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  • July 16, 2018

    SD Can't Collect Excise Tax From Tribe's Casino Renovation

    South Dakota can no longer impose an excise tax on a Native American tribe’s casino renovation project, but the tribe cannot sue the state in federal court for a refund of the amount it was already forced to pay, according to a district court ruling Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    McDonald's Sued Over Contaminated Salads In The Midwest

    McDonald’s Corp. got hit Monday in Illinois county court with a product liability suit claiming the hamburger chain was negligent when it sold defective salads containing a microscopic parasite responsible for intestinal infections, even though the company voluntarily stopped selling the salads after state and federal officials launched an investigation.

  • July 16, 2018

    DOI Beats Challenge To North Fork Casino Project Greenlight

    The U.S. Department of the Interior didn't violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by allowing North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to operate slot machines and banking card games in a casino on nonreservation land, a California federal judge ruled, tossing a challenge to the decision from two nearby, existing card rooms.

  • July 16, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fla. Retail Center, Cove, Think Hotel

    A Florida Planet Fitness retail center has reportedly traded hands for $11.5 million, a Cove Property landlord venture is said to have renewed leases with two New York law firm tenants and Think Hotel Group is said to have scored $22 million in financing for a Florida hotel.

  • July 16, 2018

    Vegas Shooting Victims Can't Hold Resort Liable, MGM Says

    MGM Resorts International said it owes “no liability of any kind” to victims of October’s Las Vegas mass shooting, arguing in a California federal suit filed Friday that a 2002 anti-terrorism statute precludes victims from blaming injuries on its Mandalay Bay resort, where the shooter based his attack.

  • July 16, 2018

    Hard Rock Cafe Must Repay Hotel Co.’s Fees To End TM Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday said she would only allow Hard Rock Cafe Inc. to drop a failed trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar Hotels Inc. if the hospitality giant repaid a portion of the smaller company’s legal bills.

  • July 16, 2018

    Latham, Holland & Hart Guide Golden-Marnell Casino Deal

    Latham & Watkins LLP represented Golden Entertainment Inc. in connection with its purchase of a pair of Nevada hotel and casino properties from Holland & Hart LLP-counseled Marnell Gaming LLC, a deal that's expected to be worth as much as $190 million, Golden announced Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pa. Can Recoup Tax Benefits After Restaurant’s Sale

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Monday finding that the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development could reclaim tax benefits it awarded to restaurateur Marc Vetri for opening an eatery in an underdeveloped area before later selling the establishment to Urban Outfitters Inc.

  • July 16, 2018

    Airbnb Can't Use Free Speech To Get Fla. Sublease Suit Axed

    A Miami-Dade County judge has denied a bid by Airbnb Inc. to toss a lawsuit brought by an apartment owner over allegedly unauthorized subleases that allow tenants to illicitly offer apartments for short-term rent, ruling that the home-sharing website is not absolutely immune under the Communications Decency Act.

  • July 16, 2018

    Biz Groups Ask 5th Circ. To Leave DOL OT Injunction Intact

    Several U.S. business groups have urged the Fifth Circuit to steer clear of a Texas federal judge’s barring of a proposed overtime rule while it considers whether to overturn a contempt charge given to a New Jersey Chipotle employee who filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce that rule.

  • July 13, 2018

    Stadiumgoers Granted Cert. In ADA Suit Against 49ers

    A California federal judge certified a class of stadiumgoers in a suit alleging the San Francisco 49ers' stadium does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards.

  • July 13, 2018

    Atom REIT Picks Up 3 Hotels In Spain For €73.4M

    Madrid-based real estate investment trust Atom Hoteles Socimi SA has bought three Spanish hotels in a €73.4 million ($85.46 million) deal with Melia Hotels International SA, Melia said Friday.

  • July 13, 2018

    NJ Go-Go Bar Owners, 7 Others Indicted In $12M Scam

    The owners of a now-defunct New Jersey go-go bar and seven others were indicted on allegations of participating in a $12 million scheme to use stolen credit card information to purchase prepaid gift cards that they would then convert to cash.

  • July 13, 2018

    Attys Seek $1.74M From $23M Pizza Chain TCPA Deal

    Class counsel who nabbed a $22.6 million cash and voucher settlement with pizza chain Papa Murphy's over claims it blasted out unsolicited texts in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a Washington federal judge to approve $1.74 million in attorneys' fees, saying the award is fair and reasonable.

  • July 13, 2018

    Kimpton's $600K Data Breach Settlement Denied

    A California federal judge refused to give preliminary approval to a settlement reached between Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC and a proposed class over a data breach, finding it was "seriously deficient" in saying how many people might file claims and why the company's maximum exposure totals $600,000.

  • July 12, 2018

    Beckham's $1B Stadium Proposal Stalls At Miami Commission

    Miami city commissioners failed to decide Thursday on whether to hold a public referendum on changing rules to allow consideration of a controversial no-bid proposal from David Beckham's Major League Soccer ownership group to redevelop a city-owned golf course into a soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park.

  • July 12, 2018

    49ers Dispute Need For New Stadium Inspection In ADA Suit

    The San Francisco 49ers have urged a California federal judge to reject stadiumgoers' latest demand in a proposed Americans with Disabilities Act class action to inspect how the team sets up security checkpoints and entrances at its home venue, arguing they had ample opportunity to inspect the stadium earlier this year.

  • July 12, 2018

    ‘World's Largest Latin Dance Cruise’ Hit With Robotext Suit

    A company that bills itself as "the world's largest Latin dance cruise" got hit with a proposed class suit in Florida federal court Wednesday claiming it blitzed potential customers with intrusive automated text messages in an unsolicited telemarketing campaign that disregarded consumers’ privacy rights.

  • July 12, 2018

    Tribe Can't Revisit DOI Casino Land Ruling In 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday denied a request by the Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community that it rethink its ruling backing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to acquire land for another California tribe’s casino project.

  • July 12, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Wrongful Death Suit Against Ship Owners

    A Third Circuit panel ruled that a federal court in the U.S. Virgin Islands has jurisdiction over the nonresident owners of a charter boat that docked at the territory for years, allowing a lawsuit over a passenger's drowning to go forward.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Employers Must Respond To Weingarten Rights Expansion

    Douglas Darch

    In Circus Circus, the National Labor Relations Board overturned nearly 40 years of precedent in shifting the burden of contacting and obtaining a union representative onto employers when they interview employees suspected of misconduct. Employers should err on the side of caution and extend union representation whenever Weingarten rights may be triggered, says Douglas Darch of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The Sports Bet Case

    Matthew McGill

    Three members of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP team that represented the state of New Jersey in Murphy v. NCAA explain how they kept the faith — over six years of litigation — that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually strike down the federal prohibition on state legalization of sports wagering.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.