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Ben & Jerry’s Tries Again to Stop Israel Licensing Agreement

An Israeli flag is set atop a delivery truck outside ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's factory in Be'er Tuvia, on July 21, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images)
An Israeli flag is set atop a delivery truck outside ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s factory in Be’er Tuvia, on July 21, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images)

Ben & Jerry’s said it plans to amend its lawsuit challenging the sale of its ice cream business in Israel by its parent company, Unilever Plc.

In a letter filed on Tuesday night in federal court in Manhattan, Ben & Jerry’s said it plans to file an amended complaint by Sept. 27, with Unilever’s response due by Nov. 1.

Unilever has agreed to the timetable, the letter said. Its response to Ben & Jerry’s original complaint had been due on Tuesday.

Ben & Jerry’s had sued on July 5, saying the sale of the Israeli business to local licensee Avi Zinger breached Unilever’s 2000 agreement to buy the Burlington, Vermont-based company because it would allow ice cream sales in the West Bank.

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