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Hospitality

  • July 18, 2018

    Miami Voters Will Have Say On Beckham's $1B Stadium Plan

    Miami voters will have a say this November on whether the city should negotiate a no-bid proposal with David Beckham's Major League Soccer ownership group to redevelop a city-owned golf course into a $1 billion soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park.

  • July 18, 2018

    Half-Built Fla. Resort Gets OK For Bankruptcy Auction

    A stalled Fort Lauderdale resort partially built with $30 million from the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program will be auctioned off next month after a Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved bidding procedures for the property, which has attracted a $39.1 million initial bid. 

  • July 18, 2018

    Groupon Bilked Boat Co. By Lying About Refunds, Suit Says

    A Chicago boat rental company has sued Groupon Inc. in Illinois state court, accusing the company of running a multiyear scheme to defraud it out of nearly $360,000 in sales by falsely claiming to have refunded customers for thousands of rental vouchers.

  • July 18, 2018

    Addiction Doesn't Keep Embezzling Union Rep Out Of Prison

    A longtime union organizer cannot avoid prison by blaming painkiller manufacturers and a national opioid epidemic for the five years he spent embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Boston's service industry union, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    IHOP Franchises Settle Sexual Harassment Suit For $875K

    Two Illinois-based IHOP franchises have agreed to pay $875,000 to settle claims of offensive touching and a hostile work environment brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a sexual harassment suit, according to a consent decree filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court.

  • July 18, 2018

    Taco Bell Doesn't Owe Workers Break Pay, 9th Circ. Agrees

    Taco Bell doesn’t have to give break pay to a proposed class of California workers who get discounted food through its policy of subsidizing workers’ meals as long as they stay in the restaurant while on break, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday in a published order affirming judgment for the fast-food chain.

  • July 18, 2018

    MGM Sues More Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Amid online outrage over its suit last week, MGM Resorts International doubled down Tuesday on litigation against victims of October’s Mandalay Bay mass shooting in Las Vegas, filing two more suits in Arizona and California claiming that a 2002 anti-terrorism law protects it from liability for victims' injuries.

  • July 18, 2018

    Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Philadelphia's Soda Tax

    Philadelphia can continue to tax soda and other sweetened beverages, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled Wednesday, affirming a lower court decision that upheld the city’s 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax.

  • July 18, 2018

    Insurer Needn't Defend Bar In Fatal Stabbing Suit

    Nautilus Insurance Co. doesn’t have to cover a Philadelphia bar facing a wrongful death suit over a patron who was stabbed 11 times for stealing alcohol, a Pennsylvania federal court said Tuesday, finding that a “bodily injury exclusion” clearly applies.

  • July 18, 2018

    NY Restaurateur, Chicago Wine Bar Settle Trademark Suit

    Italian restaurant group Passon & Passon Corp. agreed to end its suit accusing a pair of former employees of opening a "copycat" wine bar in Chicago in violation of the New York restaurants' trademarks on design and menu, according to a filing in Illinois federal court Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    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 Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms $8.5M Award Over Seized Kyrgyzstan Hotel

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday backed an $8.5 million arbitration award won by a Turkish hotel investor alleging the Kyrgyz Republic colluded with a company to forcefully take over the investor’s luxury hotel in Kyrgyzstan’s capital.

  • July 17, 2018

    Gaming Cos. Urge Fla. Court To Find 'Pre-Reveal' Slots Legal

    Purveyors of so-called pre-reveal gaming machines argued before a Florida appeals court Tuesday that the devices should not be covered by a state law restricting slot machines, in a case that could carry major implications for gambling in the state.

  • July 17, 2018

    New York Ritz-Carlton Project Scores $315M In Financing

    Flag Luxury Group has scored $315 million in financing from Atalaya Capital Management and CapitalSource for a new Ritz-Carlton hotel project in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Atalaya on Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Landry's Seeks To Trim Claims In $20M Suit Over Data Breach

    Landry's Inc. asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to toss a breach of contract claim by JPMorgan Chase payment processing arm Paymentech in its $20 million lawsuit claiming the hospitality company refused to pay compensation for costs related to a data breach at Landry’s properties in 2014 and 2015.

  • July 17, 2018

    NLRB Judge Rejects Deal In McDonald's Joint-Employer Case

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed settlement that would have ended a closely watched case seeking to hold fast-food giant McDonald's responsible as a joint employer for franchisees' alleged labor law violations, calling the NLRB general counsel's arguments in favor of the deal "inadequate."

  • July 17, 2018

    US Airways, Sabre Tell 2nd Circ. Amex Decision Favors Them

    US Airways Inc. and travel-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp. have both told the Second Circuit that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision upholding American Express' anti-steering policies on credit cards favors their own positions as Sabre looks to duck a $15 million jury verdict awarded over claims of anti-competitive contract terms.

  • July 17, 2018

    Airbnb Told To Comply With EU Consumer Rules On Pricing

    Consumer authorities with the European Union and the European Commission told Airbnb Inc. to fix the transparency of its home-sharing web platform’s terms of service and pricing information or face regulatory consequences.

  • July 17, 2018

    Booking Holdings Invests $500M In Chinese Ride-Hailing Co.

    Connecticut-based online travel company Booking Holdings Inc. and Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing Technology Co. said Tuesday that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the former also investing $500 million in the latter.

  • July 16, 2018

    Card Shuffler Co. Denies Having To Show Prior Art At IP Trial

    “It doesn’t matter” that Scientific Games Corp.’s subsidiary didn’t show the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prior art in patent applications for its Deckmate card shuffler because the prior art was not objected to when it was disclosed in other applications, the company said Monday at the opening of a rival’s antitrust trial against it.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A GDPR Checkup For US-Based Hospitality Businesses

    Dawn Maruna

    While preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. hospitality industry should recognize that EU member states might enact local laws that limit or extend the GDPR and that other foreign data protection regulations may impact business as well, says Dawn Maruna of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.