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  • May 17, 2019

    Call Recipients Seek Class Cert. In Vacation Marketing Row

    A Choice Hotels loyalty program member is pushing a Florida federal judge to certify a nationwide class of more than 23,000 consumers whom the hotel chain's telemarketing partner BlueGreen Vacations allegedly bombarded with unsolicited calls.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wynn In Talks With MGM To Sell $2.6B Mass. Casino Resort

    Wynn Resorts is considering cashing out of its roughly $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino that is still under construction, noting in a joint statement with MGM International that the two resort casino operators are in the early stages of negotiating a sale.

  • May 17, 2019

    Jury Backs Pizza King Mario Sbarro In Steakhouse Wage Suit

    A New York federal jury has found in favor of pizza restaurateur Mario Sbarro and his son in a suit brought by tipped workers for a now-closed steakhouse who claimed the Sbarros failed to pay them minimum and overtime wages as the business struggled to survive.

  • May 17, 2019

    Indian Hotels, GIC Form $600M Hotel Acquisition Platform

    Indian Hotels has signed an agreement with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC for the two to invest a combined $600 million in new hotels in India over the coming three years, according to a regulatory filing Friday from the India hotel operator.

  • May 17, 2019

    China's Luckin Coffee Begins Trading With $651M Offering

    Beijing-based Luckin Coffee began trading Friday after pricing its shares at the high end of its expected range and raising up to about $650.8 million in an initial public offering guided by Davis Polk, Conyers and King & Wood.

  • May 17, 2019

    Fla. High Court Won't Review Beckham Stadium Sale Spat

    The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a Miami activist's bid to reverse the approval of a $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium.

  • May 17, 2019

    11th Circ. Won’t Undo Royal Caribbean's Win In Injury Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has backed a lower court decision favoring Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s argument that it is not responsible for a passenger's injury when part of a lighting machine fell on her head while she was on a dance floor, saying she can't show the cruise company is at fault.

  • May 16, 2019

    MGM Estimates $800M To End Las Vegas Shooting Suits

    MGM Resorts International could settle lawsuits stemming from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas for up to $800 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing from the company.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del Taco Pushes Arbitration In EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

    Del Taco urged a California federal judge Thursday to send to arbitration claims brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the fast food restaurant chain discriminated against a putative class of its female employees and subjected them to sexual harassment.

  • May 16, 2019

    NY Tribe, Town Look To Avoid Trial In Gambling Dispute

    The Cayuga Nation and the New York village of Union Springs told a federal judge Wednesday they don't want a bench trial in the tribe's suit challenging the village's anti-gambling ordinance, saying pleadings should be finished so the court can rule on the legal issues at the case’s core.

  • May 16, 2019

    EEOC Wins $3.3M Verdict Against Strip Club In Race Bias Suit

    A Mississippi federal jury has sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and found that a strip club in the state had discriminated against five black dancers, awarding more than $3.3 million in damages.

  • May 16, 2019

    2 Firms Steer German Tour Guide Startup’s $484M Series E

    A German tour guide booking platform, GetYourGuide, said Thursday it landed $484 million in a funding round steered by Latham & Watkins and Walder Wyss that will be used to expand the startup's inventory of sightseeing options.

  • May 16, 2019

    Tribal Bills Win House Passage Despite Trump Tweet

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a pair of tribal bills favoring Native American land rights, including legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, after the bills were delayed last week when a tweet from President Donald Trump sparked Republican opposition.

  • May 16, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Helaba-DekaBank, Pret A Manger, Takeda

    Helaba and DekaBank are mulling a potential deal, Pret A Manger is in talks to snap up rival cafe Eat, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. expects companies to make serious offers for its Latin American business by the end of the month.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-MillerCoors VP Gets 3½ Years For $8M Fraud Scheme

    A former executive with MillerCoors LLC has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for bilking his employer out of more than $8 million in a 10-year fraudulent scheme.

  • May 16, 2019

    Investors Fight Papa John's Bid To Ditch Stock-Drop Suit

    A proposed class of investors on Wednesday asked a New York federal court not to let Papa John's International Inc.'s founder and its CEO escape their suit over a stock drop following the discovery of a "shockingly lewd" workplace culture cultivated by the pizza empire and its two top executives.

  • May 16, 2019

    Sportsbooks Face Black-Market Competition, NJ Attys Told

    New Jersey's nascent sports betting industry has fetched $2.6 billion in wagers in just one year, but that success is tempered by illegal gambling websites that are cutting into the state's jackpot, regulators, attorneys and sportsbook operators said during the state bar association's annual meeting.

  • May 15, 2019

    Injuries In Crash Spur Suit Against Ill. Resort, Carriage Maker

    A mother and her two children who suffered injuries including permanent disfigurement and brain trauma after a resort's horse-drawn carriage overturned have filed suit in Illinois federal court, accusing the resort of negligence and the carriage maker of failing to design a safe vehicle.

  • May 15, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Westbrook, Silverstein, Piedmont

    The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park could fetch $600 million in a sale, Silverstein Properties may build 2 World Trade Center on spec, and Piedmont Office Realty Trust could get $490 million for a Chicago office tower.

  • May 15, 2019

    Blank Rome Partner Confirmed To NJ's State Bench

    Blank Rome LLP partner Eric G. Fikry is taking his commercial litigation, gambling and employment law expertise to the New Jersey Superior Court bench, the firm announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Opinion

    NY Should Think Twice Before Legalizing Sports Betting

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    Instead of rushing to compete in sports betting with other states, New York state legislators should consider problems that have occurred in states that have legalized it, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • Opinion

    The Law Will Not Help Airbnb Evade Rental Ordinances

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    In denying Airbnb's legal challenge to a short-term rental ordinance set by Santa Monica, California, the Ninth Circuit has exposed gaping holes in Airbnb's attempts to overturn such regulations by manipulating federal law, says Andrew Zacks of Zacks Freedman.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • No-Match Letters Raise 4 Areas Of Concern For Employers

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    Recently, the Social Security Administration has resumed mailing "no-match" letters informing employers of mismatches between their employees' names and Social Security numbers. When responding to such letters, employers must walk the fine line between good faith compliance and discrimination, says Becki Young of Grossman Young.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.