Hospitality

  • June 02, 2020

    DOL Can't Skirt States' Effort To Sink Joint Employer Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor must face claims by a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general that a recently finalized joint employer rule is unlawful, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying the states have standing because the regulation might sap them of tax revenue and hike enforcement-related costs.

  • June 02, 2020

    Top Dog In Fight To Lead Luckin Suit Exits After Fraud Query

    The investor set claiming to have sustained the most losses from alleged misconduct by Luckin Coffee has dropped out of a fiery competition for appointment as lead plaintiff in a stock-drop suit against the Chinese coffee chain.

  • June 02, 2020

    Papa John's Wants Out Of Renewed #MeToo Investor Suit

    Papa John's has again asked a New York federal judge to dismiss a proposed securities fraud class action over a stock drop following #MeToo media reports of the pizza empire's workplace culture fostered by two top executives, saying public comments the company made weren't misleading.

  • June 02, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    While the nation's collective consciousness largely shifted this week from the COVID-19 pandemic to rage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, state leaders grappling with sometimes violent protests still continued to map out life after the coronavirus.

  • June 02, 2020

    Wilson Sonsini-Led Rental Site Vacasa Lands $108M Funding

    Vacation rental platform Vacasa said Tuesday it has raised $108 million in a fundraising round advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and led by its private equity investor Silver Lake to overcome the financial losses that have rocked the hospitality industry amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 02, 2020

    Sports Club Seeks Sanctions In Members' COVID-19 Suit

    Town Sports International, which operates Boston Sports Clubs and other gym chains, has moved to dismiss a proposed class action over its continued collection of membership fees during the COVID-19 epidemic, and said several frivolous filings in the case warranted sanctions.

  • June 02, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: UCSF, Douglas Elliman, Prominence

    University of California, San Francisco reportedly cannot break ground on a $275 million project due to a dispute over removing seven additional trees from the site, Douglas Elliman is said to be closing three offices in South Florida and Prominence Hospitality is reportedly hoping to sell a hotel near O'Hare International Airport.

  • June 02, 2020

    Rail Co. Can't Escape $30M Claim For Firefighting Costs

    A railroad tourism company blamed for igniting a wildfire that burned more than 50,000 acres in Colorado must face the federal government's effort to recover the roughly $30 million it spent extinguishing the blaze, a federal judge has decided.

  • June 02, 2020

    Mo. High Court Nixes Kan. City Chiefs' Taxes On Field Revamp

    The Kansas City Chiefs aren't liable for nearly $1 million in sales and use taxes on items used to renovate their football stadium, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, finding the team wasn't the purchaser of the goods in dispute.

  • June 02, 2020

    Insurer Wants COVID-19 Coverage Case Back In Federal Court

    Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. is looking to send a restaurant's coverage suit back to Pennsylvania federal court, saying there is complete diversity between the parties and the amount the restaurant is seeking for alleged losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic is more than $75,000.

  • June 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Cohen Milstein's Tort Litigation Chair

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, a Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC partner representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, who also serves as an advocate for trial attorneys, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected client intake and lobbying efforts.

  • June 01, 2020

    NLRB Says Work Time Chat About Election Voting Is Illegal

    Employers can block workers from urging colleagues to support a union during work hours, the National Labor Relations Board said in a precedent-shifting ruling that upheld a Wynn Las Vegas worker's writeup for promoting organizing on the clock. 

  • June 01, 2020

    NJ Dunkin' Donuts Stores Escape Bakery's Antitrust Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge tossed a proposed Dunkin' Donuts baking facility's antitrust lawsuit against a group of the brand's franchisees Sunday, ruling that the bakery couldn't back its claims that the stores monopolized the pastry-and-coffee-giant's market in the Garden State's southern region.

  • June 01, 2020

    Vegas Casino Says $1.1B Policy Covers COVID-19 Losses

    A Las Vegas casino and resort has sued its insurer, alleging that it wrongfully denied coverage for its COVID-19 pandemic losses and claiming that it should get up to $1.1 billion in reimbursement because damages from the "communicable disease" are covered under its policy.

  • June 01, 2020

    'Tiger King' Nemesis Wins Control Of Zoo Property

    A federal judge on Monday ordered the zoo at the center of Netflix's smash-hit documentary series "Tiger King" to vacate its Oklahoma property and hand over control to animal rights activist Carole Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue.

  • June 01, 2020

    MGM Resorts Drops Suits Over Liability For Mass Shooting

    MGM Resorts International has dropped three lawsuits that claimed it owes "no liability of any kind" to victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, bringing a series of cases closer to resolution following a mediated settlement agreement.

  • June 01, 2020

    Greenberg Traurig Guides $49M Goldman NYC Hotel Loan

    Goldman Sachs has loaned $48.98 million to a Fortuna Realty Group LLC entity for a new hotel in Midtown Manhattan, and Greenberg Traurig LLP worked on the deal, according to records made public in New York on Monday.

  • June 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Goulston Real Estate Leaders

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, two of Goulston & Storrs' real estate leaders discuss the challenges of reopening in Boston and beyond, and note that trouble could be looming later this year for the multifamily sector.

  • May 29, 2020

    In-N-Out Sues Zurich To Cover COVID-19 Shutdown

    In-N-Out Burgers hit Zurich American Insurance Co. with a breach of contract suit alleging the insurance company wrongly refused to cover the Golden State burger chain's business losses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a suit filed Friday in California federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    D&O Insurer Didn't Deny In Bad Faith, Ill. Appeals Court Says

    An Illinois appellate court held Thursday that Liberty International Underwriters wasn't unreasonable or vexatious when it denied coverage under a directors and officers policy to an entertainment company accused of minority ownership oppression.

  • May 29, 2020

    Latham Facing DQ Bid From Ex-Clients In Ponzi Scheme Suit

    Two title and insurance companies being sued by investors over an alleged Ponzi scheme have asked a California state judge to disqualify Latham & Watkins LLP from representing the investors, saying Latham's defense of the companies in a previous Ponzi case gives the firm a conflict as it goes against the businesses now.

  • May 29, 2020

    Bill Marler On Food Safety & COVID-19

    Prominent food safety plaintiffs attorney Bill Marler of Marler Clark LLP, who has been representing victims of foodborne illnesses since the early 1990s, recently spoke with Law360 about practicing remotely from his home on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound and about food safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 29, 2020

    ERISA Group Takes Seattle Benefits Law Fight To 9th Circ.

    The ERISA Industry Committee is taking its challenge of a Seattle ordinance regarding health care coverage for hotel workers to the Ninth Circuit, after a Washington federal judge ruled the Employee Retirement Income Security Act doesn't trump the state law.

  • May 29, 2020

    Lawmakers Say DOI's Trust Decision 'Infringed' On Congress

    The U.S. Department of the Interior exceeded its lawful powers when it revoked trust land from a Massachusetts tribe in March, a bipartisan group of members of Congress have written in an amicus brief filed in D.C. federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    Hotel Biz Can't Upend $296M Award In Casino Contract Fight

    A Singaporean court rejected the latest efforts by hotel company Bloomberry Resorts Corp. to dodge an arbitration tribunal's ruling that it owes $296 million to a casino management company it wrongly ousted from a deal to manage its $1.2 billion Solaire Resort & Casino in the Philippines.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways A Special IG Can Combat Crisis Relief Fraud

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    As companies and their counsel prepare for enforcement by the newly confirmed special inspector general for pandemic recovery responsible for overseeing CARES Act funds, Christy Goldsmith Romero, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, shares how her office has investigated fraud, waste and abuse of federal relief funds following the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How COVID-19 Applies To Weakened Competitor M&A Defense

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    A New York federal court's February decision allowing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the large number of companies weakened by the pandemic will result in merging parties justifying potentially anti-competitive mergers primarily on the basis of efficiencies and weakened competitor status, say James Langenfeld and Chris Ring at Ankura Consulting.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • What Court Split On Sex Trafficking Means For Hotels, Victims

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    A recent split between Pennsylvania and Georgia federal courts over whether a plaintiff suing a hotel for benefiting from a venture that it should have known engaged in sex trafficking must plausibly allege the hotel violated the federal criminal trafficking law has important implications for both sex trafficking survivors and the hospitality industry, says David Bouchard at Finch McCranie.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Adapting To Worker-Friendly City Laws Prompted By Virus

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    COVID-19 has led to municipal legislation focused on scheduling, paid sick leave, anti-retaliation and protections for laid-off workers that businesses must monitor and adapt to as they call back employees and resume customer services, say Julie Trester and Jeremy Glenn at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Reopening Sports Venues To Fans Poses Legal Hurdles

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    As the economy reopens, sports leagues planning to bring back games with fans in attendance will need to weigh not only important health and safety issues but also the accompanying business and legal risks, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Tech Will Play Key Role In Real Estate's Road To Recovery

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    With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Steps Borrowers In Commercial Real Estate Must Take Now

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    Many lenders accommodated commercial real estate investors and borrowers with short, multimonth payment deferrals amid the COVID-19 crisis, but these grace periods will end well before the fallout of the pandemic will, and the bank will come knocking, says Katherine Amador at Berger Singerman.

  • Wash. ERISA Ruling Paves Way For Access To Health Benefits

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    A Washington federal court’s recent decision that a hotel industry health care ordinance is not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in ERISA Industry Committee v. Seattle is a critical step toward making health care universally available, particularly for low-wage, nonunion employees, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.

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