Food & Beverage

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    Jelly Belly Gets 'Cane Juice' Class Action Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Friday trimmed nonmonetary claims from a proposed class action suit alleging Jelly Belly Candy Co. misleadingly referred to sugar in some products as "evaporated cane juice," finding the only injury the lead plaintiff had alleged was that she lost money.

  • August 18, 2017

    Liquor Chain Wants 5th Circ. To Revive Hack Coverage Suit

    A Texas liquor store chain urged the Fifth Circuit on Friday to reverse the lower court ruling that found Hanover Insurance was not obligated to pay the costs of a lawsuit seeking recovery of $4 million charged by the chain’s credit card processor following two data breaches, arguing the policy exclusions were wrongly interpreted. 

  • August 18, 2017

    Fla. Taco Chain Owner Says Partners Tried To Cut Him Out

    A partner in Gringos Locos, a taco restaurant with multiple locations in Central Florida, has sued two business partners in Florida state court, accusing them of trying to wrongfully deprive him of his ownership interest as the company expands.

  • August 18, 2017

    Russian KFC Owner Can Be Taxed On Stock Sale: 3rd Circ.

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday largely affirmed a U.S. Tax Court decision that the primary shareholder in a company that owned most of Russia’s Pizza Huts and KFCs could be taxed on stock he bought from a minority shareholder, saying the primary shareholder must accept the "consequences of his business decisions."

  • August 18, 2017

    UK OKs Heineken's $393M Punch Taverns Buy With Pub Sales

    The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority on Friday assented to Heineken NV’s £305 million ($393 million) deal to purchase some 1,900 pubs owned by Punch Taverns PLC, saying that the brewer’s plan to sell pubs in 33 locations throughout the country alleviated its competitive concerns about the transaction.

  • August 18, 2017

    Execs Can Be Subpoenaed In $31M Award Row, Judge Rules

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday granted a request from a security contractor to issue subpoenas for two executives of a United Arab Emirates-based food supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense, whose testimony could show whether the court has jurisdiction to enforce a $31 million arbitral award.

  • August 18, 2017

    EEOC Gets Quick Win In Bob Evans Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A Bob Evans restaurant discriminated against a pregnant server when it took her off its automatic scheduling system and cut her hours despite her desire to keep working, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Thursday in a rare partial summary judgment order for a plaintiff, here the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • August 18, 2017

    Default Judgment Granted In Cupcake Sushi Patent Suit

    A California federal court handed Cupcake Sushi LLC a win Friday in its patent suit against Sushi Sweets, which claims that the “unique confectionary dessert cake” maker’s rival failed to meet a deadline for pleading its side of the case accusing a pastry chef of running off with Cupcake Sushi's trade secrets.

  • August 18, 2017

    Ill. County Says Soda Tax No Longer Violates Food Stamp Law

    Cook County’s new soda tax will no longer put Illinois at risk of losing $87 million in federal food stamp funding, the state said Friday after the county adjusted its regulatory language in order to avoid running afoul of federal law.

  • August 18, 2017

    South Korea Lifts US Poultry Import Ban

    South Korea has lifted its import ban on poultry products from the U.S. after it brought its most recent bird flu outbreak under control, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

  • August 18, 2017

    Disability Rights Group Hits NJ McDonald's With ADA Suit

    The Independence Project, a nonprofit disability rights advocacy group, and a wheelchair user sued McDonald's Corp. on Thursday in New Jersey federal court for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law by erecting and maintaining architectural barriers at a New Jersey restaurant.

  • August 17, 2017

    Farmers' Toxic Advice Suit Against Monsanto Moves Ahead

    A Missouri federal judge on Thursday trimmed a putative class action that claims Monsanto Co. encouraged farmers to use the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide dicamba on their genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton crops, decimating thousands of acres of farmland surrounding the crops.

  • August 17, 2017

    Gov't Says $380M Tribal Funds Plan 'Regrettable' But Settled

    The federal government said Wednesday that it now considers a plan for distributing $380 million left over from the landmark settlement of Native American farmers and ranchers’ racial discrimination claims “regrettable,” but that the full D.C. Circuit need not review the denial of a challenge to the plan.

  • August 17, 2017

    Hillshire Owes $13M To Calif. Family Over Asbestos Death

    Tyson Foods Inc. unit Hillshire Brands Co. was slapped with a $13 million verdict on Wednesday after a California federal jury found the company had negligently allowed a resident of a company town to be exposed to asbestos for years, eventually leading to his death.

  • August 17, 2017

    Argentina Agrees To Allow Importation Of US Pork

    Following 25 years of negotiations, the White House announced Thursday that Argentina will begin importing U.S. pork as part of an agreement brokered by Vice President Mike Pence among others, granting American pork producers access to a potential $10-million-per-year market.

  • August 17, 2017

    Gambler’s SEC Suit Stayed For Criminal Case Ruling

    A New York federal judge has stayed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $43 million insider trading case against prominent sports gambler Billy Walters involving Dean Foods, agreeing that it is better to wait until after a ruling is handed down concerning financial penalties in his criminal proceeding.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Opinion

    It’s Time To Fix FIFRA Preemption

    Lawrence Ebner

    Pesticides, like drugs and other products whose safe use is heavily regulated by the federal government, simply should not be subject to the whims of local government officials. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is long overdue for an amendment that would expressly and unequivocally preempt all local regulation of pesticide sale and use, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • Waffle House Arbitration Ruling May Reach Past 11th Circ.

    Neal Ross Marder

    The impact of the Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Waffle House may be far-reaching, as it has significantly widened the circuit split over the "wholly groundless" exception to arbitrability clauses, and has added persuasive authority that could sway undecided circuits to join in rejecting that exception, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • The Great Class Action Ascertainability Debate

    Amanda Lawrence

    In recent years, courts have divided sharply over whether or not Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure creates an implicit requirement that a class must be ascertainable in order to be certified. Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome of Buckley Sandler LLP discuss the circuit split over whether and to what extent ascertainability is required, and implications of the circuit split for class action litigants.