Hospitality

  • May 22, 2018

    McDonald's Hit With 10 Sexual Harassment EEOC Claims

    Ten women and girls in Los Angeles, Chicago and seven other cities have claimed they were sexually harassed by co-workers and managers while working at McDonald’s Corp. restaurants, according to filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • May 22, 2018

    Va. School Can't Shake Trans Student's Bathroom Bias Suit

    A Virginia school board that created a policy aimed at keeping a transgender student from using restrooms that match his gender identity will have to face his discrimination claims that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Olive Garden Can't Duck Suit Saying Server Called 'Too Dark'

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday refused to let Olive Garden out of a suit accusing the restaurant chain of employee discrimination after a newly hired server alleged she was handed $20 during a training session and told to get a job at Burger King because she was "too dark" to work at Olive Garden.

  • May 22, 2018

    Hedge Fund Owner, Hotel Developer Resolve $2M Fraud Suit

    A hedge fund owner awaiting sentencing on related criminal charges has resolved civil claims in New Jersey federal court that he duped a hotel developer into giving him an almost $2 million investment — about half of which, he testified at trial, he thought he was permitted to spend on a residential mortgage for himself.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

  • May 22, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Can't Duck Near-Drowning Suit

    A Florida federal judge trimmed a count from an Italian family's lawsuit against Royal Caribbean on Tuesday but ordered that the case move forward on the primary claim of negligence stemming from their child's near-drowning in a cruise ship swimming pool, finding facts still in dispute.

  • May 22, 2018

    PF Chang's Gets OK On $6.5M Calif. Wage-And-Hour Deal

    P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. has agreed to pay $6.5 million to a class of approximately 17,000 current and former workers who accused the restaurant chain of wage and hour violations, according to a California federal judge who affirmed the settlement.

  • May 22, 2018

    MoMa TM Not Famous Enough For Infringement, Cafe Claims

    Matcha Japanese tea powder aficionados operating Manhattan’s MoMaCha cafe urged a New York federal judge to toss the Museum of Modern Art’s claim alleging the cafe dilutes its trademarks, saying MoMa’s infringement suit fails to demonstrate its nickname, word marks and logo are truly famous.

  • May 22, 2018

    5th Circ. Sides With Viacom Over 'SpongeBob' Eatery

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a proposed "Krusty Krab" restaurant — the same name as a fictional burger joint in the Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob Squarepants" — would violate Viacom's trademark rights.

  • May 22, 2018

    Seaport Hotel Says Newbie Is Ripping Off Its Prestigious Name

    Boston's Seaport Hotel late Monday hit a soon-to-be competitor, a planned $550 million, 1,055-room hotel to be styled the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel, with a trademark suit in Massachusetts federal court, saying the similar name infringes on its well-established brand.

  • May 22, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Reps WeddingWire In $350M Permira Deal

    Wedding service marketplace WeddingWire Inc. said Tuesday a company backed by funds of global private equity firm Permira will pay $350 million to take a controlling stake in the business, with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC guiding the seller.

  • May 21, 2018

    College Athlete Publicity Rights In Fantasy Issue Heats Up

    Daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings on Friday told the Indiana Supreme Court they do not need permission to use the names, likenesses and statistics of college athletes in their pay-to-play contests, while the athletes said the opposite in a lawsuit that is raising the issue of who owns such information as fantasy sports, and now sports betting, spread across the country.

  • May 21, 2018

    Construction Manager Cops To $3.4M Embezzlement Scheme

    A former construction manager accused of embezzling millions of dollars from his Dallas-based employer admitted in a plea deal on Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice that he signed off on fraudulent invoices and agreed to pay back up to $3.4 million.

  • May 21, 2018

    Exotic Dancers Denied Quick Win In Misclassification Suit

    Exotic dancers did not demonstrate several of the companies that allegedly failed to pay them proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act were actually their employers or prove the dancers should not be classified as independent contractors, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Atty Rips Timeshare Co.'s 'Attacks' In Contract Exit Suit

    A lawyer for a former marketing executive blasted Westgate Resorts Ltd.'s renewed bid for sanctions against the two of them in its suit alleging the marketing firm illegally interferes in the timeshare development company’s contracts with owners, urging a Florida federal court Monday to stop any more “attacks” on counsel.

  • May 21, 2018

    SD Shouldn't Get Quick Win Over Excise Tax, Tribe Argues

    Federal Native American law precludes a state excise tax on contractors working on an Indian casino, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe said in a recent reply brief, asking a federal court to reject South Dakota’s arguments in its tax dispute.  

  • May 21, 2018

    NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday responded to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck federal restrictions on sports betting by urging Congress to establish uniform standards for the states that legalize the practice.

  • May 21, 2018

    Sports Leagues Differ On Betting After High Court Ruling

    Attorneys for major professional sports leagues who spoke at a conference on Saturday showed that leagues are still not aligned on the issue of betting even as broader legalization now seems inevitable, while also showing unity on maintaining the integrity of games.

  • May 21, 2018

    Cruise Co. Breaking Deal To Pay $76M For Calls, Class Says

    Attorneys for people suing a Caribbean cruise marketing company over claims it made millions of unsolicited robocalls told an Illinois federal judge the company is violating the terms of their settlement agreement in an attempt to keep from paying its $76 million maximum.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A GDPR Checkup For US-Based Hospitality Businesses

    Dawn Maruna

    While preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. hospitality industry should recognize that EU member states might enact local laws that limit or extend the GDPR and that other foreign data protection regulations may impact business as well, says Dawn Maruna of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.