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  • December 02, 2022

    Disney Sued Over Park Trip Planner Patent

    Disney is infringing a patent for customized theme park itineraries with its Genie and Genie+ services that help visitors navigate its parks, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Florida federal court.

  • December 02, 2022

    Hotel Chain Accused Of Turning 'Blind Eye' To Sex Trafficking

    A sex trafficking survivor has alleged in Washington federal court that hotelier Extended Stay America Inc. "turned a blind eye" to the repeated abuse that occurred on its property.

  • December 02, 2022

    5th Circ. Won't Rehear Texas Billionaire's COVID Hotel Fight

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday denied a Texas billionaire's request for a rehearing after it found a county judge did have the authority to place restrictions on hotels in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • December 02, 2022

    Interest Rates Doom Lender, Crypto Winter Persists

    Rising interest rates forced a reverse mortgage lender into Chapter 11, cryptocurrency platform BlockFi succumbed to the downfall of exchange FTX Trading, and FTX itself faced calls for an examination of its collapse. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • December 02, 2022

    NYC 'Salt Bae' Steakhouse Sued For Transphobic Behavior

    A transgender woman who was fired from the Manhattan location of an international chain of steakhouses founded by Turkish butcher and social media star Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe has sued the restaurant on claims it looked the other way while she was misgendered and harassed.

  • December 02, 2022

    EatStreet's $1.2M Wage And Tip Deal OK'd By Wis. Judge

    A Wisconsin federal judge tentatively approved a $1.2 million deal between EatStreet and workers alleging the online food delivery company underpaid them and did not reimburse them for work-related expenses, ruling that it had cleared federal standards after denying the first iteration of the deal in August.

  • December 02, 2022

    Atty Avoids Sanctions For Tossed Time Records In Client Row

    A Georgia attorney and his firm once again avoided sanctions in a dispute with a client over $600,000 in unpaid fees, after having thrown out his scrap notes detailing the nearly 2,000 hours he allegedly spent representing the client, a Georgia business court ruled.

  • December 02, 2022

    Injury Suit Against Hilton Hotel Over Drunken Patron Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed a suit against a Hilton hotel in Texas that allegedly overserved a bar patron who later ran over her friend in the parking lot, ruling the friend's lawsuit was untimely delivered to the defendants.

  • December 02, 2022

    Avis Customer Attys Ask For $6.3M In Fees In Toll Row

    The attorneys who have represented Avis customers in a class action over hidden toll fees dating back to 2011 are requesting $6.3 million in fees, about 14% of the $45 million settlement the parties agreed to in June of this year.

  • December 01, 2022

    Hotels' ADA Fight Seen As Ripe For Supreme Court Review

    Lawyers from opposing sides of a federal court battle over accommodations for disabled people offered by hotels recently spoke to Law360 about what's at stake in the fight, agreeing that a circuit court split shows the issue is ready for a U.S. Supreme Court review.

  • December 01, 2022

    Walgreens Provides Deficient COBRA Notices, Suit Says

    Walgreens was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court that accuses the pharmacy chain of failing to adequately notify workers of their right to get continuing health care benefits after leaving their jobs.

  • December 01, 2022

    Poarch Band Moves Ahead With Magic City Casino Buy

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians disclosed Thursday that it is making progress on its purchase of Magic City Casino in Miami, saying the Florida Gaming Control Commission is currently reviewing the transaction.

  • December 01, 2022

    Parents Defend Bias Suit Against Pa. Sesame Place Park

    Parents alleging that SeaWorld-owned Sesame Place in suburban Philadelphia ignored Black children who wanted to meet their favorite characters have urged a Pennsylvania federal judge not to dismiss their racial discrimination suit.

  • December 01, 2022

    'Varsity Blues' Official In Hot Water After Disney Cruise

    A former college official awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case got an earful from a judge Thursday after violating the terms of her pretrial release by taking a Disney cruise that made three stops in Mexico.

  • November 30, 2022

    Kroger Asks 7th Circ. To Block Grubhub From Using Logo

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday appeared skeptical of Kroger's request to reverse a decision allowing Grubhub Inc. to use its fork-and-knife logo amid a trademark fight with Kroger unit Home Chef, noting the high burden at the preliminary injunction stage and the strength of Grubhub's trademark.

  • November 30, 2022

    Airbnb, Building Owners Partner To Boost Tenant-Hosting

    Airbnb said Wednesday it is working with multifamily building owners in 29 cities to advertise apartments where tenants are allowed to host short-term rentals for the platform's customers, touting it as a new revenue generator for renters and their landlords.

  • November 30, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: LA Family Housing, AECOM, Azoffs

    LA Family Housing is reportedly hoping to convert a former California motel into apartments, AECOM is reportedly downsizing at 100 Park Ave. in New York, and Irving and Sheli Azoff have reportedly sold a Los Angeles mansion for $25 million.

  • November 30, 2022

    McDonald's Escapes 'Ridiculous' Design Patent Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has cleared fast food giant McDonald's of claims that its mobile app infringes a patent-holding company's user interface design, saying he couldn't imagine how the two designs could be confused.

  • November 30, 2022

    LeClairRyan Gets OK On Deal Over $28M Malpractice Claim

    The liquidating trustee overseeing the Chapter 7 case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC has received bankruptcy court approval for a settlement that resolves a $28 million malpractice suit in which a former client sued the firm for its work on an insurance dispute.

  • November 30, 2022

    4th Circ. Rejects FTC Bid To Rethink Sanctuary Belize Case

    The Fourth Circuit won't take a second look at its decision to dismantle a $120 million default judgment against several defendants in the offshore real estate scam known as Sanctuary Belize.

  • November 30, 2022

    US Giving Tribes $75M For Climate-Related Relocation

    The Biden administration will give a combined $75 million to help three Indigenous tribes start relocating to higher ground, as the coastal communities confront a host of worsening climate-related threats to their critical infrastructure, including rising seas, flooding and erosion.

  • November 30, 2022

    1st Circ. Backs Arbitration For Postmates Drivers' Claims

    Postmates Inc. delivery drivers can't duck arbitration and advance their worker classification fight as a proposed class because they are not engaged in interstate commerce, the First Circuit said.

  • November 29, 2022

    10th Circ. Awaits Supreme Court's Decision In Hotel ADA Suit

    The Tenth Circuit will hold off ruling on whether hotel websites that don't provide enough information about accessible rooms violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying it is waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar case involving the same plaintiff.

  • November 29, 2022

    Don't Blame Atty For Uncontested Arbitral Loss, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge refused to vacate a roughly $865,000 judgment in an unpaid wage dispute against a nursing home and a subcontractor, ruling that the companies could not blame their stressed attorney for their failure to contest a bid to confirm an arbitral award.

  • November 29, 2022

    DeCurtis Wants Carnival Corp. Patent Row Nixed

    Tech company DeCurtis LLC urged a Florida federal judge Tuesday to ignore a magistrate judge's recommendation to send cruise operator Carnival Corp.'s patent infringement claims over guest engagement technology to a jury, arguing instead for summary judgment to end the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • NYC's New Law Is A Game Changer For Short-Term Rentals

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    On Jan. 9, strict new regulations controlling New York City's short-term rental industry will take effect, likely giving landlords the upper hand in addressing what has been one of the city's least-regulated industries, say Adam Lindenbaum and Collin Chipetine at Rosenberg & Estis.

  • A Promising Structure For Multiunit Franchise Acquisitions

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    For investors looking to capitalize on the continued strength of franchise businesses, one potential acquisition structure based around an operating company and a property company may allow for efficient and flexible operations, say attorneys at Allen Matkins.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • Employers Should Note Post-Midterms State Law Changes

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    State ballot measures in the recent midterm elections could require employers to update policies related to drug use, wages, collective bargaining and benefit plans that offer access to abortion care — a reminder of the challenges in complying with the ever-changing patchwork of state workplace laws, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • Calif. Hotel Ruling Holds Lessons On Letters Of Intent

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    A California appellate court's recent decision in Munoz v. Patel, finding a hotel owner's letter of intent to be legally binding, is an important reminder that real estate parties negotiating and drafting letters of intent should make sure to include nonbinding disclaimers, says Jeff Brown at Thompson Coburn.

  • Website Owners Must Avoid Missteps In Using Tracking Tech

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    A look at recent lawsuits alleging wiretapping violations is a warning that website operators using chatbots or similar technology should openly disclose the use of such technology and obtain consumer consent, lest they face litigation and potential multimillion-dollar penalties, say David Klein and Julie Klein at Klein Moynihan.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

  • Perspectives

    How Civilian Attorneys Can Help Veterans

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    With legal aid topping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' annual list of unmet needs of veterans facing housing insecurity, nonmilitary volunteer attorneys can provide some of the most effective legal services to military and veteran clients, say Anna Richardson at Veterans Legal Services and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

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