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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:43 am

US union drops VW-vote appeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

The prolonged fight over labor issues at the Chattanooga facility appeared headed for a lengthy National Labor Relations Board appeal until the UAW announced an hour before a scheduled hearing that it was ending its challenge. The February vote went against the union 712-626.

The UAW says the perceived obstacle of the appeal holding up an expansion is now out of the way.

Juice dispute before high court

WASHINGTON – Count Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy among consumers who feel misled by a drink called “Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices.”

The drink was the subject of a lively debate Monday as the high court considered whether to allow false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co., which markets the beverage under its Minute Maid unit.

Juice-maker Pom Wonderful, which sells its own line of pomegranate juice blends, says the label is misleading because 99 percent of its competitor's juice is either apple or grape.

“Don't make me feel bad because I thought this was pomegranate juice,” Kennedy told Coke's lawyer, Kathleen Sullivan.

The case is being closely watched by the food and beverage industry, which is concerned that a broad ruling in favor of Pom could open the door to more litigation against food companies and create uncertainty about label requirements.

–From wire reports