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Old Bay Maker Understandably Upset About ‘New Bae’ Spice Mix
A new lawsuit aims to shut down the copycat.
New Lawsuit Claims There’s Insecticide in LaCroix
A woman is suing LaCroix maker National Beverage Corp. for allegedly misleading consumers into thinking the drink is all-natural.
After Sexual-Assault Suit, Mike Isabella’s Restaurant Group to File Bankruptcy
He says sales dropped significantly.
Woman Sues Mario Batali, Alleging He Groped Her
It’s the first sexual-harassment lawsuit against the chef.
California May Walk Back Cancer Warning for Coffee
New research showing that coffee is benign has a state agency calling for the removal of cancer warnings on everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage.
Necco Factory Workers Sue Former Owners
Round Hill Investments is accused of failing to give advance warning before they suddenly laid off employees last Tuesday.
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Fast-food Companies Move to Make Workers’ Lives Slightly Less Miserable
The practice effectively amounted to franchises “owning” their employees.
By Chloe Co-Founder Sues to Keep Products Out of Whole Foods
Chloe Coscarelli claims that the declining quality of the restaurant chain’s food is damaging her personal reputation and brand.
This Breathtaking Burger Rant Is a Rallying Cry for All the Cheese-Haters
“A hamburger does not have cheese. A hamburger with cheese is called a ‘cheeseburger.’”
He Tried to Buy Breakfast at Burger King — He Ended Up Spending 3 Months in Jail
The store claimed his $10 bill was fake. It wasn’t, and now he’s suing for $1 million.
Mario Batali’s Restaurant Group Settled a New Lawsuit for $2 Million
They paid out a $5.25 million tip-skimming suit in 2012.
Chef Mike Isabella Settles Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment at His Restaurants
Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the chef promises “corrective measures” to ensure an abuse-free workplace.
Coffee Trader Made Famous in Dave Eggers Book Sued for Racketeering
A lawsuit alleging “numerous unlawful acts” also names Blue Bottle as a co-conspirator.
A New Lawsuit Aims to Oust Jose Garces From His Restaurants
They want the struggling chef removed entirely from his first three Philly restaurants.
Sony Sues Brewery Over
Beer — Even Though They Seem to Love It
The show’s production company supposedly praised it in 2015.
John Besh and Alon Shaya Have Settled Their Long-Running Legal Dispute
Besh’s hospitality group will keep Shaya the restaurant, and “Shaya” the name.
By Chloe Chef Says Co-Founder Sent Her ‘Threatening Messages’
Chloe Coscarelli’s latest lawsuit says ESquared’s CEO waged a “threatening campaign” to steal her brand.
Former Employee of Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella Files New Lawsuit
The new complaint alleges that NDAs were used to hush accounts of sexual harassment.
Coffee Will Carry a Cancer Warning in California
A judge just ruled that Starbucks and other companies could not sufficiently prove that no risk exists.
Waiter Fired for Excessive Rudeness Says He Was Just Being ‘French’
He complains it’s discrimination to call his behavior “aggressive, rude, and disrespectful.”
Pabst Sued for Saying Some of Its Beer Is Fancier Than It Really Is
Olympia Beer supposedly contains “pure mountain water,” but is brewed near an EPA Superfund site.
Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella Sued for Sexual Harassment
A former employee is seeking $4 million in damages.
Lindt Chocolate Sues Harvey Weinstein’s Company for $133,000 Worth of Chocolate
The truffle-maker wants a refund for sponsoring the film company’s Golden Globes party.
Couple Claims Starbucks Served Them a Frappuccino Tainted With a Barista’s Blood
The manager allegedly offered “free drinks for a week.”
Records Show Years of Sexual-Misconduct Complaints at Applebee’s and IHOP
They’re reportedly the only two chains sued four times since 2010.
5 Women Have Sued Monster Energy, Alleging a Culture of Abuse
Beverage-industry sexism isn’t rare, and they claim Monster’s was “on a whole new level.”
Former Beatrice Inn Staff Push Back After Glowing
Profile on Angie Mar
Some employees feel the story is gravely inaccurate.
The Joe’s Pizza Copycat in Brooklyn Gets to Keep Its Name
But the business has to remove the “confusingly similar” sign.
Alon Shaya Wants to Remove His Name From John Besh’s Restaurant Group
Alon Shaya says he “simply wants his name disconnected with these ‘toxic’ parties.”
5 Female Kitchen Workers Sue McCormick & Schmick’s for Sexual Harassment
They compare working in the kitchen to “being treated like a prostitute.”
Sushi Nakazawa Sued for Mishandling Tips
It’s alleged that owner Alessandro Borgognone and chef Daisuke Nakazawa failed to pay overtime and the minimum wage.
Walmart Has to Pay $7.5 Million to Shopper Who Broke His Hip Buying a Watermelon
The produce-aisle incident left him walker-bound.
New York’s Best Slice Shop Is Suing Copycat Pizzerias
If you’re knocking off Joe’s, probably need a better name than “Joe’s Pizza of the Village.”
Cat Cora Sues Meatpacking Restaurant Fatbird for Not Paying Her $400,000
She wants money and an injunction against further use of her name.
Passenger Sues Airline for Serving Sparkling Wine Instead of Champagne
This is about more than “subtle differences between effervescent wines.”
Lawsuit Says Danny Meyer’s No-Tipping Movement Is a Plot to Overcharge Customers
It accuses about a dozen big-name restaurateurs of “horizontal price fixing.”
Jamie Oliver Sued Over His Recipes’ Gluten-Free Labels
The nonprofit that owns the “GF” symbol claims he’s using a knockoff version.
California’s Coffee Could Soon Carry Cancer Warnings
A lawsuit argues that the drink contains a cancer-causing chemical.
Instagram-Famous Raw-Cookie-Dough Shop Sued for Allegedly Making People Sick
Plaintiffs say they were “obviously disappointed” to learn that Dō’s raw dough can actually make people sick.
Black Workers at Trump Hotel Steakhouse Allegedly Told It’s ‘White America Time’
BLT Prime employees claim they got screwed on shifts and dealt with racist co-workers.
Federal Court Says San Francisco Can’t Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads
Judges asked why the label isn’t on products with “equal or greater amounts” of sugar.
Ex-Employee Claims Shake Shack Let Sick Workers Serve Food
His $1 million lawsuit alleges that the chain fired him for complaining.
Chefs Aren’t Happy Federal Judges Upheld California’s Foie Gras Ban
“Don’t we have anything better to do than attack foie gras?”
Jessica Biel’s ‘SoHo House for Kids’ Accused of Stealing $430,000 in Tips
Workers are suing for wage theft and a long list of other labor violations.
GrubHub Has Never Been a Food-Delivery Company, Executive Swears
It’s part of the company’s legal strategy to ensure that delivery people remain “independent contractors.”
Colorado Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex Cake Gets Justice Department’s Support
The Trump administration will argue before the Supreme Court that pastry is a form of protected speech.
Judge Throws Out Dozens of Lawsuits About the Wood Pulp in Parmesan
He said reasonable people assume cheese that’s “unrefrigerated for an extended period of time” contains additives.
Blue Apron Hit With Multiple Lawsuits Alleging It Misled Investors
Its historically bad IPO has brought out the lawyers.
Trump Administration Urges Judge to Disregard NYC’s Calorie-Count Law
The FDA sided with the grocery industry’s lawsuit seeking to block enforcement.
Customer Claims Chick-fil-A Baked a Rodent Into Her Sandwich Bun
She reportedly “still” has nightmares and is suing.