees in a proposed collective action seeking compensation for certain duties performed off the clock cannot recover damages for time spent donning and doffing their uniforms but can pursue claims for tasks done while wearing their uniforms, a federal judge has ruled.

  • February 1, 2010

    Shell Joins With Cosan In $12B Brazil Ethanol Project

    Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd. has unveiled plans to form a $12 billion joint venture with Brazilian sugar and biofuel giant Cosan SA Industria e Comercio, a move the oil conglomerate says will result in the formation of one of the world's largest ethanol producers.

  • February 1, 2010

    Tenn. Koch Workers Win Donning, Doffing Action

    A federal jury has handed victory to workers at two Koch Foods Inc. plants in Tennessee who brought a collective action accusing the chicken processor of willfully violating federal labor law by not compensating employees for donning and doffing activities.

  • February 1, 2010

    Obama Budget Devotes $1.4B To Food Safety Efforts

    After a rash of high-profile food recalls, President Barack Obama is putting his money where his mouth is, allotting $2.51 billion in his 2011 budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — including $1.4 billion to implement recommendations from the President's Food Safety Working Group.

  • January 29, 2010

    EPA Could Face Massive Suit Over Pesticide Controls

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has violated several laws and endangered animals and humans alike in its negligent regulation of pesticides and herbicides, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which has given the agency 60 days to clean up its act before it sues.

  • January 28, 2010

    Judge Upholds Dumping Margins For Thai Shrimp

    In a setback for the domestic shrimp industry, a federal judge has upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce's lowered dumping margins for certain warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand.

  • January 28, 2010

    Fertilizer Co. Asks To Arbitrate $17M Contract Claim

    A U.S.-based commercial fertilizer company has ratcheted up a contract dispute with an Egyptian business partner, asking a federal court to compel arbitration over an alleged $17 million in outstanding balances.

  • January 27, 2010

    Calif. Farms Take Smelt Ruling To 9th Circ.

    A group of California farms has appealed a federal judge's ruling that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution does not limit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's authority to apply the Endangered Species Act to a species of smelt that is only found in one state and has no commercial value.

  • January 27, 2010

    Bayer Loses JMOL Bid In 2nd Rice Handling Trial

    A federal judge has denied Bayer AG's motion for judgment as a matter of law in the recently commenced second bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over losses stemming from its handling of a strain of genetically modified rice, just as she did in December in the first trial of the MDL.

  • January 27, 2010

    Vale Adds Bunge Brazilian Fertilizer Mines For $3.8B

    Mining giant Vale SA on Wednesday agreed to purchase Bunge Ltd.'s fertilizer nutrients operations in Brazil for $3.8 billion in an all-cash deal.

  • January 26, 2010

    9th Circ. Kills UFW Pesticide Case

    Citing jurisdictional grounds, a federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a case brought by the United Farm Workers of America against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over continued use of the pesticide azinphos-methyl.

  • January 26, 2010

    Class In Smithfield OT Suit Should Be Trimmed: Judge

    A magistrate judge has held that certain job categories should be excluded from a collective action alleging that Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. owes overtime compensation to current and former hog processing line production workers for time spent donning and doffing gear.

  • January 26, 2010

    BLM Loses Bid To Nix Enviro Group's Sage Grouse Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case brought by a conservation group that accused the Bureau of Land Management of failing to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat in Idaho and Nevada.

  • January 26, 2010

    Obama Taps Hagen For Top USDA Food Safety Post

    President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have nominated Dr. Elisabeth Hagen to serve as the department's undersecretary for food safety, overseeing the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products.

  • January 25, 2010

    Lopez Foods Slapped With Donning, Doffing Action

    A former Lopez Foods Inc. sanitation employee has launched a putative collective action that accuses the meat processing company of failing to properly compensate workers for time spent donning and doffing compulsory safety gear, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • January 25, 2010

    Bayer Seeks Stay In Suit Over Pesticide Approval

    Bayer CropScience AG has asked a federal judge to stay an order vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of its pesticide spirotetramat while the company pursues an appeal.