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Food & Beverage

  • December 1, 2011

    US Can't Escape Contract Suit Over Dry Milk Program

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Wednesday that two livestock producers could proceed with their $21 million contract suit over the government’s nonfat dry milk supply program, but limited their claims to only unfilled orders that had been placed under the program.

  • December 1, 2011

    Older Claims Cut From Egg Price-Fixing MDL

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday limited the earliest date through which purchasers in a multidistrict litigation claiming a price-fixing conspiracy in the egg industry could allege damages, saying they hadn't sufficiently shown that the statute of limitations should be tolled.

  • November 30, 2011

    USDA Says It's Ready To Inspect Horse Slaughterhouses

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it is prepared to carry out horse meat inspections and enforce interstate and international commerce laws after a little-noticed provision of a government spending bill earlier this month cleared the way for the reopening of horse slaughterhouses.

  • November 29, 2011

    DOL Tries To Pull Cargill Contracts Over Hiring Bias

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s contract compliance office lodged a suit Tuesday against Cargill Meat Solutions, seeking the cancellation of more than $60 million in government contracts held by the meat conglomerate after it allegedly discriminated against job applicants.

  • November 29, 2011

    Dean Antitrust Claims Skimmed From Distributor’s Suit

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday tossed most of a suit brought by an Illinois-based dairy distributor against milk products giant Dean Foods Co., finding little basis for the distributor’s antitrust claims.

  • November 28, 2011

    Top French Court Nixes Ban On Genetically Modified Corn

    After a ruling by the the European Court of Justice, France’s highest court, Le Conseil d'Etat, on Monday vacated a ruling by the Ministry of Agriculture that banned genetically modified corn in the country, handing a major victory to St. Louis-based Monsanto Co.

  • November 28, 2011

    ConAgra Marketing Action Over GMOs In Cooking Oil Nixed

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action accusing ConAgra Foods Inc. of misleadingly labeling cooking oils as 100 percent natural when they were made from genetically modified plants, ruling the lawsuit's allegations lacked specificity.

  • November 28, 2011

    EPA Beats Challenge To Pesticide Rotenone’s Registration

    An Arizona federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its reregistration of the pesticide rotenone, after the agency asked him to reconsider his ruling that the dispute belonged in district court.

  • November 23, 2011

    Consumer Groups Back Labels On Bioengineered Foods

    The Consumer Federation of America on Wednesday backed a petition asking federal regulators to require the labeling of all foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, arguing that this disclosure was supported by consumer interest and similar actions in other countries.

  • November 22, 2011

    Baird Takes Control Of Farming Scale Maker Digi-Star

    Baird Capital Partners, the U.S.-based buyout fund of Baird Private Equity, has purchased agricultural weighing services company Digi-Star Holdings Inc. for an undisclosed price amid an unprecedented expansion in income for American farmers, Baird said Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2011

    Corn Syrup Cos. Roped Back Into Sugar False Ad Suit

    Sugar cane and sugar beet growers lodged a new complaint Friday over an alleged conspiracy to deceptively rename corn syrup as "corn sugar," bringing individual corn syrup producers including Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Cargill Inc. back into a suit they'd escaped in October.

  • November 18, 2011

    WTO Panel Sides With Canada, Mexico in COOL Row With US

    A World Trade Organization dispute panel handed a win Friday to Canada and Mexico, finding that U.S. country-of-origin labeling requirements for pork and beef runs afoul of the organization’s rules.

  • November 15, 2011

    High Court Asked To Review Bayer Crop Damage Suit

    Crawfish buyers and processors on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a putative class action against Bayer CropScience LP and an insurer over a Bayer pesticide that allegedly devastated the state's crawfish crops.

  • November 15, 2011

    ITC Upholds Duties On Urea From Russia, Ukraine

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voted to preserve duties on solid urea, a fertilizer component, from Russia and Ukraine, determining that lifting existing anti-dumping duty orders on the imports would likely harm U.S. industry.

  • November 15, 2011

    Farmers Pride Settles Workers' Donning, Doffing Suit

    Farmers Pride Inc. agreed Monday to pay $500,000 to settle state and federal class actions in Pennsylvania alleging the chicken processor failed to pay workers for time spent putting on, taking off and sanitizing safety gear.

  • November 14, 2011

    Pilgrim's Pride Settles Securities Fraud Suit For $1.5M

    Poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp. agreed Monday in Texas to pay $1.5 million to settle a securities fraud class action accusing it of misleading investors about the company's financial well-being months before it filed for bankruptcy protection.

  • November 14, 2011

    Produce Co. Seeks To Shift Blame For Taco Bell E. Coli

    Vegetable supplier Tanimura & Antle Inc. launched a third-party complaint in New Jersey on Thursday against a Ready Pac Produce Inc. affiliate, claiming it should be held responsible for an E. coli outbreak at Taco Bell Corp. restaurants, not Tanimura.

  • November 9, 2011

    AgFeed Investor Says Board's Lies Drove $430M Loss

    An AgFeed Industries Inc. shareholder on Tuesday sued former and current members of the hog farmer's board of directors in Tennessee federal court, claiming they misled investors about AgFeed's financial health and caused its market capitalization to plunge by $430 million.

  • November 7, 2011

    8th Circ. Shuts Down Neb. Water Appropriations Fight

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court's ruling that the property rights of a group of Nebraska farmers and putative class members were not violated when state officials ordered them to stop drawing water from the Niobrara Watershed.

  • November 7, 2011

    King & Spalding Adds DOJ Bigwig To Antitrust Group

    King & Spalding LLP has added a former senior member of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division with energy and transportation experience to its Washington office, the firm said Monday.