A battle years in the making has finally ended between Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT). An arbiter has ordered Starbucks to pay Kraft $2.8 billion -- the cost equivalent of 602 million gingerbread lattes -- after the former pulled out on a partnership to put Starbucks coffee on grocery shelves. In the lead story from Investor Beat, Motley Fool analysts David Meier and Matt Koppenheffer discuss if this is something for Starbucks -- and its shareholders -- to worry about.

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