Hospitality

  • June 23, 2017

    Stalking Horse Fight Heats Up In Joe's Crab Shack Ch. 11

    The bankrupt parent company of Joe's Crab Shack traded barbs Friday with hospitality giant Landry's Inc. over the debtors’ choice to stick with a $50 million stalking horse bid from another competitor instead of accepting a $55 million offer from Landry’s ahead of a proposed Chapter 11 auction.

  • June 23, 2017

    Consulting Co. Seeks Attys' Fees After $3.2M Award OK'd

    After a $3.2 million arbitral award was confirmed in its favor in a dispute with a dolphin park operator, a financial consulting company asked a California federal judge to award it more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees, saying it is entitled to them based on a contract between the parties. 

  • June 23, 2017

    Feds Seek $180M Restitution From Cay Clubs Ponzi Execs

    Prosecutors asked a Florida federal judge on Thursday to order four people convicted of lying to banks and investors in the Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas to pay the victims $180 million, setting the stage for those who have filed claims to get some of their money back.

  • June 23, 2017

    Fraudster Cops To Rigging Lottery Software In 3 States

    A man who stole millions of dollars by defrauding state lotteries in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin with his brother’s help has pled guilty to theft by fraud and computer crime charges, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman said Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Zynga Latest To Invoke TC Heartland In Gambling IP Row

    Video game developer Zynga followed in DraftKings and FanDuel's footsteps and urged a Nevada federal court Thursday to transfer a gambling technology patent suit against the developer, saying the new TC Heartland precedent supports a move to California.

  • June 23, 2017

    Chipotle Urges 11th Circ. To Toss Customer’s GMO Suit

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Thursday told the Eleventh Circuit that a Florida woman wrongly claimed it had lied about using genetically modified ingredients in its food, saying that it has been transparent about its sourcing of ingredients and was the first national restaurant company to voluntarily disclose its GMO ingredients.

  • June 22, 2017

    Policy Changes Could Slow Real Estate Investment In Cuba

    President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of upcoming U.S.-Cuba policy changes are not as widespread as some had thought they might be, but potential restrictions on travel and bans on doing deals with certain Cuban entities could slow down real estate investment on the island, lawyers say.

  • June 22, 2017

    Scandic Hotels Inks $127.6M Deal For Finnish Portfolio

    Nordic hospitality operator Scandic Hotels Group on Wednesday said that it has agreed to purchase Restel Oy’s Finnish hotel business in a €114.5 million ($127.6 million) deal, with guidance from Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra AB and Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd.

  • June 22, 2017

    Burger King Wrongly Ditched Wage Activist, 8th Circ. Says

    A Burger King franchisee in Kansas City, Missouri, illegally refused to rehire an employee because he was a prominent member of Fight for $15, which advocates for increasing the minimum wages of fast-food workers, the Eighth Circuit ruled on Wednesday.

  • June 22, 2017

    FanDuel, DraftKings Slammed For Patent Row Transfer Bid

    Gambling technology companies accusing FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. of infringing their patents told a Nevada federal court Wednesday that the case has progressed too far for the daily fantasy sports giants to now attempt a Delaware transfer.

  • June 22, 2017

    Feds Cite Honeycutt In Bid To Ditch $3M Fraud Forfeiture

    Federal prosecutors told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday that following the Supreme Court’s Honeycutt decision, they can no longer seek more than $3 million from the former chief engineer of the Sheraton University Hotel in Philadelphia who was sentenced to one year in prison for defrauding the University of Pennsylvania. 

  • June 22, 2017

    Xenia Sells 5 Hotels To Summit Unit In $163M Deal

    Real Estate Investment Trust Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. said Thursday it has finalized a $163 million deal to sell a portfolio of five Marriott and Hilton hotels to an affiliate of Summit Hotel Properties Inc.

  • June 21, 2017

    Justice Sotomayor On The Power Of Dissent

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her views on writing dissents and the change she hopes they inspire in the law, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.

  • June 21, 2017

    Whataburger Gets Partial Win In Row Over Franchising Deal

    A state appeals court on Wednesday ruled partly in favor of a South Texas Whataburger franchise in a dispute over interpretation of a 1993 settlement reached when the company bought 28 of the franchisee's locations in exchange for future development rights.

  • June 21, 2017

    Feds Can Shield Classified Info In UN Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday held that prosecutors can shield certain classified information from a Chinese developer accused of bribing United Nations officials, ruling the information is relevant to national security and wouldn’t aid the developer in his trial, which is slated to start next week. 

  • June 21, 2017

    Third Ex-Tribal Council Member Pleads Guilty In Casino Theft

    A third ex-Winnebago Tribal Council member has pled guilty in Nebraska federal court to taking money from the tribe’s casino without authorization, amid accusations by federal prosecutors of a broader conspiracy to steal from the casino.

  • June 21, 2017

    MGM Grand, Canadian Banks Settle Gambling Fraud Claims

    A pair of Canadian bank entities whose employee allegedly falsified payment guarantees for a gambler who lost $1.5 million at the MGM Grand have agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to the casino to settle the claims, according to documents filed in Nevada federal court on Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2017

    Pebblebrook Hotel REIT Sells Dumont NYC For $118M

    Real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust said Tuesday it has closed on the sale of the “upper upscale” Affinia Dumont NYC in New York for $118 million to an unnamed buyer following an earlier agreement to divide a portfolio of hotels with joint venture partner Denihan Hospitality Group.

  • June 21, 2017

    NM Tribe Urges 10th Circ. To Rethink Gaming Reg Ruling

    The Pueblo of Pojoaque urged the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday to reconsider an April decision that the secretary of the interior can’t act on the New Mexico tribe’s request to conduct gambling without a state compact, saying the decision conflicts with circuit and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • June 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Affirms Toss Of MGM Suit Over Conn. Casino Law

    The Second Circuit declined Wednesday to revive MGM Resorts International’s challenge to a Connecticut law that kicked off a process for the tribes behind Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun to open a third casino in the state, finding the allegations that the law put the company at a competitive disadvantage were too abstract.

Expert Analysis

  • Indian Tribes And The CFPB Are Unnecessary Adversaries

    Saba Bazzazieh

    While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has disregarded sovereignty since its creation, the problem has recently reached an all-time high. The CFPB v. Golden Valley case is merely the latest in a series of actions that demonstrate the bureau's mistreatment of tribal governments, says Saba Bazzazieh of Rosette LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • AGs Break New Ground With Emoluments Suit Against Trump

    Martha Coakley

    States have routinely sought to defend their place in the federal system and to protect themselves from unfair competitive practices — but never before from a president whose allegedly unconstitutional business ties might impact those interests, say former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Aaron Lang of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • NY's Public Trust Doctrine Is Alive And Well

    Steven Russo

    This month, a New York appeals court ruled that Queens Development Group LLC cannot build a proposed shopping mall near the Mets' Citi Field, revealing a virtually absolutist application of the state's public trust doctrine, and the court's reluctance to expand or grant exceptions to authorized uses of New York state parkland, say Steven Russo and Evan Preminger of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.