Still shaking in your boots over the $3.1 million settlement Sparks Steak House paid to its waiters last fall to make a tip pool lawsuit go away? Or scared by similar tip-related actions brought against operators ranging from the highest of the high—sushi temple Masa in New York—to more midscale places like Chili’s and even to celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay? Good news: the most recent ruling, this one by a federal appeals court, could get you off the hook. The Sparks settlement involved a ...

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