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Hospitality

  • August 28, 2018

    Ponca Tribe Casino Gets Proposed Oct. Opening Date

    The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has announced that by late October it expects to open a casino on a tract of land in Iowa, even though a lawsuit challenging the federal government's decision to allow the tribe to operate the casino is still ongoing.

  • August 27, 2018

    2 Cape Cod Resorts Illegally Dumping Sewage, Enviros Say

    New England environmental advocates filed two Clean Water Act lawsuits against two resorts on Friday in Massachusetts federal court, accusing them of illegally operating sewage disposal systems that empty dangerous pollutants into Cape Cod’s waterways.

  • August 27, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fortis, WeWork, BofA

    Fortis Property Group is reportedly listing a Long Island condo tower for $113 million, WeWork is said to be leasing nearly 7,000 square feet in New York, and Bank of America has reportedly loaned $20 million for refinance and renovations at a Florida hotel.

  • August 27, 2018

    Carnival Got Kickbacks For Selling Travel Policies, Suit Says

    A group of Carnival Corp. passengers launched a proposed class action in Florida federal court alleging the cruise operator aggressively marketed travel insurance policies in exchange for kickbacks from insurers, resulting in higher policy premiums for customers.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 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.