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QUIRKY QUESTION # 224, The De Minimis Defense to Off the Clock Work Claims

We have an employee who is claiming that he should be paid for time cleaning up his work station after logging out of our electronic time keeping system each night. Literally, he spends one or two minutes straightening his...more

De Minimis Defense Closes Shop on Starbucks Barista’s Off-the-Clock Claim in the Central District of California

On March 7, 2014, Judge Feess of the Central District of California granted Defendant Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s proposed class claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Plaintiff...more

Was Dumb Starbucks Smart?

Comedian Nathan Fielder created a media stir, and long lines, when he opened a coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks. The establishment was quickly closed down for not having a permit. In the short time that the shop was open,...more

Battles Over Demand Letters: Lessons From 'The F Word'

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When a big corporation sends you a cease-and-desist letter, make … ale? This is what Jeff Britton, owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Mo., chose to do after he...more

Putting the IP in IPAs

As the Super Bowl approaches, you may be thinking about beer: either deciding what to drink during the big game or wondering if a beer commercial will once again be the best ad. Beer companies are frequently noted for their...more

Coffee is for Closers, Not for Brewers

When life gives you a cease and desist letter, make lemonade. Or, depending on your profession, maybe some beer. That’s what Jeff Britton, owner of the Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Missouri chose to do after...more

Brandmarking: Thoughts On The Creation, Protection, And Enforcement Of Brand Identity - December 2013 • Volume 2, Number 5

In This Issue: - PAGING MR. CHARBUCKS: Someone once said that the American legal system guarantees every corporation its decade in court. That came true with a vengeance for two corporations whose 12-year-long...more

Had Your Charbucks This Morning?

Annie Clark and her husband, Jim, own a mom-and-pop shop called Black Bear Micro Roastery in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Black Bear introduced its Charbucks blend in 1997, which is a dark roast coffee. In 2001, Black Bear...more

Starbucks Coffee, Burned Again

This past Friday, Starbucks received yet another blow in its 12-year long trademark dispute against Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc. The Second Circuit affirmed U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain’s decision and found that...more

Advertising Law -- Aug 15, 2013

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance - As promised, the Federal Trade Commission has provided additional updates to its Frequently Asked Questions guidance regarding the new Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule which took...more

New York Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Addressing Tip Pool Arrangements

The New York Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion addressing Starbucks’ tip pooling practices with regard to its shift supervisors and assistant store managers, which we discussed here....more

New York Upholds Tip Sharing By Starbucks Assistant Managers

I had a smart aleck friend who tried to come up with the Starbucks coffee order that had the greatest number of syllables. I can’t remember the winning combination, but it definitely had the words “half-caf” and “cinnamon”,...more

Employment Law -- Jul 18, 2013

D.C. Circuit Flips DOL’s Flip-Flop On Mortgage Loan Officers - Mortgage loan officers may qualify for the administrative exemption from the overtime wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the D.C. Circuit...more

New York State Court of Appeals Backs Starbucks Policy on Tip-Pooling

Starbucks shift supervisors can legally participate in tip-sharing with other store employees, but the coffee chain’s assistant managers have enough managerial responsibility to disqualify them from sharing in customer tips,...more

New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Tip-Sharing Rules in Starbucks Case

On June 26, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals issued an advisory opinion clarifying which employees may share in tip pools under New York Labor Law. ...more

Which Employees Can Have Their Hands in the Tip Jar? Finally Some Clarification

On June 26, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision concerning who may lawfully participate in a restaurant tip-sharing system. The state’s highest court stated that for employees to receive tips from a...more

New York Court of Appeals to Decide Whether Supervisors May Pool Tips With Employees

On May 28, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in two cases, which are likely to impact New York’s restaurant and hospitality industries. ...more

So, I Stand (Happily) Corrected . . . Starbucks

A recent road trip in Texas flagged this roadside sign, depicting a likely famous non-verbal logo, standing all alone...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 28, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Ken Kaufman Marks Ten Years as Co-Chair of PLI's Annual Entertainment Law Conference; Manatt Partner Ivan Wasserman Invited to Speak at Engredea Conference; Starbucks, Kraft Battle Over...more

Second Circuit Refers Tip Pooling Questions To The New York Court Of Appeals

Barenboim v. Starbucks Corp. and Lawrence v. Starbucks Corp., No. 10-4912-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 23, 2012): The Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard a tandem appeal of two related cases in which baristas sued Starbucks, contending...more

LSI Conference on Mobile Payments

Law Seminars International hosted a mobile payments conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 17th and 18th that featured high profile players such as American Express, PayPal and Starbucks, major bank regulators, and faculty...more

How Starbucks Reacts to Gay Bias Allegation Critical, New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Says

The way a business handles a bias allegation in New York has a dramatic effect on the way customers perceive it, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman. Starbucks said it is investigating claims that...more

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