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  • November 20, 2018

    Spirit Passengers' Bag-Fee Fraud Suit Preempted

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging Spirit Airlines Inc. defrauded consumers by concealing its carry-on bag fees on tickets sold through other online travel agents, saying federal law preempts their contract and fraud claims.

  • November 20, 2018

    Chipotle Gets New Trial In $3M Sexual Assault Case

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has won a new trial in a case that had resulted in a $3 million jury verdict against it stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a minor employee by her supervisor, with a Texas appellate court on Tuesday holding the jury should have been allowed to hear about the conduct of the employee.

  • November 20, 2018

    Opera House Insurer Says HVAC Co. Owes For Burst Pipe

    The insurer for a Delaware opera house launched a federal lawsuit Monday against a company tasked with installing and monitoring the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, alleging the business is directly responsible for a system failure that led to widespread water damage at the facility.

  • November 20, 2018

    Latham Leads PE-Backed Canadian Casino Operator's IPO

    Private-equity backed Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited on Tuesday filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering that will enable existing shareholders to trim their stakes in the western Canadian casino operator, which is represented by Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ill. Justices Doubt Six Flags' View In Biometric Data Case

    The Illinois Supreme Court pushed back Tuesday on Six Flags Entertainment Corp.'s stance that actual harm is required to sue under the state’s biometric privacy law as several justices explored the extent to which the statute protects against the collection of such personal data without consent.

  • November 20, 2018

    Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs

    Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can’t plausibly argue the two agreed Five Guys could share Soos’ restaurant design plans with a competing architecture firm.

  • November 19, 2018

    Man Pinned By Mandalay Bay Sign Wins $524K At Trial

    A Las Vegas jury on Monday found Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino responsible for a 400-pound sign that fell over and injured a hotel guest, but its $524,068 damages award stopped well short of the $35.1 million the man's attorney had requested.

  • November 19, 2018

    Motel Urges Court To Keep Sprint Junk Fax Suit Alive

    A motel business hit back at an attempt by Sprint Solutions Inc. to put an end to its proposed class action, arguing in Connecticut federal court on Friday that the telecommunications company failed to prove that it had permission to repeatedly fax unsolicited ads to the lodging without an opt-out notice.

  • November 19, 2018

    Calif. Law Firm's RICO Claims Axed In Suit Over Tribal Client

    A California federal judge has trimmed several claims from a Williams & Cochrane LLP lawsuit saying a rival law firm conspired with a W&C tribal client to strip it of its business during gambling compact talks, ruling that W&C hasn't fully met the requirements for filing a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.

  • November 19, 2018

    NJ Racetrack Denied $3.4M Bond After Sports Betting Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge has denied a racetrack's attempt to force four professional sports leagues and the NCAA to pay $3.4 million plus interest for launching litigation that stopped the track from taking sports bets until a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, saying the track wasn’t wrongfully blocked.

  • November 19, 2018

    Swiss Co. Gets Costs For Arbitration Bid In Coal Dispute

    An Australian court has ordered a Japanese tourism and trading company to cover the costs a Swiss trading and shipping corporation incurred in its successful pursuit of arbitration in a coal supply dispute, saying their contract clearly contained an arbitration provision.

  • November 19, 2018

    Air Charter Founder Launches New Retrial Bid In Fraud Case

    The co-founder of a defunct public air charter operator launched her second bid for a new trial in the government's case alleging she and others stole millions of dollars that passengers prepaid for flights, citing "exculpatory documents" that have materialized since she was convicted by a jury.

  • November 19, 2018

    CIT Arranges $91M Loan For JV's Denver Hotel Buy

    Financial holding company CIT Group Inc. said on Monday that its real estate finance business acted as the sole arranger for a $91 million senior secured loan to help finance the acquisition of a hotel in Denver by a joint venture between a private equity firm and real estate investment trust.

  • November 19, 2018

    XO Investor Cries Foul Over $933M WeddingWire Deal Info

    A shareholder for XO Group Inc. launched a proposed class action against the multimedia content publisher and its board of directors in Delaware federal court Friday, claiming a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its $933 million acquisition by private equity-backed WeddingWire Inc. left out important financial analyses and projections.

  • November 16, 2018

    Mandalay Bay Should Pay $35M To Man Hit By Sign, Jury Told

    An attorney for a man allegedly injured when a nearly 400-pound sign fell on him outside the Mandalay Bay hotel told a Las Vegas jury Friday to "send them a message" and award roughly $35.1 million — arguments the resort's counsel objected to as highly prejudicial.

  • November 16, 2018

    Papa John's, Schnatter Duel Over Chancery Records Demand

    Attorneys for Papa John's International Inc. and former CEO John Schnatter dueled using another fast-food chain’s symbol Friday during post-trial battling in Delaware Chancery Court over Schnatter’s expansive demands for board records after his ouster as both CEO and the pizza company’s public face.

  • November 16, 2018

    Singapore Hospitality Trust Breaks Into Italy With $46M Hotel

    Singapore-based CDL Hospitality Trusts said Friday it has acquired a 95 percent stake in an Italian hotel for €40.6 million ($46.3 million), marking the company's first foray into the country's hospitality market.

  • November 16, 2018

    Pirates, Stadium Share Blame In Foul-Ball Injury, Jurors Told

    A Pittsburgh woman struck in the head by a foul ball at PNC Park blamed the injury for derailing her promising career, but the attorney for the company that installed the safety netting pointed a finger at the Pirates, the stadium’s designers and the woman herself in the opening arguments of a state civil trial Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Sidley Snags Former Milbank Tweed Corporate Practice Pro

    Sidley Austin LLP said it has hired a former Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience advising companies, private equity sponsors and executives to bolster its corporate group in Los Angeles.

  • November 15, 2018

    Texas Urges Court To End Pueblo Tribe’s Gaming Operations

    Texas asked a federal district court Wednesday to end a Pueblo tribe’s electronic bingo and one-touch machines offerings, arguing it’s up to the state's citizens and Legislature — not the tribe — to decide what kind of gambling is allowed in the Lone Star State.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.