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Food & Beverage

  • January 19, 2010

    Monsanto Can Pursue Contract Claims V. DuPont: Judge

    A federal judge has handed Monsanto Co. a victory in its bitter fight with DuPont Co. over a patent for herbicide-resistant genetically modified soybeans and corn, ruling that DuPont was not licensed to combine certain genetic traits in its seeds and that Monsanto could continue to pursue breach of contract claims against its rival.

  • January 19, 2010

    400 Tons Of Beef Recalled Over E. Coli Risk

    Huntington Meat Packing Inc. has recalled more that 400 tons of beef thought to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, though much of the beef was shipped two years ago.

  • January 19, 2010

    Sens. Call On Russia To Ease Meat Trade Barriers

    Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., have accused the Russian government of imposing “baseless” restrictions on U.S. beef, pork and poultry producers' access to Russian markets, urging U.S. trade officials to take action during talks this week to reopen the critical markets.

  • January 15, 2010

    Supreme Court Takes Up Monsanto Alfalfa Ban Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Monsanto Inc.'s bid to overturn a federal appeals court's decision that a nationwide ban on genetically engineered alfalfa should remain in place until a court-ordered environmental impact assessment is completed.

  • January 15, 2010

    US Catfish Farmers Drop Bid For Rehearing On Duties

    A group of U.S. catfish farmers has dropped its request for the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsider an order affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision not to charge anti-dumping duties on two Vietnamese frozen fish fillet exporters.

  • January 14, 2010

    1st Circ. Leaves Cork In Mass. Small Winery Sales Law

    A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld an injunction against a 2006 Massachusetts law that allows small wineries to sell their products directly to individuals and retailers while restricting larger, out-of-state vintners from engaging in the same practice.

  • January 14, 2010

    Zurich Insurer Seeks Dismissal From Family Feud

    An insurance subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services Ltd. is seeking a declaration that it has no duty to indemnify J&D Implement Inc., a John Deere dealership that was recently ordered to pay more than $20 million in a nasty dispute that pitted a sister against her two brothers.

  • January 14, 2010

    DOJ Steps Up Monsanto Seed Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Monsanto Co. to confirm that the agriculture giant will not block access to a popular version of genetically modified soybeans after the patent expires in 2014, the company said Thursday.

  • January 14, 2010

    General Tobacco Aims To Reignite Antitrust Suit

    General Tobacco is appealing a ruling that dismissed more than a dozen cigarette makers and 52 attorneys general from an antitrust lawsuit that alleged a 1998 master settlement agreement between the states and tobacco companies made it hard for small companies to break into the lucrative tobacco industry.

  • January 14, 2010

    UN Report Touts CO2-Cutting Potential Of Grasslands

    Grass pastures and rangeland could provide an even bigger boost to carbon-cutting efforts than forests if properly managed, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

  • January 13, 2010

    Canadian Inuit Sue EU To Overturn Seal Products Ban

    Canadian Inuit on Wednesday sued the European Union seeking to overturn a near-total ban on the import of seal products into EU countries, saying a “shrill” campaign by anti-sealing lobby groups lacked valid conservation arguments.

  • January 13, 2010

    BASF and DuPont Reach Deal Over GM Corn Patents

    DuPont Co. and rival chemical giant BASF Plant Science GmbH have put an end to their dueling patent infringement lawsuits over technology related to herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn.

  • January 13, 2010

    Tyson Offers $5M To Settle Chicken Marketing MDL

    Tyson Foods Inc. has offered $5 million plus attorneys’ fees to settle a multidistrict litigation alleging the poultry processing giant lied to consumers by claiming that its chickens were raised without antibiotics.

  • January 12, 2010

    US, Insurers Fight Dumping Duty Surety Action

    The U.S. Department of Commerce and a group of insurers have challenged the jurisdiction of a $723 million purported class action by domestic producers of honey, garlic, crawfish and mushrooms over the government's alleged failure to collect anti-dumping duties covered by surety bonds issued to Chinese importers.

  • January 12, 2010

    ConAgra Asks To Strip Suits From Peanut Butter MDL

    ConAgra Foods Inc. has asked a federal judge to strip dozens of individual plaintiffs who allegedly failed to comply with the court's discovery and case management orders from multidistrict product liability litigation over the company's salmonella-contaminated peanut butter.

  • January 8, 2010

    EU Probes Animal Feed Phosphate Cartel

    European antitrust regulators are targeting companies that produce phosphates used in animal feed, sending a formal notice to several companies suspected of participating in a cartel aimed at fixing prices of the product.

  • January 7, 2010

    US Wants Chinese Shrimp Margins Upheld

    The United States has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to uphold the Commerce Department's determination of dumping margins for frozen canned and warmwater shrimp from the People's Republic of China.

  • January 6, 2010

    Former Safeway Buyer To Cop To Tomato Bribe Scam

    A former purchasing manager at supermarket chain Safeway Inc. is the latest person to agree to plead guilty to participating in a four-year conspiracy to bribe major food producers and fix prices in the processed tomato industry, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • January 5, 2010

    Taiwanese Parliament Reinstates US Beef Ban

    Taiwan's parliament on Tuesday reportedly banned the importation of some U.S. beef and offal products over continuing concerns about mad cow disease, reversing a trade deal the two countries reached in October.

  • January 5, 2010

    Judge Recommends Cert. In Neb. Beef Wage Case

    A magistrate judge has recommended that a class be certified in litigation accusing meatpacking company Nebraska Beef Ltd. of not paying workers for time spent putting on and taking off personal protective equipment, sharpening knives, and performing other tasks.