Food & Beverage

  • June 02, 2020

    Franzia Settles Trademark Fight Over 'Buttery' Chardonnay

    Franzia has reached a settlement to end a lawsuit that accused the boxed-wine giant of infringing trademarks by using "buttery" on chardonnay labels, less than two months after a judge said he was worried a smaller winery was aiming to "monopolize" the term.

  • June 01, 2020

    JPMorgan Can't Nix Fresh Market Sale Suit, But Cravath Exits

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Monday dismissed stockholder claims against Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Apollo Global Capital and others, but kept alive claims against JPMorgan Chase & Co. related to its role as financial adviser in an allegedly flawed, $1.4 billion go-private sale of Fresh Market Inc. in 2016.

  • June 01, 2020

    Blank Check Co. Negotiating Deal With Global Cannabis Corp.

    A blank check company on Monday announced its plans to combine with global cannabis company Clever Leaves, a sign the industry is open to investment by such companies as more of these entities form with an eye on the sector.

  • June 01, 2020

    Walmart Can't Stick A Fork In Shopper's Overcharge Beef

    A Florida federal judge denied in full Walmart Inc.'s bid to dismiss a putative class action alleging that the retail behemoth has for years used sales prices to overcharge customers for its packaged meat products, ruling that Walmart's assertions are unpersuasive and that all claims against it survive.

  • June 01, 2020

    Consumers Say Co. Touts More CBD Than It Delivers

    CBD company Just Brands USA Inc. was hit with a proposed class action on Friday in California federal court alleging that the company inflates the amount of CBD on the labeling for its edible products and tinctures, with some containing no CBD at all.

  • June 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Cohen Milstein's Tort Litigation Chair

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, a Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC partner representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, who also serves as an advocate for trial attorneys, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected client intake and lobbying efforts.

  • June 01, 2020

    NJ Dunkin' Donuts Stores Escape Bakery's Antitrust Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge tossed a proposed Dunkin' Donuts baking facility's antitrust lawsuit against a group of the brand's franchisees Sunday, ruling that the bakery couldn't back its claims that the stores monopolized the pastry-and-coffee-giant's market in the Garden State's southern region.

  • June 01, 2020

    Seed Co. Gets Award For Stolen Trade Secret Upped To $9M

    A dietary supplement maker is on the hook for more than $9 million after a federal judge found it owed attorney fees and double what a jury said it had to pay after finding it wrongly obtained a seed company's trade secret on broccoli seeds and sprouts.

  • June 01, 2020

    Tribe Can't Block Irrigation Plan In Its Bid To Protect Salmon

    A California federal judge has rejected the Yurok Tribe's bid to lift a stay in a suit against the federal government seeking to protect a salmon species from the impacts of an irrigation project in the Klamath River.

  • June 01, 2020

    Calif. Appeals Court Revives Anheuser-Busch Pricing Suit

    A California appeals court on Friday revived a bid for class certification from a group of convenience store owners suing Anheuser-Busch LLC over an alleged beer-pricing scheme, ruling that the trial court's basis for denying certification cannot be upheld due to a recent decision by the state's Supreme Court.

  • 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.

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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