Hospitality

  • May 22, 2017

    Celeb-Going NYC Restaurant Settles Tips Suit For $1.1M

    Ex-employees at celebrity-studded French restaurant Bagatelle in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Monday asked a New York federal judge to approve their $1.1 million settlement after claiming in a proposed class action that the restaurant broke the law by misappropriating employees’ tips.

  • May 22, 2017

    Buyer Lands $252M In Financing For NYC Hotel Properties

    BH Properties has secured $252.8 million in financing on three recently purchased Manhattan properties that are ground leased to hotels, according to a statement Monday from New York Life Real Estate Investors, which originated the loan.

  • May 22, 2017

    American Dream Closes $1.67 Billion Construction Financing

    Plans for the stalled American Dream mall project at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports Complex have moved forward with the closing of $1.67 billion in private construction financing, its developer announced Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ariz. Co. Settles EEOC Bias Claim Brought By Gay Workers

    An Arizona school meal company has agreed to pay $62,500 and correct working conditions to resolve claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the caterer retaliated against gay cooks who complained of a hostile environment.

  • May 19, 2017

    Calif. County Says Deal With Tribe Doesn't Block Casino Suit

    A California county pressed the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to allow it to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision supporting a proposed tribal casino, saying a 1987 deal between the county and the tribe didn’t waive the county’s right to challenge the legality of the tribe’s gaming plans.

  • May 19, 2017

    Developers Win Approval For $670M Wash. Project

    The developers of a $670 million mixed-use project in Covington, Washington, set to include an entertainment center, hotel and housing said Thursday that their plans have been approved by the city and will move ahead.

  • May 19, 2017

    Chili's Franchisee, Workers Resolve Tipping Wage Suit

    A mid-Atlantic Chili’s franchisee and two workers behind a proposed class action alleging that it makes them do nontipped work at tipped pay have resolved their dispute, according to a document filed in Maryland federal court in Thursday.

  • May 19, 2017

    ICSID Won't Split Proceedings In $200M Laos Casino Dispute

    An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal has declined a request from the Laotian government to split up proceedings for a Dutch casino investor’s $200 million arbitral claim over taxes on the investor's gaming resort, according to a decision released Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Wis., Ho-Chunk Nation Fight Bid To Block Casino Expansion

    The Ho-Chunk Nation and the state of Wisconsin on Thursday both urged a federal court to reject a move to block the expansion of a Ho-Chunk casino, with the tribe arguing that another gambling tribe in the state hadn’t shown that its own casino revenues are likely to be hurt by the project.

  • May 19, 2017

    Wine Bar Suing Trump Wants Case Out Of Federal Court

    A wine bar located near President Donald Trump's luxury hotel asked the D.C. federal judge hearing its unfair competition suit to send it back to the Superior Court where it originated, arguing the issues pertain to actions Trump took in his personal capacity and not as president.

  • May 19, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of Broker's Claim On Colts Season Tickets

    Counsel for a ticket broker who said the Indianapolis Colts unfairly rescinded his season tickets after he paid to renew them faced skepticism in the Seventh Circuit on Friday, with one circuit judge saying she believed the team had that right.

  • May 19, 2017

    Haseko Adding $300M Mixed-Use Complex To Hawaii Resort

    Haseko Development Inc. said Thursday that it is planning a major expansion to its resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, and is looking to build a $300 million retail, dining and entertainment center on the property.

  • May 19, 2017

    US Worker Wrongfully Denied Job Interview, BALCA Holds

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed the denial of a certification for a general manager position at a California golf club, finding a U.S.-based applicant was wrongly denied the opportunity to interview.

  • May 19, 2017

    Del. Can’t Appeal Restaurant Co. Dismissal In Gift Card Case

    Delaware’s request to appeal the dismissal of Ruth’s Hospitality Group from a state court suit over unclaimed gift card balances was shot down Thursday, with the court ruling that while the issue does touch on fairly novel areas of law, it’s too soon for the state’s Supreme Court to weigh in.

  • May 19, 2017

    Florida Jury Returns $100K Verdict Over Starbucks Spill

    A drive-thru mishap has proved costly for Starbucks Corp., as a Florida state court jury returned a verdict of more than $100,000 for a woman burned by a spill after the lid came off a cup of hot coffee as an employee handed it to her in her car.

  • May 19, 2017

    Mass. Tribe Slams Bid To Stay 1st Circ. OK Of Tribal Casino

    A Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, tribe hit back on Thursday against bids from the commonwealth, a local town and a community group to put a hold on a First Circuit decision that paved the way for the tribe to host gaming facilities on tribal land, saying it would unduly delay the case.

  • May 19, 2017

    Four Seasons Hotel's $11M Fee Spat Sent To Arbitration

    The owners of a Four Seasons-branded hotel in Los Angeles will have to arbitrate their request for the hotel chain to return an award of nearly $11 million in legal fees stemming from a contract dispute over split loyalties, after a California judge on Thursday cited the companies’ arbitration agreement.

  • May 18, 2017

    Visa Fee Suit Can’t Be Altered To Skirt CAFA, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday concluded in a split decision in an antitrust case over Visa Inc.’s card-swiping fees that once a suit has been removed to federal court, a proposed class can’t amend its complaint to maneuver around the Class Action Fairness Act and send it back to state court.

  • May 18, 2017

    Russia Meddling Claims Block 'Donorgate' From UN Bribe Trial

    A New York federal judge on Thursday blocked a swath of evidence concerning Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng’s purported funding of U.S. politics, saying the risk of prejudice by bringing up foreign political meddling in the bribery trial is too great in light of the current accusations of undue overseas influence in last year’s elections.

  • May 18, 2017

    TCPA Class Demands Objector Post Bond In $15M Fee Appeal

    Call recipients leading a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action over unwanted calls soliciting Caribbean cruises asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to force an objector challenging an at least $14.76 million attorneys’ fee award to post a bond to ensure the dissenter covers its costs upon inevitably losing its appeal of the fee decision.

Expert Analysis

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • The Stakes Are High In FTI Consulting V. Merit Management

    Brian Koosed

    Litigation over the Section 546(e) safe harbor has been on the rise in the last several years and the defenses against these suits have been furious. This makes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review FTI Consulting v. Merit Management even more important, say Brian Koosed and Robert Honeywell of K&L Gates LLP.

  • When You Can Fire An Employee For Nasty Workplace Talk

    Stephanie Caffera

    How is it possible that an employee who used nasty language when referring to his supervisor on Facebook is protected, while an employee who yelled directly at his manager using similar verbiage is not? There are several key distinctions that help explain the vastly different outcomes in each case, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • Opinion

    Stop Bashing EB-5

    Stephen Ledoux

    What detractors of the EB-5 program seem to miss is that visas for EB-5 entrants are a tiny fraction of our immigration system. I firmly believe in the Statue of Liberty’s call to “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” But I also firmly support a 1 percent set-aside for well-to-do immigrants who desire to come to our shores and grow our economy, says Steve Ledoux of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • A Look At Airbnb's Legal Battles Across The US

    Thomas Dickerson

    As part of its efforts to improve its compliance image, Airbnb recently agreed to San Francisco's demand to be more transparent about its hosts and to help enforce existing registration laws. Airbnb must enforce local laws with increasing vigor in order to satisfy the list of cities it has displeased, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • When You Can't Fire An Employee For A Nasty Facebook Post

    Stephanie Caffera

    Employee discipline may seem like an uphill battle, especially when dealing with the protections afforded to employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The Second Circuit's recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty demonstrates several related lessons, including how the NLRA continues to be construed much more broadly than employers generally expect, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • What Foreign Investors Must Know About Japanese Casinos

    Edward Johnson

    Foreign investors interested in the hospitality and tourism sectors have welcomed legislation passed in Japan last December opening the country to legalized casino gambling in integrated resorts. Developments in the last few months suggest myriad opportunities for foreign parties to participate in the development and operation of these resorts, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP.