Hospitality

  • January 24, 2020

    Ill. Appeals Court Revives Suit Over Six Flags Receipts

    Six Flags customers don't have to show they were harmed by a violation of a federal credit protection act to move forward with a proposed class action accusing the amusement park chain of printing too much information on sales receipts, an Illinois appellate court has held.

  • January 24, 2020

    Workers Hit SC Beachside Grill With Wage-And-Tipping Suit

    Two ex-employees of a popular beachside bar and grill have lodged a wage suit in South Carolina federal court against the restaurant and its owner, claiming they made tipped workers share their gratuities then illegally took a "tip credit" under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • January 24, 2020

    Calif. Tribes Push For Sports Betting With Ballot Proposal

    A group of 18 federally recognized Native American gambling tribes has proposed a California ballot initiative that would allow sports betting at the state’s tribal casinos and horse racing tracks if voters approve the measure in November.

  • January 24, 2020

    Don’t Miss It: Shearman, Wachtell Lead Week’s Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in recent days helmed by firms such as Shearman & Sterling and Wachtell. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you might have missed.

  • January 23, 2020

    Chubb Unit Sues Insurers Over $1M Construction Defense Bill

    Chubb unit Ace American Insurance Co. sued a group of other insurers in California federal court on Wednesday over a San Francisco hotel construction project gone wrong.

  • January 23, 2020

    Fight For $15 Convinces NLRB Judge Not To Toss McD's Case

    A National Labor Relations Board judge decided Thursday to keep alive the Fight for $15 effort to find McDonald's jointly responsible for franchisees' labor violations until the board rules on a motion to consider new evidence.

  • January 23, 2020

    Royal Caribbean Wants 11th Circ. To Slash $3.4M Death Award

    Royal Caribbean on Thursday asked the Eleventh Circuit to slash a Florida federal jury's $3.4 million verdict over a Wisconsin man's heart attack death, saying the trial court should have applied Wisconsin law that would have barred noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.

  • January 23, 2020

    Fla. Cruise Line Hit With TCPA Suit Over Alleged Robocalls

    A Florida cruise line on Wednesday was hit with the latest in a series of proposed class actions accusing travel companies of robocalling consumers who say they never gave the company the go-ahead to call them.

  • January 23, 2020

    Okla. Wants Halt To Tribes' Casino Games In Compact Row

    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge Wednesday to block the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from continuing to operate slot machines and other games at their casinos, saying the games are illegal since the tribes' gaming compacts with the state expired at the start of the year.

  • January 23, 2020

    Nude Dancer Hits Fla. Club With Wage Suit

    A nude dancer has slapped a strip club with a Fair Labor Standards Act suit in Florida federal court, claiming it willfully misclassified her and other dancers as independent contractors, instead of as employees, and then avoided paying them wages by telling them they had to work for tips.

  • January 23, 2020

    Tribe Urges 9th Circ. To Revive Gambling Compact Suit

    A Native American tribe is asking the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling that California acted in good faith during negotiations over a gambling compact, saying talks broke down because the state was unwilling to discuss compact changes.

  • January 22, 2020

    ERISA Industry Group Slams New Seattle Hotel Benefits Law

    The ERISA Industry Committee is challenging Seattle's latest attempt to improve hotel workers' access to medical care through legislation, telling a Washington federal judge that a city ordinance requiring employers to pay certain health care costs is trumped by ERISA.

  • January 22, 2020

    Ex-Domino's Driver Asks 6th Circ. To Revive No-Poach Suit

    A former driver for Domino's Pizza Inc. has told the Sixth Circuit that the lower court was wrong to force his case targeting no-poach provisions in the chain's franchise agreements into arbitration.

  • January 22, 2020

    Mass. Tribe Urges 1st Circ. To Undo Casino Permit Ruling

    The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a Massachusetts federal judge’s ruling that the tribe must obtain municipal permits to build its planned Martha’s Vineyard casino, saying the decision violates the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • January 22, 2020

    NLRB Says Leaked Doc Can't Revive McDonald's Fight

    The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel has opposed an attempt by Fight for $15 to reopen a settled case that sought to hold McDonald’s jointly responsible for franchisees' labor violations, saying an unauthenticated document regarding recusal of one of the board's members who approved the settlement can’t be included.

  • January 22, 2020

    Gaming Co. Wins $5.4M Claim Over Tribal Casino Project

    A California federal judge has ruled in favor of a company that claims tribe members lured it into investing $5.38 million in a sham casino project, a decision that frees the company to pursue racketeering claims.

  • January 22, 2020

    Akara Partners Lands $58M Loan For Chicago Hilton Hotel

    Akara Partners has scored $57.58 million in financing for a new Hilton hotel in Chicago, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Jones Lang LaSalle, which brokered the deal for Akara.

  • January 22, 2020

    DC Says Trump's Inaugural Fund Funneled Money To Family

    The District of Columbia has turned up the heat on President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, filing a lawsuit Wednesday alleging the group funneled more than a million dollars to Trump companies for inaugural events that should have cost a fraction of what the nonprofit paid.

  • January 21, 2020

    Surprise Attorney Shakes Up Sanctuary Belize Trial

    The bench trial of three individuals accused of running a $140 million Belize-based real estate scam got off to a chaotic start Tuesday morning when the appearance of a brand-new attorney for the purported mastermind of the scheme threw a Maryland federal judge for a loop.

  • January 21, 2020

    UK Insurer Goes After Ace Over Amusement Fair Injury

    A U.K.-based insurer has slapped Ace American Insurance with a breach of contract suit in Tennessee federal court that alleges the U.S. firm acted in bad faith by refusing to cover an amusement park employee’s injuries from an electric shock.

  • January 21, 2020

    NY Hotel Sex Trafficking Suit May Join Proposed Ohio MDL

    Sex-trafficking plaintiffs in seven civil actions told a New York federal court they want to add a case pending in the court brought by an alleged victim suing two hotels to a proposed multidistrict litigation in Ohio, comparing their fight against the hospitality industry to the massive opioid MDL now underway.

  • January 21, 2020

    Krystal Burger Chain Slides Into Ch. 11 With $65M In Debt

    Georgia-based fast food chain Krystal filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday, listing about $65 million in secured debt on its balance sheet and blaming industrywide challenges for its financial troubles.

  • January 21, 2020

    5th Circ. OKs La. Casino's Win In Texan's Wrongful Death Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a suit seeking to hold a Louisiana casino liable for the death of an elderly woman who fell from a stool, saying in a published opinion that the suit was properly transferred and tossed as untimely.

  • January 21, 2020

    4th Circ. Rules Charity Can’t Sue Broker Over Golf Prize

    A Fourth Circuit panel ruled that a charity organization can’t sue an insurance broker over a $200,000 golfing prize payout, saying the insurance policy involved clearly excludes the contest in question.

  • January 21, 2020

    Judge Questions Fees, Costs For Class Attys In Highmark Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge was "troubled" that attorneys could claim almost $6 million of a $7.5 million settlement between Highmark Inc. and the health insurer's customers, asking the plaintiffs' team Tuesday for a brief justifying their costs and fees before granting preliminary approval to the settlement and notifying class members.

Expert Analysis

  • ABA Rules For Departing Attys Set Unprecedented Limits

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    Groundbreaking rules from the American Bar Association impose new standards on how law firms can govern departing lawyers’ contact with clients, placing major restrictions on this ubiquitous practice, say Amy Richardson and Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Pro-Employer NLRB Rulings May Prompt Handbook Reviews

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    Three new National Labor Relations Board rulings that overturn Obama-era pro-worker precedents may indicate that now is a good time for employers to strengthen their workplace policies on nonbusiness email use, investigation confidentiality and union dues, say Charles Caulkins and Garrett Kamen at Fisher Phillips.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Courts' Deference To DOL Joint Employer Rule Is Up In The Air

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    Employers should use the U.S. Department of Labor’s narrowed standard for determining joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act as a guidepost until federal courts weigh in on whether and to what extent they will defer to the new rule, say Alexander Passantino and Kevin Young at Seyfarth.

  • Tightening Up Contracts In A Hardening Insurance Market

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    Commercial property insurance terms and conditions have softened in the last decade, but underwriters may consider adding important clauses into their contracts as the market shows signs of hardening, say Jason Reeves of Zelle and Helen Campbell of Argo Insurance Bermuda.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • The New Class Action Frontier Under Illinois Privacy Law

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    One year after a pivotal Illinois Supreme Court ruling broadened liability under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, companies in a wide variety of industries need to be vigilant of a rise in potentially financially ruinous class action filings, and there are several steps they can take to protect themselves from BIPA liability, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • A Wide Range Of Legal Priorities For Tribes In 2020

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    This year, Indian Country faces a number of critical policy and legal issues that must be addressed to protect tribal sovereignty, with key developments to watch for in all three branches of government, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

  • Rodeo Ruling Clarifies Atty Conflict Rules In Derivative Suits

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    While the Texas Supreme Court's recent decision not to disqualify Kelly Hart & Hallman's representation of owners of the Billy Bob's Texas rodeo in a dispute over control of the business is noteworthy, its clarification on firms' conflicts of interest in derivative cases is the more important point, says former Texas Court of Appeals Justice Douglas Lang, of Dorsey & Whitney.

  • 7 Insider Tips For Working With In-House Counsel

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    For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.

  • 50 Years Later, Interpretive Challenges Remain For RICO

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    In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • The Top FMLA And ADA Decisions Of 2019: Part 1

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    In the first of two articles discussing last year’s most significant Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act decisions, Linda Dwoskin and Melissa Squire at Dechert review coverage for potential future disabilities, what constitutes sufficient notice of the need for leave, and working from home as a reasonable accommodation.

  • Opinion

    States Should Not Follow ABA On Attorney Conduct Rules

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    Because the American Bar Association's new rule on diversity continues to use the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a cultural bludgeon, states should create independent codes limited to constitutionally valid purposes of attorney regulation, says Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • How Courts And Litigants Can Benefit From Special Masters

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    As we approach the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption of guidelines for the appointment and use of special masters in civil litigation, retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now at Stroock, explains how special masters can help parties and courts with faster decision-making and subject matter expertise.