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HTMLAgricultural Cooperative Antitrust Litigation Continues to Mushroom
Don T. Hibner; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
Pennsylvania District Court certifies five year ruling for interlocutory appeal, that mushroom cooperative is not immune from antitrust claims based upon “advice of counsel” argument. In Re Mushroom Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 2:06-cv-00620, (E.D. Pa. October 17,...


HTMLALJ Bullock Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Light Reflectors And Components (337-TA-924)
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on November 23, 2014
On November 20, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 12 in Certain Light Reflectors And Components, And Packaging, and Related Advertising Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-924).


HTMLHave Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
In order to legally sell, label, or represent a product as “organic” in the United States, the product must comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations (the “NOP”). In practice, this means that the production or handling operation must be certified by an...


HTMLDo You Really Want to Know What’s in Your Food? Connecticut Requires Labeling for Genetically Modified Foods
Eric W. F. Niederer; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014
Connecticut, the first state to pass a law that requires labeling for genetically engineered foods, is being joined by states with similar labeling requirements, but no labeling mandates. Despite the reluctance of some states to enact these labeling regulations, it appears that the trend is moving...


HTMLMinnesota Jury Rules in Favor of Dairy Farmers
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
A jury has awarded the owners of a family farm near Pine River, Minnesota damages based on claims against a local electric cooperative. The family claimed that stray voltage caused issues with its dairy cows.


HTMLSteer Clear of Employment Law Issues During Harvest Season
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
Harvest time is often the busiest time of the season for Michigan’s farms, orchards, vineyards and other agricultural operations. It’s also peak employment season, requiring new workers and resources to keep up with the demands of the harvest, the proclivities of nature, and the nuances...


HTMLBest Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers in the agricultural industry have at their disposal to communicate with employees about important workplace issues. It also can serve as an excellent defense to claims. Having a handbook signals to employees that the business regards...


HTMLNew Compliance Requirements Affect Producers’ Eligibility for Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies
Nicholas A. Reister, Rachael M. Roseman; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
In 2014, Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Act”), more commonly known as the 'Farm Bill,' which included many significant changes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these new provisions are designed to provide “flexibility, accountability, and...


HTMLSyngenta Faces Additional Lawsuits over MIR162 Corn
Megan Ruth Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
On October 3rd, corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska filed multiple class action lawsuits against Syngenta related to MIR162, the Agrisure Viptera trait. The class actions come on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply Company in...


HTMLKeep Your Hands Off the Customers ... and the Cows
Jennifer B. Rubin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
A federal district court in Washington has confirmed that an employer’s relationship with the cows that its employees serviced is insufficient to establish a legitimate protectable interest to enforce a non-compete.


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