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Court Holds International Cancer Agency Is Not A Private Corporation

by Allen Matkins on

More than a half century ago, the World Health Assembly established the International Agency for Research on Cancer as the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. Although headquartered in Lyon, France,...more

Competition Newsletter April 2018

by Dentons on

Selective distribution: The Paris Court of Appeal applies the principles defined by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Coty preliminary ruling - In a decision opposing Coty France to the online sales...more

DAMITT Q1 2018 Update: Trend Toward Longer Antitrust Merger Investigations Slowing or Reversing, But Activity Levels Similar to...

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - There are signs that the six-year trend toward longer significant investigations may be slowing or reversing. - Significant U.S. merger investigations lasted an average of 9.7 months in Q1 2018, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal reported yesterday that the DOJ will allow Bayer to move forward with its plans to acquire Monsanto, a deal valued at more than $60 billion, after the companies “pledged to sell off additional assets to secure...more

The Bayer/Monsanto Digital Farming Licensing Remedy: Structural or Behavioral?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The European Union (“EU”) recently concluded its investigation of the Bayer Monsanto transaction. As part of the remedy, Bayer has agreed to license to BASF its “entire global digital agriculture product portfolio and...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

Judge appears to cast doubt on the case against glyphosate. March 14 was the final day of testimony in a hearing before Judge Vince Chhabria of the US District Court for the Northern District of California centering on...more

Monsanto and Pairwise Announce R&D Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation in Agriculture with Gene Editing

by Bryan Cave on

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Pairwise Plants (Pairwise), an agricultural startup, have announced a collaboration to advance agriculture research and development by leveraging gene-editing technology. Under the agreement,...more

Bayer/Monsanto: European Commission Continues Its Trend of More Aggressive Divestments to Address Innovation Concerns

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has routinely considered potential harm to innovation as part of its merger assessments, particularly in R&D driven sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology. In recent years, however, the...more

The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

Prop. 65 Litigation Involving Acrylamide Heats Up on Eve of Ruling in Coffee Cases

by Bryan Cave on

California Proposition 65 litigation over acrylamide in food has been heating up lately, receiving national news coverage in anticipation of a ruling in a fiercely contested case involving exposure to acrylamide in...more

Product Liability: 2017 Year in Review

Massachusetts state and federal courts issued a number of important product liability decisions in 2017. The Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation Group at Nutter recently reviewed these cases. Highlighted below are...more

EU Merger Control 2017: Competition in Innovation; EC Prohibiting Deals; Fines for Procedural Infringements; and EU Courts...

by WilmerHale on

2017 saw some highly significant investigations and court judgments in European Union merger control. Notably: ..After detailed investigations and subject to extensive divestments, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared...more

About “About”: “Less Than About 3%” Includes 4%

In Monsanto Technology LLC v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., [2017-1032] (January 5, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that affirmed reexamination examiner’s rejection of claims of U.S. Patent No....more

Monsanto Technology LLC v. E.I. Dupont De Nemours

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Dyk, Reyna, and Wallach. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: Extrinsic evidence can be used to find that an allegedly anticipating reference necessarily includes...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2017

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FDA proposes revoking heart-health claim for soy protein. Citing "inconsistent findings" in research, the FDA announced October 30 that it is proposing to revoke its permission for companies to make a claim that soy...more

Washington State’s Suit Against Monsanto Remanded to State Court

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Clarifying the application of a doctrine called “federal officer jurisdiction,” a federal judge in Washington held that the federal government’s actions involving procurement of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from Monsanto...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chevron CEO John Watson is out in a move that leaves the energy giant without a board-confirmed successor and marks the “dramatic shift under way at big oil companies as they adapt to a prolonged period of lower prices...more

An Unexpected Free Cash Flow Comment from the SEC Staff

It is surprising how much attention free cash flow continues to generate in SEC disclosures. After all, it’s been used for decades as a non-GAAP financial measure....more

California’s Prop 65: More Form Over Substance

California’s Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (affectionately known as “Proposition 65”) has long been the subject of discussion, both pro and con. Much of the conversation is on various issues surrounding...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

by DLA Piper on

"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Federal Court Dismisses Some of Seattle’s PCB Tort Claims

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a blow to the efforts of municipal plaintiffs to pursue environmental damages through product liability theories, a Washington federal court granted Monsanto’s motion to dismiss Seattle’s design defect and failure to warn...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2017

by DLA Piper on

Six consumer groups ask major food companies to oppose regulatory reform bill. On April 11, a coalition of six consumer organizations sent a letter to 11 major food manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains, calling upon...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - February 2017

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. California judge finds Roundup to be a possible cause of cancer. On January...more

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