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Hospitality

  • June 15, 2018

    Philly Hotel Sued For $9M Over Air Rights

    A Montgomery County-based company has filed a $9 million suit in Pennsylvania state court against the owners and managers of a newly opened downtown Philadelphia hotel that the company claims infringed on its air rights.

  • June 15, 2018

    Airbnb Loses Free Speech Challenge To Rental Ordinance

    A California federal judge on Thursday echoed his previous ruling against Airbnb Inc. and HomeAway.com Inc. in dismissing the case and constitutional challenges to a Santa Monica city ordinance that bans unregistered short-term rentals.

  • June 15, 2018

    Union's Fee Demand Flouted Workers' Rights, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that actions taken by a Unite Here Local to obtain payment of certain union dues from several Hyatt Regency Hotel employees who weren’t full union members illegally restricted their right not to unionize, saying the National Labor Relations Board’s conclusion to the contrary “makes no sense.”

  • June 15, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, KKR bought Envision Healthcare for $9.9 billion, Gebr. Knauf KG bought rival USG Corp. for $7 billion, Blackstone bought Investa Office Fund for $2.3 billion and Royal Caribbean Cruises scooped up Silversea Cruises for $1 billion.

  • June 15, 2018

    Miami Beach Hotel Accused Of Seizing Control Of Operations

    A hotel management company contends that a Miami Beach boutique hotel has illegally seized control of operations and has refused to pay its fees on a five-year management agreement, according to a suit lodged in Florida federal court.

  • June 14, 2018

    Casino Ch. 7 Trustee Wins Bid To Capture CEO’s Assets

    An Illinois federal judge agreed Wednesday to compel the turnover of assets from the deceased chief executive of a Chicagoland casino to its bankruptcy trustee, ruling that the CEO had fraudulently transferred them to his wife.

  • June 14, 2018

    Boston City Council Approves Airbnb Rental Restrictions

    The Boston City Council has voted heavily in favor of regulating short-term rental units, making it illegal to post investor-owned units on platforms such as Airbnb, approving an ordinance introduced by the mayor.

  • June 14, 2018

    EEOC Launches 7 Harassment Suits As Task Force Meets

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission unleashed a wave of seven lawsuits this week accusing a national trucking company, a restaurant franchisee and others of allegedly looking the other way while employees were being sexually harassed, suits that coincided with the agency reconvening its harassment task force. 

  • June 14, 2018

    Chipotle Beats Customer’s Bacterial Infection Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday tossed a customer's suit alleging he was infected with bacteria because he ate food from Chipotle, ruling that he failed to provide enough facts to prove his claim.

  • June 14, 2018

    6th Circ. Upholds Bourbon Co.'s Win In Distillery IP Row

    In a published opinion Thursday, the Sixth Circuit affirmed bourbon company Peristyle LLC's win in a suit by Sazerac Brands LLC over the alleged infringement of Sazerac's trademark rights to "Colonel E.H. Taylor," a reference to a historic bourbon figure who built a distillery now owned and operated by Peristyle.

  • June 14, 2018

    Model Sues Hilton Hotels After Bedbug 'Massacre'

    A model has sued hotel giant Hilton in California state court following her stay at the Embassy Suites Palm Desert, saying she suffered pain from physical injuries as well as loss of income after being "massacred" by bedbugs in the room where she stayed while working a modeling job.

  • June 14, 2018

    Skadden Reps Royal Caribbean In $1B Silversea Cruises Buy

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on Thursday said it will pay $1 billion to take a majority stake in privately held luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises Ltd., with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guiding the buyer.

  • June 13, 2018

    US World Cup Selection A Boon For Soccer Deal Attorneys

    FIFA on Wednesday voted to award the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, a decision that should spur more business for sports attorneys as it further pushes advertising and sponsorship deals, and increases media rights and professional team valuations amid the already growing interest in soccer in the U.S.

  • June 13, 2018

    No Action In Wedding Florist Case After Masterpiece Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take any action in a pending case involving a Washington florist who refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding that presents largely the same constitutional questions surrounding the First Amendment and LGBT rights that the court shied away from in its recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.

  • June 13, 2018

    Burger King Franchisee Sold To New PE Firm In Utah

    A new private equity firm headquartered in Salt Lake City said Wednesday it has launched its business by buying a controlling stake in Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, a 126-store franchisee that manages eateries for the Burger King, El Pollo Loco and Chili’s chains.

  • June 13, 2018

    Renter Slams 'Absurd' Dismissal Bid In Avis Insurance Row

    A consumer suing Avis Budget Car Rental LLC in a long-running class action over alleged insurance coverage fraud told a Florida federal court on Tuesday that the car rental company’s recent bid to toss the case relied on the “absurd” and contradictory position that she did not have standing to state a claim.

  • June 13, 2018

    Conn. Dems Press DOI Review Over Tribal Gambling Deals

    Democratic members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have asked the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General to probe the department’s recent decision to allow changes to the Mohegan Tribe’s gaming compact while not acting on similar changes sought by another tribe as the pair seek to open a new casino.

  • June 13, 2018

    Fired Casino Worker's ADA Suit Tossed, FMLA Claims Survive

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out claims by a former casino employee that his firing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, but ruled that he can continue with claims that he was fired in retaliation for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • June 13, 2018

    Real Estate Exec Says Wynn Broke $18.68M Handshake Deal

    A real estate executive who says his signature on a certificate helped clear the way for Wynn Resorts' $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino sued the company Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court, claiming Wynn owes him a promised $18.68 million payment.

  • June 12, 2018

    College Athletes, Fantasy Cos. Spar Over Use Of Stats

    A trio of college athletes have argued that daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel are wrongly relying on a precedent that allows fantasy sports to use the statistical information from games to try to escape a proposed publicity rights class action that has landed before the Indiana Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A GDPR Checkup For US-Based Hospitality Businesses

    Dawn Maruna

    While preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. hospitality industry should recognize that EU member states might enact local laws that limit or extend the GDPR and that other foreign data protection regulations may impact business as well, says Dawn Maruna of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.