Ben & Jerry’s Israel Boycott Could Cost Unilever

The decision to shun the country has legal implications in many states and perhaps even at the federal level.

Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice-cream company that prides itself on its progressive politics, announced Monday that it is cancelling its license with its Israeli affiliate. The move by Ben & Jerry’s, a wholly owned subsidiary of global consumer-products giant Unilever , amounts to a boycott of Israel. And this triggers a wave of legal and regulatory issues for the Dutch-American parent.