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  • 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.

  • December 7, 2017

    9th Circ. Revives Cinemark Workers' Wage Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel refused Thursday to toss an appeal by Cinemark workers seeking to revive their putative wage class action, finding the appeals court maintained jurisdiction despite the settlement of some claims and reversing the lower court’s dismissal.

  • December 7, 2017

    The Biggest Native American Law Rulings Of 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a Mohegan Tribe limousine driver didn't share the tribe's sovereign immunity to a tort suit caught the attention of Native American law practitioners in 2017, but major decisions also came in on offensive trademarks, water rights in the West and Oklahoma tribal jurisdiction. Here, Law360 reviews some of the highest-profile decisions in Native American law in 2017.

  • December 7, 2017

    Firms Are Facing A Cash Crunch As Demand Falters

    Some law firms are feeling a squeeze on the cash they have available for investments in the future as demand for firms' services remains sluggish and partners continue to expect ever-rising profit payouts.

  • December 6, 2017

    Tribes Seek Seat At Table In Bridgeport Casino Talks

    Two tribes that own casinos in Connecticut and are seeking to open one together want to be part of any discussions about a possible Bridgeport gaming facility, they told state lawmakers in a letter Tuesday, amid buzz around MGM Resorts International’s plan to seek approval for a $675 million resort casino in the city.

  • December 6, 2017

    Hopi Tribe Inks Gaming Compact With State Of Arizona

    Hopi Tribe Chairman Herman G. Honanie on his last day in office signed an agreement with Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey allowing the tribe to operate or lease up to 900 Class III gaming machines, according to the tribe.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bjarke Ingels Bringing First Pro Sports Stadium To Austin

    Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group is bringing the first ever professional sports stadium to Austin, Texas, which will be part of a massive 1.3 million-square-foot sports, music, entertainment and retail complex, according to an announcement from BIG on Tuesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    Animal Groups Ask 11th Circ. For Redo In Captive Orca Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel questioned animal rights groups at length Wednesday on what would be the fate of the Miami Seaquarium's captive orca, Lolita, if it grants their appeal for a new trial in their suit challenging her treatment and they were to prevail.

  • December 6, 2017

    Rent-A-Wreck Founder Questions Need For Bankruptcy Filing

    The founder of discount car rental franchise Rent-A-Wreck questioned the need of the company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday in Delaware, saying company leadership has provided no financial information to show it is insolvent and needs to reorganize.

  • December 6, 2017

    Brands Are Turning Trademark Cease-And-Desists Into Ads

    Bud Light used an actor dressed as a medieval town crier last week to ask a Minnesota brewery to stop using the company’s trademarks, becoming the latest brand to transform a cease-and-desist into a marketing stunt.

  • December 6, 2017

    Tribes Want Burial Grounds Suit Paused For Deal Talks

    The Muscogee Creek Nation told an Alabama federal judge Tuesday that it is in talks with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to settle a suit accusing the latter of obtaining sacred tribal burial grounds under false pretenses.

  • December 5, 2017

    Plan To Move Miami Tennis Tournament Hits Possible Snag

    IMG Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday appeared poised to score a win for a long-term deal to move its Miami Open tennis tournament to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, but a last-minute change by the county before approving two needed agreements had the company questioning if the plan will clear the net.

  • December 5, 2017

    Rent-A-Wreck Defends Ch. 11 Strategy Against Dismissal Bid

    Budget rental car company Rent-A-Wreck defended its bankruptcy filing and restructuring strategy Tuesday in Delaware from an attack by the company’s founder, who said the insolvency proceeding is merely a way for the company to avoid paying a court-ordered judgment to him.

  • December 5, 2017

    Wis. Tribe Seeks Quick Win In Gambling Compact Spat

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community on Monday asked a D.C. federal judge to vacate a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision rejecting an amendment to the tribe’s state gambling compact, arguing that the ruling was based largely on the incorrect conclusion that the proposal imposed payment obligations on a rival tribe.

  • December 5, 2017

    Texas Roadhouse Ends TM Beef With Rival Restaurant

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. and Texas Corral Restaurants Inc. have agreed to end Roadhouse's trademark infringement suit over a logo featuring a map of the state of Texas wearing a cowboy hat, according to documents filed in Indiana federal court Tuesday, with both parties agreeing to bear their own costs.

  • December 5, 2017

    Sonic Seeks To Roll Out Of Customer's Data Breach Suit

    Fast-food restaurant chain Sonic Drive-In’s operating company asked an Oklahoma federal court on Monday to toss a lawsuit stemming from a customer data breach confirmed in September, arguing the lead plaintiff in the proposed class action had failed to show "cognizable injury."

  • December 5, 2017

    Morgan Lewis May Face DQ Over 'Sticky' Conflict In Wage Suit

    A California federal judge said Tuesday he’s considering disqualifying Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing Interstate Hotels & Resorts Inc. in a wage suit after three potential class members testified that the firm represented both them and Interstate during their depositions, creating a conflict the judge called “a sticky mess.”

  • December 5, 2017

    Landry's Finds Flaws In ESA Lawsuit Over Tigers' Treatment

    The Houston Aquarium restaurant and its parent company, Landry's Inc., urged a Texas federal judge on Monday to throw out an Endangered Species Act lawsuit over the treatment of four tigers on display at the downtown restaurant, saying the Aquarium is a highly regulated facility that provides humane care for its animals.

  • December 5, 2017

    Swing Vote Kennedy Conflicted In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

    In a major case over whether a Christian baker can refuse to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is expected to cast the deciding vote, appeared torn between supporting religious liberty and LGBT rights during oral arguments Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Feil, Denihan Hospitality, Omnicom

    Feil Organization has reportedly bought a New York property leased to multiple fitness studios from Acadia Realty Trust for $27 million, Denihan Hospitality is said to be seeking $80 million for a Chicago hotel, and advertising firm Omnicom has reportedly extended its lease for 200,000 square feet in New York for another 10 years.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • A Partial But Significant Tax Victory For Tribal Casinos

    Timothy Evans

    A South Dakota district court's recent decision in Flandreau v. Gerlach prevented the state's imposition of a use tax on purchases by nonmembers of goods and services at the tribe's on-reservation casino and related amenities. This case emphasizes the dual taxation problem that tribes should seek to have addressed through federal legislation once and for all, say Timothy Evans and Kathleen Nilles of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • 9th Circ. Tip-Credit Opinion Is Good News For Employers

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In Marsh v. J. Alexander’s, the Ninth Circuit recently found that it was not required to defer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Field Operation Handbook interpretation of “dual jobs” because the interpretation is inconsistent with the regulation, acknowledging that its decision would create a split among the circuits, says Laura Lawless Robertson of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.