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Food & Beverage

  • July 11, 2013

    House Approves Farm Bill Minus Food-Stamp Amendment

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed its version of a five-year, $940 billion farm bill by a 216-208 vote after splitting apart funding for food stamps and drawing no support from Democrats.

  • July 11, 2013

    DuPont Urges Fed. Circ. To Reverse $1M Sanction In IP Row

    DuPont Co. pressed the Federal Circuit on Monday to vacate $1 million in sanctions imposed on it for allegedly lying during patent litigation with Monsanto Co., arguing that the purported fraud committed was merely argument supported by a “reasonable interpretation” of the evidence.

  • July 10, 2013

    Feds Order Farm To Stop Selling Antibiotic-Tainted Cattle

    The federal government issued an injunction against a Vermont dairy farm Tuesday for selling drug-tainted cattle destined for the food supply, warning that if the farm failed to enact proper safety measures its livestock operations could be shut down permanently.

  • July 10, 2013

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hulu, Glencore Xstrata, FedEx

    The fight for Hulu is shaping up as a battle between DirecTV and a Chernin Group-AT&T team as Guggenheim Partners and KKR leave the contest, while Glencore Xstrata continues to unload certain assets it picked up when it bought Viterra for $6 billion last year.

  • July 9, 2013

    Baker & McKenzie Alums Form Dallas Trial Boutique

    A pair of former Baker & McKenzie LLP attorneys have opened a trial and appellate boutique in Dallas focused on complex commercial litigation and agricultural business, known as Bailey Brauer PLLC, the firm said Tuesday.

  • July 9, 2013

    Spain Fines Tangerine Growers $6.4M For Sales Cartel

    Spain's antitrust watchdog has fined three companies more than €5 million ($6.4 million) for anti-competitively restricting the sale and distribution of Nadorcott tangerines, the agency said Monday.

  • July 9, 2013

    Deals Rumor Mill: KKR, Hulu, TPG

    Strategic suitors are circling private equity-backed Del Monte as it prepares to unload its prized canned-food unit, while DirecTV submitted a bid for Hulu that pits it against a slew of high-profile bidders chasing after the popular video-streaming site.

  • July 8, 2013

    Bankrupt Zacky Farms Settles Rival's Trademark Claims

    A California bankruptcy court Wednesday approved a deal worth more than $2 million between Foster Poultry Farms and debtor Zacky Farms LLC, ending a case accusing Zacky of flouting a trademark agreement and engaging in unfair competition by selling chicken under the Zacky Farms name after Foster purchased the farm.

  • July 8, 2013

    No Investor Fraud in Chinese Stock Offering, Underwriters Say

    Underwriters of a $40 million offering of shares in China's Yuhe International Inc. urged a California federal judge on Monday to toss a putative investor class action, saying they made no material misstatement about the company's chicken-farming operations in a prospectus.

  • July 8, 2013

    To Help Bees, EU Agency Toughens Pesticide Guidelines

    A European regulator laid out new guidelines on Thursday to restrict the use of pesticides in order to improve bee health, shifting to an approach that it said better accounts for the insects' exposure to the products over time.

  • July 3, 2013

    EPA OKs Two New Biofuel Crops For Renewable Fuel Program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule approving the use of two new crops for biofuel production, after adding controls designed to counter concerns from environmentalists over the crops’ potential to act as invasive species.

  • July 1, 2013

    Slice Of $500M USTR Deal Eludes Lumber Cos. In Fed. Circ.

    A group of American lumber companies on Monday lost a bid to revive a lawsuit claiming U.S. trade negotiators unfairly cut them out of $500 million in proceeds from a cross-border dispute settlement agreement with Canada.

  • July 1, 2013

    WTO Won't Ax US Case Over India's Poultry Restrictions

    A World Trade Organization dispute panel has refused to dismiss a U.S. challenge over India's restrictions on American poultry and eggs, rejecting the country's argument that the U.S. complaint was too vague.

  • June 27, 2013

    Commerce Sets Dumping Rate On Chinese Honey Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has set the preliminary anti-dumping duty rate on honey imports from China at $2.63 per kilogram, according to an agency notice released Thursday.

  • June 26, 2013

    Fla. Court Won't Rethink Class Cert. In Tree Removal Feud

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday refused to reconsider its decision to affirm certification of a class of homeowners who say Miami-Dade County's removal of their healthy trees as part of a citrus canker eradication program caused their property values to drop.

  • June 26, 2013

    FDA Must Issue Food Safety Rules By Nov., Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to propose overdue food safety regulations by the end of November, refusing to give the agency the flexibility it said was necessary to roll out the rules.

  • June 25, 2013

    Contractor Liability In ConAgra Blast Upheld, But Capped

    An Illinois judge on Tuesday refused to let a contractor off the hook for contribution to an insurance coverage suit over an explosion at a ConAgra Foods Inc. grain silo that seriously injured a worker, but did place a statutory cap on its total liability.

  • June 25, 2013

    China Says $7B Smithfield Deal Won't Hurt US Food Safety

    China on Tuesday downplayed U.S. lawmakers' concerns over how Smithfield Foods Inc.'s proposed $7 billion sale to a Chinese meat company would affect stateside food safety, and called on U.S. regulators to evaluate the deal fairly even as political pressure mounts.

  • June 25, 2013

    Norway Pays $254M To Boost Cermaq Stake As PE Deal Looms

    The Norwegian government paid about $254 million to lift its stake in fish farmer Cermaq ASA to nearly 60 percent, it said Tuesday, days after silencing a hostile $1.7 billion buyout bid from a rival in favor of a partial private equity takeover.

  • June 24, 2013

    Calif. Appeals Court Revives Dole Death Squad Suit

    A California appeals court on Monday revived a wrongful death suit accusing Dole Food Co. Inc. of paying Colombian paramilitaries to kill 170 people near South American banana plantations, ruling a trial judge didn't properly notify plaintiffs' counsel before dismissing the complaint.