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  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams 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.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 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.