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  • May 14, 2018

    Justices Back Unlisted Driver Over Search Of Rental Car

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling that a man driving his fiancée's rental car did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because he was not on the rental agreement, resolving a circuit split and lending hope to his appeal of a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court Strikes Down Federal Sports Betting Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting, a ruling that opens the door to legalizing sports betting in states across the country. 

  • May 11, 2018

    Applebee's Sues Franchisee Over ‘Controversial’ Closures

    Casual dining chain Applebee’s has slapped a franchisee with an $11 million breach-of-contract suit in federal court over his “controversial” closure of seven Kansas City-area restaurants, including one where two black women claimed in a viral video they had been falsely accused of not paying for meals.

  • May 11, 2018

    Tribe Can't Force Casino Suit To Its Court, Okla. Judge Told

    An Oklahoma woman the Muscogee (Creek) Nation claimed is involved in an illegal casino project on tribal lands again urged a federal court Friday to prevent the tribe from bringing claims against her in its courts, saying she’s not required to exhaust her legal options with the tribe.

  • May 11, 2018

    Tribal Entity Not Key To Harrah's Pay Suit, Ex-Worker Says

    A former employee of the casino company Harrah’s told a North Carolina federal court Friday that a magistrate judge got it flat wrong when he recommended that a proposed class action over wages be dismissed because a tribal entity couldn’t be joined, arguing that the entity wasn’t relevant.

  • May 11, 2018

    AMC Urges End To Theater's First-Run Film Antitrust Suit

    AMC is asking a Texas federal judge for a quick win in a Houston theater's suit accusing the nation's largest movie theater chain of illegally blocking access to first-run films, arguing that antitrust laws are intended to protect competition, not individual competitors.

  • May 11, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Still Owe On Contract, Concessionaire Says

    Former ​Tampa Bay Rays stadium food service partner Centerplate Inc. urged a Florida federal court not to toss its counterclaims that ​three months' worth of payments are left on part of the two-decade contract at the heart of a lawsuit the Major League Baseball team has brought against it, saying the Rays are misinterpreting the word "terminate."

  • May 11, 2018

    FisherBroyles Picks Up DLA Piper Franchise Pro In Houston

    FisherBroyles LLP has snagged a former DLA Piper franchise partner with expertise stemming from in-house work, his own boutique and a decade in BigLaw to grow its Houston office.

  • May 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: John Hancock, Capstone Equities, AEW

    John Hancock has reportedly loaned $105 million for a Los Angeles office building, a venture including Capstone Equities is said to have scored a $130 million loan for a recent New York hotel purchase and an AEW Capital venture has reportedly picked up a South Florida development site for $26 million.

  • May 11, 2018

    Chinese Real Estate Magnate Gets 4 Years For UN Bribes

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng to four years in prison Friday for paying $1.3 million in bribes to enlist diplomatic support for his effort to build a massive United Nations convention center in Macau.

  • May 10, 2018

    Swingers Club Gets Partial Win In Models' False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday handed a partial win to a swingers club and its owners who were accused by Playboy Playmates and other models of using their likenesses in advertisements for the club without permission, finding that the models couldn't show that consumers were confused.

  • May 10, 2018

    EEOC Gets OK For Deal Ending Goodwill Harassment Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won approval from a California federal judge Wednesday for a deal ending a suit accusing Goodwill Industries and an affiliate of looking the other way when a manager sexually harassed six female janitors and forced the resignation of another supervisor who had tried to help.

  • May 10, 2018

    Applebee's Franchisee To Fund Ch. 11 With Lender Cash

    An Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill franchisee with 159 restaurants in 15 states received permission from a Delaware judge on Thursday to finance its Chapter 11 case with the use of secured lenders’ cash collateral.

  • May 10, 2018

    Chinese Developer Denied Retrial After UN Bribery Conviction

    Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was convicted of bribing two former United Nations diplomats, will not receive a new trial, nor will he get his wish for a key government witness to be investigated, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • May 10, 2018

    SoHo Bakery Behind Cronut Violates Disability Law, Suit Says

    The parent company of the SoHo bakery that created the cronut intentionally discriminates against the blind and visually impaired by not bringing its website into compliance with federal, state and local disability law, according to a proposed class action filed in New York federal court Wednesday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Judge Stops Clock As Ohio Fights To Retain Soccer Team

    An Ohio judge has stopped the clock on the statutory period during which the Columbus Crew soccer team must field offers from potential buyers before it moves to Texas, in a case with implications on states’ influence over sports teams that have received public assistance.

  • May 10, 2018

    Conn. Tribal Casino Plan Gets Boost As Rival Bill Falls Short

    The Connecticut General Assembly ended its legislative session late Wednesday without voting on a bill that could have paved the way for a proposed MGM Resorts casino in Bridgeport, a project that would have posed a major obstacle to the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot’s own plans to open a new casino in the state.

  • May 10, 2018

    Batali, Bastianich Eateries Settle Wage Suit For $2.2M

    New York restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich and five of their restaurants have agreed to pay approximately $2.2 million to settle a proposed class action suit accusing them of stiffing staff through unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime and unlawful tip credit deductions.

  • May 10, 2018

    Jeffer Mangels Adds Hotel Law Pro In Calif.

    Hospitality attorney Jeffrey T. Myers, a hotel law expert formerly with Paul Hastings LLP and Beverly Hills-based boutique firm Eisner, has joined Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP as a California-based partner in its global hospitality group and real estate department, Jeffer Mangels said.

  • May 9, 2018

    RI Justices Revive Hockey Player’s Injury Suit Against Arena

    Rhode Island’s high court has revived claims by a former college hockey player that an arena’s release of toxic fumes injured him, saying there’s a clear-cut factual dispute over the arena’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of the allegedly dangerous condition.

Expert Analysis

  • A Notable Footnote In High Court Merit Management Decision

    Elliot Moskowitz

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Merit Management v. FTI Consulting has been characterized as a narrowing of the Section 546(e) safe harbor, given the court’s holding that a transfer is not protected from avoidance merely because the funds passed through a “financial institution.” However, a footnote in the decision could mean that the safe harbor remains applicable to additional participants in securities transactions, say Elliot Moskowitz and Tina Hwa Joe of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • McDonald’s Deal Leaves Status Quo On Joint-Employer Test

    Steven Gutierrez

    With its recent agreement to settle numerous high-profile disputes over whether it is a joint employer with its franchisees, McDonald’s has avoided prolonged litigation and a potentially adverse decision that could have had sweeping ramifications for franchisors and their franchisees nationwide, says Steven Gutierrez of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Regulation Of Sports Gambling Will Decide Esports' Fate

    David Lisko

    Esports is going to have a major impact on traditional sports, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming sports gambling holding in NCAA v. Christie is going to have a major impact on esports, say Holland & Knight LLP attorney David Lisko and law student Viktor Lyusi.

  • Crafting Robust Force Majeure Clauses

    Alan Howard

    Lawyers can help protect their clients by avoiding standard force majeure text, and spelling out the intent of the parties in unambiguous terms. While it is impossible to address all contingencies, clearly defined and precise language can be used to mitigate performance and even economic risks, say Alan Howard and Luke van Houwelingen of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • A Shift On Employee Title VII Protections At 6th Circ.

    Michael Pepperman

    While the Sixth Circuit held in 2006 that Title VII didn't cover sexual orientation discrimination, the court's recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes is part of the current trend of courts broadly construing the meaning of “sex discrimination” and increasing workplace protections under federal law for LGBT employees, say attorneys with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.