The new Department of Justice’s official guidance for holding individuals responsible for corporate wrongdoing will be honored in the breach tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Albany, GA. Instead, any concern about holding individual responsible for wrongdoing will likely be swept aside with a corporate payment of the largest criminal fine ever  in a U.S.…

The judge who knows the more about poison peanut butter than anyone else on the federal bench wants to know what’s up with Peter Pan. Judge W. Louis Sands of the U.S District Court of the Middle District of Georgia gave the government until March 24 to determine the status of U.S. v ConAgra Grocery…

Omaha-based ConAgra Foods Inc. has reached a plea agreement with U.S. attorneys that will see its ConAgra Grocery Products Company plead guilty to a single misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. If accepted by the U.S. District Court in Albany, GA, the plea agreement will end the government’s investigation into the…

The sentencing of 79-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his 51-year-old son, Peter DeCoster, still remains to be done, and it is going to be a little more complicated than originally thought. That is the major takeaway from a federal courtroom in Sioux City, IA, where everything else went down Tuesday entirely as expected. The two…

Eric and Ryan Jensen have requested a “change of plea hearing” from the U.S. District Court in Denver, announcing through their attorneys that a disposition has been reached in the case. The two brothers are charged in connection with one of the most deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness in U.S. history. The request means that,…

Daniel Kilgore, the former Peanut Corporation of America operations manager at Blakely, GA, will likely be the government’s star witness next February when the criminal trial of peanut executives gets under way. Kilgore is now the man in the shadows, where he has waited since entering into a plea agreement with the government for the…