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Ben & Jerry’s Has ‘No Power’ to Halt Israel Deal, Unilever Says



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Ben & Jerry’s has “no power and no authority” to sue its own corporate parent in its efforts to avoid selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, a lawyer for Unilever Plc told a judge in New York.

Ben & Jerry’s claims in a suit that Unilever’s sale of its brand and trademark in Israel to a local company violated the 2000 agreement by which the consumer products giant acquired the Vermont ice cream maker. The deal provided for Ben & Jerry’s to maintain an independent board to safeguard its brand and reputation, which it now says has authority to sue to Unilever.