Hospitality

  • October 18, 2017

    Eatery Claims JPMorgan Failed To Prevent Account Thefts

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA recklessly allowed a restaurant's employee to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized withdrawals from the Manhattan eatery’s checking account, according to a suit alleging more than $1.3 million in damages that landed in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Network Co. Avoids Arbitration In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Tuesday refused to ship to arbitration a network device maker’s suit over a hotel entertainment company’s alleged $11 million in unpaid royalties from a patent licensing deal, finding it wasn’t “absurd” to interpret the companies’ arrangement as bypassing an earlier arbitration clause.

  • October 18, 2017

    Restaurant Asks 11th Circ. To Toss Objection To Card-Fee Deal

    Restaurant chain Champs Sports Bar & Grill Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to toss an objection to its $52 million settlement ending claims that a payment processing company charged restaurants and retailers bogus fees, arguing that the serial objector who filed the appeal hasn’t even shown he’s a class member.

  • October 18, 2017

    Macaroni Grill Owner Hits Ch. 11 With Deal To Reorganize

    The owner of Romano’s Macaroni Grill casual restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Wednesday with a support agreement from its largest creditors in hand that aims to reorganize the company as a going concern and slash some of its roughly $30 million in secured debt.

  • October 18, 2017

    Retail Software Co. Closes $166M Series D Funding Round

    Canadian retail software company Lightspeed POS said Wednesday it had closed a $166 million Series D investment, led by Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, bringing the total amount the company has raised to $292 million.

  • October 18, 2017

    $1B Accor-Mantra Deal Hits Aussie Regulator's Radar

    Australia's competition watchdog said Wednesday it is keeping an eye on French hotel group Accor SA’s AU$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) deal for Mantra Group, less than a week after the proposed tie-up was revealed.

  • October 18, 2017

    Judge Questions Standing In Trump Foreign Payments Suit

    A federal judge in New York on Wednesday cast doubts over whether an ethics watchdog and potential business competitors have standing to sue President Donald Trump over allegations that he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at his hotels and restaurants.

  • October 18, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Cubs' Win In Rooftop Sightlines Fight

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday threw out a bid by Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners for a rehearing of their case accusing the Chicago Cubs of breaching a contract to prevent the obstruction of stadium sightlines, with all of the judges on the original appellate panel denying the petition for rehearing.

  • October 17, 2017

    Pizza Hut Says Credit Card Info Exposed In Online Order Hack

    Pizza Hut has become the latest major fast food chain to reveal a data breach, telling customers over the weekend that hackers accessed payment card information and other personal data belonging to those who placed orders through the restaurant's website or mobile app during a 28-hour period earlier this month. 

  • October 17, 2017

    Time-Share Suit May Stifle Consumers' Rights, Court Told

    A company that helps people exit time-shares urged a Florida federal court Monday to release it from litigation alleging that it interferes with contracts between a developer of time-share resorts and property owners, arguing that allowing the suit to go forward would chill consumers’ rights.

  • October 17, 2017

    Hard Rock Cafe Says 'RockStar Hotels' Infringes Trademark

    The owner of the Hard Rock Cafe is suing a company called RockStar Hotels Inc. for trademark infringement, saying that the reservation service is using a look-alike name and website to trick consumers.

  • October 17, 2017

    Original Soupman Says It's Liquidation Time

    Bankrupt soup purveyor The Original Soupman Inc. asked a Delaware judge to convert its case to a Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday, saying the company has shut down operations and has only a few assets remaining since a September sale.

  • October 17, 2017

    Boston Airport Hotel Files $1M Suit Over Shoddy Furniture

    The operator of a Hilton hotel at Boston’s Logan Airport claims that a furniture provider cost it more than $1 million in damages by supplying it with shoddy products, according to a suit filed Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • October 17, 2017

    DOL Sues Mass. Restaurant Over Workers’ Pay

    A Massachusetts restaurant knowingly failed to pay three workers minimum wage and neglected to pay 14 workers proper overtime compensation, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta claimed in a suit filed Monday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • October 17, 2017

    Las Vegas Sands Urges 9th Circ. To Ax Shareholder Appeal

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. and two executives have urged the Ninth Circuit not to revive a class action accusing the casino operator of misleading investors about its development pipeline, arguing in a pair of briefs that shareholders were repeatedly warned that the company’s ambitious expansion strategy came with risks.

  • October 17, 2017

    Big Leagues Go To Bat For Federal Sports Betting Ban

    The NCAA joined the NFL and other major professional sports leagues to hit back Monday at claims that a federal prohibition on state-authorized sports betting is unconstitutional, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the law does not force states to enact or administer federal policy.

  • October 16, 2017

    Travel Agents Appeal To 9th Circ. In Airline Price-Fix Suit

    Travel agents suing American Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines Inc. and a global airfare publisher have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit alleging the airlines conspired to fix prices on multicity flights, arguing that new evidence substantiated their conspiracy claims but were ignored by the lower court.

  • October 16, 2017

    Justices Urged To Strike Down Law Barring Tribal Casino Suit

    A Michigan man has pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a D.C. Circuit decision backing a law that killed off his legal challenge to a tribal casino project, saying that Congress can't pass a law that violates the separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary.

  • October 16, 2017

    9th Circ. Says Housing Loan Is Business Debt In Man's Ch. 7

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday found a $500,000 mortgage provided by an employer to induce a man to relocate to a new job is not consumer debt for Chapter 7 purposes.

  • October 16, 2017

    Country Club Dodges Residents' Suit Alleging $17M Losses

    A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed litigation accusing a Boca Raton country club and its leadership of mismanagement that caused more than $17 million in losses and decimated property values, holding that the property owner leading the proposed class action failed to show that the court had jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and even demand that their external lawyers provide advice that is tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • The Rise Of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims

    Barbara Hoey

    Many employers are seeing an increase in requests for religious accommodations. Several recent court decisions and statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provide insight into the rise in claims related to these requests, and the importance of employers understanding their obligations to accommodate, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • 2 Recent FCC Actions Target Business Communications

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is currently assessing whether to adopt new federal 911 rules for enterprise communication systems. It is also considering auctioning off desirable toll-free 800 numbers, which could make it more expensive for companies to obtain such numbers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Hurricane Readiness And Response: The Hospitality Industry

    Karl Heisler

    There are lessons to be learned in how this year's hurricane readiness and response plans stood up to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many in the hospitality industry are working to incorporate these lessons and revise their readiness plans before the next storm hits, says Karl Heisler of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • How Hotel Owners Can Respond To Evolving Technology

    Samantha Ahuja

    As the role of guest-facing technology proliferates and brands update their standards, hotels and hotel managers must negotiate their management and franchise agreements in order to protect themselves, say attorneys with Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • The End May Be Nigh For FACTA Claims

    John Papianou

    Until last month, the Eleventh Circuit appeared to be the last place for class action plaintiffs to pursue run-of-the-mill statutory damage claims for failure to truncate credit card numbers under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. However, the dismissal of Gesten v. Burger King indicates a shift away from the generous reading of Spokeo that Eleventh Circuit plaintiffs have enjoyed, say John Papianou and Erin Novak of M... (continued)