Food & Beverage

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Plans Field Trip To Dam Tribe Says Kills Protected Fish

    A Washington federal judge is planning a field trip to a rock dam and sheet pile wall on the Puyallup River that a Washington tribe says is harmful to endangered wild salmon, saying Tuesday from the bench that it's been difficult to see "what's going on out there" from photos and courtroom arguments.

  • February 06, 2024

    She Beverage CEO Indicted In $13.5M Securities Fraud Case

    The head of a female-focused beverage company was arrested Monday to face an indictment alleging she defrauded 1,000 investors out of more than $13.5 million through multiple false representations, including that her bottled water formula could cure cancer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

  • February 06, 2024

    Trade Commission Reverses Course, Calls Off Tin Mill Probes

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined Tuesday that tin mill products from Canada, China and Germany are not harming the domestic industry unfairly, freeing the imports from looming anti-dumping and countervailing duties set by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • February 06, 2024

    Bojangles Asks 4th Circ. To Break Up Manager Wage Classes

    Fried chicken restaurant chain Bojangles urged the Fourth Circuit to decertify two classes comprising over 5,000 shift managers accusing the company of failing to pay them for all their hours worked, saying the managers don't have enough in common for the classes to stand.

  • February 06, 2024

    Hemp Organization Tells 8th Circ. Delta-8 Products Are Lawful

    A hemp industry trade organization on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a lower court's order blocking enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans hemp-derived intoxicants, saying the products were lawful under the federal law that legalized hemp.

  • February 06, 2024

    Pies & Pints Manager Seeks Access To Corporate Books

    A minority investor in Ohio pizza and beer chain Pies & Pints filed a second lawsuit Tuesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging that the restaurant business has failed to respond to his first lawsuit seeking access to the company's books.

  • February 06, 2024

    'Beaten Up' Eatery Fights NLRB's Pandemic Ruling At 9th Circ.

    A Los Angeles restaurant urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to reject the National Labor Relations Board's finding that it failed to bargain in good faith when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, arguing it was being "beaten up" by shut-down orders so negotiations at the time would've been unfruitful "surface bargaining."

  • February 06, 2024

    McDonald's Franchisee Settles Sex Assault Lawsuit For $4.4M

    A bankrupt McDonald's franchisee will pay $4.35 million to end a lawsuit from the family of a 14-year-old worker raped by a manager who had previously been convicted of sexually assaulting a child, according to a petition to approve the deal in Pennsylvania state court.

  • February 06, 2024

    Water Brand Owes Over $129M For Liver Failures, Jury Finds

    A Las Vegas jury awarded more than $129 million Tuesday to five people who developed liver failure after drinking "alkalinized" Real Water, $100 million of it in punitive damages.

  • February 06, 2024

    Water Co. Drivers Slam 'Out Of Touch' Bid To Ax OT Verdict

    A bottled water company's arguments that there was no evidence to support a jury's findings that it willfully violated federal overtime requirements are "out of touch" and completely rootless, a group of delivery workers told a Michigan federal judge, pushing back on the company's bid to undo their trial win.

  • February 06, 2024

    Rust-Oleum Customers Get Class Cert. In Greenwashing Suit

    Rust-Oleum customers secured class certification in litigation accusing the company of greenwashing its degreaser products with the terms "non-toxic" and "Earth friendly," shortly after a California federal magistrate judge denied the company's attempt to exit the false advertising case.

  • February 05, 2024

    Water Brand's Recall Delay Merits Punitives, Jury Hears

    The Las Vegas "alkaline water" brand Real Water should pay punitive damages to five consumers whose livers failed, a jury heard in closing arguments Monday after being told the company waited months after a crescendo of complaints to issue a recall.

  • February 05, 2024

    SEC Rings Up $1.6M Judgment In Grocery Chain Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge granted a $1.6 million final judgment Monday to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its lawsuit against a grocery store chain for alleged fraud, discovered by an audit firm.

  • February 05, 2024

    McDonald's Gets Anti-SLAPP Win In Allen's $100M Fraud Suit

    A McDonald's attorney on Monday praised a judge's order ending, on free speech grounds, Byron Allen's $100 million lawsuit alleging the fast food giant lied in pledges to spend more advertising money on Black-owned media, calling it a quick end to his "baseless claims of racism."

  • February 05, 2024

    JBS Settles Meat Plant Wage-Fixing Suit In Colo.

    Meat processing giant JBS USA Food Co. and a presumed class of meat plant workers have settled claims of wage-fixing in a lawsuit originally filed against nearly a dozen meat producers, according to a joint notice filed Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    7th Circ. Wary Of Bid To Revive Abbott Formula Claims

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Monday appeared skeptical of a bid to restore claims that parents were harmed economically by buying infant formula that could have been contaminated at an Abbott Laboratories plant, asking how they were injured and whether the risk of contamination alone is enough to survive dismissal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Wendy's Not Covered In Freezer Injury Suit, Insurer Says

    The insurer for an HVAC company told an Illinois federal court that it has no duty to defend or indemnify the operators of a Chicago-area Wendy's restaurant in an underlying lawsuit brought by a man who was injured while performing maintenance on a walk-in freezer.

  • February 05, 2024

    Feds Slam Intervention Bids In BLM Grazing Analysis Dispute

    The Bureau of Land Management and green groups have asked a D.C. federal court to reject efforts by Idaho, Utah and a coalition of agriculture industry groups to intervene in the environmentalists' lawsuit challenging grazing allotments.

  • February 05, 2024

    Drivers Seek $18M Atty Fees In Flower Foods $105M Deal

    The drivers who snagged a $105 million deal in their misclassification suit against Flower Foods said their attorneys deserve to receive $18 million in fees, saying the settlement represents a great achievement also because it requires the company to change its business model.

  • February 05, 2024

    Military Store Service Sued For Not Prioritizing Blind Vendors

    A military base store service run by the U.S. Department of Defense was sued in Texas federal court Friday for allegedly violating laws prioritizing blind merchants for opportunities to operate vending facilities on military bases when it opened a Fresh Market and other shops, while removing machines owned by blind merchants.

  • February 05, 2024

    Workers Want $500K Fee Award From Defaulting Restaurateur

    Celebrity chef Mike Isabella's refusal to admit that he stiffed his former staff on wages forced worker-side attorneys to expend thousands of unnecessary hours in pursuit of a default judgment, workers told a Maryland federal court in a bid to secure nearly $500,000 in attorney fees and expenses.

  • February 05, 2024

    Restaurant Gets 'Mandatory' Wine-Tasting Death Suit Tossed

    A Connecticut judge threw out a lawsuit brought against a New Haven restaurant by the estate of a deceased worker who died following a "mandatory" wine-tasting event, ruling the eatery had no duty to get her a ride home rather than let her drive while intoxicated.

  • February 05, 2024

    Kraft Velveeta Shells Falsely Hype 'Real Cheese,' Suit Says

    Kraft Heinz has been slapped with a proposed class action in New York federal court accusing it of misleadingly promising consumers its Velveeta brand macaroni is "Made With Real Cheese," despite the product's non-macaroni ingredients being primarily made with lesser quality alternatives such as whey and canola oil. 

  • February 05, 2024

    Lawmaker Seeks Rice Probe, Suspects Unfair Subsidies Afoot

    The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee pressed the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the global rice market, expressing suspicions on Monday that overseas government assistance may be harming the U.S. rice sector.

  • February 05, 2024

    Smithfield Foods Taps Ex-Michaels, Wrigley Compliance Head

    Smithfield Foods Inc. said Monday it has recruited an in-house lawyer who has worked at high-profile brands such as Michaels Stores, Chiquita and Wrigley to serve as chief ethics and compliance officer.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • IP Suits Over Brand Owner Font Use Offer Cautionary Tales

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    Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme and Mallory Chandler at Pryor Cashman consider the history of fonts and point to recent court decisions that show how brand owners can avoid legal typeface troubles.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • FTC Warning Letters Note 5 Mistakes For Influencers To Avoid

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently sent warning letters to two trade associations and 12 health influencers over their social media posts, offering insight into how the agency plans to enforce its updated endorsement guides and highlighting five concerns to keep in mind for marketing campaigns, says Gonzalo Mon at Kelley Drye.

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Opinion

    A Telecom Attorney's Defense Of The Chevron Doctrine

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    The Chevron doctrine, which requires judicial deference to federal regulators, is under attack in two U.S. Supreme Court cases — and while most telecom attorneys likely agree that the Federal Communications Commission is guilty of overrelying on it, the problem is not the doctrine itself, says Carl Northrop at Telecommunications Law Professionals.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • What Cos. Should Know About FTC's Proposed Junk Fee Rule

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking targeting junk fees and how businesses may advertise prices to consumers — and since it would give the agency powers to seek monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply, companies should look to get ahead now, say Phyllis Marcus and Nicole Johnson at Hunton Andrews.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Rite Aid's Reasons For Ch. 11 Go Beyond Opioid Suits

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    Despite opioid-related lawsuits being the perceived reason that pushed Rite Aid into bankruptcy, the company's recent Chapter 11 filing reveals its tenuous position in the pharmaceutical retail market, and only time will tell whether bankruptcy will right-size the company, says Daniel Gielchinsky at DGIM Law.

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