Hospitality

  • February 20, 2018

    Miami-Dade Sues Marlins For Cut Of Profits From $1.2B Sale

    Miami-Dade County sued the Miami Marlins on Friday, claiming the Major League Baseball team is withholding a 5 percent cut of profits from the team’s $1.2 billion sale under the terms of a 2009 contract for public financing of the team’s $600 million stadium.

  • February 20, 2018

    Del. Justices Revive Suit Over Diamond's $2B Sale To Apollo

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a shareholder suit contesting Diamond Resorts International's $2.2 billion sale to Apollo Global Management, saying Diamond’s board should have disclosed why the company’s founder opposed the sale.

  • February 20, 2018

    Unions Say Disney World Withheld $1K Tax Cut Bonuses

    Unions representing Disney World workers filed a federal labor complaint on Monday claiming Disney has improperly withheld $1,000 bonuses announced by the company after Congress passed the GOP tax cut bill.

  • February 20, 2018

    William Hill Fined £6.2M For Weak Money-Laundering Policies

    U.K. betting company William Hill PLC’s online business got hit with a penalty package of at least £6.2 million ($8.7 million) by the British Gambling Commission on Tuesday due to senior management’s failure to protect consumers and prevent money laundering, the regulator said.

  • February 20, 2018

    Momofuku Wants Early Out In No-Tipping 'Conspiracy' Suit

    David Chang, the celebrity chef behind Manhattan’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, has attempted to exit a suit alleging a slew of restaurants implemented a no-tipping policy in a “conspiracy” to overcharge consumers, arguing in California federal court he did not attend the meeting where the alleged conspiracy took place.

  • February 20, 2018

    3 Firms Guide Rhône's $560M Deal For Brazilian Steakhouse

    A Brazilian steakhouse chain with dozens of international locations on Tuesday said it agreed to be swallowed by affiliates of private equity firm Rhône Capital in a $560 million, all-cash deal steered by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • February 20, 2018

    MGM Backs DOI's Bid To Nix Tribe's Gambling Claims

    MGM Resorts International told a D.C. district court Monday that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe — a rival for a potential casino development in Connecticut — faced an administrative wall and should be dismissed from a suit alleging the government failed to act in time on proposed changes to its gambling deal.

  • February 16, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Call Foul On Concessionaire's Dismissal Bid

    Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays urged a Florida federal court Friday to deny concessionaire Centerplate's bid to escape the ball club's breach of contract suit over an expiring 20-year pact, saying it has provided no basis and relies on “unfounded accusations.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Full 9th Circ. To Rethink Nixing DOL Tip-Credit Guidance

    A confederation of waiters, bartenders and other service workers got a second shot Friday at claims they’re underpaid for tasks that don’t garner tips, when the Ninth Circuit agreed to revisit its decision favoring restaurant owners who’d challenged a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor administrative guidance.

  • February 16, 2018

    MGM's $675M Pitch Puts Conn. Tribes' Casino Plan At Risk

    The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ joint bid to build a $300 million casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, seemed to be nearing fruition last year, but problems securing federal approvals and a recent bill backing a competing $675 million proposal from MGM Resorts International are threatening to capsize the tribes' deal. Here, Law360 looks at the latest developments in the saga.

  • February 16, 2018

    Massage Envy Ducks EEOC Suit Over Ebola Fear-Driven Firing

    A Florida federal judge tossed EEOC claims that a Massage Envy franchise owner illegally fired an employee with plans to visit Ghana on fears she would return with the Ebola virus, finding Thursday she did not qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • February 16, 2018

    Topgolf tells 5th Circ. Rival Can’t Pursue Future Claims

    Topgolf International Inc., which operates more than two dozen combined driving ranges and restaurants, asked the Fifth Circuit to affirm a district court's ruling in an antitrust suit alleging it acquired a software provider used by a competitor and may not renew the services contract when it expires, telling the court the claims cannot be brought because they are speculative.

  • February 16, 2018

    Ex-Debevoise Partner Tapped To Help Atlantic City Recovery

    An ex-Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner and onetime gubernatorial candidate has been tapped as special counsel to lead New Jersey's effort in returning Atlantic City to local control after more than a year into a state takeover of the struggling resort town's finances, state officials said.

  • February 16, 2018

    Pittsburgh Urges Justices To OK Sick Leave, Security Laws

    The city of Pittsburgh urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday to revive a pair of ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers and mandating security training and procedures in certain commercial buildings and public spaces.

  • February 16, 2018

    Tribal Casino Operator Seeks OK Of $3.7M Arbitral Award

    The tribal operator of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel has asked a North Carolina federal court to confirm a $3.7 million arbitration award against a concrete subcontractor for the collapse of a portion of a parking garage that caused a personal injury and a shutdown of the garage, saying the award has been paid in full.

  • February 16, 2018

    Santa Monica Seeks To Toss Airbnb, HomeAway Rental Suit

    The city of Santa Monica asked a California federal judge to toss a suit by home-sharing websites Airbnb and HomeAway challenging an ordinance that requires landlords renting rooms through their sites to first get a license, arguing the legislation is essential to helping the city counter a mounting housing crisis.

  • February 16, 2018

    Ashford Hospitality Prime Buying Florida Ritz For $171M

    Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. has reached an agreement to buy a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Florida, for $171 million, the Dallas-based real estate investment trust announced Friday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Davis, Skadden, Weil

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Wyndham sold its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for $1.3 billion, LyondellBasell bought A. Schulman for $2.25 billion, Hoffman-La Roche proposed buying Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion, and Charles River Laboratories acquired MPI Research for $800 million.

  • February 15, 2018

    Pa. Auto Leasing Co. Defaulted On $10.7M Loan, Bank Says

    KeyBank NA sued a car rental company in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing Fleetway Leasing Co. and an affiliate of defaulting on $10.7 million in loans and fraudulently inflating their performance numbers.

  • February 15, 2018

    Costa Rican Condo Developer Seeks To Toss $1.6M Award

    A Costa Rican real estate developer urged an Arizona federal court Wednesday not to confirm a nearly $1.6 million arbitration award against it and a majority shareholder in a luxury condo project, saying the court lacks jurisdiction to do so because Costa Rica’s supreme court set the award aside.

Expert Analysis

  • The Bankruptcy Eligibility Of Quasi-Government Entities

    James Heiser

    In cases where a not-for-profit corporation is closely related to or controlled by a governmental unit, a creditor may challenge the corporation’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy. An Illinois bankruptcy judge's decision in Lombard Public Facilities is a reminder that eligibility is a fact-specific inquiry, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • PAGA Cases Offer Rare Victories For Calif. Employers

    Benjamin Ebbink

    If you’re a California employer, perhaps no single law strikes fear into your heart quite as much as the Private Attorneys General Act. However, a pair of recent appellate court decisions granted significant procedural “wins” to employers in PAGA cases, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Per Plan Or Per Debtor? New Ruling Has Precedential Value

    Luke Barefoot

    While lower courts remain split on the question, the Ninth Circuit in Transwest Resort Properties recently provided the first circuit-level ruling on whether the impaired accepting class requirement applies to bankruptcy plan confirmation on a per-plan or a per-debtor basis. The opinion will have persuasive weight for lower courts that have not previously weighed in, say Luke Barefoot and Dan Soltman of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Approaching Restaurant Leases As A Tenant: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Michael Kent

    When negotiating a restaurant lease, counsel for a prospective tenant must pay close attention to the process as well as to local laws and regulations, which can sometimes vary greatly with major substantive consequences, says Michael Kent of Kent Beatty & Gordon LLP in the final part of this article.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • The New Limited Interest Deduction: Good For Business?

    Jennifer Tolsky

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act purports to lower taxes and simplify the Internal Revenue Code, but the new limitation on the deductibility of business interest seems contrary to this objective. This change will certainly cause many businesses to pause and consider whether debt financing is the best option for them, says Jennifer Tolsky of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Approaching Restaurant Leases As A Tenant: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Michael Kent

    When negotiating a restaurant lease, counsel for a prospective tenant must pay close attention to the process as well as to local laws and regulations, which can sometimes vary greatly with major substantive consequences, says Michael Kent of Kent Beatty & Gordon LLP.

  • How The Hospitality Industry Is Dealing With Tip Pool Regs

    Margaret Grover

    The hospitality industry has long relied on tips and service charges to augment wages paid to employees. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed new regulations governing tip sharing, in part as a response to regulations it promulgated in 2011, which have resulted in a split between the federal circuits and a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, says Margaret Grover of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.