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Food & Beverage

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Kirkland Reps Grubhub In $390M Deal For PE-Backed LevelUp

    Online and mobile food-ordering and delivery service Grubhub Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to buy Boston-based private equity-backed mobile dining engagement and payment solutions company LevelUp for $390 million in cash, in a deal that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • July 25, 2018

    Trump's Rescue Of Trade-Stressed Farmers Yields New Risks

    President Donald Trump's attempt to provide support for farmers caught in the crossfire of his trade enforcement push has been met with almost universal skepticism and may end up creating a new set of headaches for the administration.

  • July 25, 2018

    Alston & Bird Adds Food And Beverage Partner In Atlanta

    Alston & Bird LLP has hired a food and beverage partner who was deputy chair of McGuireWoods LLP's food and beverage industry team and managing partner of its Atlanta office, Alston & Bird recently announced.

  • July 24, 2018

    Beam Not Infringing, But Can't Cancel, Rival Lipstick Mark

    A Nevada federal judge on Monday ruled Jim Beam did not infringe on Johnny Love Vodka's trademarked use of lipstick depicted on its flavored vodka bottles but declined to cancel Johnny Love’s trademark as requested in Jim Beam’s counterclaim.

  • July 24, 2018

    Henny Penny Can't Arbitrate Suit Over Stock Ownership Plan

    A former Henny Penny employee doesn't have to arbitrate her proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action over a stock ownership plan transaction, an Ohio federal judge ruled Tuesday, since the worker retired before the plan added an arbitration clause.

  • July 24, 2018

    Xcel Can't Get Out Of Paying $4.5M Wis. Cattle Injury Verdict

    A Wisconsin appeals court affirmed Tuesday a jury’s decision to award a dairy farmer $4.5 million in a suit accusing Xcel Energy of being responsible for “stray voltage” that purportedly injured his cows, rejecting the utility’s argument that plaintiff’s counsel failed to disclose a professional relationship with a juror’s relative. 

  • July 24, 2018

    Winemaker Sues Rival Over 1-Letter Name Difference

    The Morlet Selection, a California winemaker whose products have been served to French and Japanese heads of state, sued the owners of the Morley Wine brand for alleged misuse of its trademark, saying the rival's name is too similar to its own.

  • July 24, 2018

    EPA Head Solidifies Animal Waste Reporting Exemption

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler signed off on a final rule that simultaneously removes language exempting some farms from pollution reporting requirements that the D.C. Circuit struck down last year and codifies recent legislation that revived an exemption.

  • July 24, 2018

    Vedder Price Accused Of Bungling 'Soup Nazi' Debt Fight

    A New York woman targeted Vedder Price PC with a $3 million malpractice suit Tuesday, claiming the firm botched her effort to recover money she loaned a business that had sought to profit from a soup trademark made famous by the “Seinfeld” television show in its “Soup Nazi” episode.

  • July 24, 2018

    Celeb Chef's Group Wants Investor Suit In Bankruptcy Court

    Celebrity chef Jose Garces' restaurant group told a federal court on Monday that a couple's suit accusing him of cheating his New York City eatery's investors out of returns should be moved "automatically" to bankruptcy court, arguing that it is the appropriate venue for the action.

  • July 24, 2018

    Trump Preps $12B For US Farmers Caught In Trade Crossfire

    The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled out a plan to provide $12 billion in support to U.S. farmers who have been tagged with retaliatory tariffs in the wake of the White House's aggressive trade enforcement blitz over the first half of the year.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    NJ Gov. Says Winery Loan Program Terms Too Restrictive

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has tossed back to the Legislature a bill that would establish a loan program to boost the state’s winery industry, asking lawmakers to fix what he considers to be unnecessarily restrictive terms.

  • July 24, 2018

    PF Chang's Inks $2.7M Settlement With Tipped Employees

    P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. workers have asked an Illinois federal court to greenlight a $2.65 million agreement to settle claims the restaurant chain shortchanged its tipped employees on their wages in violation of federal and state labor laws.

  • July 23, 2018

    Monsanto’s Herbicide Caused Open Lesions, Jury Hears

    A retired groundskeeper testified Monday in a landmark California jury trial over claims Monsanto’s herbicides gave him lymphoma that his body became covered with open lesions after he was accidentally drenched in Monsanto’s Ranger Pro product, saying he couldn’t touch anything and people thought he was a burn victim.

  • July 23, 2018

    NHL Lodges Trademark Suit Over Trophy-Shaped Beer Mugs

    The National Hockey League on Monday sued a handful of small companies that it says are attempting to invalidate its Stanley Cup trademarks so they can continue to sell poorly made beer steins resembling the famous trophy.

  • July 23, 2018

    Bill Roundup: House Passes Radio, Broadband Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a handful of telecom-related bills on Monday that seek to enable precision agriculture through expanded rural broadband connections, establish a three-digit suicide prevention hotline code, crack down on illegal radio stations and more.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    Investors Say Romania Can't Keep Avoiding $250M Award

    Two Swedish food industry investors have continued to press a D.C. federal court to confirm a $250 million arbitral award against Romania, telling the court that the European country has not “satisfied the award” as it claims.

Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Takeaways From Senate 'Buy American' School Lunch Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    Even if the bipartisan American Food for American Schools Act fails to make it out of committee, it signals a continued trend to strengthen the “Buy American” requirement under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, say Justin Ganderson and Jennifer Plitsch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Don’t Cry Over Clearly Labeled Organic Milk

    Jeff Brown

    Earlier this month, a California federal court dismissed a claim that Horizon Organic milk, which contained an additive noted on the package, was not truly organic, and thus violated state laws against product misrepresentation. The decision makes clear that if a label identifies a product’s content, a claimant cannot assert that she read the label and then was misled, says Jeff Brown of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.