Moez Kaba Named Among Most Influential Minority Attorneys

Mr. Kaba was recognized for his leading roles on cases and in trials, which have led to a string of notable victories for high-profile clients. “As a diverse, young attorney, Kaba is quickly becoming a trusted advisor, serving as co-lead or second chair on the firm’s most significant matters,” noted the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Mr. Kaba previously served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Equality California and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bet Tzedek. He dedicates considerable time to pro bono work and serves as the firm’s hiring partner.

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s acknowledgement is the latest in a series of recognitions awarded to Mr. Kaba including, “Top 100 Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal and “Top Lawyers Nationwide Under 40” by Benchmark Litigation.

The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized lawyers considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the LA region, along with maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the Los Angeles business and legal community at large.

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Law360 Recognizes Hueston Hennigan with “Practice Group of the Year” Award

The awards recognize “the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.” Hueston Hennigan’s Media and Entertainment practice was one of five firms selected nationally, and among 800 submissions.

The full list of award winners can be viewed here.

Redstone’s Legal Battle with Ex-Companion Ends

Herzer kicked off the legal battle in November 2015 when she filed a lawsuit challenging Redstone’s mental capacity and alleging that Redstone had been unduly influenced by his daughter, Shari Redstone, to remove Herzer from Redstone’s estate plan. In May 2016, after just one day of trial, Hueston Hennigan obtained dismissal of Herzer’s challenge. Herzer then filed additional lawsuits against the Redstone family, all of which are now being resolved.

The settlement also resolves Redstone’s elder abuse action against Herzer alleging that she and another former companion, Sydney Holland, isolated him from his family and manipulated and sometimes drugged him to compel him to sign over control of his funds and estate. The Redstones settled litigation involving Holland separately last year.

Herzer’s lawsuits also spawned related litigation in Massachusetts and Delaware over control of Viacom, in which Redstone’s mental capacity was challenged. After less than three month of litigation, Redstone emerged victorious.

The story is covered in numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Variety, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and New York Post.

The Hueston Hennigan team included Rob Klieger, Andrew Walsh and Tanner Camp.

Judge Dismisses Antitrust Class Action Challenging Restaurants’ No-Tipping Policies

Judge White dismissed the claims against the group of restaurant defendants—which included the likes of Danny Meyer, David Chang, and Gabriel Stulman—holding that the plaintiff’s allegations did not plausibly allege a “price-fixing conspiracy.”

“Today’s significant victory was a clear win for restaurateurs and their ability to innovate,” said attorney Steve Feldman, who represented Gabriel Stulman and his restaurant group Happy Cooking Hospitality.  “We strongly believed this case lacked legal merit, and are pleased the federal court accepted our arguments and dismissed Happy Cooking and Mr. Stulman.”

The case arose out of the “Hospitality Included” movement.  Beginning in 2014, restaurants across the country—including the New York and Bay Area defendants—began eliminating the tip line at their restaurants and adjusting menu prices accordingly.  This change was made to help increase pay for back-of-house staff and to eliminate the racial and gender inequality created by tipping.

Plaintiff Timothy Brown believed that the “Hospitality Included” movement was somehow nefarious. In his complaint filed in October 2017, Brown alleged that the no-tipping policies were part of “a sophisticated and unlawful conspiracy,” which “transfers millions of dollars from customers and serves to restaurant owners in violation of federal and state antitrust laws.”

Judge White disagreed, and accepted the defendants arguments.  In his order dismissing the case, he noted that the no-tipping group was akin to a trade organization—where “information is exchanged and strategies are advocated”—which does not violate antitrust laws.  He also highlighted the implausibility of the alleged conspiracy, since the New York and California defendants operated “in totally different markets” and had in some instances eliminated tipping years apart from each other.

The Hueston Hennigan team included Steven N. Feldman and Michael H. Todisco.