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  • May 24, 2018

    DraftKings To Launch New Platform After High Court Ruling

    Boston-based fantasy sports platform DraftKings said Thursday it will soon roll out a new sports betting platform as it moves to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision earlier this month legalizing sports gambling.

  • May 24, 2018

    Investors Can’t Stop Celeb Chef From Bankruptcy Filing

    Celebrity chef Jose Garces can keep some of his Philadelphia restaurants under Chapter 11 protection as he gears up to present a stalking horse deal to the bankruptcy court next week, a New Jersey judge has said, rejecting investors’ claims that he lacked the authority to do so.

  • May 24, 2018

    Empire State Building's Website Isn't Accessible, Suit Says

    The operator of the Empire State Building Observatory was slapped with a proposed class action in New York federal court Wednesday alleging that its website isn’t accessible to visually impaired and blind individuals and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law.

  • May 24, 2018

    Live Nation Must Face Trimmed Suit From Concert Promoters

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. must face a New Jersey federal lawsuit from concert promoters alleging the business interfered with their efforts to stage an electronic dance music event at the State Fair Meadowlands in 2011, a judge has said in upholding most of the claims.

  • May 24, 2018

    Kimpton, Consumers Reach Deal In Data Breach Suit

    Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC has reached a settlement agreement in a suit over the theft of payment card data in a 2016 security breach, with the proposed class asking a California federal court to approve reimbursement of up to $10,000 each for 150,000 or more consumers.

  • May 24, 2018

    Hilton's Digital Key Infringes Mobile-Unlock Patents: Suit

    Hilton and one of its subsidiaries got hit with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Wednesday by a Texas-based technology company that says the hospitality company’s Digital Key service infringes two patents it holds on technology that facilitates mobile unlocking.

  • May 23, 2018

    Texas IHOP Hit With Suit Alleging Wage Violations

    A group of at least 180 current and former employees at an International House of Pancakes has hit the entity operating the restaurant's Rockwall, Texas, location with a proposed collective action, alleging they were required to work while off the clock and weren't paid for overtime hours, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • May 23, 2018

    Crestline Forms $300M Fund With Eye On Hotel Acquisitions

    Crestline Hotels & Resorts LLC, which manages hotels for publicly traded real estate investment trusts, private equity investors and single-asset owners and foundations, has launched a $300 million fund that will acquire hotels and invest in properties alongside strategic capital partners, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • May 23, 2018

    Jamba Juice Operator Wants Coverage For Sex Assault Case

    Jamba Juice operator Whirl Colorado LLC sued insurer Houston Casualty Co. in California federal court on Tuesday over the “offensive” refusal to resolve “very dangerous claims” stemming from a store manager’s sexual assault of one of his workers.

  • May 23, 2018

    Paddy Power, FanDuel Ink Deal To Combine US Businesses

    Paddy Power Betfair PLC and New York City-based FanDuel on Wednesday said they had inked a deal to merge their U.S. businesses, a transaction the Irish bookmaker said will see it hand over $158 million in cash, a week after the Dublin-based company confirmed it was in deal talks with the daily fantasy sports giant.

  • May 23, 2018

    Chipotle Worker Fights Contempt Order For OT Suit

    A Chipotle employee asked the Fifth Circuit to toss a Texas federal judge’s contempt order requiring her to withdraw claims citing violation of a U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule in her New Jersey suit, saying the judge cannot meddle in her case because she has no connection to his court.

  • May 23, 2018

    DOL Asks Justices To Nix 9th Circ. Decision On Tip Pool Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor urged the U.S. Supreme Court to erase an "incorrect" Ninth Circuit decision that upheld a 2011 DOL rule regulating when so-called tip pools can be instituted by employers, but stopped short of backing full-blown high court review, noting that the agency has already moved to roll back the Obama-era regulations at the heart of the dispute. 

  • May 23, 2018

    Constangy Brooks Atty Escapes Sanctions In Timeshare Suit

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Wednesday said a former marketing executive and his attorney accused of interfering with a timeshare development company’s contracts would not be sanctioned for allegedly delaying the case and discovery.

  • May 23, 2018

    Google Accuses Online Ordering Co. Of Hijacking Biz Pages

    Google has accused an online ordering service in California federal court of disguising itself as a Google affiliate to trick restaurant owners into giving up control of their business profiles on the search engine, infringing the tech giant’s trademark in the process.

  • May 22, 2018

    McDonald's Hit With 10 Sexual Harassment EEOC Claims

    Ten women and girls in Los Angeles, Chicago and seven other cities have claimed they were sexually harassed by co-workers and managers while working at McDonald’s Corp. restaurants, according to filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • May 22, 2018

    Va. School Can't Shake Trans Student's Bathroom Bias Suit

    A Virginia school board that created a policy aimed at keeping a transgender student from using restrooms that match his gender identity will have to face his discrimination claims that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Olive Garden Can't Duck Suit Saying Server Called 'Too Dark'

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday refused to let Olive Garden out of a suit accusing the restaurant chain of employee discrimination after a newly hired server alleged she was handed $20 during a training session and told to get a job at Burger King because she was "too dark" to work at Olive Garden.

  • May 22, 2018

    Hedge Fund Owner, Hotel Developer Resolve $2M Fraud Suit

    A hedge fund owner awaiting sentencing on related criminal charges has resolved civil claims in New Jersey federal court that he duped a hotel developer into giving him an almost $2 million investment — about half of which, he testified at trial, he thought he was permitted to spend on a residential mortgage for himself.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Regulation Of Sports Gambling Will Decide Esports' Fate

    David Lisko

    Esports is going to have a major impact on traditional sports, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming sports gambling holding in NCAA v. Christie is going to have a major impact on esports, say Holland & Knight LLP attorney David Lisko and law student Viktor Lyusi.

  • Crafting Robust Force Majeure Clauses

    Alan Howard

    Lawyers can help protect their clients by avoiding standard force majeure text, and spelling out the intent of the parties in unambiguous terms. While it is impossible to address all contingencies, clearly defined and precise language can be used to mitigate performance and even economic risks, say Alan Howard and Luke van Houwelingen of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • A Shift On Employee Title VII Protections At 6th Circ.

    Michael Pepperman

    While the Sixth Circuit held in 2006 that Title VII didn't cover sexual orientation discrimination, the court's recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes is part of the current trend of courts broadly construing the meaning of “sex discrimination” and increasing workplace protections under federal law for LGBT employees, say attorneys with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Price Tag, You’re Not It: 4 New Pricing Claims

    Stephanie Sheridan

    As more pricing litigation is filed, we are seeing deviation from traditional claims related to discounts from a notional "original price." While reference price litigation has certainly not gone away, several new types of pricing claims have emerged, making it clear that pricing is a hot issue for the plaintiffs bar, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Nev. Gambling Regulators Mull Workplace Harassment Regs

    Kristen Gallagher

    While the Nevada Gaming Control Board's notice declaring its inherent interest in licensees’ sexual harassment policies and procedures makes it clear that the information is currently intended to be a guide, the board’s direction and intent to issue regulations and further standards is clear, say Kristen Gallagher and Laura Jacobsen of McDonald Carano LLP.

  • Texas High Court Ruling On Patent Agents May Be Influential

    Perry Napolitano

    The Supreme Court of Texas last month became the first state high court to extend the attorney-client privilege to nonattorney patent agents. The Silver ruling could trigger similar decisions in other states, as two dozen other jurisdictions have the same attorney-client privilege rule upon which the decision was based, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.