Hospitality

  • February 12, 2018

    La. Eatery Owner Can’t Duck Breach Claim In TM Spat

    A Louisiana federal judge ruled that the former owner of famous New Orleans restaurant Camellia Grill correctly claimed that the eatery’s current owner breached the terms of their license agreement by unlawfully using trademarks associated with the original restaurant, in a split decision Friday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Hunton, Sidley Steer $385M NYC Hotel Refinancing

    Hunton & Williams LLP represented Hersha Hospitality Trust and Sidley Austin LLP guided private equity shop Cindat Capital Management Ltd. in connection with a $385 million deal unveiled Monday to refinance a portfolio of hotels in New York City.

  • February 12, 2018

    Too Soon To Sue Over Wrigley Wheelchair Access, Cubs Say

    The Chicago Cubs on Friday asked an Illinois federal court to dismiss or stay a lawsuit over wheelchair access at Wrigley Field, saying that in-progress renovations will improve accessible seating and the plaintiff can't yet say the ballclub has infringed on Americans with Disabilities Act rights.

  • February 12, 2018

    Houston BBQ Joint Owner Seeks $1M For Alleged Shutout

    A partial owner of a popular Houston barbecue joint that's been in business and family-owned for more than 50 years filed a lawsuit against the other owners in state district court on Friday, alleging they have effectively cut him out of the business and owe more than $1 million in damages.

  • February 12, 2018

    NJ Can't Hear Sandals Food Poisoning Suit, Panel Says

    New Jersey courts don’t have jurisdiction over claims by a couple who alleged they got food poisoning while vacationing at a Sandals Resorts International Ltd. hotel, because Jamaica-based Sandals has no business entities in the Garden State, a state appeals panel ruled Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    YapStone Snags $71M In Series C Funding

    California-based YapStone Inc., a company that provides payment processing for online and mobile transactions for apartment and vacation rental companies, raised $71 million from Mastercard, Accel and others in its first closing in a Series C funding round, the company said on Monday.

  • February 9, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Disneyland Edges Toward Early Win In FCRA Class Suit

    A California judge on Friday tentatively granted Disneyland’s bid for an early win in a class action alleging the park violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by preventing job applicants with adverse background checks from attending orientation pending possible appeals, while the applicants argued the park violated the statute.

  • February 9, 2018

    Chicago's Whitehall Fights Texas Hotel's TM Suit Exit Bid

    Chicago’s historic Whitehall Hotel said a Houston hotel should not be allowed to exit a suit accusing it of infringing on its trademarks by having the same name and a confusingly similar logo, telling an Illinois federal judge Thursday that the court has jurisdiction over the Texas hotel.

  • February 9, 2018

    Skanska Sells Sweden Hotel Project For $53M

    Skanska AB has sold a hotel project in Jonkoping, Sweden, to real estate investment firm Fastighets AB Balder for roughly 430 million Sweden krona ($53 million), according to an announcement from the Sweden-based developer on Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Calif. Homeowner Association Hit With $2M Slander Verdict

    A California federal jury on Thursday found a homeowners association liable for $2 million to its former golf director, who said his supervisor spread distressing lies about him, including that he kept child pornography on his work computer.

  • February 9, 2018

    Woman Sues BBQ Chain Over Industrial Staple In Sandwich

    A Chicago woman sued the management company of a South Side location of barbecue chain Famous Dave’s in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, alleging she bit into an industrial-sized staple while eating a Famous Dave’s sandwich, and claiming the staple did serious damage to her teeth.

  • February 9, 2018

    GrubHub Win Doesn't Settle Debate Over Gig Workers' Status

    A first-of-its-kind ruling holding that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee was a victory for gig economy employers who hope the decision bodes well for their chances of defeating similar lawsuits, but experts say businesses shouldn't get too excited.

  • February 9, 2018

    Network Co. Can't Duck Claims In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Thursday refused to let a network device maker slip counterclaims launched by a hotel entertainment company in an $11 million suit over unpaid royalties, explaining that if the counterclaims are true, it may be the manufacturer's fault the other company allegedly violated a patent licensing deal in the first place.

  • February 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Remington, Ant Financial, Cirsa Gaming

    Gun maker Remington is looking for financing to let it file for bankruptcy, Ant Financial is looking to raise up to $5 billion and Cirsa Gaming has received acquisition interest from private equity firms and rival gaming companies alike.

  • February 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen another contract suit against Hilton Worldwide and BayernLB, a New York investment manager lodge a professional negligence claim against RSM Corporate Finance, and an insurance brokerage sue Barclays. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lobbying Doc Says NBA, MLB Want Slice Of The Betting Pie

    With a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over a federal sports betting ban forthcoming, the NBA and Major League Baseball are lobbying state lawmakers considering proposed legalization bills to allow sports leagues to opt out of certain types of betting and to compensate them from wagers made on their sports, a measure largely criticized by the gambling industry.

  • February 8, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Pilot's Coworker Attack Suit

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal on venue grounds of a suit filed by an Etihad Airways pilot who claimed he was attacked by a fellow crew member while staying in Chicago on a layover in October of 2014. 

  • February 8, 2018

    Omni Must Face Suit Over Hotel Lobby Assault, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit on Wednesday revived a man’s lawsuit accusing Omni Hotels of negligence in connection with an assault he suffered in the lobby of one of its properties in Rhode Island, finding he had backed up his allegations.

  • February 8, 2018

    Bankrupt Hotel Developer Must Face Bid For $15M Payout

    A group of investors in an Iowa hotel franchise can continue to pursue roughly $15 million in fraud judgments against a former business partner who they claim hid millions of dollars in assets and filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying up, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • February 8, 2018

    Kirkland-Aided $200M Grubhub Deal Aims To Boost KFC Sales

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Thursday it advised online food-ordering company Grubhub Inc. on its $200 million sale of common stock to restaurant company Yum Brands Inc. as they enter a partnership to boost KFC and Taco Bell sales with online ordering for pickup and delivery.

Expert Analysis

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    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Finding Your Groove In Chinese Dealmaking

    Kerry Houghton

    Responding to the enormous growth and expansion of the Chinese economy, elite Chinese law firms have stepped up their games. For international law firms advising on Chinese deals, this means they must hire and retain people with not just conventional legal skills, say Kerry Houghton and Kai Wang, former in-house counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • The Possible Pitfalls Of A Text Messaging Ad Campaign

    Jarrod Shaw

    Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits increased 17.6 percent last year from October to November, and of the 348 TCPA lawsuits filed in November, 20.1 percent were class actions. Businesses can avoid becoming part of these statistics by following the guidance courts have handed down, say Jarrod Shaw and Elizabeth Thomas of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • 3rd Circ. Confirms Limits Of The Rooker-Feldman Doctrine

    Steven Wilamowsky

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners limited the reach of the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as a defense to bankruptcy avoidance actions. The court’s reasoning, however, has implications that go beyond bankruptcy, say Steven Wilamowsky and Sara Ghadiri of Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: Cultivating A Career Issue

    Michael Martinez

    My first U.S. Supreme Court argument came two years after I entered private practice following 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nevertheless, I found the entire experience simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating, especially given the publicity my case had generated, says Michael Martinez, senior vice president and associate general counsel at Marriott International Inc.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.