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Food & Beverage

  • June 21, 2018

    Jury Reaches $2.4M Decision In Booze Biz Pay Dispute

    A Dallas County, Texas, jury reached a verdict Thursday that puts two ex-executives for liquor distribution giant Glazer’s Inc. in line to receive nearly $2.4 million as a result of a company merger under a “change of control” contract provision, according to their counsel.

  • June 21, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: ConAgra, Siemens, JAB

    ConAgra Brands reached out to Pinnacle Foods about a possible deal, Siemens AG is planning on cutting nearly half of its industrial divisions, and JAB Holding Co. has almost raised €5 billion ($5.8 billion) with its latest fundraising effort.

  • June 21, 2018

    Trump Floats Moving Food Safety Oversight To USDA

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed eliminating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authority over food safety and moving the responsibility to one agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying the change would streamline fragmented federal food safety oversight.

  • June 21, 2018

    Fla. Judge Decertifies Class In Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Doorstep Delivery driver who brought a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service had not shown he and his fellow drivers are similarly situated enough to warrant keeping their class certification.

  • June 21, 2018

    Venezuela Must Pay $101.6M Award, Food Products Co. Says

    Vestey Group Ltd. enlisted the help of a D.C. federal court Wednesday to enforce a $101.6 million award against Venezuela that was issued after the cash-strapped South American nation wrested control of the British food products company's nearly 100-year-old cattle ranching operation in the country.

  • June 21, 2018

    Canada Dry Ginger Ale 'Made From Real Ginger' Suit Tossed

    A suit claiming Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. falsely markets Canada Dry Ginger Ale as being “made from real ginger” was thrown out of Missouri federal court Wednesday, as the presiding judge signed off on a voluntary dismissal filed by the proposed class action’s lead plaintiff.

  • June 21, 2018

    Pension, Discovery Deals Reached In Tops Markets Ch. 11

    Tops Markets LLC on Thursday received approval from a New York bankruptcy court for a settlement of a long-standing dispute over $184 million in pension liabilities at the same time it told the court it had reached an agreement with creditors in a discovery dispute.

  • June 21, 2018

    Loeb Boathouse Hopeful Loses License Fight With NYC

    A company that had hoped to run Central Park's Loeb Boathouse bar and restaurant has lost its New York state suit accusing the city of manipulating the bidding process by favoring a competitor who donated $10,000 to a political campaign linked to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • June 21, 2018

    Kellogg Honey Smacks Cereal Spread Salmonella, Suit Says

    Kellogg Company was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday in Michigan federal court alleging its Honey Smacks cereal contributed to a multistate salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 73 people.

  • June 21, 2018

    Starbucks Again Exits Investor Suit Over EU Taxes

    Starbucks Corp. escaped a proposed class action from shareholders who sued the coffee giant over a European Commission probe into alleged tax-dodging corporate activity, with a Washington federal judge finding Wednesday that the amended complaint once again failed to show the company's directors acted improperly.

  • June 21, 2018

    First Nations To Be Involved In BC Fish Farm Tenure Process

    Negotiating with First Nations will be required by 2022 for fish farms on the Canadian west coast before they will be able to get a fishing tenure from British Columbia, the province recently said.

  • June 21, 2018

    Biggest Native American Rulings Of 2018: Midyear Report

    The U.S. Supreme Court handed major wins to tribes this year in cases centering on treaty rights and tribal sovereign immunity to lawsuits, but tribes have also found themselves on the wrong end of rulings that undercut tribal immunity in patent reviews and affirmed National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over tribal casinos. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the headline-grabbing decisions in Native American law from the first half of 2018.

  • June 20, 2018

    Tops Markets’ Creditors Push For Probe Of Pre-Ch. 11 Moves

    The unsecured creditors of Tops Markets LLC are set to appear in New York bankruptcy court Thursday after calling for an investigation into the bankrupt grocery chain and payments made by its previous ownership group that saddled the company with unsustainable liabilities, arguing discovery provided by the debtors is inadequate.

  • June 20, 2018

    Grocery Store Worker's Atty Loses Sanction Bid In OT Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday blasted the attorney representing an employee behind a collective action alleging overtime pay violations at two Brooklyn grocery stores, striking his sanctions bid the same day it was filed and saying the court will instead consider whether he deserves punishment for repeated misconduct.

  • June 20, 2018

    HHS Unveils Controversial Drinking Water Contaminant Study

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an eagerly anticipated study Wednesday that said there should be a much stricter standard for human exposure to two drinking water contaminants than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established.

  • June 20, 2018

    Restaurant Group Pushes NLRB On Joint Employer Issue

    The National Restaurant Association's legal arm has urged the National Labor Relations Board to adopt the trade group's proposed rule to clarify the joint employer doctrine, saying it supports the NLRB's recent efforts to engage in rulemaking rather than set policy based on precedent-setting decisions.

  • June 20, 2018

    3rd Circ. Backs Coke's Win In Ex-Worker's Data Breach Suit

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday backed a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision to kill a former Coca Cola Co. employee's putative class action over identity theft that allegedly stemmed from the theft of old work computers, finding the former employee can’t show he was damaged as a result of Coke’s conduct.

  • June 20, 2018

    ITC Agrees To Duties On Citric Acid From 3 Countries

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined Wednesday that citric acid and citrate salts from Belgium, Colombia and Thailand are being dumped in the U.S. market, leading the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue duties on the commodities.

  • June 20, 2018

    DC Voters OK Minimum Wage Hike For Tipped Workers

    Washington, D.C., voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative that incrementally raises the minimum wage for tipped workers until it reaches $15 per hour, eliminating the ability of employers in the district to pay those workers below the minimum wage if tips cover the difference.

  • June 20, 2018

    EU To Hit US With Retaliatory Tariffs On Friday

    The European Union on Friday plans to implement retaliatory tariffs on €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) worth of U.S. products in retaliation for the Trump administration recently slapping double-digit tariffs on aluminum and steel products entering the United States from the continent’s economic bloc, it announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Wash. Tribes' High Court Win Raises Treaty Rights Concerns

    Lee Redeye

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a major win for Washington tribes in Washington v. United States. However, the nature of the Supreme Court's affirmation — a 4-4 split without a written decision — means that its precedential value is questionable, says Lee Redeye of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • One Size Doesn't Fit All Product Labeling Class Actions

    Jon Tomlin

    Recent product labeling class actions centering on Starbucks coffee, Tito's Vodka, 5-Hour Energy and other products differ substantially from each other in their claims and the products involved. The fundamental economic differences between these cases mean that cookie-cutter methods are not likely to yield reliable measures of classwide damages, says Jon Tomlin of Navigant Consulting Inc.

  • Roundup

    Masterpiece Cakeshop: 3 Expert Perspectives

    Masterpiece Cakeshop

    In this recap of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, experts offer insight on various aspects of one of the term's most highly anticipated decisions.