Food & Beverage

  • August 7, 2017

    Babyganics To Pay $2.2M To End 'Organic' Mislabeling Suit

    The maker of the Babyganics line of popular baby sunscreen and cleaning products has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle a putative class action claiming it falsely advertised its products as "organic," according to court documents filed in New York federal court.

  • August 7, 2017

    Mexichem Inks $1.895B Acquisition Of PE-Backed Netafim

    Mexichem SAB de CV has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Israel-based Netafim Ltd. from a company backed by private equity firm Permira and others in a deal worth $1.895 billion, according to a Monday statement.

  • August 4, 2017

    ICSID Roundup: The Latest Claims You Need To Know

    It's been a particularly busy few weeks at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, with new claims in the agricultural, energy, tourism, textiles and construction sectors targeting nations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Here are the latest claims at ICSID you need to know.

  • August 4, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a pair of former Lloyds Bank executives sue their erstwhile employer, a trio of insurers lodge a professional negligence claim against a McLarens loss adjusting service unit, and a former owner of Arsenal sue Linklaters and Deloitte. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 4, 2017

    Coke Buyers Push For Cert. In 'No Artificial Flavors' MDL

    Consumers in multidistrict litigation accusing Coca-Cola Co. of misleading people about added preservatives and artificial flavors in its Coke products on Thursday urged a California federal judge to certify their classes, saying that they would consider buying Coke again if it were properly labeled.

  • August 4, 2017

    High Court Urged To Revive Ex-Worker's Antitrust Claims

    A restaurant linen salesman has pushed the U.S. Supreme Court to revive antitrust claims against his former employer, arguing that the Eleventh Circuit incorrectly dismissed his allegations that his old company and a major linen buyer iced him out of the market.

  • August 4, 2017

    Furious Judge Rips Teamsters, Reporter In ‘Top Chef’ Case

    U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock, who is presiding over the trial of four Boston-area Teamsters accused of trying to strong-arm a “Top Chef” television crew into paying them for unneeded work, usually speaks so softly that spectators have to lurch forward on the courtroom benches to hear him.

  • August 4, 2017

    EEOC Wins Partial Sanctions In Muslim Meatpackers Case

    A Colorado federal judge on Friday blocked meatpacker JBS USA LLC from arguing that giving prayer breaks to Muslim workers would significantly slow production, saying documents it destroyed or lost are vital to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rebutting this defense at an impending discrimination trial.

  • August 4, 2017

    SEC Sues Convicted Restaurant Treasurer Over $3.9M Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed a civil complaint in Ohio federal court alleging that a convicted former assistant treasurer for the Frisch's Big Boy restaurant chain misappropriated about $3.9 million from the chain by diverting payroll funds and falsifying Frisch's accounting records.

  • August 4, 2017

    Grocery Chain Is Refused Jury Trial In $85M Contract Case

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday approved a magistrate judge’s order striking down a grocery chain’s demand for a jury trial in an $85 million grocery supply contract dispute.

  • August 4, 2017

    See’s Candy Escapes Kosher Mislabeling Suit

    A California federal judge tossed on Thursday a putative class action alleging See's Candy Shops Inc. mislabels sweets as kosher, finding that the plaintiff hadn’t shown that at least $5 million of the company’s $250 million in candy sales were subject to mislabeling.

  • August 4, 2017

    NBA's James Harden Wants Out Of Nightclub Assault Suit

    Houston Rockets star James Harden filed a response on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the son of late all-star and Rockets great Moses Malone, telling the court while someone may very well have assaulted Moses Malone Jr. outside a nightclub in June 2016, it wasn't him and he's not liable for the incident.

  • August 4, 2017

    Monini Wins Toss Of False Ad Suit Over Truffle Olive Oil

    A New York federal judge said Thursday that consumers who alleged they were duped into believing Monini’s truffle-flavored olive oil contained actual truffles could not show they had been misled, as the listed ingredients did not include truffles, dismissing the proposed class action. 

  • August 3, 2017

    Fatburger, Buffalo's Cafe Parent Plans IPO To Raise $20M

    The parent company behind fast-casual chain Fatburger Corp. and the Buffalo’s Cafe restaurant franchise said Thursday it seeks to raise up to $20 million with an initial public offering under recently changed rules aimed at smoothing smaller companies’ paths to public markets.

  • August 3, 2017

    Chipotle Fights Law Firms' Bids To Enter Shareholder Suit

    Chipotle asked a Colorado federal judge Wednesday to deny a bid from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Motley Rice LLC, involved in a separate suit, to intervene in a derivative shareholder suit and attempt to unseal certain documents, telling the judge they have no right to the information.

  • August 3, 2017

    Kona Beer Can’t Ditch Hawaii-Made Mislabeling Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday she won’t toss a putative class action alleging Kona Brewing Co.’s parent company misleads buyers into thinking mainland-brewed beer is actually from the tropical island, saying during a hearing the package’s Hawaii address and map of Kona could mislead a reasonable consumer.

  • August 3, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Saudi Aramco, Meituan-Dianping, BAWAG

    Goldman Sachs is buying part of a $10 billion credit facility held by state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco as it prepares to go public, Meituan-Dianping is in talks with potential investors about a funding round that would value the company at up to $30 billion, and PE-backed Austrian lender BAWAG could be worth $5.9 billion in a public market debut.

  • August 3, 2017

    Anheuser, Molson Accused Of Blocking Beer Rivals In Ontario

    A brewery operator has sued Anheuser-Busch InBEV and Molson Coors Brewing Co. in a Wisconsin federal court, accusing the companies of conspiring to keep competitors out of the Ontario beer market by fixing prices through a secret agreement that was ultimately leaked to the press.

  • August 3, 2017

    A&P Creditors Hit Egg Producers With $4.4M Clawback Suit

    The unsecured creditors of the A&P supermarket chain Wednesday asked a New York bankruptcy court to claw back approximately $4.4 million from a pair of egg suppliers, saying the payments were made too close to the bankruptcy filing.

  • August 3, 2017

    Slashed Tires, Racial Slurs At 'Top Chef' Picket, Jury Told

    A group of Teamsters terrified a "Top Chef" production crew at a rogue picket outside a Massachusetts restaurant, witnesses told a federal jury Thursday, describing a reality television shoot that quickly descended into the surreal.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Menu Labeling Could Lead To A Preemption Dilemma

    Robert Hibbert

    In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the postponement of the compliance date of a federal menu labeling rule for one year. Just weeks later, New York City announced plans to begin enforcing its own updated local menu labeling rule. These two actions potentially raise novel and significant issues of federal preemption, say Bob Hibbert and Hilary Lewis of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Roundup

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup

    Leegin

    A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark antitrust decision in Leegin v. PSKS, this series examines the ruling's impact on resale price maintenance.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: An Economist's Perspective

    Thomas Overstreet

    Despite the relative dearth of new empirical evidence from litigated cases in the decade following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Leegin, there have been new developments in the economics literature. Economic theory still strongly supports a rule-of-reason approach to resale price maintenance, says Thomas Overstreet of Charles River Associates.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.