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  • November 9, 2018

    Timeshare Owners Hit Marriott With Sanctions Bid

    Timeshare owners have asked a Florida federal court to sanction Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. in a proposed class action claiming the timeshare company and its insurer duped them into invalid real estate deals with Orange County's help, saying it intentionally withheld "massive amounts" of documents during discovery.

  • November 9, 2018

    6th Circ. Clears McDonald's Staffing Co. Of Hispanic Bias

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Friday that a trial court correctly nixed a suit brought by two Hispanic employees of a McDonald’s staffing provider alleging they were illegally forced to perform menial tasks that non-Hispanic workers didn’t have to do and were illegally reprimanded for speaking Spanish in the workplace.

  • November 9, 2018

    Four Duck Boat Crash Victims Settle Midtrial For $8.25M

    Four of the dozens of victims of a Seattle “duck boat” crash at the heart of an ongoing trial have reached an $8.25 million settlement with amphibious vehicle tour company Ride the Ducks International and its Seattle licensee, the individuals' attorney announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Launches Gaming Practice After High Court Win

    Months after securing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that felled a major barrier to sports betting, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Thursday it was launching an international betting and gaming practice.

  • November 9, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Appeals Gambling Compact Suit At DC Circ.

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community is appealing to the D.C. Circuit a lower court's ruling backing a federal government decision that nixed, due to competitive concerns, a 2014 amendment favoring the tribe's gambling compact with Wisconsin under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOI Rebuts Tribe's Political Pressure Claims Over Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal court to reject proposed new claims in a suit by Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation over their gambling agreement, saying they hadn’t shown that federal lawmakers or a White House official improperly influenced the DOI’s decision not to approve agreement changes needed for a casino project.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ore. Justices Reject Starbucks' Bid To End Baristas' Wage Suit

    The Oregon Supreme Court refused Thursday to grant Starbucks Corp.'s request to end a case brought by former baristas who claim the coffee behemoth engaged in wage theft, ruling that the claims are better suited to trial and appellate courts.

  • November 8, 2018

    Mo. Duck Boat Captain Indicted After Sinking Killed 17

    The captain of an amphibious “duck boat” that sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people, was charged in federal court on Thursday after prosecutors said he failed to take necessary safety precautions or warn the passengers to put on their life jackets.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOL Scraps Wage Safeguard For Multitasking Tipped Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued four opinion letters Thursday, including one that nixed guidance directing employers to pay tipped workers at least minimum wage for nontipped work that takes up a large chunk of their shift.

  • November 8, 2018

    Biz Travel Company Nabs $154M From Funding Round

    Business travel management firm TripActions on Thursday said investors poured in $154 million during the company’s latest funding round as it looks to increase research and development and roll out new technologies in an effort to continue global growth.

  • November 8, 2018

    Tribe Appeals Mich. Gov.'s Win Over Casino Land

    The Bay Mills Indian Community has filed a notice of appeal against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the Sixth Circuit, challenging his win in a lower court ruling that the state's Indian Land Claim Settlement Act does not let the tribe automatically conduct gambling on land that it bought.

  • November 8, 2018

    Architectural Firm Tries To Duck Stadium Roof Design Suit

    A Michigan-based architectural firm has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a suit alleging it and other firms stole designs for retractable stadium roofs, saying the district has no jurisdiction over the firm since it has no employees or place of business there.

  • November 8, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Says El Paso Can Use Arena For Sports

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that an El Paso ordinance does not bar the city from using a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility for sports, reversing a lower court’s decision against the city.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOJ Settles Immigration Bias Claim Against NY Hotel

    The U.S. Department of Justice has settled with a New York operator of a Hyatt hotel near LaGuardia Airport over allegations that the company discriminated against a man who had been granted asylum on the basis of his citizenship status, the department announced Wednesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    Oprah-Backed Chain Eatery Reaches Wage-Break Class Deal

    A True Food Kitchen staffer asked a California federal court Monday to preliminarily approve a $900,000 class settlement reached with the Oprah Winfrey-backed restaurant chain, saying while the group is confident in their claims that they were shorted on pay and breaks, "it cannot be said that defendants presented no contrary evidence."

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Steward Can't Toss Arbitration Award From Cruise Line

    A Florida federal magistrate judge Tuesday recommended confirmation of an arbitration award in a case by a former Norwegian Cruise Lines steward who said the company refused to pay for spinal surgery allegedly related to an incident aboard ship, saying the court must give considerable leeway to the arbitrator.

  • November 7, 2018

    Insurer Wants Coverage For Parking Lot Shooting Suit Axed

    Great Lakes Insurance SE is asking a federal judge to free it from having to defend a policyholder facing claims from a man who says that negligent security measures outside of a Philadelphia bar led to his being shot in April 2016.

  • November 7, 2018

    Disney, Seminoles Win As Fla. Voters Limit Casino Growth

    Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Co. and the Seminole tribe of Florida have claimed a win as voters in the Sunshine State approved a constitutional amendment that gives them the right to block the expansion of casino gambling.

  • November 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Ruling Against Tribal Bingo Website

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday said it won’t rethink a circuit panel ruling that backed a lower court’s decision to shut down the Desert Rose Bingo website, rejecting the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s contention that its site didn’t violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Expert Analysis

  • An Unclear Path For Defending Calif. Wage-And-Hour Claims

    Brandon Takahashi

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Troester — holding that Starbucks must pay employees for time spent on off-the-clock tasks — is already affecting state wage and hour class actions. One example is a California federal court's recent decision to partially grant class certification in Ser Lao v. H&M, say Brandon Takahashi and Brian Noh of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Look Out, Tax Zapper Users: Feds Join State-Level Crackdown

    Matthew Lee

    Two weeks ago federal prosecutors announced criminal tax charges against the owners of five Chicago-area restaurants as part of an ongoing federal investigation into the underreporting of gross receipts using sales suppression software. These cases are significant not only as the first federal charges against business owners in many years but also because they appear to be part of a larger investigation of Chicago-area businesses that use zappers, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • EEOC Targets Employers' Prescription Drug Use Policies

    Karen Jennings Evans

    Recent court filings and settlements by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission illustrate the potential pitfalls employers face when attempting to implement a drug-free workplace, say Karen Jennings Evans and Robert Dumbacher of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • New Accessibility Lawsuit Trend: Class Action Complaints

    Edward Harold

    Recently, enterprising attorneys have brought Americans with Disabilities Act claims as class actions directed at all of a company’s locations. Their contention that the ADA requires broad, companywide compliance policies is controversial, but businesses must prepare for such claims, says Edward Harold of Fisher Phillips LLP.

  • Takeaways From 1st Retroactive Application Of Dynamex

    Desi Kalcheva

    The California Supreme Court's Dynamex opinion — fashioning an updated California test for distinguishing between employees and independent contractors — has stirred much speculation about its scope and the extent of its application. Now, for the first time, in Johnson v. Imperial Showgirls the decision has been applied on a retroactive basis, says Desi Kalcheva of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.