The World Trade Organization on Thursday struck down South Korea’s ban on Japanese fish in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling that Seoul structured its safeguards in a way that was more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect public health.
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Japan Knocks Down Korea's Post-Fukushima Trade Barriers

The World Trade Organization on Thursday struck down South Korea’s ban on Japanese fish in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling that Seoul structured its safeguards in a way that was more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect public health. Read more »

6th Circ. Hands Union Win In Dues Checkoff Case

The Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that a United Food & Commercial Workers International Union local acted properly when it kept collecting union dues from two members who failed to follow proper procedures for rescinding the authorization they gave to have those dues deducted from their paychecks. Read more »

Poultry Cos. Face Antitrust Suit From Broiler Chicken Growers

A group of North Carolina chicken growers slapped Koch Foods and other major chicken companies with a putative class action Wednesday, alleging the companies reached a “no-poaching” agreement and shared data to suppress farmers’ compensation. Read more »

Coca-Cola Looks To Put Diet Coke False Ad Suit On Ice

The Coca-Cola Co. asked a California federal judge Thursday to end a false advertising suit brought by a proposed class of consumers who say the artificial sweetener found in Diet Coke causes weight gain, arguing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “diet” has to do with calorie count, not weight management. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT

EEOC Says Ill. Meat Co. Biased Against African-Americans

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday slapped a Chicago meat producer with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court, saying for several years the company has been discriminating against African-Americans in its employment practices. Read more »

LITIGATION

Justices Told To Reject Attacks On $380M Native Farmer Deal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should turn down challenges to a ruling that allowed for the redistribution of $380 million left over from the department’s landmark settlement of Native American farmers and ranchers’ racial discrimination claims. Read more »

Chuck-E-Cheese, Insurer Trade Blows In $5M Coverage Battle

Chuck E. Cheese's owner CEC Entertainment Inc. on Wednesday urged a Texas federal judge to rule that Travelers must shell out more than $4.9 million to cover the pizza chain's costs to defend a shareholder suit stemming from its 2014 merger, while the insurer looked to stop the coverage bid in its tracks. Read more »

Kosher Certifying Co. Sues Sweets Maker Over Trademark

A company that certifies food products are kosher hit a sweets and snacks maker with a trademark suit in New Jersey federal court Thursday, alleging it has wrongly used the company’s kosher mark on its products and sold them via its website, social media and network of purchasers and distributors. Read more »

NJ Hotel Escapes Patron's Infection Suit At 3rd Circ.

The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a ruling for Windrift Hotel Resort in litigation brought by a woman whose leg was amputated after she contracted sepsis and a bacterial skin infection from raw clams, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that the Jersey Shore establishment was to blame for the allegedly defective food. Read more »

Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob Candies Not 'Natural,' Suit Says

General Mills Inc. misrepresents that its fruit-flavored snacks that resemble SpongeBob SquarePants and other popular children’s characters are all-natural although they contain artificial flavoring, a consumer contends in a proposed class action removed to California federal court on Wednesday. Read more »

Truffle Aroma Supplier Asks To Exit Suit Over Trader Joe's Oil

A Spanish supplier to Trader Joe's Co. urged a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss it from a false-labeling suit claiming it provided the "truffle aroma" used in the grocer's truffle-flavored olive oil that allegedly contains "no black truffle whatsoever," saying it has no New York presence and can't be included in the suit. Read more »

BANKRUPTCY

China Fishery Settlement Clears Way For Sale, Trustee Says

A group of debtors in the Chapter 11 cases for China Fishery Group Ltd. asked a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday to approve an intercompany claims settlement designed to clear the way for a sale of valuable interests in China Fishery’s prized operating companies in Peru. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Gets 3 Years For Insider Trading

Former Foley & Lardner LLP real estate partner Walter “Chet” Little was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison for insider trading, following his admission that he cashed in on confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients. Read more »

Calif. Panel Says Ex-Perkins Coie Atty Must Arbitrate Claims

A former Perkins Coie partner must arbitrate claims the law firm dipped into his wages without permission, a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court's ruling that his work contract was unconscionable and its arbitration provision wasn't binding. Read more »

White House Atty: Chevron Deference A Priority For Judges

President Donald Trump has prioritized rolling back the "administrative state," White House Counsel Don McGahn said Thursday, and part of that is looking at potential judicial nominees' experience with government regulation and major guideposts like Chevron deference. Read more »

Feature

SEC Case Exposes Justices' Rift Over 'Legislative History'

The Supreme Court’s long-running tensions over the use of legislative history as a way to interpret law broke out into public view Wednesday in a case over the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas clashed over the value of a Senate report. Read more »

Feature

How Cannabis GCs Are Leading The Way In A Legal Gray Area

As a once black-market industry continues to grow in both legitimacy and size, and with it, a corresponding surge in legal needs, the first generation of general counsel at state-legal U.S. marijuana companies are on the front lines of the new and volatile field of cannabis law. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Williams & Connolly earned a spot on this week's legal lions list after the law firm secured a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client narrowing the definition of the term "whistleblower," while Jones Day ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismantled its client's $2.5 billion jury verdict in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent. Read more »

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