Hospitality

  • June 28, 2022

    1st Circ. Affirms Whole Foods Win In Workers' BLM Mask Case

    The First Circuit on Tuesday said a Massachusetts federal court was correct to throw out Whole Foods workers' discrimination claims stemming from the disciplining of employees who wore Black Lives Matter face masks to work, holding there could plausibly be non-race-related reasons for the dress code enforcement.

  • June 28, 2022

    Airport Workers, Food Provider Ink $1.3M Time Trimming Deal

    Food service workers at Chicago Midway International Airport asked an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday to give an initial green light to a $1.3 million deal brokered with an airport food provider to resolve their proposed class and collective action alleging that the company trimmed hours from workers' timecards.

  • June 28, 2022

    Real Estate Co. Can't Get $12M Virus Coverage Under Policy

    A Connecticut state court judge axed a real estate investment firm's bid to recoup more than $12 million in pandemic-related losses from its insurer, finding that the claim falls clearly within a carveout for damages related to contamination.

  • June 28, 2022

    8th Circ. Rejects Hotel Operator's Virus Coverage Appeal

    The Eighth Circuit refused to revive a hotel and restaurant operator's COVID-19 business interruption insurance suit against Continental Casualty Co. on Tuesday, finding the company did not show any covered physical loss or damage.

  • June 28, 2022

    McDonald's Defeats Ex-Workers' No-Poach Claims

    An Illinois federal court on Tuesday granted a bid from McDonald's to escape claims from ex-workers over the fast-food chain's alleged past use of no-poach provisions in its franchise agreements, saying there was too much competition for their labor to support an antitrust case.

  • June 28, 2022

    Atlanta Hotel Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Mold Damage Claim

    The owner of an Atlanta Hilton hotel asked the Eleventh Circuit to revive its $20 million water and mold damage suit against Affiliated FM Insurance Co., arguing a Georgia federal court did not consider the actual language of the hotel's "all-risk" insurance policy when it tossed the case.

  • June 28, 2022

    Senior Living Co. Says Insurers Stopped Paying Defense Bills

    A senior living community facing a class action over the way it calculates refunds for its residents is suing its insurers in New Jersey federal court, alleging they've stopped covering in full the community's defense costs in the underlying case despite having done so for years.

  • June 27, 2022

    LA Developer Convicted In City Council Bribery Scheme

    A California federal jury convicted a Los Angeles real estate developer Monday of giving $500,000 in bribes to former city councilor Jose Huizar in exchange for getting a nonprofit's challenge to the development project dropped.

  • June 27, 2022

    DC Circ. Orders Reopening Of Decades-Old Hilton ERISA Case

    The D.C. Circuit reopened a decades-old class action brought by ex-Hilton Hotel & Resorts workers who alleged the hotel chain lowballed their pension payments by failing to properly accrue benefits to their accounts, finding the district court erred in refusing to enforce an injunction ordering payment in the case.

  • June 27, 2022

    Calif. Ruling Steadies Fraught EB-5 Landscape For Now

    A California federal judge has ordered the federal government to allow previously licensed EB-5 regional centers to continue operating while one of the immigrant investment centers challenges an agency mandate to seek reauthorization after March legislation revamped the program.

  • June 27, 2022

    Marriott Project Backers Win NJ Appeal Over Failed Land Deal

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday said a trial judge was right to order a hospitality business and its owner to reimburse two investors a combined $350,000 because the company failed to purchase land for the development of a Marriott hotel.

  • June 27, 2022

    Hotel REIT Says Insurers Must Cover COVID-19 Losses

    A real estate investment trust asked a New York state court to find that the presence of COVID-19 and the virus that causes the disease triggers coverage under a $150 million all-risk insurance program, saying that a number of insurers wrongfully denied coverage of its pandemic-related losses.

  • June 27, 2022

    Watson Farley & Williams Guides $374M Cruise Terminal Deal

    Watson Farley & Williams on Monday announced the €353 million ($374.4 million) finance of a new MSC Cruises mega cruise terminal at the Port of Miami in a partnership with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, with MSC Cruises being advised by WFW.

  • June 27, 2022

    Frontier Urges Spirit Investors To Approve $6.6B Merger

    Frontier Airlines Inc. published an open letter to Spirit Airlines investors Monday, urging them to approve the $6.6 billion merger between the two companies at a special shareholder meeting this week and reject the "opportunistic" bid from JetBlue for Spirit.

  • June 27, 2022

    Tennessee Titans Settle Ex-Worker's COVID-19 Leave Suit

    The Tennessee Titans and a former field worker have reached a settlement to end his suit alleging the organization violated federal law when it fired him after he contracted COVID-19.

  • June 21, 2022

    NY AG Says Trump Satisfied Order That Prompted Contempt

    New York Attorney General Letitia James is "prepared to agree" that former President Donald Trump has satisfied a court order, which had led to his being found in contempt, in her probe into his business practices, an attorney from her office told the state court Tuesday.

  • June 24, 2022

    Feds Urge Jury To Convict Developer Of Bribing LA Pol Huizar

    Real estate developer Dae Yong Lee intended to bribe then-Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar for help overcoming challenges to a downtown project, federal prosecutors told a California jury during closing arguments Friday, while Lee's attorney maintained his client sincerely believed the $500,000 went toward a legitimate consulting fee.

  • June 24, 2022

    Architect Says Gov't Can't Back Up Casino Bribery Conviction

    An architect convicted of giving bribes to the leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has pressed a Massachusetts federal court to overturn his conviction, saying the federal government wants the court to back a jury's guilty verdict "almost solely on the basis of acquitted conduct."

  • June 24, 2022

    NJ Panel Reverses Casino's Virus Coverage Suit Victory

    A New Jersey state appeals panel ruled that an Atlantic City casino and resort operator's suit for pandemic coverage should have been dismissed by a lower court that found the casino plausibly alleged it sustained the kind of direct damage required for coverage.

  • June 24, 2022

    Brand Battles: Coachella Seeks To Shut Down 'Moechella' TM

    Following a deadly shooting at a recent "Moechella" event, the founders of music festival Coachella are seeking to block Moechella's organizer from registering the name as a trademark, citing "negative publicity" among other things — plus three other cases you should know about.

  • June 24, 2022

    Judge OKs $34M Avis Rental Insurance Settlement

    A Florida federal judge recommended granting preliminary approval Friday on a $34 million settlement Avis Budget Car Rental LLC struck with rental car purchasers that would end the long-running class action over alleged insurance coverage fraud.

  • June 24, 2022

    NH Medical Society Denounces Insurers' COVID-19 Science

    The New Hampshire Medical Society blasted arguments from insurers that COVID-19 can be easily removed, telling the state's high court that the arguments amount to "junk science."

  • June 24, 2022

    Carnival Fined $5M By NY For Cybersecurity Violations

    A New York agency on Thursday levied a $5 million penalty on Carnival Corp. for allegedly violating state cybersecurity regulations in relation to four data breaches from 2019 to 2021 that the regulator said exposed a "substantial amount of sensitive" customer data.

  • June 24, 2022

    3rd Judge On NYC Vax Case Refuses To Step Down

    The third federal judge tapped to oversee a challenge to New York City's vaccine mandate for city workers has issued a statement saying she no longer owns stock in Pfizer after the plaintiffs pressed her on her earlier decision not to recuse herself. 

  • June 24, 2022

    Restaurant Co. Denied NY High Court Bid In Virus Appeal

    A New York appellate court denied a restaurant operator's request to take its COVID-19 coverage appeal to the state's highest court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • High Court's Tribal Ruling May Enable More Gambling In Texas

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Texas v. Ysleta, finding that Texas cannot regulate a tribe's electronic bingo, paves the way for Native American tribes in Texas to upscale their gaming operations, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • Counting Down To New Year's Day Sports Betting In Ohio

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    While Ohio's first legal sports bets can't be placed until Jan. 1, 2023, a key factor making its extended preparation period more palatable is H.B. 29's scope — broader than many states' laws — covering all commercial access points to betting, and permits betting on esports, Olympic, college and professional events, says Jake Nicholson at Roetzel & Andress.

  • Force Majeure Claims Amid New Supply Chain Disruptions

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    Port tie-ups, labor shortages and other recent supply disruptions will likely prove even more difficult to assert than force majeure claims from earlier phases of COVID-19, and the better bet may be to make claims based on the pandemic, says Neil Schur at Anderson Kill.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Court's Mask Mandate Decision Is Confusing

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    A Florida federal court's decision in Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Biden, striking down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mask mandate for all forms of public transportation, contains some inconsistencies and questionable logic, says attorney Philip Howe.

  • Untangling A Web Of State Regulations For Cannabis Lounges

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    Though a number of states have legalized adult-use marijuana, progress toward widespread licensing of cannabis consumption lounges has been slow due to high operational costs and regulatory complexities that vary greatly from state to state, say Meital Manzuri and Alexis Lazzeri at Manzuri Law.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Commercial Tenant Takeaways From Conn. COVID Ruling

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    The Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision in AGW Sono Partners v. Downtown Soho, finding that COVID-19 health emergency orders did not excuse a tenant from its lease obligations, highlights long-standing obstacles for commercial tenants who may be hoping for COVID-19 rent abatement relief, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Mass. Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Cannabis Industry

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    Legislation recently passed by both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature will make sweeping changes to the commonwealth’s cannabis industry, altering everything from municipal agreements to on-site consumption, and improving social equity while reducing businesses' tax burdens, says Cloe Pippin at Foley Hoag.

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