Hospitality

  • April 23, 2018

    French Gov't Illegally 'Seized' France.com, US Owner Says

    A company that owned the web address France.com has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit in U.S. court that claims the French government illegally seized the domain name.

  • April 23, 2018

    Holiday Inn Workers Hit Co. With Biometrics Suit

    Employees at a Holiday Inn in downtown Chicago became the latest to sue their employer claiming that timekeeping systems that use workers' fingerprints to track hours violate Illinois law, filing a class action Friday in state court against hotel owner InterContinental Hotels Group Operating Corp.

  • April 23, 2018

    Settlement Talks Fold In Card-Shuffling Antitrust Case

    Settlement talks fell though Monday in an antitrust suit alleging a Las Vegas gambling equipment company illegally monopolized the market for electronic card-shuffling machines. 

  • April 23, 2018

    Okla. Tribe Says Casino Row Must Be Heard In Its Court

    The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s attorney general urged an Oklahoma federal court Friday to nix a lawsuit seeking to stop him from suing a woman in tribal court over a gambling casino dispute.

  • April 23, 2018

    Texas Restaurant Scale Rules Likely Invalid, State AG Says

    A court would likely invalidate the Texas Department of Agriculture's rules that exempt restaurants from food-scale inspections only if they sell to customers who eat on the premises instead of taking food to go, the Texas attorney general’s office said Monday in an advisory opinion.

  • April 23, 2018

    8th Circ. Affirms Excise Tax On Equipment Co.'s Pension Plan

    A restaurant equipment licensing company in Arkansas must pay excise taxes related to an employee benefit plan, the Eighth Circuit affirmed on Monday, rejecting the company's arguments that it never exceeded the contribution limitation established in the relevant tax statute.

  • April 23, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon, Chetrit, MMG Equity

    Beacon Capital has reportedly bought a San Jose, California, office tower for $101.5 million, Chetrit Group is said to have landed an $82.5 million loan backed in part by a Brooklyn hotel and MMG Equity has reportedly picked up a Florida shopping center for $6.2 million.

  • April 23, 2018

    Miami Slams Marlins' 'Sour Grapes' Push For Arbitration

    Miami asked a Florida federal court Friday to deny a "sour grapes" bid by the Marlins to dissolve a state court finding that international arbitration can’t be used in a dispute over the government’s piece of the baseball team’s $1.2 billion sale, saying the federal court shouldn't get involved and calling the team "state court losers."

  • April 23, 2018

    Romo's Co. Can't Revive Suit Against NFL Over Fan Confab

    A Texas appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging the National Football League interfered with a football fan convention organized by a promotion company with ties to former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, ruling Friday the league was justified in enforcing its gambling policy.

  • April 20, 2018

    4 Tips To Help Employers Fight Unconscious Bias

    Starbucks’ plan to hold training addressing implicit bias after the arrests of two black men at one of its Philadelphia stores stoked widespread outrage underscores how unconscious prejudice on the part of employees can have disastrous consequences. Here, experts share four tips for scrubbing implicit bias from the workplace.

  • April 20, 2018

    Kelley Drye, Seyfarth Shaw Steer $92M NYC Hotel Loan

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP represented Aareal Capital Corp. in connection with its $92 million loan to a Seyfarth Shaw LLP-counseled venture that includes Stonebridge Cos. for a Manhattan hotel, according to records made public Friday in New York.

  • April 20, 2018

    Disney Workers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Valeant ERISA Suit

    Former Walt Disney Co. employees have urged the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit alleging their pension plan trustees breached a fiduciary duty by not monitoring a mutual fund’s investments in now-embattled Valeant, arguing the lower court incorrectly treated their allegations as stock-drop claims.

  • April 20, 2018

    NY Wheel Dismissal Ruling Put Off For Renewed Mediation

    A Delaware judge on Friday put off until next week ruling on the dismissal of the Chapter 11 case of the bankrupt design and build team for the proposed New York observation wheel, after attorneys for the team said they had restarted negotiations with the project’s developer.

  • April 20, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Freshfields, Thompson, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Procter and Gamble bought Merck KGaA’s consumer health business for $4.2 billion, Icahn’s Tropicana sold its real estate assets to Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. and merged its gaming and hotel operation with Eldorado Resorts Inc. in a $1.85 million deal, and Shire sold its oncology business to Servier SAS for $2.4 billion.

  • April 20, 2018

    2nd Circ. Revives 'Sloppy Tuna' Trademark Dispute

    The Second Circuit vacated a lower court decision Friday nixing a trademark infringement suit brought by an affiliate of The Sloppy Tuna restaurant in Montauk, New York, against the eatery’s owner, saying it can’t be tossed because an earlier suit originally filed in Georgia was moved to the Empire State.

  • April 20, 2018

    Famed Japanese Chef Says Insurance Broker Failed Him

    Tetsu, the latest restaurant created by renowned Japanese chef Masayoshi “Masa” Takayama, has sued its trusted insurance broker in New York state court, claiming the firm failed to adequately cover the eatery for lead-related claims.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Hotel, Golf Club Hit With ADA Suit Over Website

    The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Florida was hit Thursday with a lawsuit alleging it is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website fails to comply with requirements under the law.

  • April 19, 2018

    'Inherent Risks' Caused Skier's Injury, Not Resort Negligence

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging a ski resort’s negligence caused a skier to break his leg after he fell over trenches created by a resort vehicle, finding the ruts it made in the terrain were simply an “inherent risk” of downhill skiing.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Motel Can’t Reduce Bond During Appeal Of $12M Verdict

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday rejected a Hialeah motel’s appeal of an order denying its request to post a reduced bond while it fights a $12 million verdict against it for negligent security, ruling that because the motel had an applicable insurance policy, the bond could not be reduced.

  • April 19, 2018

    Margaritaville Developer Dodges Some Investor Claims

    A Louisiana federal court partly granted a restaurant developer's bid to toss a real estate investment firm's $3.4 million suit accusing it of lying about the potential profitability of two new Margaritaville restaurants in New Orleans and Minneapolis, letting the developer off the hook on two claims but keeping the other eight.

Expert Analysis

  • How Not To Enforce An Arbitration Agreement

    Phillip Kilgore

    The Fourth Circuit's recent opinion in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon and Restaurant serves as a lesson to employers and counsel alike on what not to do when setting up an arbitration program or when attempting to enforce an arbitration agreement, says Phillip Kilgore of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • The Bankruptcy Eligibility Of Quasi-Government Entities

    James Heiser

    In cases where a not-for-profit corporation is closely related to or controlled by a governmental unit, a creditor may challenge the corporation’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy. An Illinois bankruptcy judge's decision in Lombard Public Facilities is a reminder that eligibility is a fact-specific inquiry, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • PAGA Cases Offer Rare Victories For Calif. Employers

    Benjamin Ebbink

    If you’re a California employer, perhaps no single law strikes fear into your heart quite as much as the Private Attorneys General Act. However, a pair of recent appellate court decisions granted significant procedural “wins” to employers in PAGA cases, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Per Plan Or Per Debtor? New Ruling Has Precedential Value

    Luke Barefoot

    While lower courts remain split on the question, the Ninth Circuit in Transwest Resort Properties recently provided the first circuit-level ruling on whether the impaired accepting class requirement applies to bankruptcy plan confirmation on a per-plan or a per-debtor basis. The opinion will have persuasive weight for lower courts that have not previously weighed in, say Luke Barefoot and Dan Soltman of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Approaching Restaurant Leases As A Tenant: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Michael Kent

    When negotiating a restaurant lease, counsel for a prospective tenant must pay close attention to the process as well as to local laws and regulations, which can sometimes vary greatly with major substantive consequences, says Michael Kent of Kent Beatty & Gordon LLP in the final part of this article.