Hospitality

  • March 28, 2017

    Bill Barring Restrictions On Airbnb Advances In Fla. House

    A Florida House subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that bars cities and counties from passing new ordinances restricting short-term rentals, setting up a showdown between Tallahassee and Miami, where local governments have launched an attack on Airbnb and similar short-term rental platforms.

  • March 28, 2017

    St. Paul Says No Duty To Cover $2.4M Loss After Data Breach

    St. Paul Fire & Marine asked a Florida district court Monday to rule it does not have to cover a hotel chain’s information technology subsidiary for $2.4 million in costs and fines stemming from a data breach in its hotel credit card payment system.

  • March 28, 2017

    Norwegian Cruise Line Wins Toss Of Injured Worker's Award

    A U.S. Virgin Islands federal judge vacated an arbitration award granted to an injured Norwegian Cruise Line employee over testimony allegedly disregarded by the arbitrator, and ordered the parties back to arbitration in a Monday ruling.

  • March 28, 2017

    Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push For Video Gambling Expansion

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Monday announced plans for a major push to expand gambling in the state, including video gambling at retail establishments, bars and restaurants.

  • March 28, 2017

    'Heart Attack Grill' Sues Over 'Heart Attack Shack'

    Notorious Las Vegas eatery Heart Attack Grill on Tuesday filed a trademark lawsuit against the operators of a Tennessee restaurant called “Heart Attack Shack,” accusing it of trying to dupe consumers with a similar name and concept.

  • March 28, 2017

    Starbucks Customer Wants Another Shot At Iced Drink Suit

    A customer alleging that Starbucks tricks buyers of its iced drinks by underfilling the cup with actual liquid urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to revive his proposed class action, saying the question of whether the chain engaged in false advertising is best left for a jury.

  • March 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Tosses Steve Wynn’s FCPA Defamation Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a California federal judge’s dismissal of casino mogul Steve Wynn’s claim that short-seller James Chanos defamed him with public accusations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, saying Wynn hadn’t shown evidence of slander.

  • March 28, 2017

    Darden To Pick Up Casual Restaurant Chain In $780M Deal

    Orlando, Florida-based Darden Restaurants Inc. said it will buy a casual restaurant chain specializing in made-from-scratch fare in a $780 million cash deal announced Monday, adding 165 locations to its nationwide offerings just three years after letting go of its well-known Red Lobster unit.

  • March 28, 2017

    DLA Steers Union Investment's $90M Seattle Hilton Hotel Buy

    DLA Piper represented Union Investment in connection with its purchase of a Hilton Garden hotel in downtown Seattle for roughly $90 million, a matter the German fund manager announced on Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Seminoles Want To Join Suit Over Slot Machine-Style Games

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked Friday to intervene in a lawsuit over “pre-reveal” slot machine-style games after a Florida judge ruled these games with predetermined outcomes are not slot machines under state law, a decision the tribe says could run afoul of its $3 billion gambling compact with the state.

  • March 27, 2017

    Fla. Gov. Orders Legal Contracts Review, With Nod To Speaker

    Florida's governor opened a new front Monday in his feud over the state House speaker's efforts to eliminate several state economic incentive programs, ordering agencies to report on legal services contracts following news that one of those programs had employed the firm where the speaker works.

  • March 27, 2017

    Darden Beats TM Suit Over LongHorn 'Can't Fake Steak' Line

    Casual dining giant Darden Restaurants Inc. on Monday beat a trademark lawsuit that claimed a “You Can’t Fake Steak” slogan used at its LongHorn Steakhouse infringed a “You Can’t Fake Fresh” tagline used by a Florida seafood chain.

  • March 27, 2017

    Judge Urged To Nix Antitrust Suit Over Card Shuffling Patents

    Scientific Games Corp. and Bally Technologies Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday to dismiss a card shuffling company's antitrust claims that the pair tried to defraud the patent office, saying another court already found their patent claims had a sufficient legal basis.

  • March 27, 2017

    Rothschild PE Firm, AccorHotels To Buy Potel & Chabot

    Private equity firm Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and AccorHotels have signed a deal to acquire the entire share capital of French hospitality firm Potel & Chabot Group, a two-century-old company with sales of about €100 million ($105 million), AccorHotels said Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    DOI Urges Judge To Nix Calif. Tribe's Suit Over Casino Project

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a California federal judge Friday to toss the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ challenge to a departmental decision to issue procedures to allow a neighboring tribe's casino project, saying the government didn't need backup from the state's governor.

  • March 27, 2017

    Wal-Mart Escapes $70M Suit With Judge’s Restaurant Ruling

    A New York federal judge has thrown out a putative class action against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over a potentially $70 million claim involving uniform upkeep, ruling that the ex-employee who brought the suit didn’t work in the store’s deli department, which doesn’t qualify as a restaurant anyway.

  • March 27, 2017

    ‘Manure Nutrients’ Don’t Absolve Alleged Polluter, Court Says

    A California federal judge on Friday shot down Hollandia Dairy Inc.’s bid for a quick win in a suit brought by a resort owner related to an environmental cleanup dispute with San Diego County, rejecting the dairy company’s attempt to pass off alleged lake pollution as “nutrients” found in cow manure.

  • March 27, 2017

    Racetrack Exec Calls SEC's $8M Judgment Request Excessive

    A former chairman and controlling shareholder of a Texas racetrack who was recently convicted of securities violations has asked a Florida federal court to deny the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request for an approximately $8 million judgment and other penalties as excessive and contrary to law.

  • March 27, 2017

    Longfellow Nabs $78M Loan From Citizens Bank, Capital One

    Citizens Bank NA and Capital One Financial Corp. have loaned $77.5 million to Longfellow Real Estate Partners LLC for a technology-focused office project that will include restaurant and retail components, according to a release Monday from borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • March 27, 2017

    NFL Owners Vote To Let Oakland Raiders Move To Las Vegas

    The Oakland Raiders will move to a new home, likely in Las Vegas, after NFL owners voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of relocation on Monday, making the historic franchise the second NFL team to announce plans for a move this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Joint Employment Relationships: Best Practices And Risks

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Jonathan M. Linas

    In this practice note, attorneys with Jones Day LLP identify certain preliminary considerations when starting an analysis of a potential or alleged joint employer relationship and offer examples of risks a client may face if found to be such a joint employer, and practical guidance for avoiding a joint employer finding.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Why Tribes Should Be Careful With Bankruptcy Practices

    Lynne B. Xerras

    In Casino Caribbean v. Money Centers last month, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ruled that tribal sovereign immunity is not abrogated by Section 106 of the Bankruptcy Code. This decision makes it clear that many bankruptcy courts do not consider Native American tribes to be "governmental units," say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Real Win For Virtual Casino: Lessons For Game Developers

    Christopher Queenin

    The Fourth Circuit's recent ruling in Mia Mason v. Machine Zone provides guidance to video game developers on how to avoid being accused of creating or supporting unlawful gambling or being liable under gambling loss recovery statutes, says Christopher Queenin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • 4th Circ. Joint Employer Test Is Incredibly Broad

    Kurt G. Larkin

    The Fourth Circuit’s recent panel decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, which creates an altogether new and incredibly broad joint employment standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act, makes the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris joint employment standard seem temperate at best, say Kurt Larkin and Ryan Glasgow of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • The Legalization Of Sports Betting: Lessons From Nevada

    Dennis Gutwald

    For now, Nevada operators have a monopoly on legal sports betting while other states are faced with prohibition. With the increasing likelihood that sports betting soon will be legalized in many states, there are five key things to know about Nevada’s success, says Dennis Gutwald of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.