Tag Archives: Lawsuits

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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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Club Drugs May Be Inside Your ‘100% Natural’ Chicken

Source: Grub Street NY

Your all-natural breast fillets might be coming from a bird that secretly clubbed all night to EDM. According to a new lawsuit filed by consumer-advocacy groups, ketamine is one of several “other pharmaceuticals” that recently turned up in USDA tests of Sanderson Farms’ supposedly “100% Natural” chicken. Three consumer groups — …

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Disgruntled Investors Are Suing the Owners of Brooklyn’s Trendiest Pizzerias

Source: Grub Street NY

Any number of factors can doom a restaurant, even one that appears successful by all traditional metrics. Brooklyn favorite Bark Hot Dogs seemed poised to be a fast-casual success, only to vanish in a matter of weeks. Keith McNally’s Pastis was famously pushed out of its space in …

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Chipotle Warned Investors for Years That It Was Vulnerable to Security Hacks

Source: Grub Street NY

Lawsuits have started piling up in response to Chipotle’s recent data breach, and lawyers in one particular case have made an interesting discovery by digging through the burrito chain’s annual financial filings. In the suit they filed for their client, an Arizona …

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Canada’s ‘Pirate’ Trader Joe’s Has Agreed to Throw in the Towel

Source: Grub Street NY

Pour one out for Vancouver’s supplies of Speculoos Cookie Butter. The five-plus-year reign of Pirate Joe’s, Canada’s rogue Trader Joe’s, has come to a sad, permanent end. Mike Hallatt started his unsanctioned resell shop in 2012, after moving to Vancouver from California. He couldn’t …

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‘Pink Slime’ Trial Opens With Billions on the Line for ABC News

Source: Grub Street NY

Attorneys gave opening statements yesterday in the defamation trial over ABC’s 2012 exposé on “pink slime.” The lawsuit, which was brought by Beef Products, Inc., a former industry heavyweight that claims the report almost single-handedly ruined its business, is one of the largest ever against a …

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A Blogger Is Suing Food Network for Allegedly Copying Her Viral Cupcake Video

Source: Grub Street NY

Food blogger Elizabeth LaBau, who runs the website SugarHero, created a viral recipe for snow-globe cupcakes back in 2014. Took a little trial and error, but she found a relatively painless way to make edible clear globes by wrapping gelatin sheets around inflated balloons. The trick …

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Woman Sues Jelly Belly for Deceptive Practice of Adding Sugar

Source: Grub Street NY

A California woman is suing Jelly Belly for supposedly tricking her, someone who bought jelly beans with 25 grams of carbs per ounce, into believing this product contained a negligible amount of sugar. Jessica Gomez filed her case earlier this year in California, arguing that the “fancy phrasing” …

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A Mission Cantina Investor Is Suing Danny Bowien for $426,000

Source: Grub Street NY

Danny Bowien’s Mexican-ish restaurant Mission Cantina never caught on the way his bicoastal smash hit Mission Chinese has, and after three shape-shifting years, the chef closed it in December. Running a profitable business in that pricey Lower East Side location proved to be a …

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Woman Burned by Starbucks Coffee Wins $100,000 in Court

Source: Grub Street NY

Another reminder that hot coffee and those sucky plastic to-go lids remain one of life’s worst combinations: A Florida woman who got scalded by coffee in a Starbucks café’s drive-through was awarded $100,000 this week for the injuries she sustained. The jury in the case agreed that the …

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A Fired Pastry Chef Is Suing Mario Batali for Discrimination

Source: Grub Street NY

Babbo is under fire from an axed employee. On Wednesday, former pastry chef Isaac Franco Nava filed a discrimination lawsuit that names Mario Batali, his business partner Joe Bastianich, related businesses, and several co-workers as defendants. He alleges that he was wrongfully terminated after complaining to …

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Alex Jones Admits Defeat in Battle Against Yogurt Empire

Source: Grub Street NY

Alex Jones has learned the hard way that you can’t go up against Big Yogurt and emerge unscathed. A few weeks after losing a custody battle with his ex-wife, the conspiracy theorist settled a defamation lawsuit brought against him by Chobani.

In mid-April, Jones’s …

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Trump Files Motion to Dismiss Cork Wine Bar Lawsuit

Source: Washingtonian Food

President Trump’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss an unfair competition lawsuit from Cork Wine Bar alleging that the his continued affiliation with his DC hotel puts competing businesses at a disadvantage. Cork Wine Bar owners Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross filed their suit in March, claiming they’re losing business from foreign dignitaries, lobbyists, government officials, and others who want to curry favor from […]

Trump Files Motion to Dismiss Cork Wine Bar Lawsuit” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Did Monsanto Hire Online Trolls to Attack Critics?

Source: Grub Street NY

Even our agriculture wars are being waged with trolls. In the U.S. district court in San Francisco, plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit have accused Monsanto of using online trolls to counter negative posts online. The accusations were revealed after a judge ruled that pretrial documents from …

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Pho 14 and Adams Morgan Landlord Locked In Lawsuits Over Chemicals on Property

Source: Washingtonian Food

Vietnamese restaurant Pho 14 and its Adams Morgan landlord have been engaged in a legal battle for nearly two years about whether there’s any danger from chemicals found at the property, most likely lingering from a former dry cleaning plant. The landlord, who’s redeveloping the neighboring property into a mixed-use building, claims that elevated levels of a carcinogen […]

Pho 14 and Adams Morgan Landlord Locked In Lawsuits Over Chemicals on Property” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Brooklyn Café Sues Starbucks for Stealing the Unicorn Latte

Source: Grub Street NY

In April, Starbucks unleashed its Unicorn Frappuccino, a drink inspired by what its Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino would look like if you took too many shrooms. But one New York café is crying foul over the chain’s attempt to cash in on the unicorn-food trend, an …

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Alex Jones Is Now Being Sued by Chobani Yogurt

Source: Grub Street NY

While far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is in the midst of a custody battle with his ex-wife, he faces another set of legal troubles: a lawsuit from America’s premiere Greek-yogurt brand.

Jones — who, from the looks of it, has likely never enjoyed a …

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Brooklyn Graffiti Artists Claim McDonald’s Stole Their Work to Sell Burgers

Source: Grub Street NY

McDonald’s has a new campaign that a group of artists say co-opts their work without permission. A documentary-style video in the Netherlands highlights “the Vibe of Bushwick NY,” and the problem is that said video features the work of street artists who say they never consented to …

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Association for Restaurant Workers Joins Lawsuit Against Trump

Source: Grub Street NY

A pair of plaintiffs will join a lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause. The once-obscure provision bars American officials from accepting gifts from foreign powers, in an effort to prevent the purchasing of influence. The lawsuit specifically argues that Trump violates the …

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The Trump Organization Settled Its Lawsuit With Geoffrey Zakarian, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

People yearning for a real-life courtroom drama starring the sitting president won’t be getting it from either of the lawsuits filed after President Trump’s D.C. hotel lost its two celebrity chefs. On Friday, the Trump Organization and José Andrés announced they’d settled for an undisclosed amount, …

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The Trump Organization and Chef José Andrés Settled Their Lawsuit

Source: Grub Street NY

At last, after two years of legal battles, chef José Andrés and the Trump Organization, now run by Eric and Donald Jr., have reached a settlement. A refresher: Andrés, an immigrant from Spain, had planned on opening a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post …

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