An Illinois federal judge has given three attorneys from Barrett Law Group PA, NastLaw LLC and Roberts Law Firm PA the green light to lead a consumer class action alleging that a now-canceled program to slaughter milk cows resulted in illegal price-fixing for dairy products.
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3 Attys OK'd To Lead Dairy Price-Fixing Class Action

An Illinois federal judge has given three attorneys from Barrett Law Group PA, NastLaw LLC and Roberts Law Firm PA the green light to lead a consumer class action alleging that a now-canceled program to slaughter milk cows resulted in illegal price-fixing for dairy products. Read more »

Tampa Bay Rays Hit Concession Co. With Contract Fight

Everything was not crackerjack behind the concession stand counters at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, according to a breach of contract lawsuit the ballclub filed Friday against Centerplate Inc., whose expiring 20-year exclusive concession agreement spanned the team's full history. Read more »

Dunkin’ Can't Escape Suit Over Faux Berry Doughnuts

An Illinois federal judge on Thursday allowed a Dunkin’ Donuts customer to go forward with his claim the chain duped him into buying an artificially flavored blueberry doughnut believing it contained real berries, saying if his claims are true it was a reasonable belief. Read more »

Brand Battles: Skittles, Red Bull, Fireball

In an all-food edition of Law360's roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Wrigley takes on a "Skittles" look-alike, Red Bull is energized by the image of a charging bull, and Sazerac aims to burn a Fireball rival called "Hareball." Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

ITA Finalizes Anti-Dumping Review Of Chinese MSG

The U.S. International Trade Administration has updated a review of Chinese imports of monosodium glutamate with an eye to whether the food additive is being sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, finalizing its anti-dumping rates for a recent 12-month period, according to a Friday notice in the Federal Register. Read more »

LITIGATION

Venezuela Wants $490M Award To Mexican Flour Cos. Nixed

Venezuela asked the World Bank Thursday to annul a $490 million award it granted Spanish subsidiaries of Mexican tortilla producer Gruma SAB de CV in July for breaching international obligations through an expropriation decree in 2010. Read more »

Cypriot Shipping Co. Seeks $5M Security During Arbitration

A Cypriot charter shipping company asked a New Jersey federal court Thursday to allow it to access funds or property connected to a group of related agribusiness companies with operations in the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates that could provide it with security of more than $5 million while it pursues arbitration against the companies over an alleged contract breach. Read more »

Strip Club Stonewalling Wage Suit, Dancer Says

The exotic dancer behind a proposed class action that alleged Penthouse Club Philadelphia misclassifies its dancers as independent contractors and has denied them wages asked a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to sanction the club, saying it hasn't responded to her requests for evidence. Read more »

Former Mass. State Lawmaker Indicted On Corruption Charges

A former leader of the Massachusetts Senate denied any wrongdoing on Friday after prosecutors unsealed a 113-count federal indictment charging him with peddling public policy and using his private firm and a shell company to take in about $1 million in bribes, kickbacks and free coffee. Read more »

DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Bayer, Toshiba, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

The European Commission is wary of Bayer’s blockbuster buyout of Monsanto, Toshiba and Western Digital have come to terms on a settlement that will end their dispute over the planned 2 trillion yen sale of Toshiba Memory Corp., and Elliott Management is pushing for changes at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Read more »

EU, Japan Finalize Sweeping New Trade Deal

European Union and Japanese officials announced Friday that they have finalized the details of a sweeping new trade deal that will forge two of the globe’s largest economies under a united set of trading rules. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

9th Circuit's Kozinski Accused Of Showing Staffers Porn

After reports surfaced claiming Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski had showed female clerks pornography and engaged in other misconduct, the high-profile jurist told Law360 on Friday it was “regrettable” if he had offended any of his staffers. Read more »

Fla. Justices Stay Case To Mull Judge's Facebook Friendship

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday paused lower court proceedings in a suit seeking to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, indicating the court might take up the case. Read more »

Legal Sector Picks Up 600 New Jobs In November

U.S. legal services jobs climbed by 600 jobs in November, marking four consecutive months of job growth and the second-highest total for the sector so far in 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday in its latest jobs report. Read more »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Kennedy Torn In Masterpiece Cakeshop

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses Justice Kennedy's swing vote in a case pitting religious freedom and free speech against gay rights, a bizarre trial over a scheme to skirt sanctions on Iran, and Katy Perry's win in a suit over her purchase of a convent. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Legislators introduced a bill to prevent businesses from enforcing mandatory arbitration agreements in instances where employees allege workplace sexual harassment, and a credit union sued President Donald Trump to block Mick Mulvaney from leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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21st Century Fox Inc.

Adyen BV

Aetna Inc.

Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

American Bar Association

American Conference Institute

American Medical Association Inc.

Apple Inc.

Association of Corporate Counsel

Bayer AG

Boston Red Sox

CVS Caremark Corporation

Centerplate Inc.

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Elliott Management Corp.

Exceed Company Ltd.

Facebook

Google Inc.

Gruma SAB de CV

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Johnson & Johnson

LinkedIn Corp.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Monsanto Company

Monster Beverage Corp.

National Milk Producers Federation

New York Times Co.

New York Yankees

Red Bull GmbH

Sazerac Co. Inc.

Siemens AG

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tampa Bay Rays

Toshiba

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

United Parcel Service Inc.

United Services Automobile Association

Washington Post Co.

Western Digital Corporation

Whole Foods Market, Inc.

LAW FIRMS

Akin Gump

Amin Talati

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Barnes & Thornburg

Barrett Law Group

BatesCarey LLP

Brafman & Associates

Byron Carlson

CGA Law

Cohen & Grigsby

Cooley

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dechert

Eimer Stahl

Foley Hoag

Fox Galvin

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Herssein Law Group

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

McDermott Will

Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster

Munger Tolles

NastLaw LLC

Orrick Herrington

Pepper Hamilton

Pirkey Barber

Polsinelli

Proskauer Rose

Reed Smith

Richman Greer

Roberts Law Firm PA

Ropes & Gray

Rumberger Kirk

Seyfarth Shaw

Shipman & Goodwin

Shutts & Bowen

Sidley Austin

Squire Patton Boggs

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Todd & Weld

Wiand Guerra

Williams & Connolly

Zobrist Law Group

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European Commission

European Union

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Government Printing Office

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International Trade Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

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U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

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