Hospitality

  • January 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sky Betting, Autodis, Renesas

    CVC is reportedly mulling taking Sky Betting & Gaming public, Bain Capital has hired banks to aid it in an IPO of French spare car parts distributor Autodis, and Japanese semiconductor company Renesas Electronics could ink a nearly $20 billion deal for integrated circuit company Maxim Integrated.

  • January 29, 2018

    Trump Fla. Golf Club Fights Tax Appraisal For 5th Year

    A Florida golf club owned by President Donald Trump has challenged its property tax assessment for the fifth year in a row, claiming the property is worth less than the nearly $19.7 million appraisal despite Trump's claims elsewhere that it is worth much more than that.

  • January 29, 2018

    Detroit Residents Sanctioned In Pistons Arena Funding Fight

    Michigan residents opposed to using $56.5 million in taxes to fund a new arena for the NBA's Detroit Pistons must pay sanctions for bringing "frivolous" allegations in a dropped lawsuit but won't be punished for related claims in a suit that's ongoing, a federal judge said Friday.

  • January 29, 2018

    DC Circ. Gives NLRB 2nd Crack At Restaurant's Work Rules

    The D.C. Circuit on Monday remanded most of a restaurant chain's appeal of a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a slew of the chain's workplace rules violated federal labor law, granting the board’s request to reconsider whether several of those rules are still illegal under a new standard the NLRB created last month.

  • January 29, 2018

    DC Circ. Keeps McDonald's Out Of Drunken Fight Death Suit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that the family of a man who died in a drunken brawl that started at a Washington, D.C., McDonald’s could not sue the fast food chain, but did move to revive claims against the bars that served the alleged assailant prior to the fight.

  • January 29, 2018

    Chinese Hotel Co. Sells Two Australian Projects For $255M

    Wanda Hotel Development Co., a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, said Monday it will sell two Australian luxury hotel and residential property projects to AWH Investment Group Pty. Ltd. for AU$315 million ($255 million) in cash.

  • January 29, 2018

    Trade Groups Back McDonald's In Pay Suit At 9th Circ.

    McDonald’s received support on Friday in its bid to keep the Ninth Circuit from reviving a proposed class action accusing eight franchise restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area of violating wage laws, with two trade associations saying that making franchisers liable for a franchisee’s wage-and-hour violations would likely have negative effects.

  • January 29, 2018

    Diamond Resorts Can Pursue Trimmed Suit Over Atty's Ads

    A Florida federal judge on Friday trimmed racketeering and malicious prosecution claims against an Orlando lawyer but allowed Diamond Resorts to proceed with a host of other claims over his firm's advertisements offering a “secret sauce” of legal remedies to release timeshare members from contracts with the company.

  • January 29, 2018

    Billionaire's £2B Buyout Bid For M&C Hotels Lapses

    Singapore billionaire Kwek Leng Beng’s bid to take control of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC has fallen apart, lapsing late last week following a move by minority shareholders to block his acquisition of the global hospitality management and real estate group valued at £2 billion ($2.8 billion).

  • January 29, 2018

    Macaroni Grill Creditors Seek OK For $8M Lien Challenge

    Macaroni Grill's unsecured creditors asked a Delaware judge late Friday to let the committee go around official Chapter 11 debtors and go after assets locked up by disputed liens and prepetition financing agreements, potentially increasing the group’s recoveries by $8 million or more.

  • January 26, 2018

    Chipotle Shouldn't Get $1.4M Fees, Costs In GMO Row: Judge

    A Florida federal judge recommended Friday that Chipotle’s request for more than $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs be denied, saying the restaurant chain wasn’t entitled to fees just because the company prevailed in a proposed class action accusing it of lying about using genetically modified ingredients.

  • January 26, 2018

    Resort Can Sue 'Interfering' Timeshare Exit Co., Judge Says

    A Tennessee federal judge has rejected a timeshare exit company executive's bid to dismiss Diamond Resorts International Inc.'s suit claiming the executive, along with other individuals and businesses including a law firm, conspired to interfere with its timeshare contracts and deceived consumers into paying "exorbitant fees" for legal services they don't deliver.

  • January 26, 2018

    NYC Applebee's Eateries Can’t Escape Forced-Tipping Suit

    A federal judge on Friday denied a bid by three New York City Applebee's operators to dismiss a proposed class action saying they force patrons to tip servers, slapping down their arguments that the tipping structure was adequately disclosed on the menu and that tips were not really mandatory.

  • January 26, 2018

    7 Cos. To Price IPOs Exceeding $3.4B Led By Gaming REIT

    Eight firms are set to guide seven companies projected to raise more than $3.4 billion through initial public offerings during the week of Jan. 29, led by an estimated $1 billion initial public offering from a real estate investment trust formed by Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s emergence from bankruptcy.

  • January 26, 2018

    New York To Hold Hearings On Ending Tip Credit

    New York’s labor commissioner will preside over a series of hearings in the coming months regarding the prospect of ending minimum wage tip credits in the state, a practice Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized as potentially exploitative of workers, the governor announced Thursday.

  • January 25, 2018

    Guam Businesses' Suit Over H-2B Visa Denials Can Proceed

    A federal judge in Guam let stand Wednesday the majority of claims against the U.S. government in a proposed class action brought by businesses in the territory that say their temporary worker visa petitions were being denied at an unfairly high frequency, and also partially granted the employers’ request for an injunction.

  • January 25, 2018

    Resort Co. Says Timeshare Exit Co., Attys Must Face Suit

    A resort company is opposing attempts by a business that helps consumers leave timeshare deals to dismiss the resort company’s conspiracy suit, saying Wednesday in Florida federal court that the business and its lawyers know they’re making false promises because the consumers have signed legally binding purchase agreements.

  • January 25, 2018

    'Heart Attack Grill,' 'Heart Attack Shack' Settle TM Beef

    Notorious Las Vegas eatery Heart Attack Grill has agreed to dismiss its trademark lawsuit against a Tennessee restaurant called Heart Attack Shack, saying in court filings Thursday that the rivals have reached a settlement over claims the latter ripped off the former’s concept of being a haven for the profoundly unhealthy.

  • January 25, 2018

    Live-In Innkeeper Can Pursue Wage Case, 4th Circ. Says

    A Maryland bed-and-breakfast must face claims it underpaid an innkeeper whose compensation package included both cash and on-site accommodation, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday, saying a lower court judge incorrectly concluded that the arrangement complied with federal minimum wage requirements.

  • January 25, 2018

    California Restaurant Operator Beats WARN Layoff Suit

    A California federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. of violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and state law by failing to warn workers ahead of layoffs, finding that the ex-employees failed to demonstrate there were enough terminations to require advance notice.

Expert Analysis

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • A Partial But Significant Tax Victory For Tribal Casinos

    Timothy Evans

    A South Dakota district court's recent decision in Flandreau v. Gerlach prevented the state's imposition of a use tax on purchases by nonmembers of goods and services at the tribe's on-reservation casino and related amenities. This case emphasizes the dual taxation problem that tribes should seek to have addressed through federal legislation once and for all, say Timothy Evans and Kathleen Nilles of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • 9th Circ. Tip-Credit Opinion Is Good News For Employers

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In Marsh v. J. Alexander’s, the Ninth Circuit recently found that it was not required to defer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Field Operation Handbook interpretation of “dual jobs” because the interpretation is inconsistent with the regulation, acknowledging that its decision would create a split among the circuits, says Laura Lawless Robertson of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.