Category: legal issues

Oregon Coffee Shop Fined $27,470 For COVID-19 Safety Violations

The State of Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Bend coffee shop $27,470 for violating rules designed to protect employees from contracting and spreading COVID-19....

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Kona Labeling Class Action Settlements Reach $13.1 Million

Costco, Marshalls/T.J. Maxx parent company TJX and Gold Coffee Roasters have joined the list of defendants reaching settlement agreements with a group representing farmers from Hawaii’s Kona region. Thus...

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Brazilian Officials Carry Out Interstate Tax Fraud Sting ‘Operation Expresso’

Prosecutors in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Paraná yesterday carried out a widespread probe targeting numerous large coffee businesses, alleging tax evasion, money laundering and other criminal...

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NCA Speaks Out as Battle Over Decaf Labeling Brews

The National Coffee Association (NCA) of the United States has spoken up following media coverage related to a chemical solvent commonly used in the decaffeination of coffee. The chemical...

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Brooklyn Roasting Company Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

New York City’s Brooklyn Roasting Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following a series of financial hardships, the latest stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a New York...

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Ugandan Parliament Approves Coffee Regulations that Reach Farm Level

The Parliament of Uganda last week passed the National Coffee Bill, 2018, taking a major regulatory step forward for the country’s coffee sector as it seeks to exponentially increase...

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Class-Action Suit Claims Some Starbucks Drinkers Getting Shorted on Caffeine

A class-action lawsuit filed last month in California is accusing coffee giant Starbucks of short-changing customers on caffeine. On behalf of plaintiff Teresa Adams, lawyers from the California office...

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Former California Assemblyman Pleads Guilty to Coffee Shop Money Laundering

A former California State Assembly member and owner of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Coffee and Concession Company (MC2), Terrence Patrick “Terry” Goggin has pleaded guilty to money...

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Seattle-Area Coffee Chain Must Void Barista Non-Compete Agreements

Seattle-area coffee chain Mercurys Coffee has agreed to void hundreds of non-compete agreements that staff members, including hourly baristas, were required to sign for employment. A recent King County...

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