Tag Archives: Lawsuits

Sushi Nakazawa Sued for Mishandling Tips

Source: Grub Street NY

Sushi Nakazawa has been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed by Maimon Kirschenbaum, the lawyer who has sued everyone from Mario Batali to Keith McNally over labor and wage issues. The lawsuit (view it here) — which Kirschenbaum sent to Grub — names co-owners Alessandro Borgognone and chef …

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Walmart Has to Pay $7.5 Million to Shopper Who Broke His Hip Buying a Watermelon

Source: Grub Street NY

A Walmart shopper who broke his hip buying a watermelon can, if he wants, hire a butler to lift the supermarket’s fruit from now on: AL.com reports that Alabama resident Henry Walker will be receiving $7.5 million of the company’s money for injuries he sustained back in 2015, when …

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New York’s Best Slice Shop Is Suing Copycat Pizzerias

Source: Grub Street NY

Joe’s Pizza, the city’s preeminent slice shop, isn’t happy one of its former employees is running a knockoff chain over in Brooklyn that could definitely fool even some seasoned New Yorkers. Victor Zarco spent 17 years at Pino “Joe” Pozzuoli’s famous pizzeria, but departed in 2004 to open …

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Cat Cora Sues Meatpacking Restaurant Fatbird for Using Her Recipes Without Paying

Source: Grub Street NY

Iron Chef Cat Cora has already had a falling out with Fatbird, her four-month-old restaurant in the Meatpacking District. She says her business partner, Sugar Factory‘s owner Charissa Davidovici, hasn’t paid a dime yet for the use of Cora’s name, likeness, and recipes. She filed a lawsuit …

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Very Particular Passenger Sues Airline for Serving Sparkling Wine Instead of Champagne

Source: Grub Street NY

A man in Quebec has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming a Canadian airline inflicted actionable damages by serving him a free glass of sparkling wine that wasn’t Champagne. A skimpy pour isn’t what outraged Daniel Macduff on his Sunwing flight to Cuba for a holiday getaway — it was …

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Lawsuit Claims Danny Meyer’s No-Tipping Movement Is a Plot to Overcharge Customers

Source: Grub Street NY

Several of New York and San Francisco’s top restaurateurs have been hit with a class-action lawsuit that argues that their no-tipping policies are actually part of a “conspiracy” to charge higher prices for food. Filed in a California court, the plaintiffs’ complaint says Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, …

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Jamie Oliver Sued Over His Recipes’ Gluten-Free Labels

Source: Grub Street NY

Jamie Oliver’s website features more than 900 gluten-free recipes, about four times the number available on Gluten.org. But according to a new lawsuit that TMZ dug up, the Gluten Intolerance Group, a nonprofit that owns the “GF” logo seen on food packaging (as well as Gluten.org), …

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California’s Coffee Could Soon Carry Cancer Warnings

Source: Grub Street NY

A lawsuit underway in California is just one step away from forcing Starbucks and other coffee sellers in the state to warn customers that they’re guzzling venti cups of “probable human carcinogens.” It’s the work of a tiny consumer group, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, that’s …

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Instagram-Famous Raw-Cookie-Dough Shop Sued for Allegedly Making People Sick

Source: Grub Street NY

Maybe it’s not so “worry free” after all. Dō — Greenwich Village’s jam-packed shop that peddles raw cookie dough — has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit arguing that its Über-Instagrammed sweets are causing food-borne illnesses. This is unfortunate in a “Death Wish Coffee might actually cause …

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Black Workers at Trump Hotel Steakhouse Allegedly Told It’s ‘White America Time’

Source: Grub Street NY

There is yet another lawsuit against President Trump’s D.C. hotel. Three BLT Prime employees have filed a civil complaint accusing both the steakhouse and the Trump Organization of discriminating against black workers. This puts them in the company of celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian, the …

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Federal Court Says San Francisco Can’t Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

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A federal court has killed San Francisco’s controversial soda-ad warning labels, ruling in a unanimous decision yesterday that forcing brands to put them on advertising violates the First Amendment. In their decision, judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals argued that free speech gives soda-makers the …

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Ex-Employee Claims Shake Shack Let Sick Workers Serve Food

Source: Grub Street NY

A disgruntled ex–Shake Shack employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that one of the chain’s New York locations repeatedly turned a blind eye to workplace-safety violations, and that he got fired for asking his manager about this. Derrick Via worked for the company from 2012 to 2017, and transferred …

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Chefs Aren’t Happy Federal Judges Upheld California’s Foie Gras Ban

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The future’s not looking great for foie gras in California. Fans of the controversial delicacy got dealt a new blow on Friday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it was okay to reinstate a ban, first passed in 2004, that a lower court first overturned in …

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Jessica Biel’s ‘SoHo House for Kids’ Accused of Stealing $430,000 in Tips

Source: Grub Street NY

Workers at Au Fudge — Jessica Biel’s kid-friendly West Hollywood restaurant where elites can park children in front of food while they go enjoy a $14 “MILF” cocktail — are suing the restaurant for a variety of labor violations, the worst of which is allegedly $430,000 worth …

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GrubHub Has Never Been a Food-Delivery Company, Executive Swears

Source: Grub Street NY

GrubHub is currently being sued for its practice of calling its delivery people “independent contractors.” The consequences of the trial, which began last week, could be big — and not for the food-ordering platform alone, but for all companies that rely on the gig economy (Uber, Lyft, Postmates, …

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Colorado Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex Cake Gets Justice Department’s Support

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Trump-administration lawyers want Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to know they’ve got his back. Few plain civilians will remember Phillips, who has run a small bakery in Denver’s suburbs for nearly 25 years, but there’s an excellent chance they remember the drama caused by his refusal to bake …

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Colorado Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex Cake Gets Justice Department’s Support

Source: Grub Street NY

Trump-administration lawyers want Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to know they’ve got his back. Few plain civilians will remember Phillips, who has run a small bakery in Denver’s suburbs for nearly 25 years, but there’s an excellent chance they remember the drama caused by his refusal to bake …

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Judge Throws Out Dozens of Lawsuits About the Wood Pulp in Parmesan

Source: Grub Street NY

The news last February that grated Parmesan cheese contains more wood powder than you probably bargained for understandably got angry consumers up in arms. They filed dozens of lawsuits, arguing they’d been cheated by deceptive labels suggesting the products sold by Kraft Heinz, Walmart, and others were definitely …

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Blue Apron Hit With Multiple Lawsuits Alleging It Misled Investors

Source: Grub Street NY

Blue Apron executives aren’t the only ones wanting a do-over after the meal-kit company’s disastrous IPO. Some investors want their part of the $300 million they threw at it back as well, and they’ve brought in attorneys to see if anything can be done about that. Big law firms …

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Trump Administration Urges Judge to Disregard NYC’s Calorie-Count Law

Source: Grub Street NY

The Trump administration has boldly gone to bat for the food industry’s little guys (like the 2,100-member National Association of Convenience Stores) against New York City. Both the grocery and convenience-store industries are suing the city, which has passed a law requiring them to tell customers how many …

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Customer Claims Chick-fil-A Baked a Rodent Into Her Sandwich Bun

Source: Grub Street NY

A Philadelphia woman is suing Chick-fil-A for allegedly serving her a sandwich that was part dead mouse. Ellen Manfalouti, a 46-year-old Nationwide Insurance employee, claims she found the somewhat desiccated creature baked into a sandwich she ate for lunch last November. When she dug in, she “felt something funny …

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The ‘Pink Slime’ Debacle Cost Disney and ABC at Least $177 Million

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In June, it became clear that Beef Products, Inc.’s Draconian $5.7 billion “pink slime” lawsuit wasn’t going to bankrupt ABC’s news division after all. The two sides settled very rapidly, just three weeks into the South Dakota meat producer’s case, and ABC’s official statement calling it “an …

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Root & Bone Chefs Accused of Pilfering $286,000 of the Restaurant’s Money

Source: Grub Street NY

A new lawsuit argues that the chefs at one of New York’s most high-profile fried-chicken joints found some very creative ways to spend nearly a quarter of a million of the restaurant’s dollars. Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth — Top Chef veterans who have four James Beard Award …

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Food Couriers Say Delivery Services Are Screwing Them Out of Pay

Source: Grub Street NY

Food couriers’ jobs aren’t tough just because they’re schlepping soup around in torrential rainstorms and 12 inches of snow — they’re also generally working as independent contractors à la Uber drivers and other gig-economy workers, meaning their employer legally owes them almost nothing (hourly pay, yes; but forget health or …

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Two Midwest Towns Are Locked in a Vicious Legal Fight Over Their Pierogi Festivals

Source: Grub Street NY

As a type of dumpling, you could say pierogi are sour and come apart pretty easily. Ironically, this also applies to the organizers of a Chicago-area pierogi festival who’re suddenly embroiled in a legal tussle over naming rights.

More or less, the group is fighting with another pierogi-centric event …

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