Food & Beverage

  • October 20, 2017

    Ukraine Tells WTO Russian Import Bans Are Retaliatory

    Ukraine complained that Russia has banned a variety of its imports on vague, unexplained grounds in a World Trade Organization request for consultations released Thursday, blocks Ukraine considers retaliation for choosing a trade pact with the European Union while spurning one of ex-Soviet states.

  • October 20, 2017

    Brand Battles: UFC, Stella Artois, Walt Disney

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, UFC aims to take down an octagonal opponent, Anheuser-Busch uses an obscure word to defend Stella Artois, and Walt Disney’s Marvel gets angry over a “Hulk” fitness brand.

  • October 20, 2017

    NJ Drink-Price Ruling Stresses Proof Of Consumer Harm

    The New Jersey Supreme Court's recent gutting of putative class actions challenging drink prices at TGI Fridays and Carrabba's restaurants put plaintiffs on notice that even the state's notoriously consumer-friendly laws require some showing of loss, experts say.

  • October 20, 2017

    Food Aid Shipping In Need Of Reform, GAO Official Testifies

    The law that requires 50 percent of the cargo ships that carry U.S. food aid to be U.S.-flagged vessels has led to increased costs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, a Government Accountability Office official told a Senate committee Thursday.

  • October 20, 2017

    Feuding Pat's Steaks Family Members Settle Pa. Branding Suit

    Pat’s King of Steaks Inc., the iconic Philadelphia restaurant brand controlled by the grandson of the purported originator of the cheesesteak, has ended a lawsuit accusing a family member of refusing to concede that she does not have the rights to use the company's name in Pennsylvania.

  • October 20, 2017

    'Time Is Running Out' For Year-End WTO Agriculture Deal

    World Trade Organization members huddling to assess their effort to reach a deal on new agricultural trade rules before their year-end summit in Argentina were told Friday that “time is running out” for any real progress in the thorniest areas, according to Geneva officials.

  • October 20, 2017

    Eckert Seamans To Advise Pa. On Monetizing Liquor Profits

    Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board on Friday voted to retain Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC to help implement Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to borrow against the agency’s future earnings to generate $1.25 billion, as part of a broader effort to balance the state’s budget.

  • October 20, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Block $380 Million Payout From USDA Deal

    Judges from the D.C. Circuit on Thursday refused to put on hold a decision that would allow redistribution of $380 million left over from a landmark settlement of Native American farmers and ranchers’ racial discrimination claims.

  • October 20, 2017

    5 Key Insurance Questions For Wineries Hit By Wildfires

    As northern California wineries look to recover from devastating October wildfires that scorched a wide swath of the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine country, they will face a host of insurance issues, including whether coverage is available for smoke-tainted grapes and how much they can recover for business interruption.

  • October 20, 2017

    Papa John's Franchisee Drivers' Wage Suit Moves To NY

    A proposed class action accusing a Papa John’s franchisee of violating minimum wage laws by reimbursing pizza delivery drivers less for car-related costs than they are owed was transferred Thursday from Virginia to the Southern District of New York, where a similar case is underway.

  • October 20, 2017

    Teamsters Urge Philly City Council To Repeal Soda Tax

    A group of Philadelphia Teamsters on Thursday pressed local lawmakers to scrap the city’s controversial sweetened beverage tax, arguing that the measure had put industry workers out of jobs as the demand for soda products declined.

  • October 20, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Sullivan, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Assurant shelled out $1.9 billion for The Warranty Group, Siris snapped up Synchronoss for $1 billion, Aramark acquired Avendra and AmeriPride for $2.35 billion, and Impax and Amneal combined to create a $1.75 billion generics maker, the nation’s fifth-largest.

  • October 19, 2017

    Officer Who Aided 'The Codfather' Gets 1-Year Prison Term

    A Boston federal judge on Thursday handed a one-year prison sentence to a former sheriff’s deputy convicted of smuggling money through airport security for disgraced fishing titan “The Codfather,” and then lectured him for having known better than to commit the crime.

  • October 19, 2017

    Tribe Slams Rival's Claim To Fishing Rights In 9th Circ.

    The Nisqually Indian Tribe told the Ninth Circuit Wednesday that a former Washington federal judge did not intend to include contested waters in part of the southern Puget Sound in another tribe’s ancestral fishing area in a long-running dispute over fishing rights in the region.

  • October 19, 2017

    Greenspoon Marder Duo Open Alcohol Industry Firm In Miami

    Two Greenspoon Marder PA attorneys have struck out on their own with a criminal defense lawyer to open a Miami-area firm focused on serving alcoholic beverage and regulated industry clients throughout Florida.

  • October 19, 2017

    Romano's Macaroni Grill Can Tap $3M Of DIP Loan

    The owner of Romano’s Macaroni Grill won Delaware bankruptcy court approval Thursday to tap up to $3 million of a post-petition financing facility, kicking off what the casual restaurant chain hopes will be a quick case that swaps out second-lien debt for full equity in the company.

  • October 19, 2017

    Benihana Asks 2nd Circ. Not To Revive Counterpart's Suit

    The American arm of the Benihana restaurant chain asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a suit alleging it tried to force its international counterpart into handing over that counterpart's franchises, arguing that a lower court properly held the America arm was acting in its economic best interest.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ukraine Opens New Front In Ongoing WTO Tussle With Russia

    The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of enacting new barriers to various food and beverage items in retaliation for Kiev’s decision to strengthen its economic ties to the European Union, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    9th Circ. Says AIG Unit Owes Interest On $4M Judgment

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday found an AIG Inc. unit does owe prejudgment interest on a $4 million judgment to the founder of a nutritional supplement maker, saying limits on the interest on judgments do not apply to judgments against the insurer.

  • October 19, 2017

    Witness Who Helped Put Billy Walters Away Gets 2 Years

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced former Dean Foods chairman Tom Davis to two years in prison Thursday, criticizing the insider-trading trial witness whose testimony helped put prominent gambler Billy Walters behind bars for his own $10,000 gambling spree.

Expert Analysis

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • The Rise Of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims

    Barbara Hoey

    Many employers are seeing an increase in requests for religious accommodations. Several recent court decisions and statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provide insight into the rise in claims related to these requests, and the importance of employers understanding their obligations to accommodate, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Gorilla Glue Case Shows Cannabis IP Is Not Sticking

    Thomas McMahon

    Last week's trademark settlement between adhesives company Gorilla Glue and cannabis company GG Strains is the latest in a string of settlements that show there is marketplace precedent but no reliable legal precedent for cannabis brands registering and enforcing their own trademarks, say Thomas McMahon and Lauren Estevez of Margolin & Lawrence.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.