A California appeals court has kicked out a lawsuit arising from Whole Foods Market Inc.‘s aversion to foie gras.
Reversing a trial court, the California 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that a poultry supplier with ties to the delicacy’s production failed to establish that a lawsuit against subsidiaries of Whole Foods belonged in California. The court found on Aug. 18 that the Whole Foods subsidiaries lacked sufficient ties to the state to require them to defend a lawsuit there. The appeals court directed the lower court to grant Whole Foods’ motion to quash service of summons by the plaintiff, Grimaud Farms of California Inc.
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