Hospitality

  • April 26, 2018

    SeaWorld-Owned Water Slide Injured 5-Year-Old, Suit Says

    A SeaWorld-owned park’s negligence in operating its water slide led to the permanent injury of a 5-year-old girl when one of the ride’s rafts violently buckled and collapsed, slamming her head into a concrete wall, according to a suit removed to Virginia federal court on Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Retail Group, Symantec To Offer Workshops On Cyberthreats

    The retail industry's cyberthreat information-sharing alliance and Symantec Corp. are teaming up to host a series of regional workshops to provide information on how to best use cyberthreat intelligence to protect against attacks such as the ones that have hit major industry players such as Target Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. in recent years. 

  • April 25, 2018

    Ex-Trump Golf Club Members Get Final Nod For $5.4M Deal

    A Florida federal judge granted final approval Wednesday of a $5.4 million settlement and entered final judgment in a class action alleging that members of a Jupiter, Florida, golf club were improperly denied refunds when President Donald Trump's company acquired the property from Ritz-Carlton in 2012.

  • April 25, 2018

    Marlins Say $1.2B Sale Dispute Belongs In Federal Court

    The Miami Marlins argued that their dispute with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami over a cut of the team’s $1.2 billion sale shouldn't return to state court, saying longstanding precedent supports its assertion it is a foreign citizen, which brings the parties' arbitration agreement under federal jurisdiction.

  • April 25, 2018

    McNees Wallace Hires Atty With Gambling Industry Expertise

    Pennsylvania firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has hired an of counsel attorney with experience in the gambling industry to join its litigation, public sector, white collar defense and internal investigations practice groups.

  • April 25, 2018

    Comanche Urge 10th Circ. To Undo Chickasaw Casino Ruling

    The Comanche Nation further urged the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a lower court ruling that denied the tribe’s bid to stall the opening of a Chickasaw Nation casino pending the Comanche’s challenge to the land acquisition for the project.

  • April 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Chicago Tower, PGGM, Florida Bank

    A residential tower in Chicago could fetch as much as $120 million in a sale, a venture that includes Dutch pension fund PGGM is said to be buying a New York rental tower for $195 million, and Florida Community Bank has reportedly loaned $19.5 million for a recent Florida casino and racetrack purchase.

  • April 25, 2018

    US Urges 10th Circ. To Reverse Estate Bout Litigation Costs

    Legal arguments aren’t frivolous when they’re backed up by case law, the U.S. told the Tenth Circuit in a brief Wednesday, asking the court to reverse a district court order awarding litigation costs in a $1.5 million estate tax case.

  • April 25, 2018

    Paul Hastings Guides Sino-Ocean In $95M Chicago Hotel Buy

    Paul Hastings LLP said Wednesday it has advised Chinese real estate company Sino-Ocean in its $95 million acquisition of boutique hotel and members’ club Soho House in Chicago’s trendy Fulton Market neighborhood.

  • April 25, 2018

    5th Circ. Revives Cruise Co. Worker’s Hostile Workplace Claim

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Monday revived a former Vacations to Go sales representative’s claim that she suffered from a hostile work environment after being sexually harassed on the job, saying the lower court granted the company a quick win on that claim even though there was no pending motion for it.  

  • April 24, 2018

    Florida Hotel Sued Over Website's Inaccessible Design

    A blind Florida man who won a notable victory last year over requirements for businesses' websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act has made a Florida hotel the latest target of his crusade, alleging in a lawsuit Monday that it failed to make its website accessible.

  • April 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Takeda, HNA Group, Didi

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is reportedly close to inking a deal with Shire PLC, HNA Group's aviation and tourism business wants to raise up to $1.5 billion in an investment fund, and Didi Chuxing Technology Co. is in talks over an initial public offering.

  • April 24, 2018

    Wis. Tribe Asks 7th Circ. To Revive Claims Over Rival Casino

    The Stockbridge-Munsee Community on Monday urged the Seventh Circuit to revive its lawsuit seeking to block the Ho-Chunk Nation's casino expansion plans and faulting the state of Wisconsin for not halting the project, arguing that its claims did not come too late.

  • April 24, 2018

    Greenspoon Marder Nabs Eisner Attys For New LA Office

    Florida-based Greenspoon Marder LLP has moved forward with its national expansion plans, opening an office in Los Angeles with six corporate litigators, four of whom jumped from the Beverly Hills business and entertainment law firm Eisner Jaffe.

  • April 24, 2018

    Pizza Chain Settles Consumers' TCPA Suit For $22.6M

    “Take-and-bake” pizza chain Papa Murphy’s has agreed to a $22.6 million cash and voucher payment to settle a proposed class action alleging it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a bid for preliminary approval filed in Washington federal court.

  • April 24, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: LCOR, Michael Smith, Ansca Homes

    Developer LCOR is reportedly eyeing a $395 million sale of a New York condo conversion building; energy billionaire Michael Smith is said to be paying a record $110 million for a Malibu, California, mansion; and Ansca Homes has reportedly sold 25 acres in Florida for $9 million.

  • April 23, 2018

    Masseuse Sues Superhero Creator Stan Lee For Assault

    Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and other blockbuster comic book series, was hit with claims of assault and battery in Illinois state court Monday from a massage therapist who said Lee grabbed her foot and rubbed it against his genitals.

  • April 23, 2018

    App Co. Says 'Star Wars' Game Infringes Its Trademark

    A company facing a trademark suit from Lucasfilm over its creation of a game called Sabacc filed a countersuit in California federal court Monday, also naming Denny's and others, saying they are likely to cause confusion by referring to a game of the same name in an advertising campaign for "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

  • April 23, 2018

    Tribe Slams SD’s Gambling Amenity Tax Bid In 8th Circ.

    The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe urged the Eighth Circuit on Friday to bar South Dakota from levying use tax on its casino’s amenities, saying the usual presumption against federal preemption did not apply to Native American law.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Congress Makes A Splash By Tackling Tip Pools

    Marc Zimmerman

    The tug of war over which restaurant employees are entitled to a piece of customer gratuities continues. Seven years after the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations expressly prohibiting employers from requiring tipped employees to share gratuities with nontipped staff, the rope has moved in the opposite direction, say Marc Zimmerman and Kathryn Lundy of Michelman & Robinson LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Companies Can’t Afford To Ignore Accessibility

    John Capobianco

    Last year saw the fifth consecutive year of growth in the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Given the financial and reputational costs of such litigation, business owners and operators would be wise to evaluate current practices regarding accessibility and accessible services for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, says John Capobianco of VITAC Corporation.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Food Advertising: Don’t Wing It, Or You Will Face The Heat

    Steven Steinborn

    Companies can’t always take preemptive action to avoid every potential false advertising lawsuit. But a New York federal court's recent decision in Borenkoff v. Buffalo Wild Wings demonstrates that effective marketing and minimizing risk are entirely compatible objectives, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • How PACA And PSA Super Liens Impact Real Estate Sales

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Spencer Compton

    Real estate practitioners should not underestimate the complexity and time involved in clearing a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act or Packers and Stockyards Act exception from a loan policy, say Spencer Compton of First American Title Insurance Company and Diane Schottenstein.