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Hospitality

  • November 21, 2018

    Chipotle Investors Denied 4th Shot At E. Coli Suit

    A New York federal judge has told a group of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shareholders that they can't have another go at the restaurant chain, saying the supposed new information they proffered doesn't save their claims.

  • November 20, 2018

    Carnival Passenger Seeks Sanctions In Stroke-Treatment Row

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday referred to a magistrate judge a motion for sanctions from a Carnival Corp. cruise passenger who says she wasn't properly treated after she suffered a stroke aboard the ship and that the company failed to produce a key document by a court-sanctioned deadline. 

  • November 20, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Seeks To End $1B RICO Suit Over Mass. Casino

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. urged a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss corruption claims brought by an East Boston racetrack that said it lost out on $1 billion when Wynn beat it to a casino license, arguing the suit was filed too late and that the company is protected by the state’s anti-SLAPP law.

  • November 20, 2018

    Spirit Passengers' Bag-Fee Fraud Suit Preempted

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging Spirit Airlines Inc. defrauded consumers by concealing its carry-on bag fees on tickets sold through other online travel agents, saying federal law preempts their contract and fraud claims.

  • November 20, 2018

    Chipotle Gets New Trial In $3M Sexual Assault Case

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has won a new trial in a case that had resulted in a $3 million jury verdict against it stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a minor employee by her supervisor, with a Texas appellate court on Tuesday holding the jury should have been allowed to hear about the conduct of the employee.

  • November 20, 2018

    Opera House Insurer Says HVAC Co. Owes For Burst Pipe

    The insurer for a Delaware opera house launched a federal lawsuit Monday against a company tasked with installing and monitoring the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, alleging the business is directly responsible for a system failure that led to widespread water damage at the facility.

  • November 20, 2018

    Latham Leads PE-Backed Canadian Casino Operator's IPO

    Private-equity backed Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited on Tuesday filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering that will enable existing shareholders to trim their stakes in the western Canadian casino operator, which is represented by Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ill. Justices Doubt Six Flags' View In Biometric Data Case

    The Illinois Supreme Court pushed back Tuesday on Six Flags Entertainment Corp.'s stance that actual harm is required to sue under the state’s biometric privacy law as several justices explored the extent to which the statute protects against the collection of such personal data without consent.

  • November 20, 2018

    Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs

    Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can’t plausibly argue the two agreed Five Guys could share Soos’ restaurant design plans with a competing architecture firm.

  • November 19, 2018

    Man Pinned By Mandalay Bay Sign Wins $524K At Trial

    A Las Vegas jury on Monday found Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino responsible for a 400-pound sign that fell over and injured a hotel guest, but its $524,068 damages award stopped well short of the $35.1 million the man's attorney had requested.

  • November 19, 2018

    Motel Urges Court To Keep Sprint Junk Fax Suit Alive

    A motel business hit back at an attempt by Sprint Solutions Inc. to put an end to its proposed class action, arguing in Connecticut federal court on Friday that the telecommunications company failed to prove that it had permission to repeatedly fax unsolicited ads to the lodging without an opt-out notice.

  • November 19, 2018

    Calif. Law Firm's RICO Claims Axed In Suit Over Tribal Client

    A California federal judge has trimmed several claims from a Williams & Cochrane LLP lawsuit saying a rival law firm conspired with a W&C tribal client to strip it of its business during gambling compact talks, ruling that W&C hasn't fully met the requirements for filing a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.

  • November 19, 2018

    NJ Racetrack Denied $3.4M Bond After Sports Betting Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge has denied a racetrack's attempt to force four professional sports leagues and the NCAA to pay $3.4 million plus interest for launching litigation that stopped the track from taking sports bets until a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, saying the track wasn’t wrongfully blocked.

  • November 19, 2018

    Swiss Co. Gets Costs For Arbitration Bid In Coal Dispute

    An Australian court has ordered a Japanese tourism and trading company to cover the costs a Swiss trading and shipping corporation incurred in its successful pursuit of arbitration in a coal supply dispute, saying their contract clearly contained an arbitration provision.

  • November 19, 2018

    Air Charter Founder Launches New Retrial Bid In Fraud Case

    The co-founder of a defunct public air charter operator launched her second bid for a new trial in the government's case alleging she and others stole millions of dollars that passengers prepaid for flights, citing "exculpatory documents" that have materialized since she was convicted by a jury.

  • November 19, 2018

    CIT Arranges $91M Loan For JV's Denver Hotel Buy

    Financial holding company CIT Group Inc. said on Monday that its real estate finance business acted as the sole arranger for a $91 million senior secured loan to help finance the acquisition of a hotel in Denver by a joint venture between a private equity firm and real estate investment trust.

  • November 19, 2018

    XO Investor Cries Foul Over $933M WeddingWire Deal Info

    A shareholder for XO Group Inc. launched a proposed class action against the multimedia content publisher and its board of directors in Delaware federal court Friday, claiming a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its $933 million acquisition by private equity-backed WeddingWire Inc. left out important financial analyses and projections.

  • November 16, 2018

    Mandalay Bay Should Pay $35M To Man Hit By Sign, Jury Told

    An attorney for a man allegedly injured when a nearly 400-pound sign fell on him outside the Mandalay Bay hotel told a Las Vegas jury Friday to "send them a message" and award roughly $35.1 million — arguments the resort's counsel objected to as highly prejudicial.

  • November 16, 2018

    Papa John's, Schnatter Duel Over Chancery Records Demand

    Attorneys for Papa John's International Inc. and former CEO John Schnatter dueled using another fast-food chain’s symbol Friday during post-trial battling in Delaware Chancery Court over Schnatter’s expansive demands for board records after his ouster as both CEO and the pizza company’s public face.

  • November 16, 2018

    Singapore Hospitality Trust Breaks Into Italy With $46M Hotel

    Singapore-based CDL Hospitality Trusts said Friday it has acquired a 95 percent stake in an Italian hotel for €40.6 million ($46.3 million), marking the company's first foray into the country's hospitality market.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Limitations Of NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    A New York law that took effect this summer prohibits predispute agreements to arbitrate sexual harassment claims. Although well-intentioned, this provision is unlikely to significantly alter the status quo, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Jacob Singer of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • To Stay Or Not To Stay: Considering The '5-Year Rule'

    Karin Bohmholdt

    In Martinez v. Landry Restaurants, a California state appeals court recently held that the time period during which a federal appeal from an order remanding a case to state court is pending should be included when calculating the “five-year rule” for bringing a case to trial. This shows that all counsel should consider whether to seek a stay of proceedings where the case crosses jurisdictional boundaries, says Karin Bohmholdt of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Why The 3rd Circ. Allowed Removal In Encompass

    Brittany Wakim

    The Third Circuit recently ruled in Encompass v. Stone Mansions that a defendant can remove a case to federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction before the plaintiff formally serves the forum state defendant. This may be the first appellate decision on this issue, says Brittany Wakim of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.