The past week in London has seen the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seek disclosure against a tech entrepreneur, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee target his employer in a new round of litigation, and business consulting giant Turner & Townsend sue in connection with the U.K.'s major rail project. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action claiming Champion Petfoods deceptively marketed its products, saying that it would be "extraordinary" to hold the company accountable for trace amounts of bisphenol A in its dog food.
Tyson Foods, JBS USA and their subsidiaries have taken millions of dollars in federal contracts while rolling out a COVID-19 response that puts Black, Latino and Asian meat processing workers at greater risk than white managers, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A Virginia federal judge has tossed a food supplier's whistleblower False Claims Act suit alleging its main rival overcharged the U.S. military by $933 million on an Afghanistan supply deal, ruling it hadn't plausibly alleged any false claims.
An Illinois federal judge gave his preliminary approval to a $2.95 million settlement on Thursday between poultry producer Amick Farms LLC and a group of indirect buyers as part of multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy for chicken.
Eight bar businesses suing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in state court over his recent decision to shut down standalone bars during the COVID-19 pandemic have appealed a judge's ruling that denies their bid for a temporary restraining order, saying the governor's action is unconstitutional.
A sugar trade association is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose stricter labeling rules on products that use non-sugar sweeteners, saying companies have been misleading consumers into thinking their products are healthier because they contain less sugar, but they may have as many or more calories thanks to the alternatives.
The fintech unit of Alibaba may seek a $200 billion valuation in its IPO, three minority owners of the NFL’s Washington team are mulling a sale of their stakes, and CVC has secured €21.3 billion for its latest fund. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.
In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, one of Kelley Kronenberg's litigation leaders discusses what may happen to real estate owners as 90-day forbearance periods on mortgage payments expire and says an uptick in bankruptcies is likely.
Tea retailer DavidsTea has filed a Chapter 15 petition in Delaware bankruptcy court in an effort to speed its transition away from brick-and-mortar stores and focus on its online and wholesale business.
Mexican tomato growers can't get relief from antidumping duties after the U.S. Court of International Trade said they haven't had to pay them in the first place under an agreement that temporarily bars the duties.
A Middleby Corp. food equipment unit was let off the hook in a case involving Wisconsin state law targeting "patent trolls" when a Wisconsin judge ruled that a rival's patent allegations were preempted by federal law.
Kitchenware retailer Sur La Table filed for Chapter 11 protection in New Jersey bankruptcy court Wednesday as the business faces more than $100 million in liabilities and plans to complete a restructuring and going-concern sale, noting that many of its stores have reopened following COVID-19-related closures.
A California federal judge has dismissed a farm from a tribal-owned company's suit against officials for San Joaquin County over their decision to seize $77 million worth of hemp crops, saying the farm did not establish standing in the case.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that a New York federal judge erred in approving a deal in which Barilla agreed to put a "fill-line" and disclaimer on its packaging to end allegations it deceptively underfilled its boxes, finding that the disclaimers do nothing for past pasta purchasers.
The Ninth Circuit upheld endangered species protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears on Wednesday, ruling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly attempted to isolate and delist the population.
Monster Energy Co. asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday for a new damages trial after it received no actual damages for an automotive tool's infringement of its green-and-black "monster" mark.
A California state judge has struck down several fees imposed on a landfill owner estimated to be worth hundreds of millions, deciding Los Angeles County officials either didn't justify the fees or imposed fees that improperly discriminated against waste from outside the area.
So far in 2020, the number of corporate bankruptcy filings has spiked significantly compared to the same period last year, as unprecedented economic headwinds have generated a liquidity crisis for many struggling companies in a trend that may continue for the rest of the year and into 2021, according to bankruptcy professionals.
Food Lion LLC has urged a North Carolina federal court not to toss its suit targeting the acquisition of three processing facilities by Dairy Farmers of America from bankrupt milk producer Dean Foods, arguing that the antitrust laws are supposed to be forward-looking.
Egg buyers have urged the Third Circuit to reconsider its precedential opinion not to revive their antitrust case against a major producer that allegedly conspired to reduce the supply of eggs, telling the appeals court that its decision went against "a century of precedent."
P.F. Chang's servers who claimed they were shortchanged wages for untipped tasks won conditional certification of their collective action Wednesday as a Pennsylvania federal judge found they met the burden of making a "modest factual showing" that the restaurant's policy hurt their paychecks.
The family of a Philadelphia-area meatpacking plant worker who died of COVID-19 has urged a judge not to ditch their federal wrongful death suit, saying statements from the government and the plant itself contradict claims that the suit is barred by workers' compensation laws.
GEMS World Academy is reportedly hoping to sell and lease back two Chicago properties, an entity affiliated with investor Edith Stevenson has reportedly sold a Florida cafe for $12.5 million, and a former Chicago church is said to be back on the market for $2.4 million following two failed attempts to convert the property to residential use.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office refused to revisit its decision to dismiss Sysco's protest over an $86.1 million Defense Logistics Agency food supply deal, saying an attorney's COVID-19-related lockdown didn't excuse his failure to meet a filing deadline.
When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.
While most bankruptcy courts have deferred, under the Chevron doctrine, to the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude bankrupt borrowers from the Paycheck Protection Program, the agency's rules appear to be shortsighted and misguided, says attorney Richard Corbi.
With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.
As M&A transactions face increased scrutiny in the pandemic-stressed economic landscape, environmental due diligence must address changing business imperatives and reflect evolving health and safety concerns, says Michael Bittner at Ramboll.
With the increasing use of channel-based platforms such as Slack, Messenger and Teams in the work-from-home era, companies should assume they may be compelled to produce channel-based data in litigation and take proactive steps to protect sensitive information, say Jessica Brown and Collin James Vierra at Gibson Dunn.
There is likely to be a pandemic-related increase in acquisitions of companies or assets out of bankruptcy, and it is important to recognize that it is not atypical for the antitrust authorities to investigate and even challenge these transactions, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
With the inundation of lawsuits resulting from the pandemic, now is an opportune time for companies and their advisers to implement prevention measures explicitly designed to break the dispute cycle early and to de-escalate possible legal actions as they form, says arbitrator and mediator Janice Sperow.
Although public agencies have issued a broad range of orders intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, they are likely safe from temporary takings claims due to the high hurdles for such claims and the expanded police powers granted to governments during public health emergencies, say Gene Tanaka and Emily Chaidez at Best Best.
The California Court of Appeal's recent ruling in Shaeffer v. Califia Farms — holding that a company's claims about its product did not imply false claims about other companies' products — provides an important framework that food manufacturers can use to dispose of similar cases at the pleading stage, say attorneys at Covington.
It has long been the law that attorneys cannot use percentage rental agreements because doing so would constitute an impermissible sharing of fees with nonlawyers, but such arrangements can help lawyers match expenses with revenues in lean times like now, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson at Holland & Knight.
The applicability of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1983 Associated General Contractors indirect purchaser price-fixing decision to antitrust standing under state law continues to evolve, with some decisions that may portend diminished application, say Chris Micheletti and James Dugan at Zelle.
The Southern District of New York's recent rulings in E2W v. KidZania and Latino v. Clay, together with prior precedent, are illustrative of New York state and federal courts' attitude toward force majeure and whether such provisions might excuse contract performance during the pandemic, say Stephanie Denker and Christie McGuinness at Saul Ewing.
Some policyholders seeking coverage for losses stemming from COVID-19 are arguing that virus exclusions are invalid due to regulatory estoppel, but this theory lacks substance and threatens to undermine formal clarifications of insurance policy intent, say Jonathan Schwartz and Colin Willmott at Goldberg Segalla.
A California state appellate court's recent decision in Masellis v. Law Office of Leslie F. Jensen provides a road map for proving causation and damages in settle-and-sue legal malpractice cases — an important issue of long-standing confusion, says Steven Berenson at Klinedinst.
During an active first half of 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control strengthened its sanctions programs, issued new guidance documents and announced several enforcement actions, underscoring that even during a pandemic, sanctions compliance is indispensable, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.