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  • May 17, 2018

    Seattle Approves Head-Tax Bill Blasted By Amazon, Starbucks

    Seattle's Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan said she signed a bill imposing an annual $275-per-employee tax on companies making more than $20 million a year despite strong opposition from hometown corporate giants Amazon and Starbucks.

  • May 17, 2018

    Rent-A-Wreck Sanctions Denied After Ch. 11 Dismissal

    Proposed sanctions against Rent-A-Wreck of America Inc. and its legal counsel stalled Thursday when a Delaware bankruptcy judge said that because their Chapter 11 petitions were not shown to have clearly been filed for a bad faith purpose, sanctions were not justified.

  • May 17, 2018

    High Court Gambling Decision Conjures Old Trade Tensions

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision giving states a green light to legalize sports gambling raises a slew of implications for foreign companies looking to get a piece of the action and casts new light on a 15-year-old trade case that saw a tiny island nation clash with the mighty U.S. over its gambling restrictions.

  • May 17, 2018

    Firms Score Big Win In NJ Sports Betting Ruling, Attys Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow sports betting in New Jersey signals a jackpot for gambling attorneys in the Garden State and beyond as clients flock to them for help capitalizing on business opportunities arising from this new frontier in gambling and navigating the new laws and regulations bound to follow, a panel of experts said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    St. Roch Market Biz Fights New Orleans Over TM Use

    The operator of New Orleans’ historic St. Roch Market has asked a Louisiana federal court to reject the city's bid to stop it from using the service mark outside the city, such as in Miami and Chicago, arguing New Orleans has never used the mark in commerce but only leases the building with the market’s name.

  • May 17, 2018

    Live Nation To Partner On Chicago Entertainment Venues

    Sterling Bay said Thursday that Live Nation Entertainment will invest in and co-own up to five entertainment venues in the Chicago commercial real estate investment and development firm’s latest project — a Windy City recreation and event district known as Lincoln Yards.

  • May 17, 2018

    NCAA May Change Gambling-Related Rules

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday said it is suspending its ban on championship games in states that allow sports betting and that it may consider permanent rule changes in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday sports gambling ruling.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Rays' Ex-Concession Co. Gets Go-Ahead On Contract Claims

    Concessionaire Centerplate can move forward with counterclaims that it is owed payments on an expired food services agreement that is the focus of a breach of contract lawsuit brought by Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, a federal judge ruled Thursday, saying more discovery is needed.

  • May 17, 2018

    Celebrity Chef Ran Restaurants Like Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A New Jersey couple who invested in a celebrity chef’s now-shuttered New York City restaurant has sued him for allegedly depriving investors of payouts by moving cash into his restaurant group, according to documents folding the suit into bankruptcy proceedings filed in New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Florida Pizza Shop Beats NJ In Highway Trademark Fight

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that New Jersey can’t block a small Florida pizza chain from registering a logo that mimics signs for the Garden State Parkway, the state’s latest loss in a yearslong trademark dispute with the company.

  • May 16, 2018

    Feds Show Valeant Jury Spending Records, Doctored Emails

    Prosecutors who charged a manager at drug giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and the CEO of a mail-order pharmacy with defrauding Valeant out of $9.7 million wrapped up their case on Wednesday by showing jurors evidence of email tampering and records of the defendants' outlays on a private jet and a luxury hotel.

  • May 16, 2018

    Tribes Must Be Part Of Sports Betting Discourse, NIGC Says

    The National Indian Gaming Commission said Tuesday that it will work with tribes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to legalize sports betting, to ensure Native American voices are heard in the new gaming environment.

  • May 16, 2018

    EB-5 Investor Suit Against Jay Peak Owner Dismissed

    A Florida federal judge dismissed an investor class suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros over his alleged role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit, ruling that the investors don't have standing to bring the claims, which he said would allow them to "double dip" on recoveries.

  • May 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Kicks HomeAway Rental Fee Suits To Arbitration

    Two separate lawsuits brought by homeowners who accused short-term vacation rental website HomeAway Inc. of breaking state laws by deciding it would impose service fees for travelers must be arbitrated, per an agreement between the parties, the Fifth Circuit has determined.

  • May 16, 2018

    Iconic NYC Restaurant Seeks More Time To Answer Wage Suit

    An attorney for the popular Roberto’s Italian restaurant in the Bronx asked a New York federal judge Tuesday for more time to answer a former waiter’s proposed wage-and-hour collective action, saying the ex-worker's lawyers have consented to the extension request even though the restaurant missed its original April 13 deadline to respond to the suit.

  • May 16, 2018

    Steward Must Convince Jury Doc Fired For HIPAA Violation

    Steward Healthcare System LLC will need to convince a jury it fired a psychiatrist for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and not because, as the doctor claims, he took disability leave after getting pneumonia, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday in denying part of a summary judgment bid.

  • May 16, 2018

    Police Didn't Use Excessive Force In Casino Arrest, Court Told

    Officers of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department urged a New York federal court on Tuesday to grant them a quick win on a claim that they used excessive force during an arrest at the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino, arguing filmed evidence showed the claim was groundless.

  • May 16, 2018

    Irish Bookmaker Confirms It's In Deal Talks With FanDuel

    Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair PLC on Wednesday said it's in deal talks with daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting.

  • May 16, 2018

    Food Cos. Escape Suit Claiming Squid Sold As Octopus

    A Miami-based food vendor and its supplier escaped a proposed consumer class action in California federal court accusing them of misrepresenting their squid as octopus, when the judge ruled the latest complaint did not sufficiently meet a threshold requirement showing each class member's relation to the state.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Tackling Depositions In Wage And Hour Misclassification Suits

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kamran Mirrafati

    A plaintiff’s deposition is often the most crucial deposition in wage and hour exemption misclassification cases. Kamran Mirrafati and Archana Manwani of Foley & Lardner LLP discuss how to prepare for and take this type of deposition, as well as how to defend the deposition of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) witness in such cases.

  • Banks Suing After Payment Card Breach Face Difficulty

    Donald Houser

    The Seventh Circuit's decision last month in Community Bank of Trenton v. Schnuck may stem the growing tide of financial institution litigation against merchants who fall victim to cyberattacks, say Donald Houser and Ashley Miller of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Hourly Employee Pay In Calif. Hangs In The Balance

    Grant Alexander

    On Tuesday the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Troester v. Starbucks, a case that questions whether the de minimis doctrine applies to wage claims made under the California Labor Code. The court's decision may drastically change how employers do business in the state, says Grant Alexander of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • 5 Facts Foreign Hotel Operators Should Know About US Law

    Angela de Cespedes

    Foreign hotel operators should consider some of the litigation risks associated with American tourists, in order to vastly reduce exposure and minimize litigation costs, say Angela de Cespedes and Tamara Malvin of Akerman LLP.