Two of the plaintiffs among those who have filed at least 14 federal lawsuits accusing Syngenta and Chevron of selling the herbicide paraquat despite knowing it causes Parkinson's disease have asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the cases for pretrial proceedings.
AmGuard Insurance Co. has urged the Ninth Circuit to reject a Los Angeles restaurant's proposed class action seeking COVID-19 related loss coverage, arguing that the eatery's alleged inability to operate its business inside the restaurant due to state closure orders does not satisfy the policy's property damage requirement.
A Pennsylvania federal judge declined to lift the state's COVID-19 indoor dining restrictions, finding that a brewpub's constitutionality challenge is unlikely to succeed because the Keystone State's orders are "rationally" related to its goal of limiting death and hospitalizations.
Mountaire Farms reached a $205 million agreement with Delaware residents to end allegations that its chicken plant contaminated properties and groundwater, saying Monday the deal will set up a compensation fund for residents and upgrade the company's facilities.
A Fresno, California, ice cream and frozen treat producer will pay $200,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing the company of turning away Black, white and Asian job applicants when it found out they did not speak Spanish, the EEOC said Monday.
A Flower Foods subsidiary is set to pay distributors $3.15 million to resolve claims that the baked goods manufacturer and seller misclassified them as independent contractors and failed to pay overtime, after a Pennsylvania federal judge granted initial settlement approval Monday.
A jury in Walmart's home state of Arkansas said the world's largest retailer owes a Texas food technology startup $115 million after it developed shelf-freshness technology by shoplifting the startup's trade secrets.
Whole Foods' sparkling water bottles are splashed with a photo of fruit, but the product misleads customers because it doesn't actually contain an appreciable amount of lemons and raspberries, according to a proposed class action filed in New York federal court.
A Massachusetts beer and wine wholesaler has lost a legal challenge seeking to prevent its key supplier, Jack's Abby Brewing LLC, from breaking off their distribution deal under a new state law, according to a ruling made public Monday.
Private investment firm Ardian said Monday that it landed a combined €7.5 billion (over $8.9 billion) through its latest buyout fundraise and co-investments to continue injecting capital into health care, food chain, and technology and services companies.
A Florida federal judge on Monday denied a dietary supplement developer's bid for sanctions in a false advertising suit against the manufacturer of Bang energy drinks, saying she saw no bad faith in missed deposition appearances but cautioning the parties to work on maintaining professionalism.
The Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that Kraft Heinz did not infringe the trademark rights to a mayonnaise-ketchup spread called "Metchup" when it launched its own brand of "Mayochup."
An arbitrator "effectively rewrote" a labor contract when he ordered a soft-drink bottling company to rehire a worker fired for allegedly spreading a false rumor that a coworker was having an affair, the company argued in a lawsuit filed in Texas federal court.
A California federal judge on Friday tossed La Luz Ultralounge's proposed class suit against Topa Insurance Co. over coverage for pandemic-driven business closures, saying the California restaurant and nightclub's losses weren't caused by "direct physical loss of or damage to" the property.
Restaurants suing GrubHub for false advertising in Colorado federal court have joined the food delivery giant in opposing a bid by eateries in an Illinois suit to get in on a proposed settlement, saying they can state their case later if the deal wins approval.
More U.S. companies are raising money through sustainability-linked bonds, a financing tool that requires businesses to commit to specific environmental goals or face penalties, in an effort to satisfy growing demand for ESG-focused investments.
North Carolina environmental regulators struck an illegal deal to let the city of Greensboro discharge high levels of a cancer-causing chemical into the drinking water source for nearly 1 million people, an environmental group alleged Friday.
A Florida-based kombucha maker has argued that consumers who brought a proposed class action alleging its beverages contain more alcohol than advertised on labels have failed to show that a federal court has authority to hear the case.
Power Petroleum has reportedly paid $11.25 million for a Florida gas station and retail building, NorthBridge Partners is said to have paid $21 million for a Maryland development site and Merrimac Ventures is reportedly hoping to build 716 residential units in Florida.
The past week in London has seen Microsoft hit with an antitrust suit over software licenses, Britain's new high-speed rail service face another contract challenge and one of the first lawsuits related to a massive container ship that blocked the Suez Canal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other cases.
Grubhub has asked a Colorado federal judge not to let restaurant owners in an Illinois suit get in on a settlement that ends claims accusing the food delivery giant of falsely claiming competitor restaurants are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, saying their intervention would compromise settlement efforts.
The owner of Atlanta restaurants Joe's on Juniper and Hudson Grille asked a Georgia federal judge Thursday to reconsider his order denying COVID-19 coverage from Zurich American Insurance Co., arguing the judge transformed "findings of fact into conclusions of law to kill the case."
More than half a dozen law firms helped with the 10 largest hospitality mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2021, a period that saw only seven transactions north of the $100 million mark as COVID-19 continued to weigh on the hotel sector.
The onetime executive of a consumer goods company with a hemp wellness brand in its portfolio has accused his former employer of stiffing him on multiple fronts following his departure from the firm amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tyson Foods Inc. successfully narrowed a proposed collective action from employees who claim the meat processing giant failed to pay overtime compensation, after a Texas federal judge agreed to boot out-of-state workers from the suit because of lack of jurisdiction.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, three approaches to personal jurisdiction over absent class members have emerged in the lower courts, but only one comports with due process and limitations on procedural devices imposed by the Rules Enabling Act, say David Kouba and Andreas Moffett at Arnold & Porter.
Two recent Delaware decisions chart a helpful path for policyholders seeking directors and officers coverage for incidents involving fraudulent conduct, and also demonstrate the flexibility afforded by choice-of-law clauses, say Brian Scarbrough and Eric Fleddermann at Jenner & Block.
The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.
Two warning letters the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued to makers of CBD products highlight the agency's chief enforcement concerns, but leave some uncertainties regarding the future of CBD regulation, say Kristi Wolff and Donnelly McDowell at Kelley Drye.
To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.
The Biden administration's recently announced social cost of carbon estimate will be used to calculate adverse impacts from many different activities and industries, but Poe Leggette at BakerHostetler argues that the social benefits of carbon emissions connected to food, shelter, and other goods and services have not been given enough attention.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stepped up its issuance of warning letters during the first quarter of 2021, and focused particularly on products for diagnosing, treating and preventing COVID-19, and on vaping products — so manufacturers and retailers in these sectors should intensify their marketing compliance efforts, says Katie Insogna at DLA Piper.
Pandemic-era temporary changes to alcohol laws aimed at helping bars and restaurants are maturing into long-term legislative reforms that are testing the extent to which states can obtain a policy balance between modern convenience and the safe, moderate consumption of alcohol, say Arielle Albert and Brian Fink at Danow McMullan.
Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.
Although the alcohol taxation system isn't perfect, it could serve as a useful template for cannabis taxation with a three-tier licensing scheme and tax rates based on potency, says Louis Terminello at Greenspoon Marder.
The virtual courtroom limits a narcissistic lawyer's ability to intimidate witnesses and opposing counsel, boast to clients or engage in grandstanding — an unexpected benefit of the global pandemic as some aspects of remote litigation are likely here to stay, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.
Federal courts are dismissing policyholder lawsuits seeking business insurance coverage for losses from COVID-19 lockdowns at a far higher rate than state courts, likely because they are not following the Erie doctrine, which requires them to apply state law, says Carl Salisbury at Bramnick Rodriguez.
Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland identify key contract provisions that have caused consternation, frustration and litigation during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggest possible alternative provisions for future contracts.
A recent American Bar Association opinion on lawyers' ethical duties of competence and confidentiality when working remotely should be viewed as part of a larger movement by which attorneys are being exhorted to develop competence in 21st century technology, say Jennifer Goldsmith at Ironshore and Barry Temkin at Mound Cotton.
While a Texas federal court recently denied a motion to disqualify DLA Piper from representing Apple in a patent dispute after the law firm hired an attorney who formerly represented opponent Maxwell, the case is a reminder that robust conflict checks during lateral hiring can save firms the time and expense of defending disqualification motions, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.