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  • February 14, 2011

    Panera To Settle Shareholder Suit for $5.75M

    Panera Bread Co. has agreed to pay $5.75 million to settle a consolidated shareholder class action accusing the company and its directors of making false and misleading projections about its future growth based on a new strategy and a new pizza.

  • February 11, 2011

    Casey's Says Subway 'Footlong' Mark Comes Up Short

    Casey's General Stores Inc. sued the owner of the Subway restaurant chain on Friday to secure a ruling that the sandwich maker has no trademark rights to the supposedly generic term “footlong.”

  • February 11, 2011

    Starbucks Unfairly Split Mass. Baristas' Tips: Judge

    A magistrate judge has recommended certifying a class of Starbucks Corp. baristas in Massachusetts and granting summary judgment on a state wage law claim challenging the inclusion of shift supervisors in the baristas' tip pool.

  • February 11, 2011

    Burger King Franchisee Class Reopens Pricing Fight

    A federal judge has decided to let Burger King Corp. franchisees refile a class action accusing the company of lowering cheeseburger prices in a bad faith breach of contract, backing off an initial dismissal with prejudice.

  • February 10, 2011

    Ex-Hill Aide Convicted Over World Series Trip Gift

    A federal jury reportedly handed down a guilty verdict Thursday to a former congressional aide who accepted a World Series trip from a lobbyist, in one of the final cases of the corruption probe tied to Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

  • February 10, 2011

    Mario Cuomo To Ref Madoff Trustee, Mets Showdown

    A bankruptcy judge tapped Mario M. Cuomo on Thursday to mediate a trustee's adversary fight accusing the owners of the New York Mets of reaping $300 million in bogus profits from Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

  • February 10, 2011

    US Open Attendants Win Class Cert. In FLSA Action

    A federal court has certified a class of U.S. Open luxury suite attendants alleging their employers at the tennis tournament stiffed them on overtime wages.

  • February 10, 2011

    France Hits Daimler With New Insider Trading Probe

    Daimler AG announced Thursday that French investigative judges had opened an insider trading probe related to the German automaker's stock in aerospace company EADS NV, the same claims of which the country's markets regulator had cleared Daimler last year.

  • February 10, 2011

    Advantage Car Rental Manager Files OT Action

    A shift manager at Advantage Rent A Car has filed a nationwide collective action against the car rental company, claiming it failed to pay overtime wages.

  • February 9, 2011

    Magna Loses $10M Suit Against Casino Operator

    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that casino operator PA Meadows LLC does not owe $10 million to bankrupt racetrack owner Magna Entertainment Corp. in connection with a $200 million purchase agreement for MEC's Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania.

  • February 9, 2011

    Displaced Super Bowl XLV Fans File Fraud Action

    Fans who bought Super Bowl XLV tickets but were denied seats have tackled the Dallas Cowboys, team owner Jerry Jones and the National Football League with a proposed class action alleging breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices.

  • February 9, 2011

    Wesco Investor Sues To Stop $548M Berkshire Deal

    A Wesco Financial Corp. shareholder has filed a putative class action seeking to block Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s $548 million acquisition of the 20 percent of the company it doesn't already own.

  • February 8, 2011

    Foley Welcomes Baseball Exec Back Into The Fold

    Foley & Lardner LLP has snagged a former top executive of Major League Baseball who will bolster the firm's sports industry group, working on the buying and selling of sports franchises and stadium financing and construction, among other areas.

  • February 7, 2011

    Red Zone Hits Cadwalader With $13M Malpractice Suit

    Red Zone LLC is seeking $13 million from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP for its alleged mishandling of an agreement to cap the investment company’s liability to UBS Securities LLC during Red Zone’s 2005 proxy battle with Six Flags Inc.

  • February 7, 2011

    Berkshire To Round Out Stake In Wesco For $548M

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. announced on Monday that it has committed to a $548 million deal to acquire the 20 percent of Wesco Financial Corp. that it does not already own.

  • February 4, 2011

    Ex-Workers Hit Chipotle With Late Pay Class Action

    Two former employees of a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurant have launched a proposed class action accusing the burrito chain of sending them their final paychecks too late, in violation of a Minnesota wage law.

  • February 4, 2011

    Madoff Trustee Claims Mets Owners Owe Victims $300M

    The bankruptcy trustee trying to recover money for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme has accused the owners of the New York Mets of reaping $300 million in bogus profits from the investment scam.

  • February 3, 2011

    NorthStar Hard Rock Foreclosure A Ploy, Lenders Say

    Owners and senior lenders of Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino asked a New York judge on Thursday to stop NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. from initiating foreclosure under a credit agreement, arguing the fellow lender was trying to spark a bankruptcy filing.

  • February 3, 2011

    Mets' Owners Done Negotiating With Madoff Trustee

    Settlement negotiations between the New York Mets' owners and Bernard L. Madoff bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard broke down Thursday, and both sides agreed that the trustee's complaint should be unsealed, according to a pair of letters.

  • February 2, 2011

    Madoff Associate Fails To Block Investor Suits

    A bankruptcy judge Wednesday declined to halt legal actions brought by Bernard L. Madoff investors against one of the Ponzi schemer's close associates, Robert Jaffe, and his firm Cohmad Securities Corp.