Hospitality

  • January 6, 2009

    Applebee's Can't Force Discovery In FLSA Suit: Judge

    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.

  • January 6, 2009

    EPA Weighs Tighter Regs For Growing Cruise Industry

    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.

  • January 6, 2009

    Judge OKs $8M FedEx Meal, Rest Break Settlement

    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.

  • December 29, 2008

    Netflix, Amazon Sued Over Web Media Patent

    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.

  • December 29, 2008

    Starbucks Mistreated Pro-Union Workers: NLRB Judge

    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.

  • December 12, 2008

    Leaps & Bounds: Notable Firm News

    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.

  • December 12, 2008

    $3M Starbucks Class Action Deal Gets Final Approval

    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.

  • December 12, 2008

    Role, Not Pay, May Be Behind Skadden Star's Jump

    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.

  • December 4, 2008

    Carnival Sues Rolls-Royce For $100M Over Mermaid

    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.

  • December 3, 2008

    Electronic Toll Cos. Square Off In Patent Suit

    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.

  • December 2, 2008

    Food Service Workers Launch $200M Race Suit

    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.

  • December 1, 2008

    NeoMedia Slapped With Suit Over Phone Application

    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.

  • November 26, 2008

    Judge Won't Toss Case Of Dueling Monte Carlos

    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.

  • November 26, 2008

    5th Circ. Upholds Trademarks For School Colors

    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.

  • November 20, 2008

    9th Circ. Says CERCLA Preempts Statutes Of Repose

    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.

  • November 20, 2008

    General Growth Hires Sidley Austin Bankruptcy Attys.

    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.

  • November 19, 2008

    Marriott Timeshare Salesman Sues For Overtime Pay

    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.

  • November 18, 2008

    Filter Patent Suit V. Brita, Others Evaporates

    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.

  • November 18, 2008

    $42B InBev-Anheuser Merger Goes Through

    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.

  • November 17, 2008

    Managers Sue McDonald's Over Training Pay

    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.