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Food & Beverage

  • May 17, 2019

    NJ Judge Won't Toss Domino's Wage Suit Without Seeing Deal

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday rejected separate bids to toss a proposed class action against a company that operates Domino’s Pizza franchises, saying the business must turn over a purported settlement agreement for the court’s approval or swear that there is no deal to resolve claims of Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

  • May 17, 2019

    Symrise Accused Of Raiding Refresco To Develop New Drink

    Dutch soft-drink company Refresco Beverages U.S. Inc. has sued flavoring and fragrance maker Symrise Inc. in New Jersey federal court, alleging it is conspiring with former Refresco executives and researchers to develop a new soft drink for a competitor using its resources and trade secrets.

  • May 17, 2019

    Jury Backs Pizza King Mario Sbarro In Steakhouse Wage Suit

    A New York federal jury has found in favor of pizza restaurateur Mario Sbarro and his son in a suit brought by tipped workers for a now-closed steakhouse who claimed the Sbarros failed to pay them minimum and overtime wages as the business struggled to survive.

  • May 17, 2019

    China's Luckin Coffee Begins Trading With $651M Offering

    Beijing-based Luckin Coffee began trading Friday after pricing its shares at the high end of its expected range and raising up to about $650.8 million in an initial public offering guided by Davis Polk, Conyers and King & Wood.

  • May 17, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week has seen a Kazakhstan lender file fraud claims against a dissolved London-based business, a Dubai airport security equipment company sue Barclays, and Yamaha's motorcycle business file claims against a German insurer. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Panel Rips EPA's Weedkiller Approval Process

    Two Ninth Circuit judges on Thursday criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's process for approving Dow AgroSciences LLC's glyphosate weedkiller Enlist Duo, saying the EPA's voluntary offer to reconsider its approval of the weedkiller has resulted in it skirting legal challenges altogether.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del Taco Pushes Arbitration In EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

    Del Taco urged a California federal judge Thursday to send to arbitration claims brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the fast food restaurant chain discriminated against a putative class of its female employees and subjected them to sexual harassment.

  • May 16, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Backs Pepsi's Scented Bottle Trade Secret Suit Win

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday said ScentSational Technologies LLC presented "thin" evidence purporting to prove it lost out on business with Coca-Cola because PepsiCo Inc. misappropriated its scented bottle technology trade secrets, affirming Pepsi's win in New York district court.

  • May 16, 2019

    ButcherBox Customer Has Beef With Auto Service Renewals

    Meat-delivery service ButcherBox illegally automatically renews subscriptions without providing required notice, a California customer alleged Wednesday, taking a hatchet to the e-beef business' practice in a 16-page complaint.

  • May 16, 2019

    Diet Food Maker Beats Thyroid Suit After Experts Were DQ'd

    A Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit claiming Medifast Inc.'s soy-based diet products caused her hypothyroidism was tossed Wednesday when a Philadelphia federal judge ruled that her experts couldn't provide qualified, science-backed testimony linking the products to her condition.

  • May 16, 2019

    Hot Dog Maker To Pay $140K In Clean Air Act Settlement

    Hot dog maker Kayem will pay nearly $140,000 to settle several alleged Clean Air Act violations at its factory in Chelsea, Massachusetts, including failing to take steps to shield the public from dangerous levels of ammonia, according to a complaint and settlement terms filed Thursday in Boston federal court.

  • May 16, 2019

    Texas Panel Says It Can't Hear Weevil-Infested Pecans Suit

    A Texas appellate panel has dismissed a Canadian confectioner's suit against a Georgia-based nut supplier over weevil-infested pecan bits, determining that Texas courts do not have the authority to rule on the case.

  • May 16, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Helaba-DekaBank, Pret A Manger, Takeda

    Helaba and DekaBank are mulling a potential deal, Pret A Manger is in talks to snap up rival cafe Eat, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. expects companies to make serious offers for its Latin American business by the end of the month.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-MillerCoors VP Gets 3½ Years For $8M Fraud Scheme

    A former executive with MillerCoors LLC has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for bilking his employer out of more than $8 million in a 10-year fraudulent scheme.

  • May 16, 2019

    Investors Fight Papa John's Bid To Ditch Stock-Drop Suit

    A proposed class of investors on Wednesday asked a New York federal court not to let Papa John's International Inc.'s founder and its CEO escape their suit over a stock drop following the discovery of a "shockingly lewd" workplace culture cultivated by the pizza empire and its two top executives.

  • May 16, 2019

    Nestlé Mulls $10B Skin Health Unit Sale To EQT-Led Group

    Nestlé said Thursday it is negotiating a potential 10.2 billion Swiss franc ($10.1 billion) sale of its skin health business to an investor group led by private equity firm EQT Partners, confirming reports that deal talks are underway.

  • May 15, 2019

    $2B Roundup Verdict Likely Won't Hold Up, Legal Pros Say

    This week's whopping $2.055 billion verdict in the third case to go to trial over claims Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer will likely be substantially reduced on appeal, legal experts told Law360 on Wednesday, but there's no foreseeable "end game" to such litigation since Roundup has remained on shelves with unchanged labels.

  • May 15, 2019

    Atlantic Salmon Farmers Hit With Price-Fixing Class Action

    Seafood importer Beacon Fisheries Inc. lodged a proposed class action on Wednesday in Florida federal court, accusing several Norwegian-owned fish farming companies and their affiliates of conspiring to fix prices on Atlantic salmon they grew for sale in the U.S.

  • May 15, 2019

    Ice Cream Co. Can't Shake $2M Atty Fee Award

    A Texas appellate panel upheld an award of $2 million in attorney fees for the former owners of an ice cream company who were accused of overstating profits before a $33 million sale.

  • May 15, 2019

    Calif., Enviros Sue Water District To Block Dam Project

    The state of California and several environmental and fishing groups are suing an agricultural water district over its efforts to help the federal government raise the height of the state’s largest reservoir, saying the project poses significant risks to the McCloud River and its wild trout fishery.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Takeaways From Roundup Verdicts So Far

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    On May 13, a California jury returned a $2 billion verdict against Monsanto in the third trial over allegations that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The Roundup trials highlight the importance of issues including punitive damages, celebrity influence and the value of jury exercises, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • FDA Response To Cannabidiol Confusion Is Slow And Steady

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's multipronged approach to assessing whether cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, can be safely introduced into consumable products charts a path toward much-needed clarity, but the agency's upcoming hearing on the topic is unlikely to provide concrete guidance, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • Remaining CBD Hurdles For Food And Drink Manufacturers

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    Despite market interest in cannabidiol-infused food and beverages, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both been clear that CBD remains a prohibited ingredient — leaving tension between the 2018 Farm Bill and the FDA’s charge to assure public health, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.