Hospitality

  • February 7, 2018

    Models Say Fla. Strip Club Ripped Off Their Likenesses

    Three models, including two former Playboy Playmates, are seeking several million dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed in Florida state court against Tampa strip club Deja Vu for its alleged use of pirated images of them to promote its business.

  • February 7, 2018

    Shareholders Sue To Stop Steak ’N Shake Owner’s Reorg

    A group of shareholders in Biglari Holdings Inc., owner of the Steak ’n Shake restaurant chain, has sued the company and board members to stop a reorganization effort, arguing it will unjustly enrich chief executive Sardar Biglari, who within three years has already reaped $80 million to become the highest paid CEO in the restaurant industry.

  • February 7, 2018

    4 Premises Liability Cases To Know

    Premises liability cases often involve standard “slip and fall” incidents, but some notable cases stand out for their potential effects on hospitality and other industries, such as the wave of cases that have arisen after the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Here, Law360 runs down some premises liability cases to know about.

  • February 7, 2018

    Texas Tribe Looks To Halt E-Bingo Order Pending Appeal

    The Alabama-Coushatta tribe on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to hold off on enforcing an order likely barring the tribe from operating electronic bingo games while it appeals, saying it would otherwise have to close its electronic bingo center and force hundreds out of work.

  • February 7, 2018

    5th Circ. Lets Alone Reversal Of Cities’ $84M Hotel Tax Win

    The Fifth Circuit declined Tuesday to rehear its decision to overturn an $84 million award for a class of cities seeking unpaid taxes on the full amount paid for hotel rooms in a dispute with online travel companies over Texas’ hotel occupancy tax ordinances.

  • February 7, 2018

    Luxury NY Hotel Giving Staff Tips To Managers, Suit Says

    A group of bartenders says the Manhattan luxury hotel The Pierre is failing to properly distribute a service charge it includes in the cost of catered events and is instead passing the gratuities on to managers who are not eligible to receive them, according to a suit filed in New York state court.

  • February 7, 2018

    World's Priciest Burger Joint To Pay Servers Nearly $1M

    A Manhattan restaurant known for its extravagant menu items reached a $975,000 settlement with current and former servers who brought a collective action over tip credits applied to their pay and other alleged wage violations, according to a New York federal court filing Tuesday.

  • February 6, 2018

    DOI Says Absence Of Compact Sinks Tribe's Gambling Claims

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a D.C. federal judge Monday to toss claims the department failed to act in time on proposed amendments to the Mashantucket Pequot's gambling deal with Connecticut for a new casino, saying the tribe isn't offering gambling under a tribal-state gaming compact that would allow it to bring such claims.

  • February 6, 2018

    DOL Sues Kansas Restaurants Over FLSA Violations

    The U.S. Department of Labor filed suit in Kansas federal court Tuesday alleging that a pair of Hibachi Boy Japanese Grill and More restaurants committed a number of wage-and-hour violations that flouted the Fair Labor Standards Act, including failing to provide proper overtime pay.

  • February 6, 2018

    Conn. Lawmakers Float Plan To Open Bidding For New Casino

    A group of Connecticut lawmakers said in a statement Tuesday that they will introduce a bill to invite bids to build the state’s next casino, a plan that would undo the state legislature’s approval of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’ planned $300 million casino project and require the tribes to battle a rival proposal from MGM Resorts International.

  • February 6, 2018

    NY Wheel Parties To Mediate Ch. 11 Issues, Contract Suits

    Bankrupt design and build firm Mammoet-Starneth LLC will head to mediation with the owner of a large observation wheel planned for Staten Island, New York, after a Delaware judge ordered them late Monday to resolve conflicts over the wheel's components and the disputed construction contract at issue in a New York federal lawsuit.

  • February 6, 2018

    State Law Blocks Texas Tribe's E-Bingo Plans, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas are not protected from the state’s gambling restrictions, expressing regret at the “unjust” situation but saying that permission by the National Indian Gaming Commission was not enough to authorize the tribe’s electronic bingo games.

  • February 6, 2018

    10th Circ. Reverses Okla. Tribe's $27M Alcohol Tax Win

    A three-judge Tenth Circuit panel on Tuesday reversed and vacated an arbitration decision that had exempted Oklahoma tribe Citizen Potawatomi Nation from $27 million in alcohol sales taxes, saying a tribal-state gaming compact was unenforceable.

  • February 6, 2018

    Apple Hospitality REIT Drops $63M On Pair Of Hotels

    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. has picked up two Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels in Atlanta and Memphis for a combined $63 million, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the Richmond, Virginia-based real estate investment trust.

  • February 6, 2018

    House Passes Bill Changing Menu Calorie Count Rules

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to loosen nutritional reporting rules for restaurants and other establishments, as backers said the measure would help small businesses avoid repercussions for small mistakes in calorie counting.

  • February 5, 2018

    Motel Operator Hits Another Co. With Junk Fax Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge has refused to toss Gorss Motels Inc.'s proposed class action against AVM Enterprises Inc. alleging AVM violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending junk faxes to the motel operator, ruling the question of whether the faxes were unsolicited couldn't be resolved at this stage.

  • February 5, 2018

    Outcry Over Tip Reg Rollback Grows As Comments Close

    Opposition to the U.S. Department of Labor's push to rescind Obama-era tip pooling regulations gained momentum ahead of Monday night's deadline for public comment on the agency's proposal, spurred on by a report that the DOL covered up data showing the changes could have a hefty cost for workers.

  • February 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Bank Of The Ozarks, Feil, Lennar

    Bank of the Ozarks is said to have loaned nearly $90 million for a Florida hotel, retail and restaurant construction project; Feil Organization is said to have picked up three Chicago retail properties for $30 million; and Lennar has reportedly bought 273 acres in Florida for $17.5 million.

  • February 5, 2018

    Gym Works To Connect Union Vote, Gun Episode At DC Circ.

    Gym chain Equinox faced an “upstream” swim, according to one judge at the D.C. Circuit on Monday as the company contested a National Labor Relations Board decision upholding a vote to unionize at three San Francisco locations, with the panel repeatedly challenging the vote's purported connection with an incident involving a realistic-looking pellet gun.

  • February 5, 2018

    Host International Looks To Escape Or Move Wage Suit

    Food and beverage company Host International Inc. has told a California federal judge it will ask the court to either dismiss or move a proposed wage and overtime class action, saying the issues raised in the case are already being litigated in another district court in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Weighing Wedding Cake Questions At The High Court

    Joel Kurtzberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While there are many ways the court could slice this case, it seems likely the vote will be 5-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy casting the deciding vote, says Joel Kurtzberg of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • FDA Menu Labeling Guidance: Latest Step On A Long Road

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    Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.