A Florida federal judge has trimmed allegations that Sazerac Co. duped consumers into believing miniature bottles of malt beverage were whiskey by selling them under the Fireball brand name, but said a consumer can pursue claims that the beverage's bottle and their display case are nevertheless deceptive.
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Fireball Maker Must Still Face Claims It Duped Whiskey Lovers

By Rae Ann Varona

A Florida federal judge has trimmed allegations that Sazerac Co. duped consumers into believing miniature bottles of malt beverage were whiskey by selling them under the Fireball brand name, but said a consumer can pursue claims that the beverage's bottle and their display case are nevertheless deceptive.

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Attys In Chiquita Case Say Victims Can't Proceed Together

By Carolina Bolado

A long-standing rift among plaintiffs' attorneys for victims of violence committed by paramilitary groups funded by Chiquita Brands International Inc. has reached a fever pitch, as attorneys have now told the court they cannot proceed together in a second bellwether trial of the multidistrict litigation set to start next month.

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Cannabis-Infused Drink Cos. Sue Iowa Over New Potency Law

By Jonathan Capriel

Makers of canned drinks infused with hemp-derived THC are urging a federal judge to block an impending state statute that aims to regulate the Iowa cannabinoid market, saying it would swiftly outlaw "approximately 80%" of their current inventory.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Ex-DEA Heads Echo GOP AGs' Call For Pot Rescheduling Hearing

By Sam Reisman

A group of former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration leaders and Republican attorneys general have formally requested administrative hearings on the U.S. attorney general's proposal to reschedule cannabis, according to separate letters sent this week that distinctly echo each other.

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ENFORCEMENT

China Denies Tax Crackdown As 2 Cos. Report $80M In Bills

By Kevin Pinner

China's tax authority denied a nationwide crackdown on companies' old tax returns Thursday, less than a week after a chemical firm facing 500 million yuan ($69 million) in additional liabilities halted production and a beverage maker reported owing 85 million yuan.

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LITIGATION

Insurer Hit With Coverage Suit Over Ohio Grocery Shooting

By Matthew Santoni

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc. is claiming that a security contractor's insurer, Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., has refused to cover its defense costs in a lawsuit over a shooting at a Cleveland, Ohio, store, and was trying to get the grocer to drop its third-party claims against the contractor.

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Ore. Water Treatment Plant Not On Farmland, Tax Court Says

By Sanjay Talwani

Portions of farmland used for a wastewater treatment facility were correctly denied a special farm-use assessment rate, the Oregon Tax Court said, allowing the special rate for other contested areas of the property.

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Brief

Waffle Cone Cos. Settle TM War Over Chocolate-Filled Treats

By George Woolston

A maker of chocolate-filled waffle cone treats has resolved its claims against a rival over alleged trademark violations, according to a stipulation filed Thursday in New Jersey federal court.

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DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Carlyle-KKR, Didi IPO, Open AI

By Tom Zanki

The deals rumor mill is often overflowing with transactions that are reportedly close to being signed, so it can be hard to know which ones to stay on top of.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Best Practices For Chemical Transparency In Supply Chains

A flurry of new and forthcoming regulations in different jurisdictions that require disclosure of potentially hazardous substances used in companies' products and processes will require businesses to take proactive steps to build chemical transparency into their supply chains, and engage robustly and systematically with vendors, says Jillian Stacy at Enhesa.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Ex-CFO Ends Bias Suit Against Anderson Kill In New York

By Rose Krebs

A disability discrimination lawsuit filed in New York federal court against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC by its former chief financial officer has been voluntarily dismissed per a stipulated order submitted by the litigation parties.

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Justices Keep Domestic Abusers Disarmed, Clarify Bruen

By Marco Poggio and Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas man's constitutional challenge to a federal law prohibiting people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms Friday, providing limited guidance to lower courts on how to apply the high court's Second Amendment historical analogue test.

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Justices Strengthen Jury Trial Rights For Stiffer Sentences

By Jeff Overley

The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.

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Trump Says AG Can't Appoint Prosecutor In Mar-A-Lago Case

By Carolina Bolado

Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the statutory authority to promote an independent special counsel to prosecute former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump's attorneys told a Florida federal judge Friday.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Share Public Remarks

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of judge shopping two 2022 suits challenging an Alabama law criminalizing some gender-affirming care for transgender youths have been given 48 hours to turn over any public statements, releases or other information they or their organizations have shared about the disciplinary proceedings, just days ahead of a Monday hearing.

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Delaware's Corporate Law Debate Left 'Blood On The Floor'

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware lawmakers have settled, for now, a rare, bitter, national fight over director rights to cede some powers to big stockholders, but the "Moelis" debate has also boosted friction between board and stockholder camps, with one retired law professor saying underlying litigation had left "blood on the floor."

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Ex-Trump Aide Must Face Hunter Biden's Data Hack Suit

By Gina Kim

A California federal judge has refused to toss Hunter Biden's lawsuit accusing a former Trump White House aide of obtaining and publishing emails and photos purportedly taken from his laptop, finding Biden sufficiently alleged the aide illegally accessed a "protected computer" defined under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 

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Girardi Wants To Block Evidence Of Ex-Clients' Injuries At Trial

By Ryan Boysen

At the upcoming fraud trial of disgraced attorney Tom Girardi, his defense attorneys want to exclude any mention of the horrific injuries suffered by the clients he allegedly stole from, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence that he allegedly spent $25 million to fund the lavish lifestyle of his former celebrity girlfriend.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Series

Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Accenture PLC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Anthropic PBC

Apple Inc.

BNP Paribas SA

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays PLC

Bloomberg

British Broadcasting Corp.

CVC Capital Partners

Cargill Inc.

Chiquita Brands International Inc.

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Discover Financial Services Inc.

EQT AB

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Georgia State University

Giant Eagle Inc.

Instagram Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KKR & Co. Inc.

Kiteworks

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Mid Europa Partners LLP

Moelis & Co.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Rifle Association of America

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New York City Bar Association

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

PG&E Corp.

Paramount Global

Qatar Investment Authority

Sales Inc.

Sazerac Co. Inc.

Shanghai Stock Exchange Ltd.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The Carlyle Group Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

TikTok Inc.

United Network for Organ Sharing

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Anderson Kill

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Baker McKenzie

Beal Sutherland

Belin McCormick

Bernstein Litowitz

Blank Rome

Boies Schiller

Brand Woodward

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Clyde & Co

Cohen Milstein

Cole Schotz

Conrad & Scherer

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Dominick Feld

Dorsey & Whitney

Downey & Cleveland

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Earth & Water Law

Farella Braun

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Williams

Frantz Ward

Freeths LLP

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

James K. Green PA

Jenner & Block

John Exum Law

Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm

Jones Day

Jones Foster

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Kemp Jones

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Silkin

Lightfoot Franklin

Littler Mendelson

Macfarlanes LLP

Marcus & Shapira

McKool Smith

McLaughlin & Stern

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker McCay

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Quinn Emanuel

Reminger Co.

Ropes & Gray

Sasso & Sasso

Schaerr Jaffe

Searcy Denney

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Spratt Endicott

Stein Sperling

Stris & Maher

Tousley Brain

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Wright Law LLC

Young & Ma

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Financial Conduct Authority

Food and Drug Administration

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Archives and Records Administration

New York City Police Department

Ohio Supreme Court

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court