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  • September 13, 2018

    Crypto Investor Launches Suit Over ‘Bait-And-Switch’ Scheme

    An investor who plunked more than $5 million into a blockchain-based online sports wagering startup filed a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware’s Chancery Court against two company principals and an entity he claims was created to siphon off the original company’s assets and profits.

  • September 13, 2018

    EEOC Sues On The Border For Racial Slurs Against Cook

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped Tex-Mex restaurant chain On The Border with a discrimination suit in New York federal court, alleging that employees of a Long Island location regularly lobbed racial slurs at an African-American cook and management did nothing.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    Hotel Equities Gets $500M PE Investment From Virtua Partners

    Private equity shop Virtua Partners is investing more than $500 million in the hospitality platform of Hotel Equities through a new strategic alliance, according to an announcement from the companies on Wednesday.

  • September 12, 2018

    Md. Baccarat Dealer Pleads Guilty To $1M Card Scheme

    A former baccarat dealer at the MGM National Harbor near Washington, D.C., has pled guilty in Maryland federal court to conspiring with players to cheat the casino out of more than $1 million with a card-photographing scheme.

  • September 12, 2018

    Miami Beach Min. Wage Hike Protected, Fla. Justices Hear

    Miami Beach urged the Florida Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decision blocking the city’s proposed minimum wage increase, saying the ordinance is allowed under an amendment to the state constitution that "irreconcilably conflicts" with a previous Sunshine State law barring cities from adopting their own wage floors.

  • September 12, 2018

    Applebee’s Left Struggling Franchisee In Limbo, Judge Told

    Applebee’s deceived franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. in the months leading up to RMH’s bankruptcy filing by giving it vague and ambiguous warnings about terminating its franchise agreements, RMH told a Delaware judge Wednesday.

  • September 12, 2018

    Mo. Duck Boat Operators Slam AG's Suit Over 17 Deaths

    The operators of the amphibious "duck boat" that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 tourists, asked a federal court to throw out the state attorney general's unfair practices lawsuit against them, arguing that the suit ignores their strenuous efforts to protect individuals' safety.

  • September 12, 2018

    Casino Challengers To Ask 9th Circ. To Undo Tribe's Win

    A coalition of individuals and community organizations in California plans to ask the Ninth Circuit to overturn the rejection of its challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior approval for an off-reservation tribal casino, despite the absence of a deal between the tribe and the state.

  • September 12, 2018

    McDonald’s Workers To Walk Out In 10-City #MeToo Strike

    McDonald’s workers active in the "Fight for $15" minimum wage protests said Wednesday they will walk off the job during the lunch shift in 10 cities on Sept. 18 in a #MeToo action demanding that the fast-food chain and franchisees protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    7th Circ. Puts Co. On Hook With Employer Test In Bias Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s order handing a quick win to a company tasked with hiring and managing employees of an Illinois Holiday Inn franchise in a woman's retaliation lawsuit over civil rights and discrimination claims, saying the trial court improperly concluded the company didn’t count as her employer under the Civil Rights Act.

  • September 11, 2018

    Hogan Lovells Helps Bank Recover On Hotel Loan After Irma

    Employing an unusual and aggressive litigation strategy, Hogan Lovells recently helped U.S. Century Bank secure a full recovery after the bank expressed concern that one of its largest loans was in jeopardy due to a lack of compliance by the owners of a hotel severely damaged during Hurricane Irma.

  • September 11, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Loses Gambling Compact Suit Against US

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community lost its challenge in D.C. federal court to the U.S. government's decision to disapprove a 2014 amendment to the tribe's gaming compact with Wisconsin under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, with the judge ruling that the amendment "was not arbitrary or capricious."

  • September 11, 2018

    8th Circ. Backs Hotel In Housekeeper's Retaliation Suit

    Millennium Hotels and Resorts fired the executive housekeeper at its Minneapolis location because it found she cheated workers out of overtime, not because of her age, her testimony in a prior suit against the chain or her opposing illegal discrimination, an Eighth Circuit panel said Tuesday.

  • September 11, 2018

    Coachella's Trademark Fight With Filmchella Must Go To Jury

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to give Coachella Music Festival LLC a partial win on its claims that a new three-day movie festival called Filmchella infringes its trademarks, finding that a jury must decide if the two festivals are similar enough to be confused.

  • September 11, 2018

    WilmerHale Jumped The Gun In Tribal RICO Suit, Judge Told

    Williams & Cochrane LLP has told a California federal court that it should ignore the Quechan Tribe's motion to dismiss its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and breach of contract suit over the tribe's firing of the firm in the midst of gambling compact talks with the state, saying the tribe's WilmerHale counsel filed the motion out of order.

  • September 11, 2018

    Marriott Fights Workers' Info Bid In COBRA Suit

    Marriott International Inc. asked a Florida federal court on Monday to throw out a bid for class information by former hotel workers suing over allegedly deficient notices about their rights to continued health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, arguing the motion is both premature and inaccurate.

  • September 10, 2018

    Wells Fargo LLC Seeks Control Of Hotel After $13.5M Default

    A Wells Fargo Bank NA limited liability company sued the borrowers of a $13.5 million commercial real estate loan in Texas federal court, saying it wants to take control of a hotel located in the Rio Grande Valley because the borrowers have failed to make payments and are in default.

  • September 10, 2018

    Hilton Grand Vacations Buy Expands Timeshares To Barbados

    Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. announced Monday that it is expanding its timeshare offerings to the Caribbean with its acquisition of an interest in The Crane Resort in Saint Philip, Barbados' oldest resort, for an expected $54.6 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Calif. Employer's Guide To Tracking Off-The-Clock Tasks

    Elizabeth Arnold

    The California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Troester v. Starbucks means that all work time may be considered compensable. Elizabeth Arnold and Chester Hanvey of Berkeley Research Group LLC describe how to conduct a time and motion observation study in the context of this decision.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Considerations When Hiring A Seasonal Workforce

    Chas Rampenthal

    Traditionally, business owners — particularly within highly seasonal industries like hospitality — have turned to immigrant labor and the H-2B visa as a way to fill employment gaps. But with these visas under intense scrutiny lately, employers considering other options should proceed with caution, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at LegalZoom.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.