Hospitality

  • May 17, 2018

    Rays' Ex-Concession Co. Gets Go-Ahead On Contract Claims

    Concessionaire Centerplate can move forward with counterclaims that it is owed payments on an expired food services agreement that is the focus of a breach of contract lawsuit brought by Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, a federal judge ruled Thursday, saying more discovery is needed.

  • May 17, 2018

    Celebrity Chef Ran Restaurants Like Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A New Jersey couple who invested in a celebrity chef’s now-shuttered New York City restaurant has sued him for allegedly depriving investors of payouts by moving cash into his restaurant group, according to documents folding the suit into bankruptcy proceedings filed in New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Florida Pizza Shop Beats NJ In Highway Trademark Fight

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that New Jersey can’t block a small Florida pizza chain from registering a logo that mimics signs for the Garden State Parkway, the state’s latest loss in a yearslong trademark dispute with the company.

  • May 16, 2018

    Feds Show Valeant Jury Spending Records, Doctored Emails

    Prosecutors who charged a manager at drug giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and the CEO of a mail-order pharmacy with defrauding Valeant out of $9.7 million wrapped up their case on Wednesday by showing jurors evidence of email tampering and records of the defendants' outlays on a private jet and a luxury hotel.

  • May 16, 2018

    Tribes Must Be Part Of Sports Betting Discourse, NIGC Says

    The National Indian Gaming Commission said Tuesday that it will work with tribes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to legalize sports betting, to ensure Native American voices are heard in the new gaming environment.

  • May 16, 2018

    EB-5 Investor Suit Against Jay Peak Owner Dismissed

    A Florida federal judge dismissed an investor class suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros over his alleged role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit, ruling that the investors don't have standing to bring the claims, which he said would allow them to "double dip" on recoveries.

  • May 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Kicks HomeAway Rental Fee Suits To Arbitration

    Two separate lawsuits brought by homeowners who accused short-term vacation rental website HomeAway Inc. of breaking state laws by deciding it would impose service fees for travelers must be arbitrated, per an agreement between the parties, the Fifth Circuit has determined.

  • May 16, 2018

    Iconic NYC Restaurant Seeks More Time To Answer Wage Suit

    An attorney for the popular Roberto’s Italian restaurant in the Bronx asked a New York federal judge Tuesday for more time to answer a former waiter’s proposed wage-and-hour collective action, saying the ex-worker's lawyers have consented to the extension request even though the restaurant missed its original April 13 deadline to respond to the suit.

  • May 16, 2018

    Steward Must Convince Jury Doc Fired For HIPAA Violation

    Steward Healthcare System LLC will need to convince a jury it fired a psychiatrist for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and not because, as the doctor claims, he took disability leave after getting pneumonia, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday in denying part of a summary judgment bid.

  • May 16, 2018

    Police Didn't Use Excessive Force In Casino Arrest, Court Told

    Officers of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department urged a New York federal court on Tuesday to grant them a quick win on a claim that they used excessive force during an arrest at the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino, arguing filmed evidence showed the claim was groundless.

  • May 16, 2018

    Irish Bookmaker Confirms It's In Deal Talks With FanDuel

    Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair PLC on Wednesday said it's in deal talks with daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting.

  • May 16, 2018

    Food Cos. Escape Suit Claiming Squid Sold As Octopus

    A Miami-based food vendor and its supplier escaped a proposed consumer class action in California federal court accusing them of misrepresenting their squid as octopus, when the judge ruled the latest complaint did not sufficiently meet a threshold requirement showing each class member's relation to the state.

  • May 16, 2018

    Churchill Downs To Enter Sports Betting, Online Gambling

    Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal restrictions on sports betting, Kentucky Derby operator Churchill Downs Inc. said it will work with the Golden Nugget Atlantic City hotel to enter sports betting and online gambling markets in New Jersey.

  • May 15, 2018

    Sports Betting In NJ Months Away After High Court Win

    With state lawmakers moving quickly to pass legislation, regulated sports betting in New Jersey could be up and running in a matter of months based on the state’s preparations in anticipation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting such gambling in the Garden State, attorneys say.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif. Lawmaker Hustles To Legalize Sports Betting

    A California State Assembly member moved quickly Monday to propose a constitutional amendment making sports betting legal in the Golden State, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif. Tribe Asks Justices To Spurn County's Casino Land Suit

    The Ione Band of Miwok Indians urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reject a California county’s challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior land-into-trust acquisition for a proposed tribal casino, saying the Ninth Circuit correctly interpreted federal law in backing the department’s decision.

  • May 15, 2018

    Nobody Will Confuse 'MoMaCha' With MoMA, Cafe Says

    A Manhattan cafe is fighting a trademark lawsuit brought against it by the Museum of Modern Art in New York federal court, arguing that MoMA’s bid to stop the cafe from using similar marks fails to show the museum will be irreparably injured or consumers will be confused by their use.

  • May 15, 2018

    Trinity Merger IPO Raises $300M To Acquire Real Estate Biz

    Trinity Merger Corp., a blank check company backed by private investment firm Trinity Investments, said Tuesday it had priced a $300 million initial public offering intended to help fund the acquisition of a real estate-related business, under guidance from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • May 14, 2018

    Construction Co. Blasts 49ers Fans' Bid For Class Cert.

    The general contractor for the stadium where the NFL's San Francisco 49ers play urged a California federal judge on Friday not to grant class certification in a suit over accessibility for disabled patrons, saying California law requires a person-by-person legal analysis.

  • May 14, 2018

    Supreme Court Blows Door To Sports Betting Wide Open

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to strike down a federal ban on sports betting was perhaps more forceful than even the gambling industry anticipated, potentially giving states wide latitude to offer mobile and online betting options without running afoul of other federal laws.

Expert Analysis

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Congress Makes A Splash By Tackling Tip Pools

    Marc Zimmerman

    The tug of war over which restaurant employees are entitled to a piece of customer gratuities continues. Seven years after the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations expressly prohibiting employers from requiring tipped employees to share gratuities with nontipped staff, the rope has moved in the opposite direction, say Marc Zimmerman and Kathryn Lundy of Michelman & Robinson LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Companies Can’t Afford To Ignore Accessibility

    John Capobianco

    Last year saw the fifth consecutive year of growth in the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Given the financial and reputational costs of such litigation, business owners and operators would be wise to evaluate current practices regarding accessibility and accessible services for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, says John Capobianco of VITAC Corporation.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Food Advertising: Don’t Wing It, Or You Will Face The Heat

    Steven Steinborn

    Companies can’t always take preemptive action to avoid every potential false advertising lawsuit. But a New York federal court's recent decision in Borenkoff v. Buffalo Wild Wings demonstrates that effective marketing and minimizing risk are entirely compatible objectives, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.