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Hospitality

  • August 1, 2018

    NBA’s Betting Deal With MGM Paves Way For Integrity Sharing

    The NBA's recent deal to make MGM Resorts its official sports betting partner establishes that betting operators can pay for official game data and share information to protect the integrity of the games, laying the foundation for more cooperation between sports leagues and gambling companies that may bolster the league's lobbying efforts in state legislatures.

  • August 1, 2018

    Arena Owner Can't Escape Ozzy Osbourne's Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to toss an antitrust suit by rocker Ozzy Osbourne against the owner of Los Angeles' Staples Center and London’s O2 Arena that alleged an anti-competitive agreement, finding, among other things, that Osbourne is the proper plaintiff because the allegations harm him by constricting his choice of venue.

  • August 1, 2018

    Insurers Get $2.7M Irma Coverage Row Sent To Arbitration

    A Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that the owner of a beach hotel must arbitrate its claims that underwriters at Lloyd's of London wrongly refused to cover more than $2.7 million in damage sustained during Hurricane Irma, finding the arbitration clause in their contract prevails.

  • August 1, 2018

    3 Cybercrime Group Members Arrested For Hacking 100+ Cos.

    Three top members of an international cybercrime group known as FIN7 have been arrested for a malware campaign that attacked more than 100 American companies, primarily in the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, with Chipotle and Arby’s among those that have disclosed breaches connected to the group, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    SF Lawmakers Propose Ban On Tech Worker Cafeterias

    Two San Francisco supervisors have introduced an ordinance that would ban the construction of employee cafeterias in new office developments for technology companies now pouring into the city from Silicon Valley, saying the legislation would help support the local restaurant industry by prohibiting nonretail eateries from opening in the new buildings.

  • August 1, 2018

    Booking.com Cites Big Ruling As It Fights USPTO Fee Rule

    Days after the Federal Circuit rejected the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's expansive new demands for attorneys’ fees, Booking.com cited the ruling Tuesday in a closely watched parallel case at the Fourth Circuit.

  • August 1, 2018

    Chipotle Sued Over Food Poisoning Outbreak in Ohio

    An Ohio man who was badly sickened after eating chicken tacos at a Chipotle Mexican Grill tied to a large food poisoning outbreak sued the fast-casual giant in state court Tuesday, in what his attorneys say is only the first of many lawsuits to come.

  • July 31, 2018

    Aussie Apt. Co. Fined $2.2M For Blocking TripAdvisor Reviews

    Australia’s Federal Court on Tuesday ordered Meriton Property Services Pty. Ltd. to pay penalties of AU$3 million ($2.2 million) for misleading consumers on the TripAdvisor website, saying the Sydney-based apartment developer blocked guest reviews in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

  • July 31, 2018

    Starbucks Scores Small Win In Battle Against Cancer Labels

    A California judge who ruled in May that coffee must carry cancer warnings said Tuesday that before entering an injunction requiring such labels, he would entertain arguments by Starbucks and other coffee companies that a rule being considered by a state environmental health agency would make the warnings unnecessary.

  • July 31, 2018

    NBA Signs Sports Betting Sponsorship Deal With MGM

    The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to make MGM Resorts its official sports betting partner, the two announced Tuesday, in a deal the NBA hopes will establish the commercial value of its intellectual property for sports betting.

  • July 31, 2018

    Morocco Hotel Owner Says Investors Must Pay $60M Award

    The owner of a luxury hotel in Morocco urged a Delaware federal court Monday not to toss its suit seeking to force investment firm Starwood Capital Group and an affiliate to pay a nearly $60 million arbitral award over an allegedly botched hotel management deal, saying the businesses had failed to show they are not liable under Delaware law.

  • July 31, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Blind Man's Dunkin' Donuts ADA Suit

    Dunkin' Donuts can’t escape a blind man’s lawsuit alleging the chain is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining a website that isn’t compatible with screen-reading software, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Katten Adds Commercial Finance Atty From Simpson Thacher

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has added a new partner to its commercial finance ranks, bringing on a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP attorney skilled in guiding complex financial transactions in the technology, real estate and health care spaces, the firm announced recently.

  • July 31, 2018

    Travers Smith Guides PE Firm's $186M Vehicle Rental Biz Buy

    Mid-market private equity firm Bowmark Capital LLP said on Tuesday that it has sold Nexus Vehicle Rental to Phoenix Equity Partners for £142 million ($186.4 million), in a deal that was guided by Travers Smith LLP.

  • July 31, 2018

    USPTO Beats Suit Over Chick-Fil-A 'Eat More Kale' Dispute

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday beat a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed over Chick-fil-A's famous trademark battle against the slogan "Eat More Kale."

  • July 31, 2018

    Chicago Eateries Accused Of Scamming Servers On Earnings

    Chicago restaurant management company Four Corners got smacked with a labor lawsuit by a proposed class of servers claiming the owner of a slew of popular establishments has routinely scammed them out of their earnings via a tip and tax scheme.

  • July 30, 2018

    Southwest, Loews Latest Sued Under Ill. Biometric Law

    Southwest Airlines Co. and Loews Chicago Hotel Inc. have become the latest of several companies to face claims that they violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to two proposed class actions filed in Cook County court alleging that the companies’ employee fingerprinting policy exposes workers to hacks.

  • July 30, 2018

    Mass. Legislators Approve Taxation On Short-Term Rentals

    Massachusetts lawmakers approved legislation Monday that would tax and regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb, sending the measure to the governor's desk. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hymer, Aurora Capital, Treasure Data

    Potential private equity buyers are eyeing Erwin Hymer Group, Aurora Capital Partners is considering selling Restaurant Technologies Inc., and SoftBank-owned semiconductor and software designer ARM Holdings inked a deal to buy Treasure Data Inc.

  • July 30, 2018

    Drowning Victims' Kin File $100M Suit Over Duck Boat Sinking

    Family members of two people who died when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri lake and claimed 17 lives filed a $100 million lawsuit Sunday, saying the amphibious "duck boat" was dangerously designed and that the boat’s operator ignored a severe storm warning. 

Expert Analysis

  • Blockchain Is A Safe Bet For Sports Gambling Decentralization

    John Juricich

    With the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down the federal sports gambling ban, the betting industry is poised for a meteoric rise, and blockchain has the potential to revolutionize sports gambling by cutting the "trusted" third party out of an industry that has been historically opaque and a racket for the house, says John Juricich of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Sports Bet Legalization May Not Get Esports To Next Level

    James Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting decision appears to clear the field for esports betting in the United States, serious legal obstacles remain before we see any immediate expansion of esports betting. The industry will face intense regulatory scrutiny, say James Havel and Eric Schroeder of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Roundup

    Masterpiece Cakeshop: 3 Expert Perspectives

    Masterpiece Cakeshop

    In this recap of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, experts offer insight on various aspects of one of the term's most highly anticipated decisions.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Preparing For New Calif. Hotel Housekeeper Regs

    Larry Eppley

    The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new workplace safety regulations for hotel housekeepers take effect on July 1. Hospitality employers with multiple hotels in the state should note that a one-size-fits-all program may not suffice, as the regulations require an individual evaluation of each work site, say Larry Eppley and Shawn Fabian of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.