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The Produce Reporter Week in Review – January 5, 2024

- Analysis
Pamela calls in from Bavaria, where she checks out the retail trends in Europe. News slows down around the holidays but Greg says a federal indictment for produce inspection fraud spiced things up.

Another lawsuit filed in cantaloupe outbreak

- General News
The national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates has filed another lawsuit in the Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak linked to Malichita and Rudy branded cantaloupe distributed by Sofia Produce, L.L.C. (Trufresh).

Federal produce inspector indicted for accepting bribes

- General News
A federal grand jury last week indicted a Mansfield, TX, man for submitting false inspection reports in exchange for bribe payments, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.

Food safety lawyers file first lawsuit in cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak

- General News
The Pritzker Hageman food safety lawyers have filed the first lawsuit arising from a fast-growing Salmonella Sundsvall outbreak linked to Trufresh cantaloupe sold under the brand names Malichita and Rudy.

Lawsuit alleges mismanagement harming Dollar General shareholder value

- Retail
A lawsuit alleges Dollar General Corporation made false and misleading statements regarding its business prospects.

Courts approve consent injunction and agreed order establishing PACA claims procedure for Berry People, LLC

- General News
On October 25, 2023, in the United States District Court for the Norther District of California, under case number 23-cv-03487, a Consent Injunction and Agreed Order Establishing PACA Claims Procedure was granted against Berry People, LLC, Hollister, CA.

Groundwater lawsuit leads to carrot boycott

- Analysis
A struggle over water rights has led to a carrot boycott in California’s Cuyama Valley north of Santa Barbara. The cause of contention is groundwater rights.

UPDATE: Trinity withdraws motion against Prima Wawona

- General News
On November 3, Trinity Fruit Company, Inc. argued that the expedited sale prevents Trinity from receiving payment of $42,790 plus 18 percent annual interest, which it says is guaranteed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Civil ag lawsuits filed for the Week of November 9, 2023

- Blue Book Services
The following table reflects agricultural-related lawsuits filed in a United States District Court over the last 30 days.

Why the FTC beef with Amazon excludes grocery

- Featured
The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general sued Amazon Inc., September 26, alleging that the online retailer is a monopolist that uses anticompetitive and unfair strategies to illegally maintain its monopoly power.