Richard Goldfarb

Richard Goldfarb

Richard Goldfarb has a national reputation for expertise in all manner of commercial transactions, with particular emphasis on secured financing and sales and leases of goods. He has been active in the food and agricultural sector for over 25 years, and has done extensive work for clients in the dairy, fruit and biofuels industries, as well as lenders to farmers, packers and agricultural cooperatives. He is experienced in complex commercial transactions, including foreign and domestic sales; secured transactions for banks, other financial institutions and borrowers; and in essentially all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code. Rick also serves as a general corporate counselor.

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Is Paleo the New Black?

An article by two lawyers at Reed Smith, Drew Amoroso and David S. Reidy, entitled “Is ‘Paleo’ The Next Battleground In Food Litigation?”, reminded me of this prior article, the one I wanted to call “Don’t Make Artisan the New Natural”.   Their article is behind a pay wall, but it’s worthwhile reading if you can … Continue Reading

When to Call the Whole Thing Off

People who aren’t intellectual property lawyers often mix up trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret protection.  Each provides a different kind of protection for a different kind of property interest, and they generally don’t overlap.  There are also different protections awarded under federal and state (and sometimes foreign) law for different forms of intellectual property, … Continue Reading

POM Wonderful’s Belated Christmas Gift

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed POM Wonderful a belated Christmas gift, and an unusual one at that. It reversed the denial of a preliminary injunction in a case it had brought against PUR Beverages, a d/b/a of Robert G. Hubbard, Jr., and the marketer of a beverage called “pŏm”. According to their … Continue Reading

The U.S. Loses Its COOL. Again.

As you have probably read, the United States lost another round in its fight with Canada and Mexico in front of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) over country of origin labeling (“COOL”) rules relating to beef and pork.  Unless an appeal is upheld, or our rules change, Canada and Mexico will have the right to … Continue Reading

Seed Libraries Don’t Breed Agri-Terrorism and Other Reasons We Are Not a Breaking News Blog

In July, there was a story going round about how the Seed Library at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania was being shut down for fears of “agri-terrorism.” Indeed, according to one story, this was being done by the USDA and “Cumberland County Library System Executive Director Jonelle Darr was told that the … Continue Reading

A Cereal. A Rabbi. A Peppercorn.

What can you say about an internet contracting strategy that died? I’m referring, of course, to General Mills’ abortive attempt to include new terms of service on all its internet and social media products, including an agreement to arbitrate and to waive any right to a class action, that came and went so fast I … Continue Reading

Locavore To the Max

Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has an interesting take in a new article on her Health Populi blog about "km zero", a food movement she describes as "the future of food."  Basically, it takes locavore standards to the max, seeking to source food as close to you as possible, for the freshest and the best ingredients, including … Continue Reading

A “Vibe” is Not Enough: Ben & Jerry’s “All Natural” Case Loses Class Certification

You’ll remember the scene from "Casablanca." Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) comes in and Rick (Humphrey Bogart) says, "Your unexpected visit isn’t connected by any chance with the letters of transit. It seems as long as I have those letters, I’ll never be lonely." That’s sort of how I feel about "all natural" product labeling litigation. So … Continue Reading

California About to Adopt General Industrial Storm Pemit

Our colleagues at the California Environmental Law Blog note the General Industrial Storm Water Permit is slated for adoption on April 1, 2014.  Everyone in the California food industry from owners of feedlots to operators of manufacturing facilities will find this very important and should follow developments as Ryan Waterman and Missy Foster report on … Continue Reading

FREE ABA Roundtable this Thursday

Our distinguished alumnus, founder and former fearless leader, Ken Odza, has sent out an invitation to a FREE ABA Roundtable this coming Thursday, December 12.  The topic is criminal prosecutions of food companies and their officers.  Contemplaying how one might become the subject of a prosecution may not exactly something that will fill you with comfort and joy this … Continue Reading

Seattle Weekly Story on Pirate Joe’s

I found this article in the Seattle Weekly on Pirate Joe’s operation to be quite interesting as a follow-up to our earlier article.  Of particular interest were the mix of goods, the markup. the volume he buys each week and that he dropped the "P" from Pirate Joe’s when he was first sued. My real … Continue Reading
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