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  • February 9, 2018

    Skanska Sells Sweden Hotel Project For $53M

    Skanska AB has sold a hotel project in Jonkoping, Sweden, to real estate investment firm Fastighets AB Balder for roughly 430 million Sweden krona ($53 million), according to an announcement from the Sweden-based developer on Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Calif. Homeowner Association Hit With $2M Slander Verdict

    A California federal jury on Thursday found a homeowners association liable for $2 million to its former golf director, who said his supervisor spread distressing lies about him, including that he kept child pornography on his work computer.

  • February 9, 2018

    Woman Sues BBQ Chain Over Industrial Staple In Sandwich

    A Chicago woman sued the management company of a South Side location of barbecue chain Famous Dave’s in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, alleging she bit into an industrial-sized staple while eating a Famous Dave’s sandwich, and claiming the staple did serious damage to her teeth.

  • February 9, 2018

    GrubHub Win Doesn't Settle Debate Over Gig Workers' Status

    A first-of-its-kind ruling holding that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee was a victory for gig economy employers who hope the decision bodes well for their chances of defeating similar lawsuits, but experts say businesses shouldn't get too excited.

  • February 9, 2018

    Network Co. Can't Duck Claims In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Thursday refused to let a network device maker slip counterclaims launched by a hotel entertainment company in an $11 million suit over unpaid royalties, explaining that if the counterclaims are true, it may be the manufacturer's fault the other company allegedly violated a patent licensing deal in the first place.

  • February 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Remington, Ant Financial, Cirsa Gaming

    Gun maker Remington is looking for financing to let it file for bankruptcy, Ant Financial is looking to raise up to $5 billion and Cirsa Gaming has received acquisition interest from private equity firms and rival gaming companies alike.

  • February 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen another contract suit against Hilton Worldwide and BayernLB, a New York investment manager lodge a professional negligence claim against RSM Corporate Finance, and an insurance brokerage sue Barclays. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lobbying Doc Says NBA, MLB Want Slice Of The Betting Pie

    With a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over a federal sports betting ban forthcoming, the NBA and Major League Baseball are lobbying state lawmakers considering proposed legalization bills to allow sports leagues to opt out of certain types of betting and to compensate them from wagers made on their sports, a measure largely criticized by the gambling industry.

  • February 8, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Pilot's Coworker Attack Suit

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal on venue grounds of a suit filed by an Etihad Airways pilot who claimed he was attacked by a fellow crew member while staying in Chicago on a layover in October of 2014. 

  • February 8, 2018

    Omni Must Face Suit Over Hotel Lobby Assault, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit on Wednesday revived a man’s lawsuit accusing Omni Hotels of negligence in connection with an assault he suffered in the lobby of one of its properties in Rhode Island, finding he had backed up his allegations.

  • February 8, 2018

    Bankrupt Hotel Developer Must Face Bid For $15M Payout

    A group of investors in an Iowa hotel franchise can continue to pursue roughly $15 million in fraud judgments against a former business partner who they claim hid millions of dollars in assets and filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying up, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • February 8, 2018

    Kirkland-Aided $200M Grubhub Deal Aims To Boost KFC Sales

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Thursday it advised online food-ordering company Grubhub Inc. on its $200 million sale of common stock to restaurant company Yum Brands Inc. as they enter a partnership to boost KFC and Taco Bell sales with online ordering for pickup and delivery.

  • February 8, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Ignored Claims Of Steve Wynn Misconduct: Suit

    Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has been hit with a shareholder suit claiming the company and its board of directors breached their fiduciary duties and exposed shareholders to damages by ignoring decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

  • February 8, 2018

    Receiver Can Reinvest Funds From Fraud-Wracked EB-5 Deal

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to allow the court-appointed receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 investment project to sink up to $67 million of immigrant investors’ money into a New York-based project that could give investors a chance to still get their green cards.

  • February 7, 2018

    Judge Sinks Suit Against Royal Caribbean Over Harvey Cruise

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday tossed, without prejudice, a proposed class’ claims that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. put passengers in harm's way by not canceling a cruise as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, ruling that their “laundry list” of allegations doesn't amount to negligence.

  • February 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Wyndham, Goldman Sachs, Ping An

    Wyndham is mulling a deal with Platinum Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs is close to a deal to buy personal finance startup Clarity Money, and Ping An’s venture capital arm wants to raise up to $1.3 billion with two funds.

  • February 7, 2018

    Co. Drops Suit Over Tribe's Canceled Super Bowl Venue

    A company contracted to create a temporary venue for artists to perform dropped its suit against a Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community-owned limited liability company for allegedly illegally canceling the facility, which was supposed to be used leading up to and on the night of Super Bowl LII, according to a Tuesday filing in Minnesota federal court.

  • February 7, 2018

    Macaroni Grill Plan Confirmed Over WARN Class Objection

    The Chapter 11 plan of bankrupt restaurant chain Romano's Macaroni Grill received court approval Wednesday in Delaware after a judge overruled the objections of a proposed class of terminated employees who said the plan wasn't feasible.

  • February 7, 2018

    Pa. Defends Gambling Expansion, Seeks Toss Of Casino Suit

    The Pennsylvania attorney general asked a federal judge Tuesday to toss Penn National Gaming Inc.'s lawsuit alleging the casino operator would be uniquely harmed by the state’s recent gambling expansion measure to the tune of $34 million a year in lost revenue.

  • February 7, 2018

    Mass. Gaming Regulator Says Wynn's Exit Won't Halt Probe

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Wednesday it will “aggressively” continue investigating why a $7.5 million settlement paid to a Wynn Resorts employee alleging Steve Wynn forced her to have sex was not divulged when a subsidiary sought a license for a $2.4 billion casino resort, regardless of the founder's resignation.

Expert Analysis

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • What To Know About NY's Proposed 'Call-In Pay' Regs

    Kristin Klein Wheaton

    Recently proposed regulations by the New York State Department of Labor will result in challenges for employers who regularly fall into situations where employee schedules are not determined well in advance or change at the last minute, say Kristin Klein Wheaton and Christopher Maugans of Goldberg Segalla.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and racetracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.