The receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Friday to approve a settlement ending the suit against a former ski resort owner over a $350 million investment fraud scheme, calling the deal an "important step" in allowing the receiver to sell the property and compensate investors.
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Jay Peak Receiver, Ex-Owner Ink Deal In $350M EB-5 Suit

The receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Friday to approve a settlement ending the suit against a former ski resort owner over a $350 million investment fraud scheme, calling the deal an "important step" in allowing the receiver to sell the property and compensate investors. Read full article »

Ex-Bush Ethicist Slams McDonald's Over NLRB Recusal Reply

A former Bush administration chief ethics attorney, who has urged two National Labor Relations Board members to step away from a closely watched joint employer case involving McDonald's because of their ties to Littler Mendelson PC and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, said the burger giant's counsel was out of line when it attacked his credibility last week. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Pa. State Senator Pushes Bill To Limit Plastic Straw Use

A Pennsylvania state senator on Friday announced legislation to curb the environmental impact of plastic consumption by seeking to ban plastic straws at eateries and retailers, a move that comes after a Commonwealth city adopted a similar ordinance earlier this week. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Philly Atty Says Neighboring Starbucks Flooded His File Room

A Philadelphia attorney sued his landlord and Starbucks Corp. in state court Thursday over a 2016 flood — allegedly caused by a pipe clogged with coffee grounds from a neighboring coffee shop — that destroyed archived client files kept in the lawyer’s basement storage room. Read full article »

DEALS

Blackstone Real Estate Arm Buys Hawaiian Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, a luxury oceanfront hotel on a 49-acre property in Maui, Hawaii, has sold for an undisclosed price to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, according to joint venture partners Ares Management LLC, SMW Hospitality LLC and Trinity Real Estate Investments LLC. Read full article »

PEOPLE

DLA Piper Adds Employment Partner In San Juan

DLA Piper has bolstered its ranks in Puerto Rico by luring a seasoned employment lawyer from a boutique, adding a partner in San Juan whose experience runs the gamut of labor, employment, benefits and immigration issues. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

9th Circ. Decision Poses Employer Tip Credit Challenges

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Marsh v. J. Alexander’s may significantly impair the ability of companies in the hospitality industry to pay a reduced wage to tipped employees. As a result, employers will need to be cautious when applying a tip credit toward minimum wages, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP. Read full article »

Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Gets 7th Circ. As High Court Shuffles Assignments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order handing over Justice Elena Kagan’s Seventh Circuit assignment, which she had held since 2010, to newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Read full article »

Interview

GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections. Read full article »

Feature

Chancery Closes Gender Gap, National Courts Moving Slowly

Delaware lawmakers caused a small stir earlier this month when they confirmed two veteran female attorneys to the state’s Court of Chancery, expanding the nationally important court by two seats while roughly closing the gender gap among its now-seven members for the first time. Read full article »

Labaton Says 1/3 Of Its Open Cases Include Referral Fees

Nearly one-third of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s open cases came to the firm through referral arrangements, according to a filing Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, offering a peek behind the curtain as the firm faces scrutiny for a payment to a Texas attorney uncovered in the ongoing State Street settlement fee fight. Read full article »

Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Three separate surveys published recently identified the four firms that general counsel fear the most, revealed one in four professional women working in the legal industry experienced some form of sexual harassment or misconduct in the past five years and showed legal industry has a serious problem with bullying. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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Law360's Pro Say: No 11th-Hour Judicial Picks For Fla. Gov.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that Republican Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t pick three new high court justices in his final hours in office, capping off a strange judicial showdown in the Sunshine State. Carolina Bolado, our senior Florida reporter, joins us on the Pro Say podcast to break it all down. Read full article »

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