In the year since a Florida federal judge became the first to find that a company’s website violated a visually impaired customer’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ruling has been both an inspiration and “bully stick," spurring a surge in litigation that attorneys say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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How A Fla. Ruling Ignited A Surge In Online ADA Suits

In the year since a Florida federal judge became the first to find that a company’s website violated a visually impaired customer’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ruling has been both an inspiration and “bully stick," spurring a surge in litigation that attorneys say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Read full article »

Oncologist Says Roundup Caused Groundskeeper's Cancer

The active ingredient in Monsanto's weed killers caused a retired groundskeeper's non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the former medical director of the University of Chicago's cancer center testified Friday during a first-of-its-kind California jury trial on whether the company should have warned consumers about its pesticides' cancer risks. Read full article »

Facing Fees, Hard Rock Drops 'RockStar' TM Case For Good

Hard Rock Cafe is moving to permanently drop a failed trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, days after a federal judge said the hospitality giant would need to repay the smaller company’s legal bills if it wanted to retain the right to restart the case in the future. Read full article »

$38M Divvy In Tribal Deal OK'd Despite USDA Quibbles

A D.C. federal judge on Thursday approved a plan to distribute $38 million from the landmark Keepseagle settlement to nonprofit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, largely rejecting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's claims that two of the awards posed potential conflicts of interest. Read full article »

WTO Dispute Roundup: More Appellate Body Strife On Horizon

In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the impasse over new appointments to the Appellate Body persists as more trouble looms in the coming months, while legal battles over wine and fish fillets surge ahead. Read full article »

Whiskey Groups Plan Ky. Summit To Discuss Global Trade War

A group of whiskey associations will convene at a summit in Kentucky on Wednesday to discuss concerns over the escalating global trade disputes that threaten the distilled spirits industry, which has found itself caught in the middle of a trade war between the U.S. and the European Union. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

ENFORCEMENT

LITIGATION

Ice Co. Beats Firing Suit After Worker Botched Case Transfer

A Pennsylvania state appeals panel on Thursday affirmed dismissal of a suit alleging ice company Arctic Glacier USA fired a worker after reneging on a promise to give him time to pass a drug test, saying he botched transferring his wrongful termination claim from federal court. Read full article »

Brand Battles: Apple, Stone Brewing, T-Mobile

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Apple files a slew of new cases in a single week, Stone Brewing picks another fight with an alcohol giant, and T-Mobile says a rival "T" logo is confusingly similar to its own. Read full article »

NH High Court Affirms $750K Verdict For Applebee's Patron

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a $750,000 jury verdict awarded to an Applebee's patron who said he got salmonella from a hamburger served by the restaurant, shooting down the eatery's claims that the lower court made a number of errors during the trial. Read full article »

DEALS

PE-Backed UPL To Acquire Crop Solutions Biz For $4.2B

Platform Specialty Products Corp. said Friday that it has agreed to sell its agricultural solutions business to UPL Corp. Ltd. in a $4.2 billion cash deal that saw a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and a TPG Capital-led group contribute $1.2 billion. Read full article »

Taxation With Representation: Latham, Freshfields, Kirkland

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Phillips Edison took over a real estate investment trust that it manages in order to create a $6.3 billion business, Linde AG offloaded parts of its business interests in North America to a joint venture between Messer Group GmbH and a CVC Capital Partners fund for $3.3 billion, and Asahi Kasei Corp. agreed to buy Sage Automotive Interiors from Clearlake Capital Group for $700 million. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

PEOPLE

Immigration Bills: Pregnant Detainees, Agricultural Visas

This month, members of Congress have introduced bills that would codify protections for pregnant women in immigrant detention and revamp agricultural visa options, while a Nebraska law now in effect offers new legal recourse to neglected immigrant minors. Here, Law360 examines these latest legislative developments. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Global 20: Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland demonstrated its international reach over the past year, representing Shell in its $217 million acquisition of a stake in a solar plant developer and advising a Deutsche Bahn group member in its successful bid to provide services for a California high-speed rail project, landing the firm among Law360’s Global 20. Read full article »

More Quinn Emanuel Attorneys Leave Firm For Dechert

Dechert LLP on Friday said that 18 attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP have joined the firm's product liability team, following Sheila Birnbaum, a defense attorney nicknamed the “Queen of Toxic Torts,” who made the jump in May. Read full article »

Ex-Nutter Partner Suspended After Funds Misappropriated

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court temporarily suspended a former Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP trusts and estates partner in Cape Cod from practicing law after he copped to misappropriating funds from the law firm and trusts he managed.  Read full article »

Kavanaugh Bows Out Of Latest DC Circ. Opinions

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in two opinions handed down Friday by the D.C. Circuit in cases he sat through last fall, suggesting there are no more forthcoming decisions from him while he is being considered by the Senate as Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The European Union's competition enforcer slammed Google with a record $5 billion fine over its Android operating system, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure aimed at helping small businesses protect their intellectual property, and a survey revealed the top liability concern facing American businesses. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Why MGM Sued Vegas Shooting Victims

MGM Resorts International found itself in the middle of a public relations nightmare this week after suing hundreds of victims of last year's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming that an obscure federal law shields it from liability. We'll break down the resort's argument and other top legal stories on this week's episode of the Pro Say podcast. 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 »

Boies Partner, Ex-MoFo Attys Tapped For Calif. Bench

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced 18 judicial appointments, including a Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner, two former Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys, and former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Irell & Manella LLP attorneys. Read full article »

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Applebee's International Inc.

Asahi Kasei Corp.

BP p.l.c.

CVC Capital Partners

Chevron Corp.

Chicago Cubs

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Credit Suisse Group AG

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Expedia Inc.

Facebook

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Halyard Health Inc.

Hard Rock Cafe International Inc.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Johnson & Johnson

Linde AG

LinkedIn Corp.

Los Angeles Times

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Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

McDonald's Corporation

MillerCoors LLC

Monsanto Co.

Owens & Minor Inc.

Phillips Edison & Co. LLC

Platform Specialty Products Corp.

Platinum Partners LP

Praxair, Inc.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Purdue Pharma LP

Southeastern Grocers LLC

T-Mobile USA Inc.

TPG Capital

The Blackstone Group L.P.

UBS AG

UPL Ltd.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Willis Towers Watson PLC

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

ZTE Corp.

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Arent Fox

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Baker McKenzie

Barnes & Thornburg

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Baum Hedlund

Bonner Kiernan

BraunHagey & Borden

Cleary Gottlieb

Cohen Milstein

Cole Schotz

Conlon Frantz

Cowan Liebowitz

Dechert

Dorsey & Whitney

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Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Baker

Farella Braun

Freshfields

Greenberg Traurig

Hogan Lovells

Hollingsworth LLP

Jackson Lewis

Jenner & Block

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Jones Day

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King & Spalding

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Olsson Frank

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Quinn Emanuel

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