Food & Beverage

  • December 05, 2022

    Deal For Crypto Biz Circle Among 2 SPAC Mergers To Unravel

    Cryptocurrency company Circle's plans for a go-public merger with special purpose acquisition company Concord Acquisition Corp. was canceled Monday after failure to gain regulatory approval, both parties said, one of two planned SPAC mergers to fall apart amid weak market conditions.

  • December 05, 2022

    Calif. Restaurant's $2M Wine Theft Suit Headed To State Court

    A California Italian restaurant robbed of $2 million in wine succeeded in getting its case for insurance coverage remanded to California state court.

  • December 05, 2022

    In Law Firm Race For Revenue, Top Dogs Stand Alone

    Inflation, hand-wringing over the economy and even a possible recession will do little to close the widening revenue gap between a handful of legal giants grossing billions each year and other law firms, with longtime market consolidation only solidifying their dominance as BigLaw braces for a downturn.

  • December 05, 2022

    The 2022 Law360 Pulse Prestige Leaders

    Check out our Prestige Leaders ranking, analysis and interactive graphics to see which firms stand out for their financial performance, attractiveness to attorneys, ability to secure accolades and positive legal news media representation.

  • December 05, 2022

    Chicago Inks $10M Settlement In Uber Eats Probe

    Chicago said Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to a $10 million settlement with the city over its investigation into alleged misconduct by meal delivery platforms Uber Eats and Postmates.

  • December 02, 2022

    Pepsi Falsely Touts 'No Preservatives' In Izze Drinks, Suit Says

    PepsiCo and the equity firm behind Tropicana were hit with a proposed class action Thursday in New York federal court alleging Izze-brand sparkling juice products are falsely advertised as having "no preservatives" when the ingredients actually include the common preservatives ascorbic and citric acids.

  • December 02, 2022

    Target, Starbucks Sold Recalled Food With Bacteria, Suit Says

    Target, Starbucks and a food producer behind Oatly and Glucerna were hit with a proposed class action on Thursday in Indiana over their alleged failures to disclose that some products used in supplements and coffee contained or were at the risk of containing a deadly bacterium recently mentioned in a recall.

  • December 02, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Quarters, BankUnited, Ben Silverman

    Quarters is reportedly hoping to sell a Brooklyn co-living property for $65 million, BankUnited is said to have loaned $26.85 million for a New York apartment building, and Ben Silverman is said to have sold a Los Angeles mansion for $29.5 million.

  • December 02, 2022

    Interest Rates Doom Lender, Crypto Winter Persists

    Rising interest rates forced a reverse mortgage lender into Chapter 11, cryptocurrency platform BlockFi succumbed to the downfall of exchange FTX Trading, and FTX itself faced calls for an examination of its collapse. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • December 02, 2022

    EPA Steps Closer To Blocking Pebble Mine

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's northwest regional office on Thursday moved closer to blocking a proposed Alaska mine, sending a plan to prohibit or restrict the use of land in Bristol Bay to headquarters for final approval.

  • December 02, 2022

    NYC 'Salt Bae' Steakhouse Sued For Transphobic Behavior

    A transgender woman who was fired from the Manhattan location of an international chain of steakhouses founded by Turkish butcher and social media star Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe has sued the restaurant on claims it looked the other way while she was misgendered and harassed.

  • December 02, 2022

    11th Circ. Revives Ex-Popeyes Worker's Retaliation Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday resurrected a former Popeyes worker's suit alleging that the operator of a Florida restaurant location failed to step in after another employee assaulted and intimidated him, finding a lower court tossed the suit based on a rationale that wasn't raised by either party.

  • December 02, 2022

    EatStreet's $1.2M Wage And Tip Deal OK'd By Wis. Judge

    A Wisconsin federal judge tentatively approved a $1.2 million deal between EatStreet and workers alleging the online food delivery company underpaid them and did not reimburse them for work-related expenses, ruling that it had cleared federal standards after denying the first iteration of the deal in August.

  • December 02, 2022

    Edible Arrangements Drops 'Incredibles' TM Dispute For Now

    Edible Arrangements has signaled its intent to drop its Illinois federal trademark dispute against a competitor marketing edible weed products under the brand name "Incredibles," saying the landscape of the cannabis industry is shifting too quickly to litigate the case.

  • December 02, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen Credit Suisse sue collapsed bank Greensill, a breach of contract claim from five former club managers kick off against Watford Football Club, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme bring legal action against AXA. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 02, 2022

    Injury Suit Against Hilton Hotel Over Drunken Patron Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed a suit against a Hilton hotel in Texas that allegedly overserved a bar patron who later ran over her friend in the parking lot, ruling the friend's lawsuit was untimely delivered to the defendants.

  • December 02, 2022

    Nev. Names Winners Of First 20 Cannabis Lounge Licenses

    Nevada has awarded on a prospective basis the state's first 20 licenses for "independent" cannabis lounges that will allow people to consume the drug on-site, using a random number generator to determine the winning licensees.

  • December 02, 2022

    Jay-Z Can't Halt Arbitration Over Bacardi Venture, Judge Says

    A New York judge declined Friday to block arbitration over JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s appraisal of a joint cognac venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Bacardi Ltd., rejecting arguments from the rap icon's lawyer that a "completely biased" arbitral panel lacks jurisdiction over the dispute.

  • December 01, 2022

    DC, Calif., Ill. AGs Try Again To Block Albertsons' $4B Payout

    The District of Columbia, California and Illinois again asked a D.C. federal judge to block Albertsons' planned $4 billion shareholder payout, arguing Thursday that while their temporary restraining order was rejected, they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because further investigation shows the dividend will harm Albertsons.

  • December 01, 2022

    Dingdong Investor Denied Bid To Lead Class Action Over IPO

    An investor in Chinese grocery delivery platform Dingdong (Cayman) Ltd. lost his bid to lead the securities class action he filed against the company after a New York federal judge said the public notice of the case was deficient and that the investor had failed to show that he would adequately protect the interests of the class.

  • December 01, 2022

    Virus Exclusion Ends Restaurants' COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    The owner of nine restaurants located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage after a Pennsylvania federal judge said a virus exclusion clearly prevents coverage.

  • December 01, 2022

    Over 20 Groups Urge FTC To Block Kroger-Albertsons Deal

    More than 20 advocacy groups on Thursday sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to block the proposed nearly $25 billion merger between grocery giants Albertsons and Kroger.

  • December 01, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: McKinsey, Avanath Capital, State Farm

    McKinsey & Co. has reportedly leased more than 19,000 square feet at U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Brodsky Organization is said to be selling a Brooklyn residential building for north of $100 million and State Farm has reportedly loaned $26 million for a Long Island shopping center.

  • December 01, 2022

    Suit Targets Perdue Foods For Sex, Pregnancy Discrimination

    A former laborer at a Perdue Foods LLC processing facility in Houston County, Georgia alleges that the company failed to take any steps to accommodate her after she became pregnant, and instead forced her to take short-term disability leave and then discharged her for taking that leave.

  • December 01, 2022

    NJ Law Firm Can't Beat DQ Bid In ShopRite Insurance Suit

    The New Jersey Appellate Division Thursday disqualified Gold Albanese & Barletti LLC from representing a Passaic County liquor store in a suit against its insurer because the firm has already worked with the insurer on other cases for years and has inside knowledge of its legal strategy.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Pricing Trends In Law Firm Use Of Litigation Funding

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    As BigLaw firms increasingly include litigation funding as a financing option for clients, internal pricing groups are taking the lead on standardizing and centralizing firm processes, and aggregating risk budgets, says Brendan Dyer at Woodsford Group.

  • Opinion

    Bias Protections At Stake In High Court LGBTQ Wedding Case

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    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a web designer who refused to create a wedding website for a same-sex couple in 303 Creative v. Elenis, scheduled for oral arguments Dec. 5, would give a free pass to religious business owners seeking speech-based exemptions from anti-discrimination laws and other protections, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • How 6th Circ. Flint Ruling Adds To 5th Amendment Case Law

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    The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Walters v. Snyder, holding that witnesses can testify at deposition but later invoke their right against self-incrimination at trial in the same case, is significant and long overdue in Fifth Amendment jurisprudence — but its practical effect is limited in parallel proceedings, say Ronald Blum and Rebecca Kimmel at Manatt.

  • Building Better Brand Deal Agreements For Influencers

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    Attorneys can help independent content creators and social media influencers who are offered corporate marketing partnerships negotiate better terms and avoid unexpected liability by knowing common pitfalls in brand deal agreements, says Julian Sarafian at For Creators by Creators.

  • A Promising Structure For Multiunit Franchise Acquisitions

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    For investors looking to capitalize on the continued strength of franchise businesses, one potential acquisition structure based around an operating company and a property company may allow for efficient and flexible operations, say attorneys at Allen Matkins.

  • Property Policies Could Cover Organized Retail Crime Losses

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    Following a recent surge in organized retail crime, policyholders can look to case law that suggests they may be able to skirt property policy loss exclusions if they can produce evidence of theft, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes Boone.

  • DOJ Publishing Win May Mean More Labor, Salary Challenges

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    The termination of Penguin's planned $2.2 billion acquisition of Simon & Schuster may embolden a victorious U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to challenge more transactions based on the impact on labor and salaries rather than the impact on consumer prices, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • After Joint Juice, Questions On NY Statutory Awards Remain

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    A California federal court's recent Montera v. Premier Nutrition decision addressed the question of whether consumers can obtain classwide statutory damages under New York's General Business Law in federal court, but it isn't the lodestar false advertising lawyers were hoping for, say Henry Wainhouse and Joshua Kipnees at Patterson Belknap.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Tale Of 2 Mergers: The DOJ Antitrust Division's Mixed Results

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    Attorneys at V&E look at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division's recent successful challenge to Penguin Random House’s purchase of Simon & Schuster, and its unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sugar’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar — exploring the market realities, the strength of witness testimony and the affected stakeholders in each case.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • High Court Animal Cruelty Case May Affect Laws Nationwide

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    In National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a California animal welfare ballot initiative unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce. The eventual ruling could put other state laws that rely on a similar framework at risk and trigger further animal welfare regulations, say Richard Mann and Paula Pastuskovas at Keller & Heckman.

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