Food & Beverage

  • January 22, 2018

    Whole Foods Overloads Supplements With B12, Suit Says

    Whole Foods has been hit with a proposed class action in California alleging the company’s consumable liquid B vitamin supplements contain higher amounts of vitamin B12 than advertised.

  • January 22, 2018

    Covington Guides Bacardi's Patrón Purchase

    Privately owned spirits company Bacardi Ltd. said Monday that it has agreed to purchase Patrón Spirits International AG, in a deal that values the company at $5.1 billion and was guided by Covington & Burling LLP.

  • January 22, 2018

    Insurer Needn't Cover Bakery's Auto Accident: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Monday found Citizens Insurance does not have to cover a New York bakery for a van crash, saying the company did not have to send the bakery a special notice for a loss not covered by its policy.

  • January 22, 2018

    US Foods, Sysco Cast Nets Into Canned Tuna Price-Fixing Pile

    Food distribution giants US Foods Inc. and Sysco Corp. have joined the canned tuna price-fixing fray with separate complaints in Illinois and Texas federal courts accusing seafood companies of conspiring to raise prices on the tuna they spent “hundreds of millions” to purchase.

  • January 22, 2018

    Brynwood Nabs $649M For Largest Fund To Date

    Brynwood Partners said Monday its latest private equity fund took in $649 million in commitments to break the Connecticut-headquartered firm’s record as the largest in its 34-year history.

  • January 22, 2018

    Consumers Lose Cert. Bid In Tropicana OJ False Label Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday declined to certify a class of consumers accusing Tropicana Products Inc. of misrepresenting that its not-from-concentrate orange juice is natural, saying the reasons consumers might have bought the product are too individualized.

  • January 22, 2018

    DOL Maneuvers To Handle Surge In H-2B Visa Requests

    The U.S. Department of Labor will amend its procedures for processing H-2B visa applications this year, following what the agency called an “unprecedented” number of certification bids it received on Jan. 1, according to a notice to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

  • January 22, 2018

    Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP's food and beverage team demonstrated its prowess in both the transactional and litigation spheres in recent months, landing among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year with accomplishments like guiding a $1 billion secondary public offering for US Foods and securing favorable decisions in labeling suits for giants like Kraft and Kellogg.

  • January 22, 2018

    9th Circ. Won’t Revisit Tribes’ Right To Hunt Whales

    The Ninth Circuit said Friday it won’t revisit a panel decision backing a lower court’s finding that the federal government gave the Quileute Indian Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation the right to hunt whales and seals when it granted both the “right of taking fish” in a treaty signed in 1855.

  • January 19, 2018

    Attorneys Preparing Clients For A Costly Shutdown

    The federal government shutdown has attorneys worried, and they're preparing their clients for potential problems regarding contractors and labor regulations when the federal government shuts its doors Monday.

  • January 21, 2018

    Immigration Standoff Keeps Government Shuttered

    The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Loews Wants Out Of 20% Restaurant Service Charge Suit

    Loews Corp. and subsidiary Loews Hotels Holding Corp. on Friday urged a Florida federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging a failure to inform customers at hotel restaurants that bills included a 20 percent service charge, saying that the allegations raised in the “shotgun pleading” are lacking in detail. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Vegetarians Lose False Ad Row With Buffalo Wild Wings

    A New York federal judge on Friday tossed a suit brought by a proposed class of vegetarians accusing Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. of frying nonmeat items in beef tallow, saying the suit hasn’t specified any injury besides the price paid for the fried food.

  • January 19, 2018

    NLRB Gets 2-Month Pause In McDonald's Case To Talk Deal

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Friday granted the board’s general counsel a two-month pause near the end of a sprawling, yearslong trial over whether McDonald’s USA LLC and its franchisees are jointly liable for alleged labor law violations so that the parties can discuss a potential settlement.

  • January 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Liquidation Office, Romspen, Drive Shack

    The New York Liquidation Bureau is reportedly leasing more than 43,000 square feet in Manhattan, Romspen US Mortgage has reportedly loaned $23.5 million for a Florida townhome construction project, and golf center operator Drive Shack is hoping to build a facility in Fort Lauderdale.

  • January 19, 2018

    Kuwait Co. To Get Up To $1.3B To Supply Food To US Troops

    The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency on Thursday awarded a five-year contract valued at as much as $1.38 billion to Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co. to lead logistics and food distribution operations for U.S. military personnel in the Gulf region.

  • January 19, 2018

    Whole Foods Recalls Cheesecake Bars In New England

    Whole Foods Market Inc. said Thursday that nine of its stores in three New England states were voluntarily recalling cheesecake bars that might contain almond flour, even though that ingredient was not listed on their labels.

  • January 19, 2018

    Brand Battles: Green Bay Packers Tackle 'Titletown' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Green Bay Packers grapple with a newspaper giant over the nickname "Titletown," Sonic Drive-In tries to stop a craft brewer's "Sonic" cocktail, and Iceland protects its name against an unauthorized vodka brand.

  • January 19, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bunge, Adyen, Dalian Wanda

    Chicago-based food processing company Archer Daniels Midland has offered to buy agribusiness Bunge, Dutch payments firm Adyen is close to selecting banks for an up to €1 billion initial public offering, and Dalian Wanda is selling two Australian property projects for about $800 million.

  • January 19, 2018

    Applebees, IHOP Can't Toss TM Suit Over Splenda Knockoff

    An Indiana federal judge Thursday said operators of Applebee’s and International House of Pancakes restaurants can’t escape a trademark infringement suit from the maker of Splenda alleging the restaurants deceptively offer a knockoff low-calorie sweetener in a similar yellow packet, saying a color may be protected as a trademark.

Expert Analysis

  • The Possible Pitfalls Of A Text Messaging Ad Campaign

    Jarrod Shaw

    Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits increased 17.6 percent last year from October to November, and of the 348 TCPA lawsuits filed in November, 20.1 percent were class actions. Businesses can avoid becoming part of these statistics by following the guidance courts have handed down, say Jarrod Shaw and Elizabeth Thomas of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 5 Things Advertisers Learned From NAD Last Year

    Linda Goldstein

    The National Advertising Division had a busy 2017. The investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation issued almost 80 case reports last year, covering a wide range of advertising and marketing issues, say Linda Goldstein and La Toya Sutton of BakerHostetler.

  • Ruling On Short Sandwiches May Cast A Long Shadow

    J. Philip Calabrese

    One of 2017's most significant product liability rulings may have been the Seventh Circuit's reversal of a settlement over Subway sandwiches that provided "no meaningful relief" to class members. The decision suggests that defendants will have to do more to settle product claims than simply write a check, says J. Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.