Dismissal from a Putative Class Action Lawsuit
Secured dismissal from a putative class action in the Eastern District of New York for the client, an au pair organization. The plaintiff asserted minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law, and the wage and hour laws of all other states; and sought to represent a nationwide FLSA collective action and a nationwide state wage-and-hour law class action. After moving to compel arbitration or dismiss, the plaintiff dismissed the client from the lawsuit.
Complete Dismissal of Multimillion-Dollar California Class Action for Pet Products Manufacturer
Secured significant victory for our client, a pet products manufacturer, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiff alleged products were mislabeled and asserted fraud, warranty, and consumer protection claims; and sought to represent a nationwide class seeking more than $5 million in damages. After initial motions practice and discovery, the Court granted dismissal of all claims.
Multimillion-Dollar Litigation Victory in Disputed Business Acquisition
Represented animal product manufacturer in investigation of regulatory defects in business acquired by client and litigation for breaches of acquisition agreement. Successfully prosecuted federal court litigation alleging more than $7 million in damages, resulting in highly favorable settlement for client.
$1 Million-Plus in Tax Liability Avoided
Secured several releases for employment and tax-related claims against a client. Inaccurate tax advice had led the company’s board of directors to issue options that did not comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. We were able to avoid tax liabilities for the client and option holders without triggering IRS action, and obtained release agreements from all option holders.
National Dairy Counsel for Global Beverage Company
Served as nationwide dairy counsel for a global beverage company, specifically focusing on distribution regulations and agreements. On an ongoing basis, Armstrong Teasdale attorneys regularly support product launches, including product analysis, label review, distribution guidance and dairy regulation compliance for various product lines including juices, sodas and carbonated beverages, flavored waters and energy drinks.
Regulatory Counsel for Animal Feed, Nutrition Product Manufacturer
Provided counsel to a manufacturer of animal feed and other health and nutrition products regarding label compliance and regulation domestically and abroad.