Finding that Applebee's International Inc. made an unduly burdensome request for discovery, a federal judge has rejected the restaurant chain's motion to compel interrogatories from thousands of opt-in plaintiffs in a collective action accusing the chain of paying tipped wages instead of minimum wage to servers and bartenders in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing pollution from cruise ships, one of the world's fastest-growing tourism sectors, as a way to determine whether more stringent environmental standards are needed for the industry.
A federal judge has preliminarily approved an $8 million settlement that a FedEx Corp. unit reached in 2007 with California plaintiffs in two suits accusing the company of failing to provide meal and rest breaks in violation of state law.
A slew of companies that offer media files online, including Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., have been sued by a patent-holding company that claims they are infringing one of its patents.
An administrative law judge has ruled that Starbucks Corp. engaged in unfair labor practices in a lawsuit brought by union organizers alleging the coffee chain retaliated against workers at four Manhattan stores who wanted to unionize.
Lateral movement slowed considerably last week, new office openings were few and far between and law firm mergers were nowhere to be found. Energy lawyers were the exception; King & Spalding, Troutman Sanders and Davis Wright Tremaine all snagged energy teams.
A federal judge in Sacramento has given the green light to a class action settlement between Starbucks Corp. and thousands of Starbucks supervisors and managers who accused the company of failing to reimburse them for expenses they incurred while using their personal vehicles to perform work-related duties.
With bankruptcy dockets busy and new cases popping up in many sectors of the U.S. economy, a top restructuring attorney from a top firm has jumped from legal work to the banking side — but it may have more to do with taking on a larger role in strategy than earning a higher salary.
Carnival Corp. has brought a $100 million suit against Rolls-Royce PLC, claiming the British engine maker sold the cruise operator a faulty propulsion system for the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship.
A unit of a company that provides electronic toll payment services has targeted competitor Highway Toll Administration LLC in an infringement suit over shield technology for toll collection identifiers.
Eleven black employees of a global food-service provider have filed a multimillion-dollar proposed class action against the company alleging that white supervisors harassed and discriminated against them, calling them names and prohibiting them from staffing catering functions.
Two technology companies have accused NeoMedia Technologies Inc. of infringing two of their patents related to software that allows users to transform their camera phones into mobile bar-code readers.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the operator of the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco against MGM Mirage claiming that MGM's Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas infringes the trademarked name of the prestigious Monaco gaming palace.
In a case that could have far-reaching implications for sports franchises and colleges, a federal appeals court has upheld a decision that found that universities' school-color schemes represent legally protected stand-alone trademarks.
An appeals court has ruled that the federal environmental compensation and liability law's power to override a statute of limitations also applies to the slightly distinct statute of repose, reviving a negligence claim against Sun Oil Co. and diverging from a decision in another circuit court.
General Growth Properties Inc. has hired bankruptcy attorneys from law firm Sidley Austin LLP, further indicating that the debt-laden mall owner may be on the verge of seeking bankruptcy protection.
A former timeshare salesman for Marriott International Inc. has brought a putative collective action against the hotel chain for alleged breaches of federal wage-and-hour laws.
A subsidiary of technology giant 3M Innovative Properties Co. has settled its patent infringement suit against Clorox Co. subsidiary Brita, retailer Sears Roebuck & Co. and manufacturer Pentair Filtration Inc. over two of its patents covering a cartridge-based water purification and filtration system.
After receiving clearance for the merger from competition regulators in the United Kingdom and China on Tuesday, InBev NV completed its $42 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch Co. Inc. the same day, less than a week after the Belgian brewer agreed to divest subsidiary Labatt USA to win U.S. approval of the deal.
A pair of assistant managers has smacked McDonald's Corp. with a potential collective action, accusing the hamburger giant of failing to pay them proper overtime wages during an interim training period.