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  • September 23, 2019

    Airbnb, NYC Spar Over Quick Win Bids In Data Ordinance Row

    Airbnb and HomeAway are refusing to back down in their bid to strike down an allegedly unconstitutional New York City ordinance requiring short-term rental platforms to hand over hosts' personal information, while the city is countering that "widespread illegality" on these platforms justifies the rule. 

  • September 23, 2019

    Marriott Keeps Data Breach Suit In Federal Court

    A Maryland federal court has refused to move a lawsuit looking to hold Marriott International Inc. liable for a massive data breach at its Starwood guest reservation database back to Connecticut state court, after what a judge called a "transparent" bid by the consumers to elude federal jurisdiction.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mass. Resort, Enviro Group Clash Over Groundwater Liability

    A Massachusetts resort said it shouldn't have to face water pollution claims under the Clean Water Act, arguing that because pollutants from its sewage system passed through groundwater before entering a harbor it's not subject to federal environmental law.

  • September 23, 2019

    Twitter, Airbnb, Other Tech Cos. Back Bill To End Travel Ban

    Thirteen tech companies told Congress they support an immigration bill that would repeal President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, saying the order is harming the U.S. economy.

  • September 23, 2019

    Travel Perks Co. Strikes $925K Deal To End EEOC Bias Suits

    A corporate perks provider will pay nearly $1 million to end a pair of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suits alleging it discriminated against disabled workers and let its workers be sexually harassed, the agency announced Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    8th Circ. Urged To Revisit Nix Of SD Tribe's Casino Tax Protest

    An Eighth Circuit decision allowing South Dakota’s contractor excise tax to be levied on work performed on a tribal casino was an unprecedented contradiction of congressional intent and must be revisited, the casino’s tribal owner has urged the court.

  • September 23, 2019

    Caesars Entertainment Selling Vegas Hotel For $516M

    Caesars Entertainment has reached a deal to sell a Las Vegas hotel and casino for $516.3 million to a company affiliated with a principal at real estate investment firm Imperial Cos., Caesars announced on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Mirae, Claremont, Equus Capital

    A Mirae Asset Global Investments venture is reportedly hoping to sell a Chicago tower for $245 million, Claremont Cos. is said to have sold a Florida hotel for $44 million and Equus Capital has reportedly landed $72.1 million for a Texas office campus.

  • September 23, 2019

    Beck Group Construction Boss Gets 5 Years For $3.4M Theft

    A project manager who embezzled $3.4 million from Beck Group during construction of a $40 million hotel in downtown Houston was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison by a Texas federal judge.

  • September 23, 2019

    Sweetgreen Valued At $1.6B After $150M Financing Round

    Salad fast-food chain Sweetgreen has gobbled up $150 million in a financing round that was co-led by Lone Pine Capital and D1 Capital Partners and values the business at $1.6 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • September 20, 2019

    Jury Rejects Celeb Chef's IP Claims Against Restaurants

    A California federal jury cleared a restaurant chain of liability over claims by its founder, a vegan celebrity chef who sold the chain in 2008, that it harmed her by illegally continuing to use her name and likeness.

  • September 20, 2019

    Baltimore Orioles, Fans Settle Wheelchair Seating Suit

    The Baltimore Orioles and three fans agreed Friday to settle a federal lawsuit that claims the MLB team's stadium features poorly positioned wheelchair-accessible seating and a lift that frequently breaks.

  • September 20, 2019

    Wis. Tribe's Reservation Wasn't Shrunk, Feds Tell 7th Circ.

    The federal government offered its support to the Oneida Nation as the tribe fights to reverse a determination that its reservation was diminished in size, telling the Seventh Circuit that U.S. Supreme Court precedent shows allotments of tribal land do not shrink reservations. 

  • September 20, 2019

    Crestline Hotels Nabs Industry Vet As New GC

    Hotel management company Crestline Hotels & Resorts has a new head of its legal department, snapping up an experienced industry pro from Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

  • September 20, 2019

    Hertz Wants To Redo Rental Fees Ruling, Fights Cert. Bid

    Hertz Corp. told an Illinois federal judge Thursday that a consumer shouldn’t be allowed to pursue claims that the company saddled renters with inflated extra fees, nor can she represent a class, and insisted the surcharges in dispute were valid.

  • September 20, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Brookfield, TPG, KTGY

    Brookfield subsidiary Thayer Lodging has reportedly landed a $168 million loan for a Florida hotel, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust is said to have loaned $200 million for a Manhattan office property, and KTGY Architecture & Planning is reportedly leasing 15,730 square feet in downtown Los Angeles.

  • September 20, 2019

    'Title Pirates' Plague Attys With False Deeds That Derail Deals

    After a recent multibillion-dollar hotel portfolio sale reportedly stalled because of multiple fake deeds, lawyers say they must be on the lookout for "title pirates" who can easily delay or derail deals by filing fraudulent deeds because there's no foolproof system in place to catch them.

  • September 20, 2019

    Blackstone Lands Greek Hotel Biz Valued At €178.6M

    Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe said Friday it has agreed to buy and renovate five Greek hotel businesses from the Louis Group in a deal that carries an enterprise value of €178.6 million ($196.7 million).

  • September 19, 2019

    Transformative Cruise Projects Approved For Miami's Port

    Miami's claim to the title of “Cruise Capital of the World” looks secure for the foreseeable future as county leaders signed off Thursday on a package of agreements that will add new and revamped terminals and billions of dollars in guaranteed revenue to its port in the coming decades.

  • September 19, 2019

    NY Bill Would Let College Athletes Pocket 15% Of Ticket Sales

    A New York State Senate bill introduced earlier this week that would allow college athletes to sign endorsements was amended Wednesday to also require colleges to share 15% of ticket sales revenue with their athletes.

  • September 19, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Providence Equity, Axalta

    AT&T could look to divest DirecTV, Providence Equity Partners has apparently raised $6 billion for its eighth flagship private equity fund, and multiple suitors are said to be vying to buy multibillion-dollar car paint maker Axalta. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other rumors from the past week you need to be aware of.

  • September 19, 2019

    Thai Restaurants Ink $3.7M Deal To End Wage, OT Suit

    The operators of a trio of Manhattan Thai restaurants have agreed to pay $3.68 million to settle a suit claiming they flouted the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state law by not properly paying a group of workers overtime and minimum wage.

  • September 19, 2019

    PETA Seeks Revival Of Challenge To License For Miami Orca

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Inc. and other animal rights groups urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive their challenge to the allegedly inadequate living conditions of Miami Seaquarium's captive orca Lolita, saying a lower court's dismissal ran contrary to the appeals court's precedents.

  • September 19, 2019

    Attys Clash In Del. Over Lead In Expedia Merger Class Suit

    Friedlander & Gorris PA and Prickett Jones & Elliott PA were among the firms in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday vying to lead stockholder litigation over alleged director duty breaches in Expedia Group's $2.6 billion acquisition of Liberty Expedia Holdings, a stalemate that will see a vice chancellor decide between the complaints and strategies.

  • September 19, 2019

    Chicago Overstepping With Streaming Tax, Users Tell Ill. Court

    The city of Chicago’s amusement tax on streaming services like Netflix is an unconstitutional overreach of its authority, a state appellate panel heard Thursday in a first-of-its-kind test of a city's streaming tax.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Marriott Order Good News For Cybersecurity Class Action Bar

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    A Maryland federal judge's recent decree ordering Marriott to release a crucial third-party report revealing key details about how a data breach occurred could have significant ramifications for plaintiffs filing class actions following breaches of customer data at other companies, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

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    How Online Wagers Are Shaping States' Sports Betting Regs

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    Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide, the industry is seeing an explosion of activity online, but the influence of entrenched gambling interests means that some states are only allowing bets to be placed in person at casinos and racetracks, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Mich. Bill Adds To States' Trend Of Limiting Noncompetes

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    Although a recently introduced bill that would ban noncompetes in Michigan is unlikely to become law anytime soon, a restriction with respect to low-wage employees is likely at some point based on the nationwide trend of limiting these types of agreements, say Bernie Fuhs and Ziyad Hermiz at Butzel Long.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Evolving No-Poach Landscape Requires A Vigilant Eye

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    As class actions challenging no-poach agreements are pending against multiple franchise organizations and the applicable analytical standard for analyzing such provisions hangs in the balance, it's a good time to review the current framework, say Bob Buchanan and Stefano Sharma at Choate.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • An Unusual Arbitration Issue Emerges After Henry Schein

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Henry Schein opinion and more recent lower court rulings on employee arbitration agreements, employers will need to consider the intersection of delegation clauses that allow only an arbitrator to decide what is arbitrable and carve-out clauses that allow certain issues to be decided in court, says Brian Mead at McDermott.

  • How The Wayback Machine Can Strengthen Your Case

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    The Wayback Machine, which archives screenshots of websites at particular points in time, can be an invaluable tool in litigation, but attorneys need to follow a few simple steps early in the discovery process to increase the odds of being able to use materials obtained from the archive, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale.