The Sixth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision favoring a restaurant chain run in partnership with country singer Dierks Bentley, saying none of the arguments raised in Nashville pub The Row’s infringement suit over the chain’s "Whiskey Row" trademark alter the conclusion that its own mark is merely descriptive.
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Country Singer's Pub Didn't Infringe 'Descriptive' TM: 6th Circ.

The Sixth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision favoring a restaurant chain run in partnership with country singer Dierks Bentley, saying none of the arguments raised in Nashville pub The Row’s infringement suit over the chain’s "Whiskey Row" trademark alter the conclusion that its own mark is merely descriptive. Read full article »

GrubHub Drivers Say They’re Exempt From Arbitration

Dozens of GrubHub Inc. drivers asked an Illinois federal judge to pump the brakes on the restaurant delivery app’s motion to send their proposed class action to arbitration Thursday, arguing that they fall under a transportation worker exemption to federal arbitration law. Read full article »

Chipotle To Face Claims It Fired Manager After Back Surgery

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. can’t duck a former Philadelphia area manager’s allegations that he was fired because he needed back surgery, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

ITC To Probe Steel Keg Imports From China, Germany, Mexico

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday agreed to probe a Pennsylvania-based beer keg producer's allegations that refillable stainless steel kegs imported from China, Germany and Mexico are being sold at unlawfully low prices in the U.S. Read full article »

ENFORCEMENT

Ex-Cocoa Trading Co. Exec Gets 3 Months For $352M Fraud

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Friday hit a former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. finance executive with a three-month sentence for his role in a $352 million fraud that bankrupted the cocoa trader and damaged banks, crediting his effort to cooperate but saying the size of the caper required a prison term. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Miami Beach Restaurant Servers Win Cert. In Tips Suit

A Florida federal judge has preliminarily certified a class of servers at a Miami Beach restaurant who claim they were forced to share their tips with their employer and were not paid for all hours worked in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read full article »

Migrant Workers Seek Approval Of Sauerkraut Co. Settlement

Counsel for more than 200 Mexican migrant workers urged a Wisconsin federal court on Friday to approve a proposed class action settlement of more than $900,000, which would resolve two lawsuits accusing the world’s largest sauerkraut producer of violating migrant protection laws in its handling of workers on temporary nonagricultural visas. Read full article »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Brand Battles: Red Sox Aim To Strike Out 'Green Monstah' TM

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Boston Red Sox talk about New England accents in an effort to shut down a reference to Fenway Park, Discovery Channel picks a fight with Alibaba, and Anheuser-Busch targets a "Bud" mark. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

Agrokor Gets Croatian Restructuring Recognized In US Court

A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday granted Croatian food and beverage giant Agrokor U.S. bankruptcy protection while the company works through its restructuring deal in its home country. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

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. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Why Associates Are Taking A Pay Cut To Go In-House

In-house legal departments are continuing to snag young, talented attorneys from BigLaw firms in spite of a pay gap accentuated by a recent spate of associate raises, with nonmonetary perks luring associates away from law firms and into corporations. Here, three nonmonetary perks that lure associates away from law firms and into corporations. Read full article »

Analysis

GOP 'Cultural Blindness' Comes Under Fire In #MeToo Era

Despite the long-lasting bitterness over Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Republicans are putting politics above process by rushing their inquiry into sexual assault allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, experts tell Law360. Read full article »

Ginsburg Warns Court Nominees Against Spelling Out Views

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday appeared to defend the reticent answers of recent high court nominees to lawmaker questions on hot-button legal issues, telling a Columbia Law School audience that during her own confirmation hearings, it would have been "improper" for her to comment on topics that might come before the bench. Read full article »

Interview

Goodwin's PropTech Group Eyes A Burgeoning Sector

Goodwin Procter LLP says it's the first major law firm in the U.S. to set up a practice group devoted to the intersection of real estate and technology, and co-leaders of Goodwin's so-called PropTech group recently told Law360 their firm is ideally suited to tackle the complex multibillion-dollar intersection of the two practice areas. Read full article »

Golden State Warriors Name David Kelly Chief Legal Officer

The Golden State Warriors have announced that David Kelly, in his eighth season with the organization, has been promoted from general counsel to chief legal officer for business and basketball. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

New survey results showed that the hurdles faced by legal operations professionals are changing as the role increases in popularity, a top Mitsubishi attorney claimed the company illegally refused to promote her to general counsel because of her gender, and six companies set price ranges on initial public offerings estimated to raise $465 million combined. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Manafort Plea Spells Trouble For Skadden

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has long denied any wrongdoing in its involvement in Paul Manafort's shady lobbying for pro-Russian figures, but the plea deal Manafort struck with prosecutors last week seems to contradict some of the elite BigLaw firm's claims. Law360 senior reporter Andrew Strickler joins the Pro Say podcast this week to break it all down.   Read full article »

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