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Why MGM Resorts Wants Its Day In Federal Court
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September 5, 2018 via Hotel Management
In mid-July, MGM Resorts filed pre-emptive federal complaints against more than 1,000 victims of the October 2017 shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, but the company isn’t seeking any damages against these victims. Instead, MGM is looking to consolidate the thousands of lawsuits levied against the company in the wake of the shooting and shift the discussion to federal court.

The filing is what is referred to as a “declaratory release,” and seeks to reclassify the shooting as an act of terrorism under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002. The SAFETY Act provides federal protection to organizations in situations where acts of terror or mass violence take place. MGM is seeking to prove the act protects it because the company employed a security organization certified by the Department of Homeland Security—in this case, Contemporary Services Corporation.
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4th Circuit Ruling Limits Foreseeability Argument on Slip &Fall Cases on Ice

September 11, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

In the case of Thomas v. Omni Hotels, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 21459 *; 2018 WL 3689248 (4th Cir. August 2, 2018), an Omni Hotel guest slipped and fell on a 22° Fahrenheit day after ice had formed on the floor near a semi-enclosed fountain.
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Court Finds That Restaurant Complied With California Law By Requiring Employees Purchasing Discounted Meals To Eat Their Meals On Premises

August 28, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

In Rodriguez, a restaurant employee filed a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell claiming she was entitled to be paid a premium rate for the time she spent on the employer’s premises eating the discounted meal during her meal breaks.
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Global Privacy Law Update
July - August 2018 via Wilson Elser

From California to Canada, from Australia to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, the explosive growth of e-commerce and increased dependence on digitized data has catapulted cybersecurity to the forefront of business plans, legislative acts and federal regulations as companies and governmental entities deepen their presence and investment in the complex and changing digital landscape.

In a new Wilson Elser publication, “Global Privacy Law Update,” Anjali Das, co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, has compiled four articles that provide information and insights the help put the rationale behind recent legislation into perspective.
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