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Food & Beverage

  • September 28, 2018

    Campbell Falsely Stoked Investor Hopes, Suit Says

    Campbell Soup Co. misleadingly enticed investors to scoop up stock at inflated prices before the shares’ value plummeted during an earnings decline, an investor said in a proposed class action filed Friday in New Jersey federal court.

  • September 28, 2018

    Hog Farm Says NC Law Nullifies Nuisance Verdict

    A North Carolina hog farm that a jury found guilty of illegally spraying urine and feces into the air asked a federal judge on Friday to vacate the verdict and $3.25 million punishment, citing a recently amended state law that shields farms from such lawsuits.

  • September 28, 2018

    Suit Over Underfilled Pret A Manger Wraps Is Trimmed

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed two counts against Pret A Manger in a suit alleging the restaurant regularly underfills its wraps, dropping one claim for injunctive relief and one for fraud from the proposed class action.

  • September 28, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Slack, Bojangles, Shriram Group

    Corporate messaging software startup Slack Technologies is readying an IPO for the first half of next year, chicken and biscuits chain Bojangles could be up for grabs, and multiple private equity suitors have expressed interest in a major investment in Indian conglomerate Shriram Group.

  • September 28, 2018

    Chancery Nixes Blue Bell Investor Suit Over Listeria Outbreak

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday dismissed a derivative suit against Blue Bell Creameries USA Inc. that sought damages for alleged director and officer failures to protect ice cream products in connection with a deadly listeria outbreak in 2015.

  • September 28, 2018

    Judge Won't OK Dr. Oz's $5M Deal Over 'Miracle' Diet Pills

    A California federal judge declined to sign off on a $5.25 million settlement over allegations that television personality Dr. Oz’s show misrepresented the effectiveness of “fat-busting” nutritional supplements after the parties expanded the proposed class to include more consumers.

  • September 27, 2018

    Del. Cos. Defend Federal Forum Rule For Securities Suits

    Attorneys for three Delaware-chartered companies facing a suit over recent bylaw changes that made federal district courts their exclusive forums for Securities Act complaints argued Thursday in Chancery Court that state law already permits the move, despite dire warnings from challengers.

  • September 27, 2018

    Bull Stud Co. Wins $5M Fees, Costs In Semen-Sorting Row

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday awarded $5 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to a bull stud company even though a jury found it infringed a bovine semen-sorting company's patents because the sorting company had engaged in anticompetitive practices, saying the stud company did an “impressive job” limiting its request to work related to its victory.

  • September 27, 2018

    Real Mex’s $47M Ch. 11 Sale Gets Nod In Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved the Chapter 11 sale of bankrupt restaurant chain Real Mex to stalking horse bidder Z Capital Group for roughly $47 million after an auction was canceled because no other offers were submitted.

  • September 27, 2018

    Tops Creditors Must Object Or 'Live With It,' Judge Says

    The judge overseeing Tops Markets' bankruptcy on Thursday said that any creditors who object to waiving their legal claims should explicitly say so, rejecting the U.S. trustee's arguments that the waiver should be "opt-in."

  • September 27, 2018

    Pet Cos. Defend 'Prescription' Cat Food Labels In 7th Circ.

    PetSmart Inc. and a pet food maker told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday its "prescription" cat food labels serve an informational purpose and didn't mislead consumers into buying food with no drug component. 

  • September 27, 2018

    Menu Patent In Case Against Domino’s, Others Axed By Alice

    The week before a series of trials were set to begin, a California federal judge has ruled that an online menu patent asserted against Domino’s Pizza Inc. and dozens of other restaurant, hotel and online ordering companies is invalid under Alice for claiming only abstract ideas.

  • September 27, 2018

    Skadden, Gibson Dunn Aid Keurig's $435M Purchase Of Core

    Massachusetts-based coffee and beverage company Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Core Nutrition LLC at a value of $525 million, in a deal that was guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • September 27, 2018

    NY Court Revives $100M Arbitral Award Against NutraSweet

    A New York appeals court on Thursday revived a $100 million arbitral award issued to a Korean food conglomerate following a dispute with NutraSweet Co. over an aspartame deal gone bad, concluding a lower court judge had erred when he partially vacated the award due to the tribunal's manifest disregard of the law.

  • September 27, 2018

    FDA Steps Up Review Of Dairy Labels For Plant-Based Foods

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it's fast-tracking its review of plant-based foods, like soy milk, that are labeled as dairy alternatives, asking consumers to weigh in on how they consume such foods and interpret their labeling.

  • September 27, 2018

    WTO Members Raise Eyebrows At Trump's $12B Farm Aid

    President Donald Trump's plan to provide $12 billion in support to American farmers caught in the crossfire of his escalating tariff battle with China drew scrutiny this week from World Trade Organization members, who suggested that the handout could violate global trade rules.

  • September 27, 2018

    Sainsbury Merger Affects Hundreds Of Areas: UK Watchdog

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog said in an order released Thursday that its phase 1 investigation of Sainsbury’s planned purchase of Walmart Inc.’s U.K. subsidiary found hundreds of areas where the two stores overlap and that a merger could lessen competition.

  • September 27, 2018

    Ex-Catering Hall Owner Cops To Exploiting Filipino Workers

    The former owner of a Long Island, New York, catering hall pled guilty to a forced labor charge Wednesday for recruiting Filipino immigrants to the U.S. only to make them work at substandard wages and threatening to report them to immigration authorities if they complained, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • September 27, 2018

    Monsanto Exec Named Bayer's US General Counsel

    A Monsanto Co. vice president has been named Bayer AG's new general counsel for the U.S. shortly after the two agribusiness giants completed their $63 billion merger, Bayer confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, as it faces mounting lawsuits against some of its top products.

  • September 26, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Papa John’s, Western Union, Godiva

    Papa John’s International has reportedly asked would-be buyers to submit bids for the business, Western Union is considering selling its business payments unit, and the owner of Godiva Chocolatier is mulling selling the Belgian chocolate maker’s Japanese business.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 5th Circ. Suggests Insurance May Cover Credit Card Breach

    Laura Foggan

    Last month, a little-noticed Fifth Circuit decision in Spec’s v. Hanover raised some important questions about the extent to which directors, officers and corporate liability policies may be called upon to respond to cyber breach incidents in which credit card data is stolen by unknown hackers, say Laura Foggan and Thomas Kinney of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • It's Not Too Early To Prep For New Mass. Employment Laws

    Sean O’Connor

    Courtesy of the “grand bargain” legislation, significant changes are coming to Massachusetts employment law. Among other new requirements, employers should prepare for increases in the state minimum wage rates, revisions to tipped employees’ wages, and a new state-administered paid family and medical leave program, says Sean O’Connor of Morgan Brown & Joy LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.