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Judge: Subpoenas of PCA’s Past Lawyers Now ‘Potentially Moot’

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With jury deliberations on a break until Thursday morning, one set of defense attorneys involved in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives appear certain of victory. These are defense attorneys the jury has never seen since they are former PCA business lawyers who, behind the scenes in the trial,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Seven of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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Anyone involved in a big trial, even as a casual observer, probably feels a little unsettled when the case goes to the jury as we are all just left sitting around and waiting. We don’t wait well. But now, in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA, we wait. The case involving those three former… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: And Now, We Wait

Opinion

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It is now in the hands of the jury. In 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut plant was found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak blamed for the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of 714 more — many of them my clients. Former PCA owner Stewart Parnell and his… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA Over New Poultry Inspection Rule

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Food & Water Watch (FWW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture on Thursday that would stop the implementation of the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The new poultry inspection rule, announced July 31, requires additional microbiological testing at all poultry processing facilities and introduces a fifth inspection system available for U.S. plants to voluntarily… Continue Reading

Defense Attorneys in PCA Criminal Case to Give Closing Arguments Today

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After testimony from 45 witnesses, the often-tedious introduction of 1,000 pages of documents, and difficulty getting some evidence, the prosecuting attorney decided to end on the 32nd day of the trial where it began — with Stewart Parnell’s emails. In closing arguments to the 12-member jury, K. Alan Dasher, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle… Continue Reading

Closing Arguments Today in Peanut Corporation of America Criminal Trial

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The jury today will hear closing arguments in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case in Albany, GA. One of the final acts in a drama six years in the making, the closings will get underway on the 32nd day of the twice-delayed trial that began July 28 in U.S. District Court for the Middle… Continue Reading

Attorneys for Stewart Parnell Say They Will Not Call Any Witnesses

Prosecution Wraps Up in PCA Criminal Trial

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Defense attorneys for former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) owner Stewart Parnell said today they wouldn’t be calling any witnesses in the federal criminal trial underway in Albany, GA. They made the announcement after the government concluded presenting its case against Parnell, his peanut broker brother Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson, PCA’s former quality control… Continue Reading

FTC Settlement With Green Coffee Extract Maker Includes $3.5-Million Fine

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TV’s Dr. Oz says that he personally believes unroasted green coffee is a “miracle” and a “fat-burner,” but he accepts no money for promoting it. He is also very specific in saying that consumers should purchase only those green coffee extracts carrying either the Green Coffee Antioxidant (GCA®) or Svetol® trademarks. Austin, TX-based Applied Food… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Six of the PCA Trial

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This past Thursday, a juror in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives became ill about two hours into the court session. Judge W. Louis Sands opted to send the entire jury home and adjourned the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Georgia early for the day. Even… Continue Reading

Main Concerns About Idaho’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Survive State’s Dismissal Motion

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Animal activists cannot sue Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and one part of the Gem State’s agricultural protection law stands without review. But U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill is allowing a challenge to four other sections of Idaho’s “ag-gag” law to go forward on the basis of three legal concerns. In his ruling issued… Continue Reading