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  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    Hockey Teens Stick Del. Rink Operator With Toxic Fume Suit

    Two 13-year-old hockey players swung a lawsuit on Thursday against a skating club and a Zamboni repair business in New Jersey federal court over claims they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning when a defective vehicle was used to resurface ice during a tournament at the Delaware facility this year.

  • December 8, 2017

    Tampa Bay Rays Hit Concession Co. With Contract Fight

    Everything was not crackerjack behind the concession stand counters at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, according to a breach of contract lawsuit the ballclub filed Friday against Centerplate Inc., whose expiring 20-year exclusive concession agreement spanned the team's full history.

  • December 8, 2017

    Hustler Club Loses $2M Bid To Escape NY Sales Tax

    A New York appeas court upheld a lower court decision Thursday that semi-nude dancing at the Hustler Club in Manhattan was not the type of performance that would exempt it from $2.1 million of sales tax.

  • December 8, 2017

    MGM Touts $675M Casino Proposal To Conn. Lawmakers

    MGM Resorts International wrote to Connecticut’s governor and legislators on Thursday to champion its proposal for a new $675 million resort casino in Bridgeport, saying it welcomes two tribes’ desire to be involved in discussions about bringing a casino to the city because a competitive process would maximize the state’s economic benefits.

  • December 8, 2017

    MLB Fans Strike Out At 9th Circ. In Safety Netting Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to revive a suit from two Major League Baseball fans demanding extended safety nets at ballparks, finding their standing argument fell short because they weren’t likely to be injured by foul balls or thrown bats in the future.

  • December 8, 2017

    Harrah's Can't Use Tribe's Immunity, Ex-Casino Worker Says

    A man who worked at a pair of North Carolina tribal casinos urged a federal judge Thursday not to toss his proposed class and collective action alleging that employees weren’t paid for all the time they worked, saying the casino operator can’t shake the suit by claiming the tribe has sovereign immunity.

  • December 8, 2017

    DOT Yanks Obama-Era Airline Fee Disclosure Proposals

    The U.S. Department of Transportation pulled a pair of Obama-era proposals that would have forced airlines to tell consumers about baggage fees at the beginning rather than the end of a ticket purchase and to report revenues from add-on fees, according to a notice Thursday.

  • December 8, 2017

    Consumers Hit Marriott With TCPA Suit Over Robocalls

    A proposed class of consumers filed a $5 million lawsuit against Marriott Vacation Club on Thursday in California federal court, alleging the time-share company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited robocalls to the consumers’ cellphones using an autodialer.

  • December 8, 2017

    Dunkin’ Can't Escape Suit Over Faux Berry Doughnuts

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday allowed a Dunkin’ Donuts customer to go forward with his claim the chain duped him into buying an artificially flavored blueberry doughnut believing it contained real berries, saying if his claims are true it was a reasonable belief.

  • December 8, 2017

    Strip Club Stonewalling Wage Suit, Dancer Says

    The exotic dancer behind a proposed class action that alleged Penthouse Club Philadelphia misclassifies its dancers as independent contractors and has denied them wages asked a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to sanction the club, saying it hasn't responded to her requests for evidence.

  • December 8, 2017

    Insurer Sues For $11.7M After NY Country Club Fire

    The insurer of a New York country club that caught fire in 2014 is seeking $11.7 million from the companies that it claims caused the fire, according to a suit filed Thursday in New York state court.

  • December 8, 2017

    NIGC Relaxes Gaming Oversight For Calif. Tribe

    The Barona Band of Mission Indians in California has secured approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission to regulate bingo and similar games, as well as card games where players play against each other, with reduced oversight from the agency.

  • December 8, 2017

    Newbury Common Trustee Says $70M Fraud Was Avoidable

    The liquidating trustee appointed under the confirmed Chapter 11 plan of real estate firm Newbury Common Associates LLC filed a 16-count adversary complaint Thursday in Delaware alleging the company’s managers were negligent in allowing a third manager to perpetrate a fraud that cost Newbury $70 million and led to its bankruptcy.

  • December 7, 2017

    'Bada Bing' Gets Bada Busted In NJ Liquor License Fight

    The owner of a New Jersey strip club that stood in for the "Bada Bing" on "The Sopranos" got an offer he couldn’t refuse from the Garden State’s attorney general Thursday when he was ordered to stop live entertainment at clubs his family owns after violating an earlier consent order.

  • December 7, 2017

    Justices See An Out In Masterpiece Case. Will They Use It?

    During Tuesday’s hearing in a blockbuster LGBT rights case, the Supreme Court hinted at a way out of the dispute without having to create new law on whether religious business owners can deny certain services to same-sex weddings. But court watchers aren’t sure they’ll take it.

  • December 7, 2017

    Ex-Tribe Chairman Gets 5 Years' Probation For Casino Theft

    A Nebraska federal judge has sentenced the former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe to five years of probation for stealing from the tribe's casino by receiving and distributing unapproved gift certificates and prepaid debit cards.

  • December 7, 2017

    NJ Dunkin’ Brands Franchisees Sued Over Bakery Boycott

    Operators of a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts baking facility in Trenton, New Jersey, launched an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday in federal court against a group of Dunkin’ Brands franchisees and local businesses, accusing them of unlawfully boycotting the creation of the bakery in order to maintain their market share in South Jersey.

  • December 7, 2017

    JPML Sends Sonic Drive-In Data Breach Suits To Ohio

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred several proposed class actions against Sonic Drive-In to the Northern District of Ohio on Wednesday, centralizing the suits over the restaurant chain’s massive breach of customer data.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Alternatives To 'Key Money' In Hotel Management Agreements

    Ronald Kornreich

    One financial incentive commonly offered in hotel management agreements, known as "key money," is straightforward and relatively easy to negotiate. However, key money is not the right fit for every owner or operator, or every hotel, and there are alternatives, says Ronald Kornreich of Akerman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • 4 Tips For Defending Against Tribal RICO Claims

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the last decade, tribal entities and officials have increasingly become the subjects of civil suits alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Frivolous RICO claims cannot necessarily be prevented, but following certain tips and strategies can make navigating such claims much more manageable, say Rob Roy Smith and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.