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Food & Beverage

  • December 13, 2018

    Bojangles' Investor Seeks More Details On Chain's Acquisition

    A Bojangles’ Inc. investor sued the restaurant chain and its directors in Delaware federal court Wednesday claiming not enough details have been provided about its acquisition by Durational Capital LP and The Jordan Co. for investors to cast an informed vote on the deal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Biotech Biz Zymergen Lands $400M Series C Funding

    Molecular manufacturing technology company Zymergen said on Thursday that it has raised over $400 million in its latest round of funding that it will use to accelerate product development and commercialization.

  • December 13, 2018

    New Philly Fair Workweek Law May Face Court Fight

    A recently launched legal challenge to New York City's so-called Fair Workweek Law requiring fast-food and retail workers to receive advance notice of their work schedules signals what experts say could be a tough road ahead for a similar ordinance adopted by the Philadelphia City Council last week.

  • December 13, 2018

    NCAI Says $867B Farm Bill Would Benefit Native Tribes

    The $867 billion farm bill, passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, contains several provisions that would benefit native tribes through increased cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on welfare-related contracts, the National Congress of American Indians said in a statement.

  • December 13, 2018

    TGI Fridays Beats Class Cert. Bid In Vacation Pay Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to certify a class of former TGI Fridays workers who claimed a payroll glitch led to them not getting timely paid for vacation benefits they hadn't used when they left the company.  

  • December 13, 2018

    Skadden Steers Ball Corp.'s $225M China Packaging Sale

    U.S. consumer goods packaging giant Ball Corp. on Thursday said it will sell beverage packaging facilities in China to Chinese packaging manufacturer ORG Technology Co. Ltd. in a $225 million deal, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guiding the buyer.

  • December 13, 2018

    MVP: Mayer Brown's David A. Carpenter

    Mayer Brown LLP’s David A. Carpenter worked closely with Nestle this past year, advising the food giant as it expands its health and wellness portfolio and takes on a $7.15 billion tie-up with Starbucks while trimming its confectionery business, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2018 Food & Beverage MVPs.

  • December 12, 2018

    Hotel Hit With $50M Suit Over Teen's Walk-In Freezer Death

    The mother of a 19-year-old woman who died last year after accidentally locking herself in a Chicago hotel’s walk-in freezer has sued the hotel, its security staff and a restaurant in Illinois state court, claiming that her daughter’s death could have been easily avoided if not for their gross negligence.

  • December 12, 2018

    Centerplate Customer Takes 2nd Swing At Receipt Privacy Suit

    Sports concessions vendor Centerplate Inc. should have to face claims it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing customers’ full credit card numbers on receipts, a customer told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive her case.

  • December 12, 2018

    'SuperStarch' Maker Settles Suit Over Performance Claims

    The maker of sports drinks and bars advertised to contain the performance-enhancing “SuperStarch” has settled a proposed class action brought by an Illinois man who claimed the products actually impaired athletes by causing them gastrointestinal distress, according to an attorney who worked on the case.

  • December 12, 2018

    Congress Sends Sweeping $867B Farm Bill To Trump

    After an eight-month wrestling match about provisions ranging from food stamp work requirements to limits on farm subsidies, the House of Representatives passed an $867 billion farm bill Wednesday, sending a sweeping set of reforms to food and agriculture policy to President Donald Trump.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    Sainsbury's Seeks Delay In UK Probe Of Walmart Unit Deal

    British grocery giant Sainsbury’s asked a judicial panel Wednesday to extend a key deadline in the U.K. competition watchdog’s probe of its planned merger with a Walmart subsidiary, saying there was too little time to comply with all the document requests involved.

  • December 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Warburg Pincus, Luckin Coffee

    Morgan Stanley will lead the IPO of Uber, which could value the ride-hailing giant at up to $120 billion, Warburg Pincus is launching a $1 billion joint venture that will invest in Chinese real estate, and China's Luckin Coffee has received a $200 million capital injection from private investors.

  • December 12, 2018

    Activist Elliott Slams 'Lack Of Outside' Voices At Pernod

    Activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. revealed its latest campaign Wednesday, calling on French wine and spirits maker Pernod Ricard SA to remedy the family-backed company’s poor performance by addressing corporate governance issues and its “lack of outside perspective.”

  • December 11, 2018

    Judge Passionately Defends Juries In Denying Instant Wins

    A Massachusetts federal judge unleashed a Seventh Amendment polemic Tuesday against five separate motions for summary judgment in a complicated suit over a grave injury to a farmworker, saying that to bar a jury from deciding whether to put a private equity firm on the hook for damages would evince "an unabashed retreat from the magnificent vision of the founders."

  • December 11, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The New Trump Water Rule

    The Trump administration's proposal to rein in federal government oversight of waterways under the Clean Water Act — a move rooted in late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's interpretation of federal jurisdiction — is generating fierce controversy from environmental groups and others saying it leaves too many bodies of water unprotected.

  • December 11, 2018

    Applebee’s Franchisee’s Ch. 11 Plan Gets Nod in Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday gave his nod to the Chapter 11 plan for Applebee's restaurant franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. over the objection of the unsecured creditors who argued they will not get enough disbursement under the plan.

  • December 11, 2018

    Subway Franchisee Gets OK For $80K Sex-For-Hire Suit Deal

    A Subway restaurant franchisee will pay $80,000 to end the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s suit alleging that one of its general managers sent two teenage girls texts offering to hire them in exchange for sex, with a New York federal judge approving the deal on Monday, six months after sending the case to trial.

  • December 11, 2018

    Five Guys Blasts Architects' Move To 'Short-Circuit' IP Suit

    Burger chain Five Guys has urged an Illinois federal judge not to discard the company's argument that its restaurant design agreement with an architecture firm allowed the eatery to share design plans with others, saying a dismissal bid by the architect is untimely and "borderline frivolous."

Expert Analysis

  • How Brexit May Change UK Food Labeling Rules

    Ravi Randhawa

    Producers and distributors of food products in the U.K. will be pleased to know that, should there be a no-deal Brexit, they may not need to change food labels and packaging from day one, as the government is proposing grace periods for some required labeling changes, says Ravi Randhawa of Gowling WLG.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • TC Heartland's Impact In 2018

    Alex Chachkes

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods in May 2017, revitalizing the patent venue statute. Alex Chachkes and Josh Montgomery of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP review its impact over the past year and a half.

  • Employee Arbitration Agreements In NJ Face New Hurdles

    Benjamin Teris

    New Jersey state courts have been less favorable to employers than federal courts when it comes to enforcing arbitration agreements. The latest example is the Appellate Division’s precedential decision in Flanzman v. Jenny Craig, says Benjamin Teris of Post & Schell PC.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Walters Case Commands Tougher Cure For Gov't Misconduct

    Harry Sandick

    In U.S. v. Walters, a Second Circuit panel determined last week that professional gambler William Walters was not prejudiced by repeated FBI leaks of confidential grand jury information. There is a risk that the government may draw the wrong conclusion from this decision, say Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • The Romaine Health Advisory: Scope And Implications

    Leslie Krasny

    Days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that consumers avoid eating romaine lettuce from any source. The broad scope of the advisory reflected the challenge of obtaining precise supply chain information, say Leslie Krasny and Nury Yoo of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Potential Impact Of New FDA Nutrition Label Requirements

    Lawrence Reichman

    Food companies are required to comply with updates to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Nutrition Facts labeling requirements by 2020. Lawrence Reichman and Cassie Roberts of Perkins Coie LLP review the changes and discuss possible effects on consumers and manufacturers.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.