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  • November 13, 2018

    Weinstein, Four Seasons Hit With $60M Suit By Alleged Victim

    Actress Paz De La Huerta alleged in California state court on Tuesday that former film producer Harvey Weinstein raped her multiple times and engaged in a pattern of stalking and intimidation to keep her quiet, seeking nearly $60 million in damages and alleging that the Four Seasons Hotels Ltd. and the producer's now-bankrupt studio failed to act despite previous knowledge of his conduct.

  • November 13, 2018

    Applebee’s Franchisee’s Ch. 11 Faces Confirmation Hurdles

    Bankrupt Applebee's franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it hopes to be able to soon reach an agreement to settle roughly $14 million in possible claims owed to its parent company as a confirmation hearing nears for its Chapter 11 plan.

  • November 13, 2018

    Seattle Says Industry Group's ERISA Suit Is Off The Mark

    The city of Seattle has further urged a federal judge to toss the ERISA Industry Committee’s attempt to scrap a revised section of the city’s municipal code governing hotel employee health benefits, hitting back at the argument that the ordinance is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • November 13, 2018

    Committee Backs $1.2B LA Project, Including $100M Subsidies

    A proposed $1.2 billion development project in downtown Los Angeles, which may include close to $100 million in subsidies derived largely from tax revenue, received favorable recommendation Tuesday from the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

  • November 13, 2018

    Hertz Say Consumer's Words Discredit Suit On Rental Fees

    The Hertz Corp. is asking an Illinois federal judge to end a proposed class action claiming the rental car company uses misleading names for some of its rental surcharges, saying the consumer has admitted she did not see the names used for the charges before she rented her car.

  • November 13, 2018

    Former Cinnabon Worker Keeps No-Poach Suit 'At Own Risk'

    A former Cinnabon worker can move forward with a proposed antitrust class action over the company's allegedly anticompetitive "no-poaching" agreements keeping franchises from hiring away the employees of their peers, but a Washington state federal judge signaled a tough road ahead by imposing a challenging burden of proof.

  • November 13, 2018

    Gaming Co. Urges No Stay For Tribal Casino Suit Appeal

    JW Gaming has urged a California federal judge to toss Pinoleville Pomo Nation members' request that he delay proceedings in the company's suit accusing them of tricking it into investing in a sham casino project, saying the members are unlikely to succeed in their appeal claiming tribal sovereign immunity.

  • November 13, 2018

    McDonald's Shakes ADA Suit Over Drive-Thru Access

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday put a stop to a proposed nationwide class action alleging the fast-food chain's "late-night," drive-thru-only policy excludes those who can't drive in the dark, saying the customer's claims are too general to bring the suit.

  • November 13, 2018

    LXi Buys 6 Properties With $81M From $230M Share Sale

    U.K.-based real estate investment trust LXi REIT PLC said Tuesday it has made six additional acquisitions at an aggregate price of £62.4 million ($80.8 million), marking the full deployment of the £175 million ($230.2 million) equity raise that was announced in early October.

  • November 13, 2018

    Insurer Says Sports Bar Not Covered In Customers' Crash Suit

    Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. filed suit Tuesday against a sports bar it insures to avoid paying for an underlying suit by four customers over an intoxicated patron who crashed his car into the Cincinnati-area bar, telling an Ohio federal court that several exclusions apply to bar coverage.

  • November 13, 2018

    TCV Leads $120M Investment Into Travel Marketing Startup

    Tech-focused private investment firm TCV is leading a $120 million funding round for Sojern, a San Francisco-based travel marketing startup that analyzes data to help hotels, airlines and other travel industry businesses connect with customers, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Airbnb Sues Boston Over 'Draconian' Short-Term Rental Regs

    Airbnb Inc. hit the city of Boston with a federal lawsuit Tuesday over its recently passed regulations on short-term rentals, saying the new rules run afoul of state and federal law and would require the online rental marketplace to dramatically alter its business model or else risk the city’s “draconian” sanctions.

  • November 9, 2018

    Golden State Warriors Sued For Retaliation, Failure To Pay OT

    The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors are facing a suit in California federal court from a former group ticket salesman who claims the team fired him for complaining about withheld pay and disability discrimination.

  • November 9, 2018

    Timeshare Owners Hit Marriott With Sanctions Bid

    Timeshare owners have asked a Florida federal court to sanction Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. in a proposed class action claiming the timeshare company and its insurer duped them into invalid real estate deals with Orange County's help, saying it intentionally withheld "massive amounts" of documents during discovery.

  • November 9, 2018

    6th Circ. Clears McDonald's Staffing Co. Of Hispanic Bias

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Friday that a trial court correctly nixed a suit brought by two Hispanic employees of a McDonald’s staffing provider alleging they were illegally forced to perform menial tasks that non-Hispanic workers didn’t have to do and were illegally reprimanded for speaking Spanish in the workplace.

  • November 9, 2018

    Four Duck Boat Crash Victims Settle Midtrial For $8.25M

    Four of the dozens of victims of a Seattle “duck boat” crash at the heart of an ongoing trial have reached an $8.25 million settlement with amphibious vehicle tour company Ride the Ducks International and its Seattle licensee, the individuals' attorney announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Launches Gaming Practice After High Court Win

    Months after securing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that felled a major barrier to sports betting, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Thursday it was launching an international betting and gaming practice.

  • November 9, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Appeals Gambling Compact Suit At DC Circ.

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community is appealing to the D.C. Circuit a lower court's ruling backing a federal government decision that nixed, due to competitive concerns, a 2014 amendment favoring the tribe's gambling compact with Wisconsin under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOI Rebuts Tribe's Political Pressure Claims Over Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal court to reject proposed new claims in a suit by Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation over their gambling agreement, saying they hadn’t shown that federal lawmakers or a White House official improperly influenced the DOI’s decision not to approve agreement changes needed for a casino project.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ore. Justices Reject Starbucks' Bid To End Baristas' Wage Suit

    The Oregon Supreme Court refused Thursday to grant Starbucks Corp.'s request to end a case brought by former baristas who claim the coffee behemoth engaged in wage theft, ruling that the claims are better suited to trial and appellate courts.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Law Supports Airport Leasing

    John Schmidt

    Provisions in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization significantly enhance the ability of U.S. public entities to obtain the operational and financial benefits of private airport management by leasing airports to private airport operators, says John Schmidt of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • The Fight Against No-Poach Agreements Is Expanding

    Paul Eckles

    Washington state's attorney general has reportedly reached agreements with 30 national chains to remove no-poach clauses from their U.S. franchise contracts. A flurry of private lawsuits has followed, and other states are beginning investigations. Franchises must prepare for scrutiny, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.