Nev. Ballot Initiative By Vegas Teachers Seeks Casino Tax Hike
Nevada could ask voters in 2022 to approve a new top rate for the state’s gaming tax applicable to larger casinos under an initiative petition recently filed by a teachers’ union, which said the proposal would raise $340 million annually.
Hispanic Chipotle Workers Can't Get Cert. In Bias Suit
A California federal judge on Wednesday declined to certify a statewide class action alleging Chipotle holds back Hispanic and Mexican workers by only promoting workers who speak fluent English and banning Spanish in its restaurants, saying the workers didn't show the restaurant has those policies.
Fla. Judge Hands Win To Hotel Owner In Feud With Ex-Partner
A Florida judge handed a win to the current owner of Miami Beach's Z Ocean Hotel in a long-running dispute with the original developer of the project when he found that the developer lied about his assets to induce investment in the project.
Investor Can Pursue Coverage Of Hotel Development Fight
A California state judge has ruled that real estate investment firm Somera Capital Management LLC can proceed with its claim that a unit of The Hartford must fund its defense of a lawsuit alleging it failed to pay fees owed to the developer of two hotels, finding that an exclusion for breach-of-contract claims in Somera’s policy doesn’t bar coverage.
Maine's Tribes Push To Restore Authority Over Lands
A task force of Native American and state leaders has handed recommendations to the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in a bid to give tribes greater decision-making powers over key issues such as gambling and fishing rights on Indian lands, according to local news reports.
FTC Settles With Sales Worker In Belize Scam For $86M
A Maryland federal judge has approved an $86 million judgment against a sales and marketing employee in a Federal Trade Commission case alleging a massive real estate investment scam in a Manhattan-sized development in the country of Belize.
Checkers Drive-In Settles Nationwide TCPA Suit Over Texts
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. agreed to provide two $5 vouchers to all members of a proposed class of customers who say they received promotional text messages from the fast food chain in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
9th Circ. Told It Can Wade Into Big Fish App Pop-Up Fight
Mobile gaming consumers in a pair of proposed class actions alleging the Big Fish Casino app is illegal gambling told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that the appellate court does have basis to review a lower court's refusal to stop the operators of the app from using pop-ups that may block potential class members from joining the cases.
Restaurants Unlimited's Ch. 11 Plan Disclosure Gets Approval
Casual eatery operator Restaurants Unlimited Inc.'s Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement received court approval Wednesday in Delaware without objection, with an attorney for the debtor saying it provides enough information for affected creditors to vote on the plan.
A Wide Range Of Legal Priorities For Tribes In 2020
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.
Former Boies Schiller Lawyers Open 15-Atty Litigation Firm
Three Boies Schiller Flexner LLP lawyers are bringing together colleagues from their former employer and three other firms to launch a 15-attorney litigation shop with locations in New York and Miami, the latest in a series of recent departures from the legal powerhouse.
Michael Avenatti To Stay In Jail Ahead Of Embezzlement Trial
A California federal judge on Wednesday remanded Michael Avenatti to federal custody after finding probable cause that the embattled attorney committed mail and wire fraud while awaiting trial on criminal charges that he embezzled client funds to pay his own debts.
5th Circ. Calls Gender Pronoun Orders A 'Quixotic' Task
Granting requests from transgender litigants to change court records to reflect their preferred names and pronouns would be a "quixotic undertaking" that could call into question judges' impartiality, a divided Fifth Circuit said Wednesday.
Roberts Wonders If Workers Can Sue Over 'OK, Boomer'
Chief Justice John Roberts suggested in court Wednesday that an attorney's position would allow older workers to sue over use of the popular internet put-down "OK, Boomer," indicating he didn’t want an anti-age discrimination statute to be “really just a regulation of speech in the workplace.”
BakerHostetler Employment Pro Named To Texas Bench
President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated the leader of BakerHostetler's employment practice in Houston to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
2 BigLaw Alums Among Reps. Prosecuting Trump In Senate
Two BigLaw veterans and a former federal prosecutor are among the seven impeachment managers appointed Wednesday to act as prosecutors in the coming Senate trial of President Donald Trump on House-approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Calif., DC Bar Groups Tapped For Mental Health Study
Bar associations in California and D.C. will be participating in a confidential research project that aims to uncover what is driving the legal industry’s mental health and substance abuse issues.
Reed Smith Internal Task Force Will Address Mental Health
Reed Smith LLP on Wednesday announced a new mental health task force that will, among other things, examine the firm's current offerings for addressing mental health and substance use and try to tackle the stigma around them.
Longest-Serving Calif. Justice To Step Down
California Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chin, the longest-serving of the seven current members of the state's high court and its first Chinese American judge, will retire at the end of August, the Golden State court system announced Wednesday.
Dentons Sees No Deal On Horizon In Guinea Fee Fight
Dentons told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday that the firm is not close to reaching a settlement with the Republic of Guinea in a fight over an unpaid $10 million legal bill, despite assertions to the contrary from the defense.
Profane Atty Says 'Sorry' In Allstate Sanctions Fight
A Culver City, California, attorney who sent threatening, profanity-laced emails to Allstate's counsel during an insurance coverage suit has reiterated his apologies to the court and told the court that Allstate has submitted an inflated cost and fees estimate in its sanctions request, calling the motion "excessive and unnecessary."
Law Firm Leaders: McCarter & English's Joseph Boccassini
Joseph Boccassini has served as managing partner of McCarter & English since 2016 and was recently appointed for a second five-year term. Here, Boccassini chats with Law360 about his goals for the 185-year-old law firm and how he approaches his job as a law firm leader.