Hospitality

  • May 7, 2018

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds Ex-Miller Canfield Employment Pro

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Friday it hired a former Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC attorney who brings extensive experience counseling employers in the health care, transportation and hospitality industries as a partner to the firm's offices in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • May 7, 2018

    AMC Edging Out Rivals, Luxury Theater's Antitrust Suit Says

    A small luxury movie theater chain hit AMC with an antitrust suit in Kansas federal court accusing the country’s largest movie theater company of edging out competition by coercing film distributors into denying nearby theaters screening rights to key films during crucial opening runs. 

  • May 7, 2018

    Miami Judge Faces Reprimand Over Husband's Hotel Stays

    A Miami-Dade County judge is facing a reprimand and a fine for failing to disclose free hotel stays she enjoyed with her husband, who was fired from his job overseeing building permits and construction on Miami Beach and hit with bribery charges.

  • May 7, 2018

    Zoning Change Could Stymie Hotel Construction In New York

    New York City wants to require new hotel projects in certain manufacturing zones to obtain a special permit as part of the city's effort to preserve existing properties and encourage more industrial construction, but lawyers on the lodging development side say the change would likely slow new hotel construction and may not jump-start manufacturing.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 2018

    Starwood To Sell $1.1B UK Hotel Portfolio To Parisian Firm

    Starwood Capital Group said Thursday it has agreed to sell an £830 million ($1.1 billion) portfolio of 14 hotels in the United Kingdom to a hotel real estate subsidiary of Parisian holding company Foncière des Régions.

  • May 4, 2018

    California Card Club Agrees To Pay $5M FinCEN Penalty

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said that Artichoke Joe's Casino, a Bay Area card club, has agreed to pay a $5 million fine for its willful violations of the U.S. Banking Secrecy Act that included a lax approach toward loan sharking, potential money laundering and other criminal activity since 2009.

  • May 4, 2018

    Hackers Baiting Users With GDPR-Themed Phishing Emails

    Hackers are exploiting the flood of emails alerting customers to the European Union's new privacy regime by sending phishing emails mentioning the new law and posing as popular businesses, including Airbnb, in a bid to make off with passwords and credit card numbers, a U.K.-based cybersecurity firm has warned.

  • May 4, 2018

    Mammoet, NY Wheel Developer Reach Deal On Ch. 11, Project

    Bankrupt Mammoet-Starneth LLC, the entity hired to design and build the world's largest observation wheel in New York City, announced a resolution Friday allowing the developer to transition to a new contractor and get financing to finish the project while allowing the Chapter 11 case to continue in Delaware.

  • May 4, 2018

    Fla. AG Says Restaurant’s Farm-To-Table Claims Are Baloney

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday hit a Miami-based restaurant operator with a suit in state court alleging that the company misrepresents that its food is locally produced in an effort to drive sales.

  • May 4, 2018

    Mohegan Sun To Pay $101M To Control Korean Resort Project

    The operator of the tribal-owned Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut said it will spend $101 million to buy out its South Korean partner’s stake in a "first-of-its-kind, multibillion-dollar," 1,350-room resort and 215,000-square-foot casino planned for development at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul.

  • May 3, 2018

    No Defense Owed To Lawyer In Malpractice Row, Insurer Says

    Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co. on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to declare it has no duty to defend a lawyer and his firm in an underlying state court suit accusing the lawyer of malpractice over arbitration work he performed for a restaurateur client.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ill. Hotel’s Dismissal From Rape Case Reversed By Panel

    An Illinois appellate panel reversed a lower court's ruling that let a hotel out of a case brought by a woman who claimed she was raped by a hotel security guard while unconscious.

  • May 3, 2018

    9th Circ. OKs Las Vegas Sands Win In Shareholder Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a win for casino operator Las Vegas Sands in a certified shareholder class action accusing it of hurting investors with misleading statements by executives about the company’s finances and development pipeline, ruling the investors failed to show Sands officials fraudulently inflated the company’s stock price.

  • May 3, 2018

    Los Angeles City Council OKs Regulation Of Airbnb Rentals

    The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of regulations that would let city residents host Airbnb and other home-sharing rentals only in their primary residence, close down noncompliant operators and cap room use at 120 days in houses and apartments.

  • May 3, 2018

    El Pollo Loco Franchisees Win $8.8M In Territory Dispute

    A California jury has handed an $8.8 million win to a husband-and-wife El Pollo Loco franchisee team claiming the fire-grilled chicken chain improperly encroached on their territory by not offering them the right to operate two restaurants the company built in their restaurant’s immediate vicinity.

  • May 3, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Eastern Star, Sweetgreen, Pulte Homes

    Eastern Star Development has reportedly bought a New York hotel for $27.5 million and plans to tear it down and build luxury condos, salad fast-food chain Sweetgreen is said to be taking 2,000 square feet at Hudson Yards in New York and Pulte Homes has reportedly picked up 69 acres in Florida for $18.7 million.

  • May 2, 2018

    Austin Defends City Rules Phasing Out Short-Term Rentals

    The city of Austin, Texas, urged a state appeals court this week not to reinstate a challenge to city regulations on short-term rentals like those offered through Airbnb and HomeAway, saying in a brief landlords who oppose the rules can’t use the court to make a “detailed policy objection” to a city zoning decision.

  • May 2, 2018

    Ex-KFC La. Site Buyer Wants Cleanup Suit To Stay Out Of Ill.

    The holding company used in the purchase of a former KFC restaurant site in the Louisiana town of Metairie urged a Louisiana federal judge Tuesday not to move to Illinois a lawsuit alleging that the company failed to clean up property pollution, arguing that its environmental consultant has no right to push for a change of venue.

  • May 2, 2018

    Marriott Hit With Second Sanctions Bid In Timeshare Suit

    More than 200 timeshare owners suing Marriott Vacations for allegedly causing the value of their properties to plummet have asked a Colorado federal court to sanction the company, saying the hospitality giant skewed discovery for more than a year by concealing key evidence.

Expert Analysis

  • Price Tag, You’re Not It: 4 New Pricing Claims

    Stephanie Sheridan

    As more pricing litigation is filed, we are seeing deviation from traditional claims related to discounts from a notional "original price." While reference price litigation has certainly not gone away, several new types of pricing claims have emerged, making it clear that pricing is a hot issue for the plaintiffs bar, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Nev. Gambling Regulators Mull Workplace Harassment Regs

    Kristen Gallagher

    While the Nevada Gaming Control Board's notice declaring its inherent interest in licensees’ sexual harassment policies and procedures makes it clear that the information is currently intended to be a guide, the board’s direction and intent to issue regulations and further standards is clear, say Kristen Gallagher and Laura Jacobsen of McDonald Carano LLP.

  • Texas High Court Ruling On Patent Agents May Be Influential

    Perry Napolitano

    The Supreme Court of Texas last month became the first state high court to extend the attorney-client privilege to nonattorney patent agents. The Silver ruling could trigger similar decisions in other states, as two dozen other jurisdictions have the same attorney-client privilege rule upon which the decision was based, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Are Orders Denying Class Cert. Appealable In PAGA Cases?

    Felix Shafir

    For decades, plaintiffs who brought class actions in California could immediately appeal orders denying class certification under the “death knell” doctrine. But the growing number of representative claims under the Private Attorneys General Act have led to a recent reassessment of this decades-old rule in cases where plaintiffs allege both class and PAGA representative claims, say Felix Shafir and John Querio of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How To Negotiate Wireless Infrastructure Agreements

    Walt Sapronov

    When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.