Food & Beverage

  • December 22, 2016

    WTO Dismantles Indonesian Food Barriers In Decisive Ruling

    The World Trade Organization ruled Thursday that 18 different import restrictions maintained by the Indonesian government on beef, poultry and various produce items are in violation of global trade rules, handing an overwhelming victory to the U.S. and New Zealand.

  • December 22, 2016

    Patrón, Ex-Ad Agency Settle Trademark Dispute

    The maker of Patrón tequila and its former advertising agency asked a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday to dismiss their dispute over alleged trademark violations, telling the court the parties had reached a settlement in the matter.

  • December 21, 2016

    Costco Hit With $250K Verdict For Not Ending Customer Abuse

    An Illinois federal jury on Wednesday ordered Costco to reimburse a former employee to the tune of $250,000 for ignoring her cries of customer harassment, handing down a verdict that largely favored the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

  • December 21, 2016

    DOJ Nets Tuna Price-Fixing Guilty Plea At Bumble Bee

    A Bumble Bee Foods Inc. executive has agreed to plead guilty in California federal court to charges that he participated in a conspiracy to fix seafood prices in the U.S., the second set of charges brought in the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into collusion in the industry.

  • December 21, 2016

    Monsanto Tries To Save Subpoenas In Roundup Cancer Suit

    A discovery dispute in a man’s liability case claiming his cancer stems from use of Monsanto Co.’s weedkiller Roundup left a California federal judge on Wednesday trying to balance a subpoena for research linking herbicides to cancer and the World Health Organization’s contention that divulging such documents would violate international law.

  • December 21, 2016

    Burger King Can't Ditch Wage Fight Leader, 8th Circ. Told

    The National Labor Relations Board has urged the Eighth Circuit to enforce its June finding that the new owners of a Missouri Burger King franchise refused to keep on a Fight for $15 leader over his organizing, and not because his weekend availability changed and he twice cooked too many burgers.  

  • December 21, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Munters, Aquascutum, Freshii

    Many suitors are vying to pay up to $1.1 billion for private equity-backed air treatment business Munters, China's Shandong Ruyi plans to buy British luxury coat maker Aquascutum in a deal worth around $120 million and health food restaurant chain Freshii is planning a $75 million IPO in Canada.

  • December 21, 2016

    Bovine Sperm Co. Gets Genetics Patent Claim Nixed

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated a Premium Genetics (UK) Ltd. fluid separation patent in post-grant review on Tuesday, finding that Inguran LLC, a company that produces sex-sorted livestock semen, had shown it was unpatentable.

  • December 21, 2016

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over Calif. Wage Bill Carveouts

    A Ninth Circuit panel explained its reasons Tuesday for reviving a suit by a group of growers alleging a California wage liability safe harbor law was crafted to keep them from using it, saying the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency could not otherwise explain the dates in two carveout provisions.

  • December 21, 2016

    Lion Capital Swallows UK Cafe, Bar Biz In $169M Deal

    British private equity shop Lion Capital LLP has agreed to buy a controlling stake in U.K. cafe and bar chain Loungers Ltd. in deal that values the fast-growing business at £137 million ($169 million), the companies said on Tuesday.

  • December 21, 2016

    Food & Beverage MVP: Greenberg's Rick L. Shackelford

    Greenberg Traurig LLP class action litigation co-chair Rick Shackelford’s efforts this year in beating back suits accusing Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Welch Foods of deceptive labeling were among efforts that helped him earn a spot as one of Law360’s Food & Beverage MVPs for 2016.

  • December 21, 2016

    AB InBev Sheds $3B Stake In African Coke Bottler

    The Coca-Cola Company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev’s stake in the soft drink maker’s largest African bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, for $3.15 billion and will also acquire its interests in other operations.

  • December 21, 2016

    Wyo. Urges 10th Circ. To Uphold 'Open Land' Suit Ruling

    Wyoming's attorney general urged the Tenth Circuit to uphold a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit filed by conservation groups that alleges the Legislature passed trespassing laws that improperly prevent citizens from entering “open land” to collect information about agricultural pollution.

  • December 20, 2016

    Kraft, Heartland Lock Horns Over Stay For High Court Ruling

    Kraft Foods and liquid sweetener rival TC Heartland LLC jockeyed for position in court papers Tuesday over whether a Delaware federal judge should stay Kraft’s infringement suit while the U.S. Supreme Court considers Heartland’s petition over where patent cases can be heard.

  • December 20, 2016

    Costco Customer-On-Worker Harassment Row In Jury's Hands

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hopes to convince an Illinois federal jury that Costco should be held responsible for a customer's sexually harassing a Chicago area Costco worker, saying at the close of trial Tuesday that the warehouse club did nothing to stop the behavior.

  • December 20, 2016

    3rd Circ. Tosses Starch Co.’s Challenge To IP Rights Award

    A French starch manufacturer’s challenge to a confirmed arbitral award that gave a California biotech company rights to intellectual property developed as part of the pair's joint venture was thrown out by the Third Circuit on Tuesday, which called the case “a bit strained.”

  • December 20, 2016

    The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2016

    From cannabis to Costco to Coca-Cola to Converse, 2016 was another year chock-full of exciting trademark rulings. To get you up to speed for the start of the new year, here are the top 10 trademark decisions from the year that was.

  • December 20, 2016

    Food & Beverage MVP: Covington's Jessica O'Connell

    Covington & Burling LLP’s Jessica O’Connell stopped the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from taking action against Kind LLC over the allegedly misleading labeling of its snack bars, resulting in a change in the food industry as a whole when the FDA announced it would review its “healthy” labeling regulations and earning her place as a Law360 Food & Beverage MVP for 2016.

  • December 20, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sanofi, Bright Food, Huawei Technologies

    Sanofi is making progress in its attempt to buy Swiss biotech Actelion, Chinese grocery giant Bright Food is looking to sell Weetabix in a deal valuing the U.K. cereal maker at around $1.2 billion and China's Huawei Technologies is nearing an acquisition of Israeli tech startup HexaTier.

  • December 20, 2016

    Consumer Defends Revamped Melitta Coffee Labeling Suit

    A consumer blasted Melitta’s bid to escape her revamped suit accusing it of misbranding its coffee as naturally flavored, telling a Florida federal judge Monday that the company turned to “vexatious tactics” when confronted with the well-pled claims she advanced in her latest complaint. 

Expert Analysis

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.

  • Marijuana Tipping Point: California And Florida Lead The Way

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    Last week's election will be viewed as a turning point in the emergence of new economies centered around marijuana. Ballot initiatives around the country resulted in important changes in eight states — with four legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana and another four legalizing medicinal use. Two of the most notable developments are in California and Florida, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • Employment Law Possibilities Under President Trump

    Michael H. LeRoy

    President-Elect Donald Trump offered little specifics about employment law policies on the campaign trail, but he painted enough broad brush strokes to offer some possibilities. He also energized whites, a demographic group not emphasized since George Wallace’s failed candidacy. That reality points all of us in a starkly new direction for employment law, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 1

    John E. Davis

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved 39 enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through October of this year, already exceeding the annual totals for every year since 2010, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • Scope Of Class Actions For Plaintiffs Remains Unclear

    Benjamin Rubinstein

    While corporate defendants had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions last term would continue to make class actions more difficult for the plaintiffs' bar to pursue and win, those expectations failed to materialize. Instead, the court's more narrow recent rulings leave much to lower courts to clarify and for parties in class action cases to litigate, say Benjamin Rubinstein and David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)

  • Drawing A Line Between Tangible Damage And Corrupted Data

    Parker J. Lavin

    An Alabama federal court's recent decision in Camp's Grocery v. State Farm continued a trend of finding no coverage for data breach exposures under commercial general liability policies. This case shows that courts distinguish between corruption of electronic data and damage to tangible property, even when the data is stored on a physical item, say Parker Lavin and Edward R. Brown of Wiley Rein LLP.