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  • September 20, 2010

    Bankrupt Franchisee Sues Yum Over Co-Branding

    Fast food franchise owner Treasure Isles Inc. has sued Yum Brands Inc., accusing Yum of driving it into bankruptcy by abandoning the development of co-branded Long John Silver’s and A&W restaurants.

  • September 15, 2010

    'Foreign-Squared' Plaintiffs Ousted From Alstom Suit

    Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, a federal judge has dismissed so-called foreign-squared plaintiffs who purchased Alstom SA equity securities on the French stock exchange from a securities fraud class action against the company.

  • September 15, 2010

    Technician Hits Broadband Express With FLSA Suit

    Broadband Express LLC has become the latest digital cable company to be hit with a proposed collective action alleging it denied technicians overtime pay.

  • September 15, 2010

    Chuck E. Cheese's Recalls 1.2M Children's Toys

    Children's restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese's on Wednesday instituted a voluntary recall of 1.2 million promotional toys, saying that the toys' batteries can become exposed and cause an ingestion hazard.

  • September 15, 2010

    BCI Aircraft CEO Pleads Not Guilty In $50M Fraud Case

    BCI Aircraft Leasing Inc. CEO Brian Hollnagel has pled not guilty to fraud, obstruction and bribery charges stemming from allegations that he and others rigged a $50 million investment scheme and jammed up the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s inquiry into their purported wrongdoing.

  • September 14, 2010

    Minn. High Court Favors Fitness Chain In FLSA Case

    Minnesota's highest court has nixed a bid to revive a class action alleging Life Time Fitness Inc. violated the state's Fair Labor Standards Act by treating its executives and managers as wage workers but calling them salaried employees and refusing to pay them overtime.

  • September 14, 2010

    Uno Trustee Calls E&Y Fee Application Vague

    The U.S. trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Chicago-style pizza chain Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp. has asked the court to reduce Ernst & Young LLP's fees by 10 percent, but she otherwise had no problem with the roughly $6.5 million professionals requested for their work on the case.

  • September 10, 2010

    Dunkin' Donuts Hits Fla. Shops With IP, Contract Suit

    Several Dunkin' Brands units have sued Miami-area Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees for continuing to operate shops despite missed fee payments, alleging breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition.

  • September 9, 2010

    BK Investors Want It Their Way In $4B Sale To 3G

    Burger King Holdings Inc. has been hit with a putative class action by shareholders over an agreement to sell itself to investment firm 3G Capital Management LLC for $4 billion.

  • September 9, 2010

    Probe Into BCI Investments Leads To More Charges

    Prosecutors have filed new fraud, obstruction and bribery charges against grounded BCI Aircraft Leasing Inc. CEO Brian Hollnagel, accusing him and others of participating in a $50 million fraudulent investment scheme and jamming up the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s inquiry into their alleged wrongdoing.

  • September 9, 2010

    Judge Won't Block $1.2B Dollar Thrifty-Hertz Deal

    A judge has refused to block a proposed $1.2 billion merger between Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. and fellow car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc., saying the Dollar Thrifty board acted reasonably even though Avis Budget Group Inc. made a higher offer.

  • September 9, 2010

    Venable Nabs Kelley Drye Class Action Defender

    Antitrust and consumer class action defender Tom Gilbertsen has joined Venable LLP's Washington office as partner from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, boosting Venable's bench at a time when consumer issues remain at the forefront of the nation's consciousness.

  • September 9, 2010

    Centaur Disclosure Statement OK'd

    A bankruptcy judge has approved Centaur LLC’s disclosure statement but requested further submissions from the debtor and the unsecured creditors committee to come to a decision on whether the committee will be allowed to pursue $192 million in claims against the debtor.

  • September 8, 2010

    Credit Suisse Loses Bid For $229M Of Loan To Resort

    A federal judge has ruled that Credit Suisse Group AG won't be able to recoup more than $229 million on a loan gone bad to Yellowstone Mountain Club LLC, a Montana ski and golf resort development that entered bankruptcy in 2008.

  • September 7, 2010

    DOJ Puts $700M Google-ITA Merger Under Spotlight

    The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating whether Google Inc.'s $700 million acquisition of flight information software company ITA Software Inc. may harm competition in the travel search engine industry.

  • September 7, 2010

    In-House Counsel Rank Jackson Lewis No. 1

    Jackson Lewis LLP has been crowned by corporate counsel as the No. 1 firm for employment litigation work, a new report reveals.

  • September 7, 2010

    Most Admired Attys: Dickstein's John Heintz

    Whether recovering billions of dollars for policyholders in a sprawling 16-year-long asbestos exposure case or winning precedent-setting Superfund coverage decisions, John Heintz of Dickstein Shapiro LLP has been on the forefront of policyholder victories, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys.

  • September 7, 2010

    Subcontractor Sues Honeywell Over Naval Base Work

    A Rhode Island-based construction firm has sued Travelers Casualty & Surety of America and Honeywell Building Solutions SES Corp. seeking payment for its work on a $9.8 million project at a U.S. Navy base.

  • September 7, 2010

    Priceline, Others Settle Fla. Tax Dispute For $6.5M

    A federal judge has preliminarily signed off on a $6.5 million settlement in a suit between a class of Florida counties and a slew of travel websites — including Priceline.com Inc. and Expedia Inc. — accused of dodging hotel occupancy taxes.

  • September 3, 2010

    Expedia, Priceline Settle False Advertising Spat

    Expedia Inc. and subsidiary Hotels.com LP have buried the hatchet with Priceline.com Inc., settling a suit accusing Priceline of engaging in unfair competition and false advertising by running ads claiming the travel site's prices are dramatically lower than Expedia's.