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“Pass the Heinz” Campaign Pours Out Earned Media Value

by Blattel Communications on

One of my favorite stories of late is Kraft Heinz’ intention to make a series of ads that Don Draper, of the fictional drama Mad Men, pitched on the show, which ended in 2015. The ads feature various shots of foods that are...more

SEC Brings Two Insider Trading Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed two insider trading cases in the last two days where the person with access to the inside information traded and profited. One case is being litigated in federal district court. SEC v. Alpert, Civil...more

Pass the…Creative Work

I laughed when I saw yesterday’s Adweek article about Heinz adopting Don Draper’s “Pass the Heinz” pitch from the hit show “Mad Men.” Given the lackluster creativity observed from the Super Bowl ads, have we actually reached...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned about KraftHeinz’s offer to merge with Unilever only after it had been rejected. And now it appears to be off the table completely—all $143 billion of it....more

Third Circuit Affirms Rescission of $25 Million Contaminated Products Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In H.J. Heinz Co. v. Starr Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 16-1447 (3d Cir. Jan. 11, 2017), the Third Circuit affirmed a District Court’s order allowing insurer Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company (“Starr”) to rescind a $25...more

Contaminated Product Insurance Policy Held Void Due To Insured’s Misrepresentations

by Dickinson Wright on

A federal appeals court recently held void a product contamination policy issued to H.J. Heinz Company on the basis that Heinz failed to disclose previous contamination claims on its insurance application. In 2014, Heinz...more

Product Contamination: Strong Underwriting is Key

by Zelle LLP on

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act, regarded by many as a major reform of the food safety provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, significantly expanded the powers of the U.S. Food and Drug...more

The Devil’s in the Details: Court Dismisses “Made in the U.S.A.” Fraud Claims against Heinz Because Plaintiff Failed to Allege...

On April 22, 2016, in Alaei v. Kraft Heinz Food Co. (“Heinz”), No. 3:15-cv-02961, Southern District of California Judge Michael M. Anello granted defendant Heinz’s motion to dismiss without prejudice plaintiff Suzanne Alaei’s...more

“‘Tis As Easy As Lying”: Pennsylvania Court Rescinds Policy of Corporate Giant

by Carlton Fields on

Claims, arguments and tactics that are familiar from coverage disputes with consumers are increasingly being used against carriers by large corporate insureds—often with the assistance of well-known plaintiffs’ firms. Once in...more

New York Rescission Law Strikes Again: Lessons Learned From the Voiding of Heinz’s Product Contamination Insurance Policy

by K&L Gates LLP on

An increasingly popular tool in the insurer’s toolset is attempted rescission of the policy. This tool is particularly sharp if the law applicable to the construction of the policy is that of New York. Earlier this week, the...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Insurance Recovery Law - November 2015

Despite Prior Suits, Policyholder Entitled to Coverage for DOJ Investigation - Why it matters: A policyholder was entitled to coverage for a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation despite already facing possibly...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - July 2015

by Perkins Coie on

THIS NEWSLETTER AIMS to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - District Court Dismisses and Stays False...more

Heinz Seeks “Smart” De Novo Review In Light Of B&B Hardware

H.J. Heinz Co. (“Heinz”) filed a federal lawsuit recently against Boulder Brands USA (“Boulder”) seeking to vacate and reverse a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision finding that Boulder’s SMART BALANCE trademark is not...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - First Quarter 2015

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Chancery Court Denies Enforcement of Drag-Along Right in Transaction Where Notice to Minority Stockholders Improperly Provided After Majority Stockholder Approval...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2014, 2nd Edition -- Acquisition Financing in the United...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

2014 Expected to be a Stronger Year for Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States - In 2014, the United States is expected to see an increased level of mergers and acquisitions activity, especially in the middle...more

Anticipation . . . But, Heinz is Not Keeping Melinda’s Habanero Ketchup Waiting

Last month Heinz, a brand “synonymous with ketchup throughout the world,” and a seller of “650 million bottles of Heinz ketchup each year,” brought a federal trademark infringement and dilution lawsuit in Texas to enforce...more

Identity of Heinz Traders Uncovered in $4.8 Million Insider Trading Settlement with the SEC

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission reminded the public that the agency can track insider trading committed in the United States by foreign account owners. Following its commencement of an action in February...more

Federal Circuit Determines It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Dispute With Heinz

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Under the America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Federal Circuit has jurisdiction over appeals based on a civil action “in which a party has asserted a compulsory counterclaim arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents.”...more

Using Pennsylvania Law to Defend the Heinz Merger with Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital

by Reed Smith on

Over the past several years, shareholder litigation challenging mergers and acquisitions has become a virtual certainty in any sizeable deal. A recent decision from a state court in Pittsburgh illustrates how Pennsylvania law...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Against Directors of H.J. Heinz Under Cuker v. Mikalauskas and the...

by Dechert LLP on

The Honorable Christine Ward of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh dismissed a consolidated shareholder derivative suit against the Board of Directors of H.J. Heinz Co. (“Heinz”) following a...more

Heinz's Lawyer: Inside the Berkshire/3G Deal [Video]

by Bloomberg Law on

Mar. 12 (Bloomberg) -- John Bick, head of the Corporate Department at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his representation of H.J. Heinz Co. in its recent acquisition by Warren...more

SEC And FBI Try To Ketchup To Heinz Insider Traders

In the latest development in an SEC lawsuit filed Friday, February 15, U.S. District Judge Rakoff extended a freeze on a Swiss Goldman Sachs account linked to possible insider trading in H.J. Heinz Company call options. The...more

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