Tag Archives: Lawsuits

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

Source: Grub Street NY

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

Source: Grub Street NY

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

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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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

Source: Grub Street NY

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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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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Philly Restaurant Veteran Calls B.S. On the Zahav Lawsuit

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo via iStockPhoto

Ed. Note: Yesterday, we told you that Zahav had agreed to pay servers $230,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant. Since then, we’ve had countless comments, emails, phone calls and texts from people reacting to the story. Here, a Philly restaurant veteran of two decades agreed to give us his take, under the condition that we don’t use his name. He is not employed by Zahav or any of the related restaurants.

As a 20-year veteran of the hospitality scene in Philadelphia, it really broke my heart to see Steve Cook, Michael Solomonov and ...

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Zahav Agrees to Pay Servers $230,000 in Class-Action Suit

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Zahav photographed by Pariss Briggs

In December, former Zahav server Tanya Peters filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that the Society Hill restaurant owed servers big bucks, and now Philly Mag has learned that Zahav has agreed to pay to settle the case.

The lawsuit alleged that Zahav was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and Philadelphia’s Gratuity Protection Bill (GPB) by making servers share their tips with non-server employees.

For instance, Peters claimed, she paid the silverware polisher $5 per shift out of her tips, while the GPB states that a server’s gratuities ...

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Chipotle Shareholders Are Now Suing the Company

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been a hard week for ol’ Chipotle: On Tuesday, a franchise in Virginia closed briefly after multiple customers fell violently ill with what turned out to be norovirus, a throwback to the Great Chipotle Poisonings of 2015. But there’s more, because while burrito fans were getting sick …

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Here Are the People Who Could Stop the Whole Foods–Amazon Deal

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s swallowing of Whole Foods understandably has supermarket chains and meal-kit companies alike sweating bullets, but even if they were dead set on blowing up the merger, they really couldn’t; a full derailment would require either angry shareholders (who still have to officially approve it) or a …

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Woman Sues Disneyland Paris After Getting Burned by a Crème-Brûlée Torch

Source: Grub Street NY

A mom of two says she suffered blowtorch burns to the face while eating dinner at a Disneyland Paris restaurant. Erica Osbourne, a 37-year-old British woman, claims it happened when a clumsy chef tried finishing off her crème brûlée at the park’s Newport Bay Club Hotel. His brûlée-ing got …

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ABC Settles Billion-Dollar ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit

Source: Grub Street NY

ABC announced this morning that it’s reached a surprise settlement in its “pink slime” trial with Beef Products, Inc., the South Dakota meat producer that filed a terrifying $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network for its 2012 exposé. In a statement, ABC says it’s “reached an amicable …

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Dunkin’ Donuts Sued for Making Its ‘Steak’ Sandwich Out of Ground Beef

Source: Grub Street NY

All meat-loving Americans love a good steak-and-eggs breakfast, so of course Dunkin’ Donuts has a bagel sandwich — the Angus Steak & Egg — that tries to mine the combo’s immense popularity. Dishonor such a seminal dish, though, and somebody will come for your neck, as the chain has …

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