Food & Beverage

  • September 26, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Flushing Project, TH Real Estate, CIM

    A Flushing condo project has reportedly sold out of bankruptcy for $25 million; TH Real Estate is looking to sell an Evanston, Illinois, residential tower where Whole Foods has space and could fetch more than $140 million; and Vanbarton Group has reportedly paid CIM Group $42 million for a Los Angeles property.

  • September 26, 2017

    Celeb Chef Palmer Accused Of Burning Hotel Partner On IP

    A hospitality group sued celebrity chef Charlie Palmer in California federal court Monday for allegedly agreeing to license his name to the group for its hotels and restaurants, then turning around and using the intellectual property to brand them as his own.

  • September 25, 2017

    China Fishery Trustee Pushes HSBC Probe In Face Of Appeal

    The trustee overseeing China Fishery Group Ltd. told a New York bankruptcy court that an investigation into HSBC’s “aggressive” prepetition collection efforts should continue even though the bank has appealed the order that kicked it off.

  • September 25, 2017

    Subway Restaurants Dispute Class Action Over Ill. Soda Tax

    After having the case moved to Illinois federal court on Friday, the franchiser of all Subway restaurants in the U.S. asked the court to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction the suit over the alleged misapplication of the Cook County, Illinois, soda tax to unsweetened tea.

  • September 25, 2017

    Enviros Push For Win In Red Snapper Overfishing Suit

    Conservation groups urged a D.C. federal court on Friday to grant them a quick win in their suit over the federal government's decision to temporarily allow "overfishing" of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, reiterating their argument that extending the fishing season was unlawful.

  • September 25, 2017

    ‘Codfather’ Gets Nearly 4 Years For Falsely Labeling Fish

    A fishing industry giant known as the “Codfather” was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Monday after admitting an extensive scheme to falsify fish records, evade taxes and fishing quotas and smuggle the profits to Portugal.

  • September 25, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Bon Jovi, Draft, Chicago Hard Rock

    Bon Jovi has reportedly dropped nearly $19 million on a residence in Greenwich Village, fantasy sports company Draft is said to have leased 7,000 square feet in Manhattan and the Chicago Hard Rock Hotel has reportedly scored a $75 million refinance.

  • September 25, 2017

    Dr Pepper Must Face Canada Dry Ginger Ale Labeling Row

    A California magistrate judge on Friday kept alive a proposed class action alleging that Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. falsely advertised that its Canada Dry ginger ale contains actual ginger root.

  • September 25, 2017

    Whataburger Slapped With EEOC Suit Over Biased Hiring

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit in Florida federal court Friday against Whataburger Restaurants LLC accusing it of allegedly forcing an employee to quit after she refused to participate in Whataburger’s racially discriminatory hiring directive to hire only white job applicants.

  • September 22, 2017

    Syngenta Looks To Speed Appeal Of $218M GMO Corn Verdict

    Syngenta urged a Kansas federal judge Thursday to certify as a final judgment the $218 million jury verdict won by a class of Kansas farmers in multidistrict litigation over the agricultural company’s promotion of genetically modified corn, arguing it’s necessary to prevent needless delay of its appeal.

  • September 22, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Narrowed Fishing Area For Wash. Tribe

    A Ninth Circuit panel Friday said that the Suquamish tribe does not have the right to fish in an area on the eastern side of Washington's Puget Sound, upholding a ruling that there was no evidence presented in a key 1975 hearing that the tribe ever fished or traveled through the area.

  • September 22, 2017

    Chiquita Can't Escape New Complaint In MDL, Judge Told

    Relatives of banana workers and others who were attacked and in some cases killed by a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group funded by Chiquita urged a Florida federal court Friday in sprawling multidistrict litigation to deny the company's bid to dismiss their newest complaint, filed in Ohio in March, arguing it doesn’t duplicate their Florida suit’s claims.

  • September 22, 2017

    La. Intervenes In Case Over Red Snapper Overfishing

    The state of Louisiana asked a D.C. federal court Thursday to allow it to intervene on the federal government’s behalf in a conservation group’s suit over authorities’ decision to temporarily allow "overfishing" of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, saying the suit impairs the state’s interest in fishing-related tourism and tax revenues.

  • September 22, 2017

    Burger King Can't Pause Receipt Suit Pending Dismissal Bid

    A Florida federal judge on Friday rejected Burger King’s bid to pause a proposed class action accusing it of printing too many card digits on receipts, saying the likelihood of the restaurant succeeding in its bid to ax the suit isn’t so high that he needs to impose a stay while deciding the motion.

  • September 22, 2017

    NY Panel Largely Upholds Whole Foods' $3.5M Tax Bill

    A New York tax tribunal has mostly kept a Whole Foods subsidiary on the hook for $3.5 million to cover three years of back taxes, but tossed related penalties, finding in a decision released Thursday that the unit “reasonably, but erroneously” didn't file a combined tax report with another subsidiary after paying it trademark royalties.

  • September 22, 2017

    EEOC Targets More IHOP Locations Over Sexual Harassment

    Two days after bringing sexual harassment claims against IHOP locations in Illinois, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought a class action against several franchisees of the restaurant chain in Nevada federal court Thursday, alleging rampant sexual harassment, an illegal policy that discouraged employees from reporting such incidents, and retaliation against workers who complained.

  • September 22, 2017

    TGI Friday's Must Rework $19.1M Wage Deal, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rejected a proposed $19.1 million settlement between a putative class of 28,800 TGI Friday's tipped workers and the restaurant chain, saying it contains confidentiality and release provisions that could not “pass muster.”

  • September 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: T-Mobile, GE, Pladis

    T-Mobile and Sprint are close to a tentative agreement on a merger, GE is looking to divest its industrial solutions unit, and Godiva chocolate maker Pladis is a potential suitor for Nestle's U.S. confectionery business.

  • September 22, 2017

    Starbucks' Background Checks Violate FCRA, Suit Says

    Starbucks Corp. was hit with a proposed class action in Georgia federal court Thursday claiming the coffee chain has rejected job applicants based on their consumer reports, without first providing them with a copy of the reports and notifying them of their rights, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • September 21, 2017

    Gatorade Won’t Talk Trash About Water After Settlement

    In a $300,000 settlement with California, Gatorade has agreed not to show water unflatteringly in any advertisements, after releasing an app game that misleadingly depicted water as a hindrance to athletic performance, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • The Soft Power Of Congress To Challenge Mergers

    Daniel Friedman

    While Congress does not have the ability to directly stop a merger, it has virtually unfettered power to engage in fact-finding, and testimony given at congressional hearings can help the merger enforcers in litigation, say Daniel Friedman and Robert LoBue of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Avoiding The Rotten Compromise In Mass Litigation

    Ted Mayer

    Product liability litigation is often resolved through compromise. But not all compromises are equal. If a settlement achieves peace at unknown cost, does not resolve the most serious claims, or permits new claims to be filed for decades into the future, it is a rotten compromise and should be avoided, say Ted Mayer and Robb Patryk of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • How DOL Opinion Letters Are Of Value To Employers

    Amy Traub

    In a welcome change for employers, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it will once again begin issuing and making available to the public its opinion letters. Beyond offering much-needed guidance on the law, this announcement is also helpful to employers that find themselves already in litigation, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.