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  • October 12, 2009

    Baker Botts Snatches O'Melveny Deals Vet

    Baker Botts LLP has lured deals attorney David G. Pommerening from O'Melveny & Myers LLP to head up the corporate transactional practice in its Washington office, the firm announced Monday.

  • October 12, 2009

    American Airlines Latest To Settle DataTern Lawsuit

    DataTern Inc. and American Airlines Inc. have asked a judge to approve the airline's dismissal from a database technology infringement dispute, making it the latest to join American Express Co. and Wells Fargo Corp. in settling out of the Texas-based patent holder's lawsuit.

  • October 9, 2009

    Examiner Appointed In Fontainebleau Case: Report

    A bankruptcy judge has reportedly appointed an examiner to oversee the sale of Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings LLC's unfinished $3 billion casino and hotel development in an effort to speed the company's reorganization.

  • October 9, 2009

    Trump Casino Lender Appeals Exclusivity Ruling

    In an intensifying grudge match over the restructuring of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the first-lien lender has appealed the bankruptcy court’s decision to let a group of investors horn in on the Chapter 11 proceeding and submit a competing plan of reorganization.

  • October 8, 2009

    Six Flags Pens $3M Deal With New Orleans

    A bankruptcy judge on Thursday signed off on a settlement agreement that will see beleaguered theme park operator Six Flags Inc. shelling out $3 million to the city of New Orleans, where one of the company’s outposts was shuttered after sustaining damage during Hurricane Katrina.

  • October 8, 2009

    Rival Disclosure Statements Approved In Trump Ch. 11

    A federal bankruptcy judge has approved for adequacy two rival disclosure plans in the Chapter 11 case of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., despite objections from the debtors.

  • October 8, 2009

    Inventor Hits Target, Others In New Online Security Suit

    Inventor Leon Stambler has launched another expansive infringement suit against a slew of retailers — including Target Corp., Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. — accusing them of violating two patents related to keeping information secure during online transactions.

  • October 8, 2009

    Pizza Hut Delivery Drivers' Overtime Suit Tossed

    A federal judge has tossed a proposed collective and class action against a Pizza Hut franchisee after finding that the lead plaintiffs failed to adequately plead that their wages did, in fact, fall below the required minimum wage.

  • October 8, 2009

    Carilion Backtracks In $20M Acquisition Of Clinics

    Health care provider Carilion Clinic has agreed to sell off two outpatient medical centers it acquired for $20 million last year, addressing the Federal Trade Commission's concerns that the deal eliminated vital competition and would lead to an increase in health care costs for Virginia residents.

  • October 8, 2009

    Starbucks Sues Former Exec Over Jump To Dunkin'

    Starbucks Corp. has sued a former division senior vice president for allegedly violating a noncompetition agreement by starting a job at Dunkin' Brands Inc.'s Dunkin' Donuts chain only months after leaving Starbucks.

  • October 7, 2009

    AB InBev To Sell Theme Park Biz To Blackstone

    Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. theme parks to private equity firm The Blackstone Group for up to $2.7 billion as part of the beer giant's ongoing plan to execute $7 billion in noncore business divestitures.

  • October 7, 2009

    Calif. Ruling Doesn't Slow Starbucks Tips Suits

    New plaintiffs have been added to a putative class action brought by Starbucks Corp. baristas who accuse the coffee chain of wrongly sharing tips between servers and managers, building momentum for the case a month after the California Supreme Court declined to weigh in on an appellate reversal of a judge's $105 million award to 120,000 current and former employees in a different suit.

  • October 7, 2009

    Grand Jury To Weigh In On Hilton, Starwood Dispute

    As a civil lawsuit continues to unfold, a federal grand jury is also reportedly looking into whether criminal charges should be brought against several Hilton Worldwide executives accused of stealing confidential information from rival hotel chain Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

  • October 6, 2009

    Trump, Noteholders Up Their Bids In Ch. 11 Pitches

    Bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. and a committee of disgruntled noteholders have upped the ante in their competing restructuring proposals for the gaming company, with Donald Trump and a bank offering to pitch in an additional $13.9 million for creditors and the noteholders offering $50 million more in fresh capital.

  • October 6, 2009

    Appeal Of Starbucks Wage Suit Jurisdiction Gets OK

    A federal district judge has allowed a former Starbucks Corp. worker to seek a circuit court opinion on whether her putative class action alleging the coffee chain habitually pays discharged employees later than California law requires should be remanded to state court, where she originally filed the suit.

  • October 2, 2009

    PE Firm Puts Up Rival Six Flags Ch. 11 Plan

    A private equity firm has become the second stakeholder in the Six Flags Inc. bankruptcy to shoot down management's proposal to turn the majority of the theme park operator over to lenders, putting forward a reorganization plan that would keep control in the hands of existing shareholders.

  • October 1, 2009

    Ex-Starbucks Baristas Denied Cert. In Tip-Sharing Suit

    A federal judge has denied former Starbucks Corp. baristas' bid for class certification in a suit claiming the coffee giant violated Minnesota state law by forcing them to pool their tips weekly with other baristas and management.

  • October 1, 2009

    Domino's Loses Pizza Trademark Battle In 5th Circ.

    A small Dallas-area pizza chain has won a victory in a trademark battle against Domino's Pizza LLC, as a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling that Domino's did not infringe the chain's "Brooklyn-style pizza" marks.

  • October 1, 2009

    NextEra Buys Babcock Wind Projects For $352M

    NextEra Energy Resources LLC has announced it will purchase three wind projects from Babcock & Brown for a total of $352 million.

  • October 1, 2009

    IP Holder Seeks To Boot MoFo As Yahoo's Counsel

    Intellectual property holder CIVIX-DDI LLC has asked a judge to disqualify Morrison & Foerster LLP from its representation of Yahoo Inc. in a suit alleging infringement of database access-related patents, contending that the firm improperly participated in a re-examination of the patents-at-issue and violated a protective order.