Food & Beverage

  • June 01, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Investors Bank, Investcorp, Omninet

    Investors Bank is reportedly seeking to sell its $48 million loan backed by a Brooklyn building, an Investcorp venture may give a Florida mall back to its lenders, and Omninet Capital has reportedly paid a combined $78 million for two Los Angeles County office complexes.

  • June 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Goulston Real Estate Leaders

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, two of Goulston & Storrs' real estate leaders discuss the challenges of reopening in Boston and beyond, and note that trouble could be looming later this year for the multifamily sector.

  • May 29, 2020

    In-N-Out Sues Zurich To Cover COVID-19 Shutdown

    In-N-Out Burgers hit Zurich American Insurance Co. with a breach of contract suit alleging the insurance company wrongly refused to cover the Golden State burger chain's business losses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a suit filed Friday in California federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    OSHA's Critics Seize On News Of Lone COVID-19 Citation

    The disclosure at a congressional hearing Wednesday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had only issued one citation related to the COVID-19 pandemic shows the workplace safety watchdog is dropping the ball, worker advocates say.

  • May 29, 2020

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: La. May Expand Medical Pot Access

    A Louisiana bill expanding the list of conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana and a Missouri bill placing stricter regulations on edible products advanced through their respective statehouses this week. Here, Law360 takes stock of some of the legislative developments in cannabis at the state and federal level.

  • May 29, 2020

    Latham Facing DQ Bid From Ex-Clients In Ponzi Scheme Suit

    Two title and insurance companies being sued by investors over an alleged Ponzi scheme have asked a California state judge to disqualify Latham & Watkins LLP from representing the investors, saying Latham's defense of the companies in a previous Ponzi case gives the firm a conflict as it goes against the businesses now.

  • May 29, 2020

    Bill Marler On Food Safety & COVID-19

    Prominent food safety plaintiffs attorney Bill Marler of Marler Clark LLP, who has been representing victims of foodborne illnesses since the early 1990s, recently spoke with Law360 about practicing remotely from his home on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound and about food safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 29, 2020

    Godiva Can't Slip Suit Over Using 'Belgium 1926' On Labels

    A New York federal judge ruled Friday that Godiva Chocolatier Inc. must face some claims in a potential class action over its use of "Belgium 1926" on its U.S. packaging, saying it creates a "plausible inference" that the chocolates are of European origin when they are produced in Pennsylvania.

  • May 29, 2020

    Allen & Overy-Led Peet's Coffee Owner Prices €2.25B IPO

    Guided by Allen & Overy LLP, the owner of Peet's Coffee priced its upsized initial public offering Friday, which it said would raise approximately €2.25 billion (about $2.5 billion), in one of the largest offerings of 2020 that values the beverage company at about $17.3 billion.

  • May 29, 2020

    Calif. Winemaker Sues Gov. Over Napa Reopening Exclusion

    A California winemaker has sued Gov. Gavin Newsom over the state's plan to reopen Napa County wineries during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it's discriminatory because it allows wineries that serve food to open but is continuing to keep those that only offer wine tastings closed.

  • May 29, 2020

    Farmers Want To Delay Peanut Price-Fix Trial Over COVID-19

    Farmers and companies suing three of the largest players in the U.S. peanut shelling industry are asking a Virginia federal judge to postpone the start of their mid-January price-fixing trial for at least four months, citing coronavirus-related discovery challenges and an overlap with another case.

  • May 29, 2020

    Burger King Sued Over Ex-Manager's Miscarriage

    An ex-manager at a Pittsburgh-area Burger King has filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court alleging that she suffered a miscarriage after her superiors refused to make accommodations for her to go to the hospital when she began experiencing significant vaginal bleeding during a shift last August.

  • May 29, 2020

    BBQ Chain Managers' Bid For Nationwide Wage Suit Falls Flat

    A Florida federal judge on Friday declined to greenlight a nationwide class of Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill managers accusing the barbecue chain of violating the Fair Labor Standard Act by making managers exempt from overtime pay.

  • May 29, 2020

    3 Questions For Tenants And Owners As Subleasing Looms

    As office and retail tenants continue to have difficulty making rent amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many will look to sublease some or all of their space, and lawyers say the pandemic has ushered in a unique set of sublease questions.

  • May 29, 2020

    McDonald's Aims To Settle Workers' COVID-19 Safety Suit

    McDonald's told an Illinois state judge Friday that it believes it can work out a resolution to a dispute with a proposed class of workers who asked the court to require better safety and protection for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 29, 2020

    Kirkland Steers IK Investment Partners To €2.85B PE Fund

    European private equity firm IK Investment Partners, advised by Kirkland & Ellis, said Friday that it has clinched its ninth midcap fund after raising €2.85 billion ($3.17 billion) from limited partners, with plans to target middle market investments in sectors including food and health care.

  • May 28, 2020

    Ex-Cafe Worker Must Fix $3.2M Deal In Biometric Data Case

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday rejected a former cafe employee's proposed $3.2 million settlement she'd hoped would end her proposed class action alleging Corner Bakery Cafe misused its employees' biometric data, ruling that it wrongly limits class members' ability to object to the deal or appeal.

  • May 28, 2020

    Borden Told It Must Tweak Ch. 11 Bonus Pay Plans

    A Delaware judge on Thursday said Borden Dairy Co. needs to show more evidence and adjust performance targets before he will approve up to roughly $4 million in bonuses for 52 employees as part of the milk and dairy supplier's Chapter 11.

  • May 28, 2020

    PPP Loan Flexibility Passes House; Disclosure Falls Short

    A nearly unanimous House on Thursday approved a bill that would give more time and flexibility to businesses that receive forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, but Republicans defeated a proposal for public disclosure of all loans over $2 million.

  • May 28, 2020

    Constellation Revises Gallo $1B Deal Again To Placate FTC

    Constellation Brands said Thursday it has removed yet another alcohol brand from the menu of its partial portfolio sale to E. & J. Gallo Winery to address Federal Trade Commission antitrust concerns, revising a deal that was once valued at $1.7 billion down to just over $1 billion.

  • May 28, 2020

    Feds Say Virus No Basis For Ex-Bumble Bee CEO To Skip Jail

    Prosecutors who secured the price-fixing conviction of former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski have panned the 59-year-old's assertion that jail time presents a threat to his life during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing he's not in a high-risk category and deserves no special treatment. 

  • May 28, 2020

    Poultry Cos. Say Crisis Response First, Price-Fix Depos Later

    Chicken producers facing allegations of a sweeping price-fixing conspiracy have pushed back on poultry buyers' bid to get some depositions back underway, arguing they can't adequately prepare witnesses while straining to brace a food supply chain rocked by the pandemic.

  • May 28, 2020

    Hemp Price Collapse Meets Bar For COVID-19 Aid, USDA Told

    A hemp industry group said prices for the crop have collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic, imploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stanch the bleeding by including its farmers in a $19 billion relief fund.

  • May 28, 2020

    Santa Barbara Broke Law By OK'ing Pot Project, Group Says

    A group of Santa Barbara residents has sued the California county, saying its board of supervisors violated state environmental laws in its approval of a new cannabis development project.

  • May 28, 2020

    Le Pain Quotidien Says It Just Barely Avoided Liquidation

    An attorney for bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday that the business was effectively down to its last crust, hours from a total liquidation, when a buyer emerged to salvage dozens of its 98 sites in a Chapter 11 private sale.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Adapting To Worker-Friendly City Laws Prompted By Virus

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    COVID-19 has led to municipal legislation focused on scheduling, paid sick leave, anti-retaliation and protections for laid-off workers that businesses must monitor and adapt to as they call back employees and resume customer services, say Julie Trester and Jeremy Glenn at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Reopening Sports Venues To Fans Poses Legal Hurdles

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    As the economy reopens, sports leagues planning to bring back games with fans in attendance will need to weigh not only important health and safety issues but also the accompanying business and legal risks, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Tech Will Play Key Role In Real Estate's Road To Recovery

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    With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Aquaculture, Fishing Cos. Stand To Net Big Gains From Aid

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    A recent Trump administration executive order and a plan to distribute CARES Act funding to aquaculture and fishing businesses represent ambitious new federal support for these industries, and stakeholders should engage proactively as spending plans and application processes are developed, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Avoiding M&A Deal-Breaking Disputes During A Downturn

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    As the COVID-19 pandemic complicates the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, targets and acquirers alike should take several prudent preclosing steps to mitigate the risk of deal-breaking disputes and subsequent litigation, say Ann Gittleman and Jenna O'Brien at Duff & Phelps.

  • Top 5 Wage And Hour Risks To Avoid As Businesses Reopen

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    Employers should use extra caution to sidestep several key wage and hour mistakes as businesses prepare to reopen following the coronavirus crisis and worker classification and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance comes under increased scrutiny, say Kathleen Caminiti and Eric Baginski at Fisher Phillips.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Steps Borrowers In Commercial Real Estate Must Take Now

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    Many lenders accommodated commercial real estate investors and borrowers with short, multimonth payment deferrals amid the COVID-19 crisis, but these grace periods will end well before the fallout of the pandemic will, and the bank will come knocking, says Katherine Amador at Berger Singerman.

  • Preparing For A Deluge Of COVID-19 Whistleblower Claims

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    Attorneys at Proskauer break down the kinds of COVID-19 whistleblower retaliation claims employers should anticipate, and explain key steps to minimize risks under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and state laws.

  • A Guide To Evaluating And Advertising COVID-19 Products

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    As businesses evaluate products claiming to make workplaces safer during the pandemic, or look at marketing such products themselves, they should be aware of the highly regulated world of disease prevention claims if they wish to avoid enforcement and private litigation, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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