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|Agricultural Cooperative Antitrust Litigation Continues to Mushroom|
Don T. Hibner; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014Pennsylvania 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,...
|ALJ 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.;
November 27, 2014, previously published on November 23, 2014On 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).
|Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel|
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014In 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...
|Do 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;
November 8, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014Connecticut, 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...
|Minnesota Jury Rules in Favor of Dairy Farmers|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014A 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.
|Steer Clear of Employment Law Issues During Harvest Season|
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014Harvest 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...
|Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook|
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014An 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...
|New Compliance Requirements Affect Producers’ Eligibility for Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies|
Nicholas A. Reister, Rachael M. Roseman; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014In 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...
|Syngenta Faces Additional Lawsuits over MIR162 Corn|
Megan Ruth Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014On 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...
|Keep Your Hands Off the Customers ... and the Cows|
Jennifer B. Rubin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014A 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.