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Hospitality

  • August 27, 2018

    SC Dept. Says Committee Has Accommodations Tax Info

    The South Carolina Department of Revenue issued a draft revenue ruling Monday telling taxpayers that the state's Tourism Expenditure Review Committee is now the resource for questions and information regarding the use of funds from the local accommodations tax, withdrawing a previous revenue ruling.

  • August 27, 2018

    Massage Envy Hid Sexual Assault Problems, Fla. Suit Claims

    Massage Envy was sued in Florida state court Monday by 11 women alleging the national massage services company "concealed the rampant problem" of customers being sexually assaulted by employees at its franchise locations by not reporting such incidents to law enforcement.

  • August 27, 2018

    LaSalle Mulls Competing Offer To $4.8B Blackstone Deal

    Maryland-based LaSalle Hotel Properties said Monday that a sweetened buyout offer from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust could top its current $4.8 billion deal, including debt, with Blackstone Group LP, stoking a bidding war over the hotel-focused real estate investment trust.

  • August 27, 2018

    HomeAway Cries Foul Over New NYC Short-Term Rental Law

    HomeAway.com Inc. hit New York City with a suit in federal court challenging a new ordinance requiring the vacation rental website to disclose private business records and hand over home-sharing hosts’ personal data, claiming the law violates the rights of the company and its users under both the U.S. and New York constitutions.

  • August 27, 2018

    Xenia Drops $100M For Denver Ritz-Carlton Hotel

    Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. on Monday said it will pay $100.25 million to take over a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Denver in an effort to further expand the real estate investment trust’s luxury and upscale hotel offerings.

  • August 27, 2018

    15 Minutes With Marriott International's General Counsel

    Rena Hozore Reiss thinks the best outside counsel relationship is one in which the lawyers are committed to Marriott International as a client and spend time, energy and resources to understand the hospitality company and contribute to its success. Here, the general counsel describes her non-legal responsibilities and her favorite vacation destination.

  • August 24, 2018

    Dancers' Wage Suit No Longer Has Legs At 6th Circ. After Epic

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that a group of dancers accusing a Louisville, Kentucky, strip club of misclassifying them as independent contractors can’t fight their way out of arbitration agreements, saying the Supreme Court’s recent Epic decision meant the proposed class action no longer had legs.

  • August 24, 2018

    REIT Can't Intervene In $8M Retirement Fund Arbitration

    A retirement fund won its bid in Illinois federal court Friday to toss a hotel real estate investment trust’s suit seeking to vacate a decision denying it the right to intervene in an arbitration over $8 million owed to the fund by a previous property manager, with the judge ruling the REIT isn’t a party in the dispute.

  • August 24, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen the pension trust for infrastructure group Balfour Beatty lodge a claim against HMRC, an Italian insurer sue shipping giant CSAV and London private club 5 Hertford Street lodge a Part 8 filing against Lloyds Bank.

  • August 24, 2018

    9th Circ. Grounds Price-Fixing Suit Against Legacy Airlines

    The Ninth Circuit shut down an antitrust suit by travel agents who’d accused American Airlines, Delta, United and others of conspiring to fix prices on multi-city flights, finding that the agents hadn’t shown the airlines had done anything more than follow one another’s business decisions.

  • August 24, 2018

    Redskins Shouldn't Move Without Name Change, NAACP Says

    Nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations said Friday they jointly oppose the relocation of the Washington, D.C., Redskins to a new stadium unless the National Football League team agrees to drop "the R-word racial slur" as its name.

  • August 24, 2018

    Calif. High Court Decision Is A Change Of Course For Zoning

    A decision Thursday by the California Supreme Court on voter referendums that concern rezoning could change the way cities approach both rezoning and their general zoning plan, and lawyers say more opponents of development in the state may seek to use referendums to block future projects.

  • August 24, 2018

    Hospitality Cases And Trends To Watch For The Rest Of 2018

    Hospitality lawyers are watching a number of significant cases and trends for the rest of 2018, with minimum wage legislation, resort fee disputes and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation leading the pack in current or potential hotel and restaurant litigation. Here are the cases and trends that hospitality attorneys tell Law360 they will have their eye on before the year is out.

  • August 24, 2018

    San Diego Comic-Con Wins TM Use Ban, $4M Fee Award

    The San Diego Comic Convention scored an injunction barring a rival Utah event from using the term “Comic-Con” and a nearly $4 million attorneys’ fee award in California federal court Thursday, following a jury’s decision late last year that the smaller gathering had infringed its competitor's trademarks.

  • August 24, 2018

    Whistleblower Tip Leads To Spa's Guilty Plea For Tax Fraud

    A spa complex in Queens and its corporate officer were convicted of tax fraud after a whistleblower tipped off the New York state attorney general to state False Claims Act violations and $1.5 million in unpaid taxes, state officials have announced.

  • August 24, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Toys R Us, McSam Hotel, Mill Creek

    Bankrupt Toys R Us is reportedly selling various South Florida buildings to Memorial Healthcare System and a local auto dealer, McSam Hotel Group is said to have sold a leasehold to a Midtown hotel for $22.15 million, and Mill Creek Residential Trust has reportedly dropped $37.25 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • August 24, 2018

    Airbnb Suit Challenges New NYC Rental Data Collection Law

    Airbnb Inc. sued New York City on Friday claiming a new law requiring online rental companies to share data about their clientele violates the U.S. Constitution, but the city said it would work to get the Manhattan federal court complaint tossed to protect its effort to maintain affordable housing and secure neighborhoods.

  • August 24, 2018

    Jamba Juice Squeezed By 2 Del. Suits Over $200M Merger

    Two investors opened federal lawsuits in Delaware Thursday challenging the proposed $200 million merger of Jamba Juice stores parent Jamba Inc. with Focus Brands International, alleging Securities Act violations based on alleged inadequacies in the deal disclosures.

  • August 24, 2018

    Qatar Removes $1B Suit Over NYC Hotel Deal To Fed. Court

    An arm of Qatar's national wealth fund has dragged into federal court a $1 billion lawsuit accusing it of hijacking a deal for a luxury hotel in downtown Manhattan from a U.S.-based real estate developer, records show.

  • August 23, 2018

    Vegas Shooting Victims Bash MGM's 'Reprehensible' MDL Bid

    Victims of last year’s Las Vegas mass shooting have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to reject MGM’s recent bid to consolidate more than a dozen suits filed over the shooting, saying the company’s legal tactics are “reprehensible” and amount to “forum shopping.”

Expert Analysis

  • How Sports Bet Ruling Affects Players' Collective Bargaining

    Vincent Cohen Jr.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, player associations must not only monitor how state legislatures and Congress react to the ruling, but also proactively engage with both federal and state legislatures. Failure to do so will likely leave players in an unfavorable position vis-a-vis their respective leagues, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Tax Decisions Bring Challenges And Opportunities To Tribes

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the wake of U.S. v. Jim in the Eleventh Circuit and South Dakota v. Wayfair in the U.S. Supreme Court, Native American tribes should takes steps to protect their rights under the general welfare exclusion and assert their sovereignty to impose new sales taxes, says Rob Roy Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • How Cakeshop Gives Religious Objectors Legal Ammunition

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has been framed as much ado about nothing. But how the Supreme Court reached its result hands religious objectors a huge win in the form of potent ammunition for future legal fights, says Jesse Ryan Loffler of Cozen O’Connor.