A Florida federal judge’s warning to a woman that she may regret refusing a $500,000 settlement offer in her suit against Royal Caribbean over her teenage daughter's salmonella death proved prescient when the suit was tossed.
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Royal Caribbean Death Suit Nixed After Plaintiff Rejects Deal

A Florida federal judge’s warning to a woman that she may regret refusing a $500,000 settlement offer in her suit against Royal Caribbean over her teenage daughter's salmonella death proved prescient when the suit was tossed. Read full article »

DOI Wrongly Rejected Tribe's Gambling Rights, Court Says

A Washington, D.C., federal court has held that the Koi Nation of Northern California should be allowed to move forward with its gambling efforts, concluding that the U.S. Department of the Interior read the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act too narrowly in rejecting the tribe’s attempts to get the ball rolling. Read full article »

Vegas Casinos Avoid Suit In Texas Over Gambler's Suicide

The Fifth Circuit has upheld a ruling that Caesar's Palace, MGM Grand and other casinos can't be sued in Texas over the suicide of a high-stakes gambler, saying the casinos' alleged practice of sending jets to Texas to bring him to gamble in Las Vegas wasn't enough to give courts in the state authority to hear the case. Read full article »

Biz Groups Back GrubHub In 9th Circ. Gig Economy Row

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have told the Ninth Circuit that upending a California federal judge's finding that an ex-GrubHub driver was an independent contractor and not an employee would devastate internet and gig-economy businesses that rely on independent contractors. Read full article »


Mass. Gov. Moves To Legalize Sports Betting

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new bill Thursday that would make sports betting legal in the state and add a new tax to already legal daily fantasy sports sites, proposals stemming from last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving states the ability to legalize sports wagering. Read full article »


Lesbian Ex-Chili's Server Hits Chain With Sex Bias Charge

A lesbian former Chili's Grill & Bar server has claimed she was forced to leave her job at the restaurant chain following managers' comments about how she dressed while she was trying to get a promotion. Read full article »


Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem. Read full article »



Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »


Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »


Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »


For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »


Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. 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 »


Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »


Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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