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Looks like BPI got ABC’s insurance money plus $177 million

Disney files reports with SEC showing multi-million settlement in wake of 'pink slime' trial

The confidential settlement reached on June 28 between Beef Products Inc., and Disney-owned ABC News is not entirely a secret anymore. The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly financial filing with the Securities and Executive Commission (SEC) shows a charge of $177 million “net of committed insurance recoveries,” incurred in connection with a litigation settlement. Disney’s financial disclosures appear… Continue Reading

Utah woman sues Costco for taking away her Broadway dream

Chicken salad purchased at Costco, which turned out to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, has ravaged the life of a 20-year-old Utah woman who’s had to give up her lifelong goal of acting on Broadway. Attorneys for Chloe Rodgerson Monday sued the Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corp. in U.S. District Court for the Central Division of… Continue Reading

DeCosters make Top 10 list of cases justices should have heard

It won’t get either of the DeCosters a better place in the lunch line or relief from working a shift in the laundry, but their case has made the “Top Ten” of October-term certiorari petitions the Supreme Court should have granted. The annual list by the 40-year-old Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), which advocates for “a sound free… Continue Reading

Chipotle blames restaurant staff for outbreak; reports on 2Q

Chain tells investors future is bright but uncertain; cites possible litigation, 'government action'

The summertime fall of Chipotle’s stock, which began a week ago when customers reported a norovirus outbreak, isn’t reflected in the chain’s 2Q financials. But foodborne illnesses past and present were an undercurrent Tuesday during an investors’ conference call with executives. Founder and CEO Steve Ells alluded to the cause of the norovirus outbreak among… Continue Reading

Health director reports Chipotle employees were infected

Norovirus outbreak in Virginia tops 135 victims; Chipotle expected to 'take care of them'

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

With at least 135 customers of a Virginia Chipotle Mexican Grill reporting they became ill after eating there July 13-16, the corporation is said to be “taking care of” the victims. Lab results from tests of two customers have confirmed they were sickened by the same strain of norovirus, a highly contagious pathogen that is… Continue Reading

Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law is second to be found unconstitutional

Utah’s law criminalizing “both lying to get into an agricultural operation and filming once inside” violates the First Amendment and has been declared unconstitutional by Federal Judge Robert J. Shelby. The ruling announced late Friday by the U.S. District Court for Utah resolves the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge a state’s so-called ag-gag… Continue Reading

Ontario court fines Creation Foods Co. for kosher food violation

In the first provincial court case prosecuted in Canada for misrepresentation of a kosher food product, Creation Foods Co. of Woodbridge, has been fined $25,000. The corporate entity recently pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening Section 31(1) of the Food and Drugs Act in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket. A manufacturer of frozen… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Why ask why? Because you have a right to know

Smokehouse of NY operated for at least 6 years with Listeria in fish facility; owners, feds knew it

Opinion

This started out to be a news story about how the FDA and DOJ did that thing they do this week — protect the public interest — when they closed down a smoked fish company in New York that had been endangering people’s lives for at least six years. But we brought you that story… Continue Reading

Second class action suit filed in pentobarbital pet food scandal

Texas pet owner Wendy Black has initiated a complaint seeking class action status against Party Animal Inc. and Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. The suit, filed June 6 in the Superior Court for Los Angeles County’s Central District seeks damages “…on behalf of all persons who purchased Party Animal organic brand dog food… Continue Reading

BPI settles with ABC over $1.9 billion defamation claim

“The case is settled,” Judge Cheryle Gering told the jury Wednesday morning, thereby making the first public announcement that BPI and ABC Television had settled the $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit in a confidential agreement. “As permitted under the law of South Dakota, neither the court, the jury nor the public will be told the details… Continue Reading