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  • May 29, 2018

    Livingbridge Invests In London-Based Beach Vacation Biz

    Mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge said Monday it has made a significant investment in short-haul beach holiday provider Loveholidays from its £660 million ($874 million) Livingbridge 6 fund, saying the London-headquartered platform is the fastest-growing online travel agent in the United Kingdom.

  • May 29, 2018

    Tribe Says Casino Contract Case Not Worth High Court’s Time

    The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians told the U.S. Supreme Court there was no reason it should review an intermediate California state court's ruling tossing a $30 million award to a gambling developer over a failed casino connected to an unreviewed promissory note.

  • May 29, 2018

    Wendy's, Customers Settle Data Breach Row

    Wendy’s has settled a proposed consumer class action in Florida federal court over a data breach the fast-food chain first revealed in early 2016 that has also sparked lawsuits from banks and shareholders.

  • May 29, 2018

    JAB Gobbles Up Stake In Pret A Manger From Bridgepoint

    Global investment firm JAB Holding Co., in its ongoing quest to snap up consumer brands, has bought a controlling stake in Pret A Manger from the growing British sandwich chain's private equity owner, Bridgepoint, the companies said.

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report, By The Numbers

    Our latest survey of the largest U.S. law firms again paints a bleak picture for female attorneys. Here’s our breakdown of the data from this year’s Glass Ceiling Report.

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are All The Partners Still Men?

    Are you looking around your firm and still seeing a lot of men in leadership? On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we discuss our annual Glass Ceiling report, which reveals little progress for women in the law, and we speak with Kerrie Campbell, an attorney who filed a high-profile gender bias suit against her firm.

  • May 25, 2018

    What Does Gender Parity In The Legal Industry Look Like?

    Law360 asked more than 40 women how we’ll know when the legal industry has achieved true gender parity. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May 25, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the latest Glass Ceiling Report again shows only incremental growth for female lawyers in private practice, some firms are proving that building a more equitable profession is possible. Here are the law firms leading the way.

  • May 25, 2018

    Pa. Lawmaker Urges State Regulator To OK Sports Betting

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling on the state’s Gaming Control Board to roll out regulations for legal sports gambling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Murphy v. NCAA decision earlier this month, calling it a potentially "lucrative revenue source" for the perennially cash-strapped Keystone State.

  • May 25, 2018

    Texas Justices Say HOA Can't Stop Short-Term House Rentals

    A San Antonio, Texas, homeowner who rented out his house through VRBO.com didn’t violate deed restrictions that limited his property to residential use and required a single-family house on the land, the Texas Supreme Court said Friday.

  • May 25, 2018

    Chili's Parent Co. Sued For Negligence Over Data Breach

    The parent company of Chili’s Grill & Bar was hit with a putative class action in Florida federal court Thursday over hacked customer credit and debit card information, less than two weeks after the company announced that a data breach had affected some of its 1,600 restaurants.

  • May 25, 2018

    Discovery Next In Ill. Suit Over Sick Casino Worker's Firing

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday refused to immediately let a Chicago-area casino out of an employment lawsuit over a worker who was allegedly fired after asking for additional leave to receive cancer treatment.

  • May 25, 2018

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

    The last week has seen an Irish real estate developer sue Ireland's "bad bank," a contract dispute between two African banks and a French fishing operator, and several major insurers take Danish shipping giant Maersk to court. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 25, 2018

    Applebee’s Sues Franchisee In Ch. 11 Over Deal Breaches

    The parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill sued a bankrupt franchisee in Delaware on Friday, saying the debtor breached franchise agreements by closing several restaurants without permission and ceased making royalty payments several months before its Chapter 11 filings.

  • May 25, 2018

    NJ Racetrack Wants $3.4M Bond After Sports Betting Win

    A New Jersey racetrack urged a federal court to order four professional sports leagues and the NCAA to pay $3.4 million plus interest for launching yearslong litigation that blocked it from taking sports bets until a recent U.S Supreme Court decision, estimating the injunction cost it almost $150 million in lost revenue.

  • May 25, 2018

    NY Steakhouse Illegally Fired Striking Workers, NLRB Says

    A prominent steakhouse in Manhattan famous for being the location where a mob boss was gunned down has been told to rehire a number of workers who went on strike, after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that they were illegally fired. 

  • May 25, 2018

    Tribe Can Challenge Gaming Commission Denial: DC Judge

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday said that a dispute between the Fort Sill Apache tribe and the National Indian Gaming Commission "has become unduly complicated," deciding that the government's latest rejection of the tribe's gambling bid could be challenged while also trimming some claims in the suit.

  • May 25, 2018

    Calif. County Presses Justices To Hear Casino Land Case

    A California county said that the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn an appeals court decision that backed the U.S. Department of the Interior's land-into-trust acquisition for a proposed tribal casino, saying the acquisition was an improper expansion of the Indian Reorganization Act.

  • May 25, 2018

    Phone, Email Don't Excuse Inaccessible Website, Judge Says

    Returning a phone call or replying to an email aren't alternatives to operating a website that the visually impaired can access, a California state judge has ruled, saying the so-called auxiliary aids offered by a prominent Los Angeles restaurant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • May 24, 2018

    Class Action Claiming Illegal Tip Pool Stays In Fed. Court

    A Hawaii federal judge denied a bid by a former waiter at a restaurant group to move back to state court his proposed class action claiming his ex-employer used illegal tip pooling practices, ruling Wednesday that the group's removal of the case was proper.

Expert Analysis

  • When A Plaintiff’s Perjury Could Block A Wage Award

    Valerie Ferrier

    Wage and hour cases typically rise and fall on the existence and quality of a defendant’s time and pay records. However, in Domingo Castillo Marcelino v. 374 Food, despite the lack of written records of the plaintiff’s hours, a New York federal judge recently determined the plaintiff’s perjury was a decisive factor, says Valerie Ferrier of FordHarrison LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Latest Trends Favor Enforcing Offers Of Judgment In Fla.

    Andrew Steif

    For many years, it appeared that offers of judgment and proposals for settlement under Florida law were subject to such heightened judicial scrutiny that a party serving such an offer could have no reasonable certainty as to its enforceability, but recent cases indicate a shift toward a common-sense approach, says Andrew Steif of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 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.