Hospitality

  • November 21, 2019

    Split Calif. Court Revives Chipotle Diner's Food Poison Suit

    A Chipotle customer who says the restaurant's chicken gave her food poisoning didn't need to determine the specific pathogen that caused her illness to levy claims against the popular franchise, a split California appellate court said in reviving her suit.

  • November 21, 2019

    William Hill To Buy CG Tech’s Sportsbook Assets

    Betting giant William Hill PLC has announced that it intends to buy the sportsbook assets from CG Technology, one of the largest bookmakers in Nevada.

  • November 21, 2019

    McDonald's Workers Serve Up Suit Over Violent Customers

    McDonald's push for profits and its inadequate safety measures have caused employees to suffer physical and psychological harm at the hands of violent customers, workers at 13 Chicago restaurants alleged in an Illinois state court suit filed Thursday.

  • November 21, 2019

    Calif. Court Strikes Distress Damages Over Bedbug Infestation

    A California appellate panel has reversed a $544,000 jury award to a family who stayed in a room infested with bedbugs at a hotel in Rancho Cucamonga, saying the record doesn’t show the hotel intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

  • November 21, 2019

    Aramark Nears Deal To End Suit Over Manager Bonuses

    Aramark Corp. is hashing out the final terms of a deal to settle a proposed class action from a group of managers accusing the Philadelphia-based food giant of reneging on its promises to pay them bonuses in 2018. 

  • November 20, 2019

    Shia LaBeouf Must Face Bartender's Assault, Slander Suit

    A California state appeals court has refused to toss a bartender's suit accusing actor Shia LaBeouf of physically threatening him and accusing him of racism in an alcohol-fueled rage when the bartender refused to serve him drinks, saying the actor's conduct is not constitutionally protected.

  • November 20, 2019

    Singapore Court Denies Slot Club Investor's $200M Award

    A Singapore appellate court has reversed a lower court's decision that favored a $200 million arbitral award to an investment firm following a dispute over a slot gambling club, saying the award can’t be enforced because the parties did not choose the seat of arbitration.

  • November 20, 2019

    Restaurant.com CEO Hit With Suit Over 'Self-Interested' Acts

    Two investors in dining deals website Restaurant.com filed a derivative suit Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court alleging the company’s CEO has engaged in "self-interested" dealings and unjustly enriched himself amid financial struggle that has led to the company being shopped at an undervalued price.

  • November 20, 2019

    GOP Lawmaker's Bill Would Let States Offer Work Visas

    A Republican lawmaker from Utah has proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow states to offer their own work visa programs.

  • November 20, 2019

    Sports Betting Contracts Are Securities, SEC Tells Court

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told a Nevada federal court that investment contracts two felons issued when soliciting funds for an alleged $30 million sports betting scheme are considered securities, urging the court not to dismiss claims that the felons stole the collected funds for their own use.

  • November 20, 2019

    Kirkland Advises Aon's Purchase Of Digital Insurance Platform

    Aon PLC said on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy a digital insurance platform that offers cover for smaller businesses, as the global professional services company seeks to develop more innovative products.

  • November 19, 2019

    Dish Gains Support For High Court Review Of Standing Divide

    A leading cruise industry trade association is backing Dish Network's bid for the U.S. Supreme Court to toss a $61 million jury verdict over telemarketing calls, arguing that the dispute presents a golden opportunity for the high court to address the growing circuit split over what's required to meet the Spokeo standing bar. 

  • November 19, 2019

    2 Men Arrested In Calif. Tribal Casino Embezzlement Scheme

    California’s attorney general has announced the arrests of a casino floor manager and a patron on charges they ran an embezzlement scheme resulting in the theft of about $200,000 from the Red Hawk Casino, a gambling venue operated by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

  • November 19, 2019

    Pizza Hut Ignored 'No Delivery' List, Robbed Driver Claims

    A Pizza Hut delivery man who says he was beaten and robbed after his employers ignored a "do not deliver" list has sued parent company Yum Brands Inc. and a Mississippi franchise in federal court.

  • November 19, 2019

    Suit Over Sandals' Fake Local Taxes Dismissed By Fla. Court

    A proposed class action accusing Sandals Resorts of charging fake local taxes to visitors of its Caribbean resorts has been dismissed by a Florida federal court, which said the case belongs in the country where the hotel is physically located.

  • November 19, 2019

    DC Says DoorDash Misled Consumers About Tips For 2 Years

    The District of Columbia lodged a suit against DoorDash in state court Tuesday, claiming that the food delivery service misled customers by using their tips to subsidize the amount the company paid to workers.

  • November 19, 2019

    Insurer Says Senior Center's Biometric Suit Isn't Covered

    Church Mutual Insurance Co. filed a suit in Illinois federal court Monday, asking a judge to declare that a biometric privacy suit launched against a senior living center's affiliate doesn't qualify for coverage under any of the several types of insurance it issued to the center.

  • November 18, 2019

    Trio Admits To Roles In $5M Tribal Casino Embezzlement Plot

    Three of out eight people charged with helping to embezzle more than $5 million from the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming casino near Miami pled guilty Monday in federal court to playing roles in the alleged theft, which authorities say was achieved by tampering with electronic gambling machines.

  • November 18, 2019

    Cruise Line Seeks Nix Of Suit Over Using Cuban Dock

    MSC Cruises has urged a Florida federal court to toss a suit from a Havana port’s ex-owner accusing the cruise line of trafficking in stolen property by using the terminal, saying that the former owner had failed to specify which acts constitute such trafficking.

  • November 18, 2019

    SeaWorld Can't Ditch Investor Suit Over 'Blackfish' Film

    SeaWorld can’t slip an investor class action accusing the company of misrepresenting a decline in park visitors after the release of the controversial “Blackfish” documentary, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • November 18, 2019

    Drivers Say DoorDash Circumventing Arbitration Rules

    More than 2,200 DoorDash couriers have accused the app-based food delivery company of stonewalling their individual arbitrations by trying to force new terms on them that upend the arbitration procedure they already agreed to and violates ethics rules, according to California federal court filings.

  • November 18, 2019

    Carnival Pushes To Win Helms-Burton Suit Over Cuban Port

    Carnival has asked a federal court to throw out a Florida man's claim that he can sue the cruise line under the Helms-Burton Act for using Cuban port facilities confiscated by the Castro regime, saying he failed to make good on his inheritance of stock in the port.

  • November 18, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Morgan Reed, CVS, Russell Galbut

    Morgan Reed Group is reportedly hoping to sell a Miami building for $33 million, CVS is said to be opening a store across from Wrigley Field, and Russell Galbut and his nephew are reportedly hoping to sell a Miami Beach hotel for $15.8 million.

  • November 18, 2019

    EB-5 Investors Accuse Feds Of Delaying Green Card Petitions

    More than 70 foreign investors in the Jay Peak ski resort projects, which have been tied to an alleged EB-5 investor visa fraud scheme, accused the government of delaying the processing of their applications to become full-fledged permanent residents.

  • November 18, 2019

    Burger King Customer Says Impossible Burgers Aren't Vegan

    Burger King sold a vegan customer a supposedly meat-free Impossible Whopper that was cooked on the same grill as traditional patties and became covered with meat byproducts, according to a suit filed Monday in Florida federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Use Florist Case To Settle Free Speech Issues

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should review Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington to answer questions about creative professionals’ First Amendment rights, which the Kentucky Supreme Court did not address in its recent Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Original decision, says Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Wage Ruling Clears Up Tip Questions For Calif. Employers

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    A California state appeals court's recent wage decision in O’Grady v. Merchant Exchange Productions highlights that employers must clearly communicate to customers and employees the purpose of a service charge, especially if it is not intended as a gratuity, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • How To Hire Lateral Partners More Effectively

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    Although lateral partner hiring is the preferred method of inorganic growth among law firms, the traditional approach to vetting does not employ sufficient due diligence by the hiring firm, says Michael Ellenhorn at executive search firm Decipher Competitive Intelligence.

  • How High Court May Resolve Generic '.Com' TM Issue

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    In its upcoming U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com decision, the U.S. Supreme Court could uphold the Fourth Circuit’s ruling that generic terms can be transformed into protectable marks when combined with a top-level domain in some cases or, instead, adopt the Ninth and Federal Circuits' more stringent view requiring exceptional circumstances, say attorneys at Knobbe Martens.

  • 5 Owner Errors In Negotiating Hotel Management Agreements

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    By carefully structuring the fee provision of a management agreement, hotel owners can help align a management company's interests with their own and be assured that every incentive fee dollar earned by the management company means greater profit for the owner, says Ormend Yeilding of Lowndes Drosdick.

  • Opinion

    ADA Braille Gift Card Claims Shouldn't Gain Traction In NY

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    A recent wave of consumer class claims that challenge the visual accessibility of gift cards under the Americans with Disabilities Act in New York federal courts are facially deficient and should be susceptible to early dismissal, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Texas Could Take Page From Mass.'s Judicial Selection Book

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    As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.

  • Federal Laws Continue To Hinder State Sports Betting Trend

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    Even as Colorado last week joined a growing wave of states legalizing sports betting, federal laws designed to assist states in gambling enforcement remain a roadblock to commonsense legislation and state cooperation in this area, says Dennis Ehling of Blank Rome.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McKeown Reviews 'Conversations With RBG'

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    Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.

  • 2 Post-Kisor Rulings Show Auer Deference Isn’t Extinct

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kisor v. Wilkie opinion, which narrowed Auer deference, recent decisions in Pennsylvania and New York federal courts demonstrate that Auer remains intact, even though courts are more closely scrutinizing agencies’ interpretations of their own regulations, says Brent Owen at Squire Patton.

  • Where A Litigator's Advice Can Improve Agreement Drafting

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    Transactional attorneys should consider consulting with litigation counsel when drafting certain contractual provisions — choice of law, choice of forum, attorney fees and others — that could come into play in a broad range of substantive disputes, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.

  • Opinion

    Flat-Fee Legal Billing Can Liberate Attorneys

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    Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Spoliation Rule Remains Ambiguous Despite Amendments

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    Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.

  • 5 Trends Influencing RFPs For Law Firms

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    Requests for proposals, the standard tool of companies evaluating law firms, are becoming better suited to the legal industry, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • MDLs Are Redefining The US Legal Landscape

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    With last week’s settlement of a bellwether case in the national prescription opiate multidistrict litigation as one example, a shift toward more expeditious and individualized MDLs is taking place, with the potential to effect profound change in the U.S. legal space, say Alan Fuchsberg and Alex Dang of the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm.