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  • December 13, 2018

    6 Things That Rocked The Legal Industry In 2018

    From a pitched battle over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination to a sea change in the way that legal employers consider their attorneys' mental health and well-being, these were some of the most significant events and trends to hit the legal industry in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    New Philly Fair Workweek Law May Face Court Fight

    A recently launched legal challenge to New York City's so-called Fair Workweek Law requiring fast-food and retail workers to receive advance notice of their work schedules signals what experts say could be a tough road ahead for a similar ordinance adopted by the Philadelphia City Council last week.

  • December 13, 2018

    Let Jury Hear Passenger Used Medication: Royal Caribbean

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. urged a Florida federal judge Wednesday to allow jurors in a wrongful death trial to hear evidence that a 22-year-old passenger who fell from one of its cruise ships — an incident his family insists was not a suicide — used the antidepressant Pristiq in the days before the trip.

  • December 13, 2018

    TGI Fridays Beats Class Cert. Bid In Vacation Pay Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to certify a class of former TGI Fridays workers who claimed a payroll glitch led to them not getting timely paid for vacation benefits they hadn't used when they left the company.  

  • December 13, 2018

    2 More Pa. Casinos Open Doors To Sports Betting

    Rivers and SugarHouse Casinos in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively, became the second and third casinos to open sports betting in the state with a “soft launch” Thursday and Friday afternoons, testing the waters before a full rollout.

  • December 13, 2018

    EB-5 Investor Sues Developer For Alleged Fla. Project Fraud

    A Russian man contended Wednesday that a Florida resident defrauded him of $500,000 and the opportunity to obtain a green card by promoting a development project through the EB-5 visa program that was never completed, according to a complaint filed in Florida federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    Hotel Hit With $50M Suit Over Teen's Walk-In Freezer Death

    The mother of a 19-year-old woman who died last year after accidentally locking herself in a Chicago hotel’s walk-in freezer has sued the hotel, its security staff and a restaurant in Illinois state court, claiming that her daughter’s death could have been easily avoided if not for their gross negligence.

  • December 12, 2018

    Centerplate Customer Takes 2nd Swing At Receipt Privacy Suit

    Sports concessions vendor Centerplate Inc. should have to face claims it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing customers’ full credit card numbers on receipts, a customer told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive her case.

  • December 12, 2018

    Pa. Businesses Sue Drone Maker Over $1.4M Fire

    The tenants of a Pittsburgh-area office building have filed a Pennsylvania state court suit against DJI Technology Inc., blaming the company for allegedly defective drone batteries that sparked a December 2016 fire resulting in more than $1.4 million worth of damage to businesses and a restaurant in the building.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

  • December 12, 2018

    Fla. Hotel Escapes ADA Suit After Disabled Woman Pulls Out

    A Florida federal court Wednesday dismissed a suit against a resort filed by a disabled woman who alleged its website fails to provide the required accessibility information under the Americans with Disabilities Act, handing down the order after she asked that the case be dismissed.

  • December 11, 2018

    Applebee’s Franchisee’s Ch. 11 Plan Gets Nod in Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday gave his nod to the Chapter 11 plan for Applebee's restaurant franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. over the objection of the unsecured creditors who argued they will not get enough disbursement under the plan.

  • December 11, 2018

    Subway Franchisee Gets OK For $80K Sex-For-Hire Suit Deal

    A Subway restaurant franchisee will pay $80,000 to end the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s suit alleging that one of its general managers sent two teenage girls texts offering to hire them in exchange for sex, with a New York federal judge approving the deal on Monday, six months after sending the case to trial.

  • December 11, 2018

    High Court Pushed To Block Calif. Tribal Casino

    A watchdog group has continued to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to grant its petition and revive its challenge to a California tribe’s proposed casino, claiming that the project would not have a minimal impact on the local area, as required under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • December 11, 2018

    Five Guys Blasts Architects' Move To 'Short-Circuit' IP Suit

    Burger chain Five Guys has urged an Illinois federal judge not to discard the company's argument that its restaurant design agreement with an architecture firm allowed the eatery to share design plans with others, saying a dismissal bid by the architect is untimely and "borderline frivolous."

  • December 11, 2018

    Airbnb Settles With Miami Apt. Complex Owners, Averts Trial

    Airbnb Inc. averted a trial Tuesday by settling a suit brought by the owner of several Miami-area apartment buildings that claimed the home-sharing platform supports and encourages unauthorized short-term rentals.

  • December 11, 2018

    Club Owner Asks 11th Circ. To Reverse Strippers' FLSA Win

    A Miami strip club owner has urged the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a lower court decision awarding eight exotic dancers nearly $1.8 million after a federal jury found the club's policy of classifying them as independent contractors violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and denied them overtime wages.

  • December 11, 2018

    Consortium Makes Offer For Radisson Valued At $768M

    A consortium led by Chinese state-owned tourism and hospitality company Jin Jiang International Holdings Co. Ltd. has made an offer for Radisson Hospitality AB that values the company at approximately 7 billion Swedish kronor ($767.8 million), the hotelier said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    MVP: Proskauer's Jeff Horwitz

    Proskauer Rose LLP’s Jeff Horwitz has guided many deals for longtime client AccorHotels, including its $320 million investment this year in SBE Entertainment Group for a 50 percent stake and its $51 million acquisition of an 85 percent stake in 21c Museum Hotels, landing him among Law360’s 2018 Hospitality MVPs.

  • December 10, 2018

    Architecture Firm To Arbitrate Dispute Over Hotel Plans

    A dispute between an architect and a property management company that allegedly tried to use its plans without paying for them is headed for arbitration after an Illinois federal court ruled Monday that an arbitration agreement in the contested contract is enforceable.

Expert Analysis

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • Triggering Civil Authority Coverage After A Natural Disaster

    Tracey Jordan

    As hurricane season continues, insured business owners in affected areas are likely to seek coverage for loss of business income. It's important to recognize that for business income insurance to cover losses caused by a civil authority order, the order must be a result of actual property damage, says Tracey Jordan of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • DOL Gifts Employers Advice On Unique FMLA, FLSA Issues

    Alex Aguilera

    Specific guidance on how employers should handle gray areas in the law can be of great importance, especially in extremely unique situations. Alex Aguilera of Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC offers insights on six opinion letters recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor to help employers navigate tricky Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act issues.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Sharing Economy Brings New Opportunities For Insurers

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    The ever-expanding sharing economy operates within the framework of an insurance industry that is constantly adapting to new technologies and risks. Collaboration between traditional carriers and innovators will lead to more participants for platforms and more customers for carriers, says Alexandra Fernandez of Zelle LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.