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  • August 1, 2018

    3 Cybercrime Group Members Arrested For Hacking 100+ Cos.

    Three top members of an international cybercrime group known as FIN7 have been arrested for a malware campaign that attacked more than 100 American companies, primarily in the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, with Chipotle and Arby’s among those that have disclosed breaches connected to the group, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    SF Lawmakers Propose Ban On Tech Worker Cafeterias

    Two San Francisco supervisors have introduced an ordinance that would ban the construction of employee cafeterias in new office developments for technology companies now pouring into the city from Silicon Valley, saying the legislation would help support the local restaurant industry by prohibiting nonretail eateries from opening in the new buildings.

  • August 1, 2018

    Booking.com Cites Big Ruling As It Fights USPTO Fee Rule

    Days after the Federal Circuit rejected the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's expansive new demands for attorneys’ fees, Booking.com cited the ruling Tuesday in a closely watched parallel case at the Fourth Circuit.

  • August 1, 2018

    Chipotle Sued Over Food Poisoning Outbreak in Ohio

    An Ohio man who was badly sickened after eating chicken tacos at a Chipotle Mexican Grill tied to a large food poisoning outbreak sued the fast-casual giant in state court Tuesday, in what his attorneys say is only the first of many lawsuits to come.

  • July 31, 2018

    Aussie Apt. Co. Fined $2.2M For Blocking TripAdvisor Reviews

    Australia’s Federal Court on Tuesday ordered Meriton Property Services Pty. Ltd. to pay penalties of AU$3 million ($2.2 million) for misleading consumers on the TripAdvisor website, saying the Sydney-based apartment developer blocked guest reviews in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

  • July 31, 2018

    Starbucks Scores Small Win In Battle Against Cancer Labels

    A California judge who ruled in May that coffee must carry cancer warnings said Tuesday that before entering an injunction requiring such labels, he would entertain arguments by Starbucks and other coffee companies that a rule being considered by a state environmental health agency would make the warnings unnecessary.

  • July 31, 2018

    NBA Signs Sports Betting Sponsorship Deal With MGM

    The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to make MGM Resorts its official sports betting partner, the two announced Tuesday, in a deal the NBA hopes will establish the commercial value of its intellectual property for sports betting.

  • July 31, 2018

    Morocco Hotel Owner Says Investors Must Pay $60M Award

    The owner of a luxury hotel in Morocco urged a Delaware federal court Monday not to toss its suit seeking to force investment firm Starwood Capital Group and an affiliate to pay a nearly $60 million arbitral award over an allegedly botched hotel management deal, saying the businesses had failed to show they are not liable under Delaware law.

  • July 31, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Blind Man's Dunkin' Donuts ADA Suit

    Dunkin' Donuts can’t escape a blind man’s lawsuit alleging the chain is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining a website that isn’t compatible with screen-reading software, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Katten Adds Commercial Finance Atty From Simpson Thacher

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has added a new partner to its commercial finance ranks, bringing on a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP attorney skilled in guiding complex financial transactions in the technology, real estate and health care spaces, the firm announced recently.

  • July 31, 2018

    Travers Smith Guides PE Firm's $186M Vehicle Rental Biz Buy

    Mid-market private equity firm Bowmark Capital LLP said on Tuesday that it has sold Nexus Vehicle Rental to Phoenix Equity Partners for £142 million ($186.4 million), in a deal that was guided by Travers Smith LLP.

  • July 31, 2018

    USPTO Beats Suit Over Chick-Fil-A 'Eat More Kale' Dispute

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday beat a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed over Chick-fil-A's famous trademark battle against the slogan "Eat More Kale."

  • July 31, 2018

    Chicago Eateries Accused Of Scamming Servers On Earnings

    Chicago restaurant management company Four Corners got smacked with a labor lawsuit by a proposed class of servers claiming the owner of a slew of popular establishments has routinely scammed them out of their earnings via a tip and tax scheme.

  • July 30, 2018

    Southwest, Loews Latest Sued Under Ill. Biometric Law

    Southwest Airlines Co. and Loews Chicago Hotel Inc. have become the latest of several companies to face claims that they violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to two proposed class actions filed in Cook County court alleging that the companies’ employee fingerprinting policy exposes workers to hacks.

  • July 30, 2018

    Mass. Legislators Approve Taxation On Short-Term Rentals

    Massachusetts lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would tax and regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb, sending the measure to the governor's desk. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hymer, Aurora Capital, Treasure Data

    Potential private equity buyers are eyeing Erwin Hymer Group, Aurora Capital Partners is considering selling Restaurant Technologies Inc., and SoftBank-owned semiconductor and software designer ARM Holdings inked a deal to buy Treasure Data Inc.

  • July 30, 2018

    Drowning Victims' Kin File $100M Suit Over Duck Boat Sinking

    Family members of two people who died when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri lake and claimed 17 lives filed a $100 million lawsuit Sunday, saying the amphibious "duck boat" was dangerously designed and that the boat’s operator ignored a severe storm warning. 

  • July 30, 2018

    DOI Says Calif. Ruling Doesn't Back Pequot's Casino Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Interior told a D.C. federal court that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation was wrong to suggest that a recent precedent supported its challenge to the government’s alleged inaction on changes to a tribal-state gambling deal impacting its joint bid for a new casino.

  • July 30, 2018

    Outback Dodges Suit Over NJ Customer's Salmonella Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a product liability suit by a woman claiming an Outback Steakhouse served her salmonella-contaminated food, saying she had failed to provide sufficient evidence that the restaurant's food made her sick.

  • July 30, 2018

    Bob Evans Strikes Deal To End Servers' Tip Credit Suit

    An Ohio federal judge on Monday signed off on a $3 million deal between restaurant chain Bob Evans and a group of its servers to settle the tip credit collective action they brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying the deal's terms are fair.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • How Cakeshop Gives Religious Objectors Legal Ammunition

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has been framed as much ado about nothing. But how the Supreme Court reached its result hands religious objectors a huge win in the form of potent ammunition for future legal fights, says Jesse Ryan Loffler of Cozen O’Connor.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Blockchain Is A Safe Bet For Sports Gambling Decentralization

    John Juricich

    With the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down the federal sports gambling ban, the betting industry is poised for a meteoric rise, and blockchain has the potential to revolutionize sports gambling by cutting the "trusted" third party out of an industry that has been historically opaque and a racket for the house, says John Juricich of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC.