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  • January 6, 2012

    Travelocity Departs From Website Sorting Patent Suit

    Online travel agent Travelocity.com LP on Thursday became the second company to exit a suit in Delaware federal court accusing Amazon.com and others of infringing a patent that allows website users to sort and display products by category.

  • January 6, 2012

    Cash-Strapped Mets Deny Bankruptcy Rumors

    The New York Mets on Friday sought to tamp down speculation that the team’s hiring of a prominent financial consulting firm foreshadowed a bankruptcy sale, denying reports the franchise was considering such a move.

  • January 6, 2012

    Wyndham Unit Relocating HQ To Vacant Orlando Building

    Wyndham Vacation Ownership will move its headquarters into a vacant Orlando office building located in a popular tourist area after signing a 12-year lease with Lexington Realty Trust, the parties said Friday.

  • January 5, 2012

    Privacy & CP Group Of The Year: Covington

    Microsoft Corp.’s swift $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Technologies SA over five months in October belied the complexity of the data privacy issues that Covington & Burling LLP helped longtime client Microsoft navigate on both sides of the Atlantic, landing the firm on Law360’s list of Privacy and Consumer Protection Groups of 2011.

  • January 5, 2012

    Debtors Propose March Sale Of Hooters Casino

    The owners of the financially underwater Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas plan to complete a sale of the property by the end of March, according to a bankruptcy filing Tuesday.

  • January 5, 2012

    IP Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles & Olson

    The intellectual property team at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP secured a landmark ruling for Abbott Laboratories that tightened the standards for proving inequitable conduct and reached a major settlement with file-sharing software maker LimeWire LLC on behalf of the record industry, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Intellectual Property Groups of 2011.

  • January 5, 2012

    Domino's Drivers' $1.5M Class Settlement Finally Delivers

    A California federal judge on Tuesday at last approved a $1.45 million settlement agreement struck over a year ago between Domino's Pizza LLC and a class of the restaurant chain's employees who claim they were denied meal breaks.

  • January 5, 2012

    Puerto Rico Court Halts Development In Northeast Coast

    A Puerto Rico appeals court on Wednesday temporarily barred any development in an untouched region of the commonwealth's northeast coast pending the review of a lawsuit filed by conservationists seeking to protect the area.

  • January 5, 2012

    Skadden Snags Restructuring Partner From Weil

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's London office has enticed restructuring partner Dominic McCahill away from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, Skadden announced Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2012

    M&A Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's mergers and acquisitions team racked up a series of blockbuster deals in 2011 that were noted as much for their complexity as their dollar totals, earning the team a spot on Law360's list of practice groups of the year.

  • January 4, 2012

    Cracker Barrel Seeks EEOC Suit Coverage In 6th Circ.

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. on Tuesday urged the Sixth Circuit to overturn a finding that the restaurant chain's insurer is not obligated to pay defense costs stemming from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit.

  • January 4, 2012

    Judge Clears Ambassadors To Settle Whippoorwill Claims

    Ambassadors International Inc., the former owner of Windstar Sail Cruises, won Delaware bankruptcy court approval on Wednesday to settle potential claims against its largest shareholder and secured lender, hedge fund Whippoorwill Associates Inc.

  • January 4, 2012

    Workers Urge Retroactive Ruling In Brinker Meal Break Case

    Class action plaintiffs suing restaurant chain owner Brinker International Inc. told the California Supreme Court on Tuesday that making its upcoming decision in the case prospective — not retroactive — would hurt low-income workers and benefit employers who have failed to provide meal breaks.

  • January 4, 2012

    DLA Piper Guides PE Firm In Philly Parking Garage Buy

    Real estate-focused private equity firm Green Courte Partners LLC has agreed to purchase the 10-level Avenue of the Arts Parking Garage in Philadelphia's arts district for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2012

    Q&A With Gilchrist & Rutter's Jonathan Gross

    We need to learn from our recent debacle in real property lending and ensuing foreclosure problems to protect not only the larger economy, but also protect individuals still suffering the aftermath of the burst housing bubble, says Jonathan Gross, a managing shareholder in the Santa Monica, Calif., office of Gilchrist & Rutter PC.

  • January 3, 2012

    Starbucks Roasted In 'Charbucks' Trademark Suit

    A New York federal judge last week dealt a fatal blow to Starbucks Corp.'s long-running suit accusing a mom-and-pop New Hampshire coffee company of trademark dilution for marketing a blend called “Mister Charbucks.”

  • January 3, 2012

    Adidas Heads To Trial In Pared Down 'We Not Me' Suit

    An Oregon federal judge on Thursday partially tossed a licensing company’s trademark infringement suit against Adidas AG and the National Basketball Association Inc.'s marketing arm over their "We Not Me" advertising campaign, but sent unfair competition claims to trial.

  • January 3, 2012

    Vornado Seals $330M Refinancing Of NYC Office Tower

    Vornado Realty Trust has completed a $330 million refinancing of 11 Penn Plaza, a 1.1-million-square-foot office tower near Penn Station, New York's regional rail hub, the company announced Tuesday.

  • January 2, 2012

    Employment Cases To Watch In 2012

    The coming year will likely see fewer game-changing employment law decisions than years past, but employment attorneys say there will still be plenty of big rulings on issues ranging from the constitutionality of health care reform to the language of California's wage-and-hour law and the exemption status of drug representatives. Here are the cases employment attorneys will be watching closely in 2012.

  • January 2, 2012

    Real Estate Cases To Watch In 2012

    From junior mezzanine lenders flexing their muscle to the uncertain future of “bad boy payments” in commercial loan agreements, several real estate legal areas are primed for a surge of litigation in 2012, experts say.