A national collective and a group of individual state classes of Wonder Bread distributors and drivers in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have agreed to end their wage and misclassification suits in Pennsylvania federal court in exchange for $13.25 million, according to a preliminary settlement agreement filed Friday.
Software company iControl Systems USA has asked a Florida federal judge to grant a new trial in a trade secrets case against Financial Information Technologies, claiming that its rival only won at trial after its attorneys confused the jury about the nature of a trade secret.
A conservation nonprofit and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner have sued the federal government, claiming the oceanic whitetip shark population in the Pacific is being drastically reduced because federal agencies failed to properly designate the species as overfished.
The National Labor Relations Board has ordered that a kosher food packaging company has to rehire a worker who was fired after giving the middle finger to a human resources representative and cursing during a meeting where he was told he had to sign a union dues checkoff form.
A Goya Foods Inc. sales representative can’t lodge a worker misclassification suit under a New Jersey wage law while living and working in Pennsylvania, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday.
Pizzeria chain Sbarro has settled several wage claims ahead of trial in a contentious suit filed in Nevada federal court by a former restaurant employee who says she was the victim of repeated sexual abuse while working under a supervisor who actively created a hostile work environment.
Reusable coffee pod maker Eko Brands can't tack on attorney fees to its $649,188 trademark infringement win against a rival coffee pod company, a Washington federal judge has ruled, citing the "relative weakness" of Eko Brand's marks and the fact the company dropped its claim for actual damages midtrial.
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. has given China more time to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling faulting Beijing’s agricultural trade rules, according to a WTO document published Friday.
A California federal judge has trimmed a suit alleging a kombucha drink maker owned by Safeway Inc. mislabeled its products, saying while claims related to the drinks' sugar content are "threadbare," the complaint adequately pleads that the labels mislead consumers about their alcohol content.
Chinese coffeehouse chain Luckin Coffee Inc. was slapped with a stockholder suit in New York federal court Thursday alleging the company's negligence and misinformation caused the stock to nosedive amid reports that a senior executive and employees fabricated transactions.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate why cattle prices are down even though Americans are buying more meat amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying ranchers aren't getting a fair shake.
Bank OZK has reportedly loaned $265 million for a Bronx distribution center project, Transwestern is said to have bought a Florida site that's received zoning for a mixed-use project, and a Starwood Capital venture has reportedly landed $51 million in financing for a Bronx mixed-use project.
A New York man told the Eleventh Circuit Thursday that a Florida federal court wrongly tossed his proposed class action accusing Ritz-Carlton of deceptively adding automatic gratuities on dining bills at its Florida hotels after the judge improperly limited his claims.
The maker of the popular boxed wine Franzia stole ideas for a packaging revamp from rival winery JaM Cellars, according to a trademark infringement suit filed in California federal court Wednesday.
Midwestern grocery chain The Kroger Co. was hit with a suit by a shopping center developer Wednesday alleging it abandoned its investment in the now-bankrupt organic food retailer Lucky's Market, which abruptly halted construction on a new store in Florida and left the property exposed to the elements.
An Illinois Hilton hotel owner and a prepared-food service owned by Elior Inc. are the latest companies accused of violating Illinois' biometric privacy law by requiring employees to scan their fingerprints for work without getting their informed consent.
A Mexican cinema company can't use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to back out of a deal to acquire a Houston dine-in movie theater chain, the Houston company's owner told a Texas federal court in a new lawsuit Thursday.
A sports bar in Florida filed a suit against Lloyd’s of London in federal court Thursday after the insurer denied coverage for its state-mandated closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parent company of German restaurant chain Vapiano has announced it will begin insolvency proceedings, saying it has found no way to escape the liquidity crunch brought on by COVID-19 closures of nearly all its worldwide locations.
Altria Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion purchase of a stake in private equity-backed e-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc. eliminated competition and violated antitrust laws, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday in announcing that it filed an administrative complaint against the companies.
Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev is cleared to move forward with the $11 billion sale of one of its companies to a Japanese rival, after that rival offered conditions that assuaged the concerns of Australia’s competition enforcer.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss a trademark infringement suit brought by the company behind popular Japanese restaurants Sugarfish and KazuNori accusing a Los Angeles sushi bar of ripping off its "Hand Roll Bar" mark.
Uncertainty surrounding the availability of H-2B guest worker visas makes it difficult for employers to expand operations or predict their business needs, a government watchdog found in a new report published Wednesday.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision to deny class certification to Chipotle workers in six states claiming they were denied overtime pay, but vacated the court's decision to decertify more than 500 management trainees' collective action on the grounds that their work responsibilities differed too much.
Despite Congress having just passed $2 trillion in economic relief to mitigate damage from the novel coronavirus pandemic, some lawmakers are already considering another relief bill that could serve as a vehicle to renew expiring tax incentives known as extenders.
Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.
While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.
The Defense Production Act and the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, recently invoked by the Trump administration to aid in fighting COVID-19, can provide special legal defenses to businesses producing essential supplies — which could protect companies against future tort liability, says Kelly Belnick at Tanenbaum Keale.
Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.
It is not too early for franchisors to review their standard franchise agreements because of the coronavirus pandemic. Eight provisions may need to be revised for new sales going forward, says Michael Gray at Lathrop.
Franco Furmanski and Carlos Loumiet at Nelson Mullins highlight the benefits of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, as well as what to expect in terms of the loan-qualification process.
In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.
In California, the coronavirus pandemic and the state's response have raised important questions for those involved in pending or approved construction projects, as well as existing businesses that require modification or emergency funding, say Stephanie Smith and Avneet Sidhu at Grid Legal.
The Los Angeles Superior Court’s recent decision that cashiers' job attributes don’t allow them to sit in LaFace v. Ralphs Grocery should strengthen retailers' defenses against suitable seating claims, and give plaintiffs pause over whether, after their sixth straight loss, they are viable, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.
Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.
As local and state governments continue to impose moratoriums on residential and commercial tenant evictions during the coronavirus pandemic, there are certain steps landlords can take to protect their lease enforcement rights, says Jamie Buggy at Crosbie Gliner.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act signed into law last week will provide much-needed funds to struggling on-premise alcohol retailers, but without flexibility in alcohol trade practice regulations, relief for the industry will be limited, says Marbet Lewis at Spiritus Law.
When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.
Highlighting key elements from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently updated guidance, Isaac Mamaysky at Potomac Law Group explains how employers can communicate with employees about potential COVID-19 exposure without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Businesses hoping to understand their COVID-19 litigation risks, including those involving the impracticability of contracts due to shutdowns, can learn from recent complicated privacy and data litigation, says Christopher Ott at Rothwell Figg.