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  • December 7, 2018

    Brand Battles: Harry Potter And The 'Wizarding' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Warner Bros. faces a challenge to its efforts to register "Wizarding World," Maserati and Arizona State University both aim to block a trident logo, and Nestle seeks to "Crunch" a small food business.

  • December 7, 2018

    Paul Hastings Guides $900M JV Fund Buy Of Orlando Resort

    Paul Hastings LLP has represented a joint venture of funds managed by Trinity Real Estate Investments LLC and Elliott Management Corp. in the acquisition of the Grande Lakes Orlando Resort in Florida, a 409-acre complex that includes two luxury hotels, the law firm said Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Don't Miss It: Latham, Hogan Lovells Lead Week's Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in recent days helmed by firms such as Latham & Watkins and Hogan Lovells. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you might have missed.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-5Linx CEO To Serve 14 Months For Fraud, Pay $2.4M

    Former 5Linx CEO Craig Jerabeck was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution to investors of the multilevel marketing company who were bilked out of the same amount over a period of six years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Mrs. Fields Settles Noncitizen Hiring Bias Allegations

    Mrs. Fields Original Cookies Inc. agreed to settle allegations that its facility in Utah violated federal immigration law by requiring noncitizens to provide specific types of documents that it did not ask citizens to submit when verifying their authorization to work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    BJ's Must Face Woman's Long Dormant Slip-And-Fall Suit

    A New Jersey appellate court Thursday revived a woman’s slip-and-fall suit against BJ’s Wholesale Club that was inadvertently dismissed and lay dormant for two years while her attorney dealt with health issues, ruling there’s no prejudice to the retailer in allowing the litigation to be reinstated.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Tesco Execs Acquitted Of Financial Fraud In Blow To SFO

    A London judge instructed jurors on Thursday to acquit two former Tesco executives accused of fraud and false accounting in a scandal that wiped nearly £2 billion ($2.6 billion) off the supermarket chain’s value, dealing a blow to the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution.

  • December 5, 2018

    NLRB Won't Nix Claim Over Applebee's Arbitration Provision

    The National Labor Relations Board held Tuesday that allegations concerning the language in a 2011 arbitration agreement from an Applebee's franchisee flouted the National Labor Relations Act weren’t time-barred, though the board did deny the NLRB general counsel’s bid for a quick win on the claim.

  • December 5, 2018

    Swanky NY Club Made Women, Not Men, Share Tips: Suit

    A former cocktail waitress at the Rose Bar, an exclusive Manhattan nightclub known for its celebrity clientele, said in a proposed class action filed Tuesday that the club’s management required the women — and only the women — to share their tips with male coworkers, telling the women it was because “you girls make too much money.”

  • December 5, 2018

    Wyoming Looks To Take Yellowstone Grizzly Fight To 9th Circ.

    Wyoming will turn to the Ninth Circuit to challenge a September ruling that threw out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone population of grizzly bear, the state told a Montana federal court Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: E&A, Landmark, Branch Banking & Trust

    E&A Property Management has reportedly bought a Florida grocery store-anchored shopping center for $12.4 million, Landmark Cos. is said to have landed $71 million in financing for a California hotel, and Branch Banking & Trust has reportedly loaned $18.5 million for the recent purchase of a Florida retail center.

  • December 5, 2018

    Papa John’s Sued Over Blanket No-Poach Agreements

    A former Papa John’s worker has sued the chain in New York federal court in the latest proposed class action to target allegedly anti-competitive deals prohibiting fast-food franchise members from poaching workers, with the new complaint contending Papa John’s’ deals are even worse than other no-poach agreements already dubbed "per se" illegal.

  • December 5, 2018

    Restaurant Groups Call Foul On NYC's Fair Workweek Law

    Three restaurant industry groups have lobbed a challenge against New York City’s Fair Workweek Law requiring fast-food businesses to give employees a two-week advance notice of work schedules, urging a state court to declare that state labor law governs restaurant scheduling.

  • December 5, 2018

    NutriBullet Makers Can’t Get Suit Kicked To New Zealand

    A California federal judge has found that the makers and distributors of NutriBullet must face a suit alleging a blender injured a New Zealand woman in California court, ruling that the companies did not demonstrate a need to have the case dismissed.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    TerraVia Says Investors' Stock-Drop Action Baseless

    Bankrupt algae-to-food developer TerraVia Holdings Inc. has asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed stock-drop class action claiming the company concealed reports that consumers became ill after eating food containing its ingredients, saying there's no evidence its products caused the reactions.

  • December 4, 2018

    Cellphone Users Get Cert. In Pizza Hut TCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge has certified a class of cellphone users who claim that Pizza Hut franchises breached the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting them unsolicited advertisements after their friends had passed on the users' numbers during a promotion.

  • December 4, 2018

    2nd Circ. Nixes $8.9M Restitution From Gambler Billy Walters

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday vacated and remanded back to trial $8.89 million in restitution ordered against professional sports gambler Billy Walters for insider trading.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Has The 11th Circ. Become Consumer-Friendly?

    Austin Whitten

    Based on the Eleventh Circuit's recent interpretation of Spokeo in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Austin Whitten of Pittman Dutton & Hellums PC examines whether the venue may be the most favorable for plaintiffs with consumer protection claims where no “actual” damages are alleged.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • When Regulatory Standards And Truth In Advertising Collide

    Terri Seligman

    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp. — like two other recent decisions — highlights the balancing act between regulatory standards and truth-in-advertising principles. Compliance with standards doesn't always mean advertisers are in the clear, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Roundup Verdict Points To Jury Realities In Product Cases

    Matthew Gatewood

    A California jury was recently asked to determine whether the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer. The case demonstrates how jurors often must draw conclusions on unresolved scientific issues, and how manufacturers that ignore complaints about product risks will struggle to overcome the image of corporate irresponsibility at trial, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Spotlight On Private Antitrust Enforcement At Seoul Forum

    James Robertson Martin

    At the 10th International Seoul Competition Forum, panelists discussed how private litigation can supplement public enforcement of antitrust laws, and explored how Korea, Hong Kong, China and Europe are all moving in the direction of U.S.-style private enforcement, but to varying degrees, says James Robertson Martin of Zelle LLP.