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  • November 13, 2018

    TCV Leads $120M Investment Into Travel Marketing Startup

    Tech-focused private investment firm TCV is leading a $120 million funding round for Sojern, a San Francisco-based travel marketing startup that analyzes data to help hotels, airlines and other travel industry businesses connect with customers, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Airbnb Sues Boston Over 'Draconian' Short-Term Rental Regs

    Airbnb Inc. hit the city of Boston with a federal lawsuit Tuesday over its recently passed regulations on short-term rentals, saying the new rules run afoul of state and federal law and would require the online rental marketplace to dramatically alter its business model or else risk the city’s “draconian” sanctions.

  • November 9, 2018

    Golden State Warriors Sued For Retaliation, Failure To Pay OT

    The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors are facing a suit in California federal court from a former group ticket salesman who claims the team fired him for complaining about withheld pay and disability discrimination.

  • November 9, 2018

    Timeshare Owners Hit Marriott With Sanctions Bid

    Timeshare owners have asked a Florida federal court to sanction Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. in a proposed class action claiming the timeshare company and its insurer duped them into invalid real estate deals with Orange County's help, saying it intentionally withheld "massive amounts" of documents during discovery.

  • November 9, 2018

    6th Circ. Clears McDonald's Staffing Co. Of Hispanic Bias

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Friday that a trial court correctly nixed a suit brought by two Hispanic employees of a McDonald’s staffing provider alleging they were illegally forced to perform menial tasks that non-Hispanic workers didn’t have to do and were illegally reprimanded for speaking Spanish in the workplace.

  • November 9, 2018

    Four Duck Boat Crash Victims Settle Midtrial For $8.25M

    Four of the dozens of victims of a Seattle “duck boat” crash at the heart of an ongoing trial have reached an $8.25 million settlement with amphibious vehicle tour company Ride the Ducks International and its Seattle licensee, the individuals' attorney announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Launches Gaming Practice After High Court Win

    Months after securing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that felled a major barrier to sports betting, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Thursday it was launching an international betting and gaming practice.

  • November 9, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Appeals Gambling Compact Suit At DC Circ.

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community is appealing to the D.C. Circuit a lower court's ruling backing a federal government decision that nixed, due to competitive concerns, a 2014 amendment favoring the tribe's gambling compact with Wisconsin under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOI Rebuts Tribe's Political Pressure Claims Over Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal court to reject proposed new claims in a suit by Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation over their gambling agreement, saying they hadn’t shown that federal lawmakers or a White House official improperly influenced the DOI’s decision not to approve agreement changes needed for a casino project.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ore. Justices Reject Starbucks' Bid To End Baristas' Wage Suit

    The Oregon Supreme Court refused Thursday to grant Starbucks Corp.'s request to end a case brought by former baristas who claim the coffee behemoth engaged in wage theft, ruling that the claims are better suited to trial and appellate courts.

  • November 8, 2018

    Mo. Duck Boat Captain Indicted After Sinking Killed 17

    The captain of an amphibious “duck boat” that sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people, was charged in federal court on Thursday after prosecutors said he failed to take necessary safety precautions or warn the passengers to put on their life jackets.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOL Scraps Wage Safeguard For Multitasking Tipped Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued four opinion letters Thursday, including one that nixed guidance directing employers to pay tipped workers at least minimum wage for nontipped work that takes up a large chunk of their shift.

  • November 8, 2018

    Biz Travel Company Nabs $154M From Funding Round

    Business travel management firm TripActions on Thursday said investors poured in $154 million during the company’s latest funding round as it looks to increase research and development and roll out new technologies in an effort to continue global growth.

  • November 8, 2018

    Tribe Appeals Mich. Gov.'s Win Over Casino Land

    The Bay Mills Indian Community has filed a notice of appeal against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the Sixth Circuit, challenging his win in a lower court ruling that the state's Indian Land Claim Settlement Act does not let the tribe automatically conduct gambling on land that it bought.

  • November 8, 2018

    Architectural Firm Tries To Duck Stadium Roof Design Suit

    A Michigan-based architectural firm has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a suit alleging it and other firms stole designs for retractable stadium roofs, saying the district has no jurisdiction over the firm since it has no employees or place of business there.

  • November 8, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Says El Paso Can Use Arena For Sports

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that an El Paso ordinance does not bar the city from using a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility for sports, reversing a lower court’s decision against the city.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOJ Settles Immigration Bias Claim Against NY Hotel

    The U.S. Department of Justice has settled with a New York operator of a Hyatt hotel near LaGuardia Airport over allegations that the company discriminated against a man who had been granted asylum on the basis of his citizenship status, the department announced Wednesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    Oprah-Backed Chain Eatery Reaches Wage-Break Class Deal

    A True Food Kitchen staffer asked a California federal court Monday to preliminarily approve a $900,000 class settlement reached with the Oprah Winfrey-backed restaurant chain, saying while the group is confident in their claims that they were shorted on pay and breaks, "it cannot be said that defendants presented no contrary evidence."

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Steward Can't Toss Arbitration Award From Cruise Line

    A Florida federal magistrate judge Tuesday recommended confirmation of an arbitration award in a case by a former Norwegian Cruise Lines steward who said the company refused to pay for spinal surgery allegedly related to an incident aboard ship, saying the court must give considerable leeway to the arbitrator.

  • November 7, 2018

    Insurer Wants Coverage For Parking Lot Shooting Suit Axed

    Great Lakes Insurance SE is asking a federal judge to free it from having to defend a policyholder facing claims from a man who says that negligent security measures outside of a Philadelphia bar led to his being shot in April 2016.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • The Fight Against No-Poach Agreements Is Expanding

    Paul Eckles

    Washington state's attorney general has reportedly reached agreements with 30 national chains to remove no-poach clauses from their U.S. franchise contracts. A flurry of private lawsuits has followed, and other states are beginning investigations. Franchises must prepare for scrutiny, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

    Margaret Grover

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP.

  • 9 FAQs About De Minimis Doctrine After Troester V. Starbucks

    Daniel Fears

    In Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court recently held that the federal de minimis doctrine does not apply to claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Attorneys with Payne & Fears LLP take a deeper dive into some lingering employer questions related to the ruling.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Beware Litigating Against Tribal Entities In Federal Court

    Richard Duncan

    Two recent decisions demonstrate the difficulty of keeping commercial disputes involving Indian tribes in federal court — and the risks to parties assuming they can adjudicate disputes against tribal businesses in the same way they litigate disputes with nontribal entities, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.