From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
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The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2017

From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember. Read more »

Spa Worker Must Arbitrate Claims Over Rape Allegation

A spa facialist who worked onboard a Princess Cruise Lines ship must arbitrate her claim against her spa company employer over an alleged rape that took place while she was off-duty, although her claims against the cruise line can remain in court, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday. Read more »

NY Catering Hall Hit With Forced Labor, Visa Fraud Charges

Two men in Long Island, New York, who allegedly lured Filipino immigrants to the United States with false promises of good jobs in the hospitality business only to force them to work for substandard wages at a catering hall now face charges of forced labor and visa fraud, the federal government said on Monday. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

DOL Extends Comment Deadline On Tip Pool Rollback

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended a deadline for comments on its proposal to let hospitality employers redistribute workers’ tips if they pay at least minimum wage, after lawmakers and workers’ advocates called on the agency to give stakeholders more time to weigh in. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT

Mass. Vending Co. Owners Sentenced For Illegal Gaming

The owners of vending machine company Four Star Vending in North Andover pled guilty and were sentenced for running an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme that netted the largest seizure in the history of Massachusetts' money laundering statute, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. Read more »

LITIGATION

McCormick & Schmick's Workers Sue For Sexual Harassment

Five Latina women who have worked in low-wage positions at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in Boston's Faneuil Hall accused the company of discrimination in a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court on Tuesday, saying they were consistently sexually harassed on the job. Read more »

Gawker, Deadspin Libel Suit Set For Feb. 14 Trial

A sports gambling guru and a Deadspin.com writer accused of defaming him will go head to head in New York bankruptcy court, after a judge set a Feb. 14 trial date to determine whether the journalist is protected by an injunction tied to the sale of the website’s bankrupt former parent Gawker Media. Read more »

DEALS

Kramer Levin, Sidley Steer VICI Properties' $100M IPO Filing

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is representing Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s real estate investment trust VICI Properties Inc. in connection with its Tuesday filing for a $100 million initial public offering, a matter Sidley Austin LLP is working on for the underwriters. Read more »

Winstead, Haynes And Boone Steer $55M Calif. Hyatt Loan

Winstead PC represented Rael Development Corp. in connection with its $55 million construction loan from Haynes and Boone LLP-counseled Hall Structured Finance for a Hyatt hotel and retail project in Palm Springs, California, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the companies. Read more »

Real Estate Rumors: Kirkland, Jim Crane, Monday Properties

Kirkland & Ellis has reportedly leased another 120,000 square feet in Manhattan, a company run by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is said to have landed a $19 million loan for a Florida hotel project, and Monday Properties has reportedly reached a deal to lease more than 16,000 square feet in New York. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

FDA Menu Labeling Guidance: Latest Step On A Long Road

Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Read more »

Series

40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Read more »

Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting. Read more »

Series

Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Another Boutique Tops Cravath Scale For Associate Bonuses

Two more firms announced in recent days that many of their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms. Read more »

LA Boutique Says Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty Owes $140K In Fees

A former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner skipped out on $140,000 in legal fees owed to Los Angeles-based boutique Brown Neri Smith & Khan LLP for an elderly abuse case, according to a state court suit filed Friday that said the former partner had even praised the boutique’s work with some freshly baked bread. Read more »

Pierce Sergenian Shakeout Produces A Split-Off Boutique

Less than a year into its existence, Los Angeles litigation boutique Pierce Sergenian LLP has been renamed Pierce Burns LLP after two members split to form their own boutique as a result of a clash between the original name partners over their long-term visions, Law360 has learned. Read more »

Senate Sets Up Vote For 'Not Qualified' Trump Judge Pick

The Senate on Monday advanced the nomination of Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz to an Eighth Circuit vacancy, despite Democrats' protests citing his "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Read more »

Fla. Justices To Hear Row Over Judge's Facebook Friends

The Florida Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a judge should be disqualified from presiding over a case for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, setting the stage for the court to refine the Sunshine State’s laws on judges' social media use. Read more »

Prosecutor Nominees Need To Be More Diverse, ABA Warns

The American Bar Association has urged the U.S. Department of Justice to place an emphasis on diversity when seeking recommendations for nominees to serve as U.S. attorneys, warning that a lack of diversity in the legal profession could erode public confidence in the justice system. Read more »

Analysis

15 Minutes With Pindrop's General Counsel

Clarissa Cerda, GC of voice technology security company Pindrop, shared with Law360 what she's most excited for in 2018 and her thoughts on alternative billing arrangements. Read more »

Feature

What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding. Read more »

News Analysis

Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway. Read more »

Feature

Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon. Read more »

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