Category Archives: General Interest

Topics (usually with a legal slant) that may be of interest to the general public

U.S. Venture Capital Firms Invest $84 billion in Tech in 2017, Returns Slower Than in the Past

A Mercury News article from earlier this week reported that, “Money to find the next big thing is flowing into Silicon Valley at the highest rate since the dot-com boom — and there does not seem to be a bubble in sight. “In 2017, U.S. venture capital companies dished out $84 billion to 8,000 technology startups… Continue Reading

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Farmers Lose Appeal Over Failed Grain Elevator

Paul Hammel reported yesterday at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “More than 30 farmers who ended up losing an estimated $2.6 million in the closing of a Pierce, Nebraska, grain elevator lost a final attempt Friday to try to recover their losses. “The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the farmers could not sue the Nebraska… Continue Reading

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USDA Initiative to Help Military Veterans Become Farmers

Emily Cyr reported last week at Fox News Online that, “The U.S. government wants to help military veterans become farmers.          “The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently launched a program to help America’s veterans transition from a military career to an agricultural one. “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue introduced The Vets in Agriculture Initiative to connect veterans… Continue Reading

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Tax Measure May Get Fix Regarding Sales to Ag Co-Operatives

Bloomberg writers Mario Parker and Sahil Kapur reported yesterday that, “A provision in last month’s U.S. tax overhaul that gives farmers the opportunity to significantly minimize their taxable income is drawing fire from some companies who could lose out as a result, while two Senators behind the change pledged to fix the problem. “The measure in question gives… Continue Reading

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Driveless Car Startup Aurora Innovation Inc. Gets Backing from Volkswagen and Hyundai

Tim Higgins reported earlier this month at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “In the race to develop driverless cars, Volkswagen AG and Hyundai Motor Co. are placing bets on a Silicon Valley startup founded a year ago by the former leaders of autonomous vehicles at Google and Tesla. “Aurora Innovation Inc. on Thursday announced separate partnerships… Continue Reading

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Proposed Legislation Helps Farmers in Chapter 11 Battles

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported today that, “On Oct. 11, 2008, one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, VeraSun Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The action left thousands of farmers who sold corn to the South Dakota company’s ethanol plants at a loss. “What compounded those losses, attorney Joseph A. Peiffer said, is… Continue Reading

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FoodMaven, a Startup to Cut Food Waste, Gets Backing from Walton Family

Bloomberg writer Craig Giammona reported earlier this week that, “Members of the Walton family, heirs to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fortune, are backing a startup that thinks it can turn a profit by reducing food waste. “The business, called FoodMaven, has completed an $8.6 million Series A fundraising round that includes financing from the billionaire Walton… Continue Reading

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New Tax Law Gives Cooperatives an Edge over Competitors

Jacob Bunge and Richard Rubin reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The new U.S. tax law has placed Rick Tronson, a North Dakota grain-company operator, in a precarious position by unexpectedly bestowing big benefits on his main competitors. “A provision inserted into the tax code during Senate and House negotiations in December… Continue Reading

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Lawsuit Against Wall-Mart Over Organic Eggs

Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported yesterday that, “Wal-Mart Stores Inc misled U.S. shoppers by selling organic eggs laid by hens raised in enclosed structures under package labels that said the birds had access to the outdoors, a federal lawsuit alleged on Monday. “The suit highlights uncertainty among consumers about production practices in the $500 million… Continue Reading

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Investors Questioning Viability of Meal-kit Startups

Heather Haddon reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Investors are losing their appetite for meal kits. “Just a few years ago, the business of delivering packages containing premeasured ingredients that people assembled into meals was a novel one, drawing hundreds of millions of dollars from venture capitalists and other investors. “Now, many… Continue Reading

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