Ex-employees at celebrity-studded French restaurant Bagatelle in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Monday asked a New York federal judge to approve their $1.1 million settlement after claiming in a proposed class action that the restaurant broke the law by misappropriating employees’ tips.
BH Properties has secured $252.8 million in financing on three recently purchased Manhattan properties that are ground leased to hotels, according to a statement Monday from New York Life Real Estate Investors, which originated the loan.
Plans for the stalled American Dream mall project at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports Complex have moved forward with the closing of $1.67 billion in private construction financing, its developer announced Friday.
An Arizona school meal company has agreed to pay $62,500 and correct working conditions to resolve claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the caterer retaliated against gay cooks who complained of a hostile environment.
A California county pressed the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to allow it to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision supporting a proposed tribal casino, saying a 1987 deal between the county and the tribe didn’t waive the county’s right to challenge the legality of the tribe’s gaming plans.
The developers of a $670 million mixed-use project in Covington, Washington, set to include an entertainment center, hotel and housing said Thursday that their plans have been approved by the city and will move ahead.
A mid-Atlantic Chili’s franchisee and two workers behind a proposed class action alleging that it makes them do nontipped work at tipped pay have resolved their dispute, according to a document filed in Maryland federal court in Thursday.
An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal has declined a request from the Laotian government to split up proceedings for a Dutch casino investor’s $200 million arbitral claim over taxes on the investor's gaming resort, according to a decision released Friday.
The Ho-Chunk Nation and the state of Wisconsin on Thursday both urged a federal court to reject a move to block the expansion of a Ho-Chunk casino, with the tribe arguing that another gambling tribe in the state hadn’t shown that its own casino revenues are likely to be hurt by the project.
A wine bar located near President Donald Trump's luxury hotel asked the D.C. federal judge hearing its unfair competition suit to send it back to the Superior Court where it originated, arguing the issues pertain to actions Trump took in his personal capacity and not as president.
Counsel for a ticket broker who said the Indianapolis Colts unfairly rescinded his season tickets after he paid to renew them faced skepticism in the Seventh Circuit on Friday, with one circuit judge saying she believed the team had that right.
Haseko Development Inc. said Thursday that it is planning a major expansion to its resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, and is looking to build a $300 million retail, dining and entertainment center on the property.
The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed the denial of a certification for a general manager position at a California golf club, finding a U.S.-based applicant was wrongly denied the opportunity to interview.
Delaware’s request to appeal the dismissal of Ruth’s Hospitality Group from a state court suit over unclaimed gift card balances was shot down Thursday, with the court ruling that while the issue does touch on fairly novel areas of law, it’s too soon for the state’s Supreme Court to weigh in.
A drive-thru mishap has proved costly for Starbucks Corp., as a Florida state court jury returned a verdict of more than $100,000 for a woman burned by a spill after the lid came off a cup of hot coffee as an employee handed it to her in her car.
A Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, tribe hit back on Thursday against bids from the commonwealth, a local town and a community group to put a hold on a First Circuit decision that paved the way for the tribe to host gaming facilities on tribal land, saying it would unduly delay the case.
The owners of a Four Seasons-branded hotel in Los Angeles will have to arbitrate their request for the hotel chain to return an award of nearly $11 million in legal fees stemming from a contract dispute over split loyalties, after a California judge on Thursday cited the companies’ arbitration agreement.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday concluded in a split decision in an antitrust case over Visa Inc.’s card-swiping fees that once a suit has been removed to federal court, a proposed class can’t amend its complaint to maneuver around the Class Action Fairness Act and send it back to state court.
A New York federal judge on Thursday blocked a swath of evidence concerning Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng’s purported funding of U.S. politics, saying the risk of prejudice by bringing up foreign political meddling in the bribery trial is too great in light of the current accusations of undue overseas influence in last year’s elections.
Call recipients leading a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action over unwanted calls soliciting Caribbean cruises asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to force an objector challenging an at least $14.76 million attorneys’ fee award to post a bond to ensure the dissenter covers its costs upon inevitably losing its appeal of the fee decision.
Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.
Litigation over the Section 546(e) safe harbor has been on the rise in the last several years and the defenses against these suits have been furious. This makes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review FTI Consulting v. Merit Management even more important, say Brian Koosed and Robert Honeywell of K&L Gates LLP.
How is it possible that an employee who used nasty language when referring to his supervisor on Facebook is protected, while an employee who yelled directly at his manager using similar verbiage is not? There are several key distinctions that help explain the vastly different outcomes in each case, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody.
Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.
Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.
What detractors of the EB-5 program seem to miss is that visas for EB-5 entrants are a tiny fraction of our immigration system. I firmly believe in the Statue of Liberty’s call to “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” But I also firmly support a 1 percent set-aside for well-to-do immigrants who desire to come to our shores and grow our economy, says Steve Ledoux of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
As part of its efforts to improve its compliance image, Airbnb recently agreed to San Francisco's demand to be more transparent about its hosts and to help enforce existing registration laws. Airbnb must enforce local laws with increasing vigor in order to satisfy the list of cities it has displeased, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.
Employee discipline may seem like an uphill battle, especially when dealing with the protections afforded to employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The Second Circuit's recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty demonstrates several related lessons, including how the NLRA continues to be construed much more broadly than employers generally expect, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
Foreign investors interested in the hospitality and tourism sectors have welcomed legislation passed in Japan last December opening the country to legalized casino gambling in integrated resorts. Developments in the last few months suggest myriad opportunities for foreign parties to participate in the development and operation of these resorts, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP.