• February 27, 2018

    Texas Patent Agent Privilege Ruling Met With Sigh Of Relief

    The Texas Supreme Court’s decision that communications with nonlawyer patent agents are protected by attorney-client privilege will ease concerns that working with patent agents could put confidential information at risk and is likely to be followed by other state courts, attorneys say.

  • February 27, 2018

    Thailand's Singha Estate Drops $250M On 6 Resort Properties

    Singha Estate Public Co. Ltd. has reached a deal to buy half a dozen hotels and resorts across four countries for a combined $250 million, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the Thailand-based firm.

  • February 27, 2018

    Investors Sue Wynn Resorts GC, Execs Over Insider Trading

    A shareholder suit announced Monday by the New York State Comptroller claiming willful neglect by Wynn Resorts officials, including its general counsel, for allegedly ignoring sexual harassment complaints against founder and former CEO Steve Wynn is the first to allege insider trading by company officials among a slew of investor complaints already filed against the casino operator.

  • February 27, 2018

    Texas Tribe Wins Pause Of E-Bingo Order Pending Appeal

    A federal magistrate judge on Monday granted the Alabama-Coushatta tribe’s request that the court hold off on enforcing an order likely barring the tribe from operating electronic bingo games while it appeals the decision.

  • February 27, 2018

    Drinks Festival Founder Wants Tax Docs In Racketeering Suit

    The founder of an annual high-end cocktail festival asked a New York federal judge Monday to force a husband-and-wife duo to produce personal and business tax returns and other documents in her racketeering suit alleging the couple scammed her into selling the festival’s production company.

  • February 27, 2018

    Playa Hotels Pays $300M For 5 Of Sagicor's Jamaica Resorts

    Playa Hotels & Resorts NV agreed Monday to pay $100 million in cash plus 20 million shares to Sagicor Group Jamaica Ltd. for five all-inclusive resorts and two oceanfront developable sites on the north coast of Jamaica, in a move that makes the company one of the largest resort owners in the island nation.

  • February 27, 2018

    REIT Park Hotels & Resorts Sells 11 Hiltons For $317M

    Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has sold 11 Hilton hotels, including properties in Northern California and the United Kingdom, for a combined roughly $317 million, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Virginia-based real estate investment trust.

  • February 27, 2018

    Justices Limit Ch. 11 Safe Harbor For Securities Clawbacks

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday resolved a circuit split over the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s “safe harbor” provision exempting certain securities transactions from clawbacks, unanimously concluding that a transfer can be undone in bankruptcy if funds simply move through a financial institution without benefiting it.

  • February 27, 2018

    Justices Back Congress' Power To Block Lawsuits

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a D.C. Circuit decision backing the federal government's move to set aside a parcel of a Michigan tribe’s land for a casino, saying Congress didn’t violate federal courts’ powers by enacting a law that stymied legal challenges to the project.

  • February 26, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive Multicity Fare Price-Fixing Suit

    Travel agents told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that a California federal judge ignored direct evidence when she dismissed their antitrust suit accusing American Airlines, Delta, United and a global airfare publisher of conspiring to overcharge customers and fix fares on multicity flights.

  • February 26, 2018

    Barley Snyder Expands Practice With Pa. Hospitality Group

    Central Pennsylvania firm Barley Snyder has launched a new hospitality industry group less than six months after opening new offices in two of the state’s high-tourism areas, Gettysburg and Harrisburg.

  • February 26, 2018

    Tetrarch Nabs $74M Loan For Buyout Of PIMCO At Irish Hotel

    Tetrarch Capital has bought out its joint venture partner Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC’s interest in a 764-room hotel and golf course in Dublin and has landed €60 million ($73.9 million) in financing from an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, according to an announcement from Tetrarch Capital on Monday.

  • February 26, 2018

    3 Things Hospitality Lawyers Need To Know About Blockchain

    Companies have only recently started to see how they might benefit from blockchain, and hospitality lawyers say that as clients show more interest, it's important to understand some key aspects of the technology. Here, Law360 looks at three things hospitality attorneys need to know about blockchain.

  • February 26, 2018

    Exotic Dancers, Club Chain Strike $8.5M Deal In Wage Row

    A group of former exotic dancers who worked at the Spearmint Rhino chain of nightclubs urged a California federal judge on Friday to give final approval to a deal worth at least $8.5 million to settle a suit alleging they only received compensation in the form of tips.

  • February 26, 2018

    Strip Club Can Arbitrate Dancer's Claims, Texas Court Says

    A Dallas dancer who alleges the strip club that employed her negligently overserved her alcohol and contributed to her single-car crash after leaving work must take her claims to arbitration, a Texas appellate court held Friday in reversing a trial court decision against Buck’s Cabaret.

  • February 26, 2018

    Hawaii B&B Can't Refuse Lesbian Couple, Appeals Court Says

    A Hawaii appeals court has found that a Honolulu bed-and-breakfast owner is running a business subject to discrimination laws and cannot claim a religious right to refuse to rent a room to a couple for being lesbian.

  • February 26, 2018

    REIT Resource Capital Beats Investor Suit Over $41M Loss

    Resource Capital Corp. is off the hook for claims that directors and officers misled investors about a loan that led to a $41 million loss, with a New York federal court tossing several shareholder suits lodged against the real estate investment trust after its board refused to sue the directors and officers itself.

  • February 23, 2018

    Public Air Charter Founders Can't Shake NJ Fraud Charges

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday that a trial postponement last year did not warrant tossing charges that the co-founders of a defunct public air charter operator defrauded financial institutions out of millions of dollars in passenger payments, while also rejecting their bid to keep out certain evidence.

  • February 23, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: StepStone, Maxim Capital, Brock

    Financial services company StepStone is said to be taking 30,000 square feet in New York, Maxim Capital has reportedly loaned $50 million for certain unsold luxury condo units in Florida and Brock Development is said to have landed a $20 million construction loan for a Florida hotel project.

  • February 23, 2018

    Hotels Move For Cert. In Expedia False Ad Suit

    A pair of hotels are pushing to certify their proposed class action accusing Expedia of luring customers with false advertisements and then diverting them to make reservations at places where it gets a cut, telling a California federal court Thursday that a class action is the best way for their Lanham Act claims to proceed.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Weighing Wedding Cake Questions At The High Court

    Joel Kurtzberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While there are many ways the court could slice this case, it seems likely the vote will be 5-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy casting the deciding vote, says Joel Kurtzberg of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • FDA Menu Labeling Guidance: Latest Step On A Long Road

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    Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.