Hospitality

  • August 27, 2021

    Ill. Judge Hands Society Insurance COVID-19 Coverage Wins

    Society Insurance has escaped having to cover multiple Illinois businesses' COVID-19 pandemic losses, after a state judge ruled the presence of the coronavirus didn't cause physical loss or damage to their properties.

  • August 27, 2021

    NM Franchisee Hits InterContinental With Antitrust Suit

    InterContinental Hotels Group has been slapped with another proposed antitrust class action, this time in New Mexico federal court, claiming the hotel giant forces franchisees to buy overpriced and low-quality goods and services from its marketplace of mandated vendors.

  • August 27, 2021

    Goodwin-Led Software Co. Toast Readies IPO

    Restaurant software developer Toast filed plans for an initial public offering Friday with help from Goodwin Procter and underwriters' counsel Sullivan & Cromwell, as it looks to raise cash after growing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 27, 2021

    1st Circ. Affirms Mootness In Arcade's COVID Restriction Suit

    The First Circuit on Thursday ruled that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is unlikely to reassert that pandemic powers he wielded under a now-expired state of emergency, rendering moot a once-closed arcade's challenge to being shunted into a later stage of the state's tiered economic reopening.

  • August 26, 2021

    Chubb Unit Beats NJ Restaurant's COVID Coverage Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday ruled that an Italian restaurant is not entitled to coverage from a Chubb insurance unit for pandemic-related business interruption losses, finding that a virus exclusion in the restaurant's insurance policy bars its case.

  • August 26, 2021

    Mexican Restaurant Executives Charged In RICO Indictment

    Top executives for a Missouri-based Mexican food distribution company and related restaurants in neighboring states have been charged with running a federal racketeering conspiracy to hire unauthorized immigrants following a wide-ranging investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • August 26, 2021

    Law Firm Wants Timeshare Co.'s 'Sham Litigation' Enjoined

    A Missouri law firm asked a Florida court Thursday to enjoin timeshare company Bluegreen Vacations' lawsuit against the firm, calling it sham litigation that was filed without basis and is inflicting serious harm on the firm.

  • August 26, 2021

    Concession Co. Loses Bid For Coverage Of COVID Losses

    An airport concession stand company has lost its legal battle over the denial of insurance coverage for COVID-19 pandemic losses, with a New Jersey federal judge ruling Thursday that its claim was barred by the policy's contamination exclusion.

  • August 26, 2021

    TravelPass, Choice Hotels End Legal Fight Over Search Terms

    Online travel agent TravelPass and Choice Hotels International Inc. have resolved a dispute in Texas federal court that was part of a suit accusing several lodging chains of scheming to shut down bids for hotel search terms.

  • August 26, 2021

    3 Blank-Check IPOs Tap Public Markets For $410M Combined

    Three blank-check companies, including one targeting minority-controlled businesses, went public Thursday after pricing initial public offerings that raised a combined $410 million to fund future acquisitions, under the guidance of four law firms.

  • August 26, 2021

    Mintz Docs Not Protected In $19M Wynn Resorts Contract Row

    Wynn Resorts can't shield redacted documents from real estate executive Anthony Gattineri in a contract suit alleging he's owed $18.6 million for helping the company obtain a casino license, now that a Massachusetts federal judge has rejected Wynn Resorts' argument for attorney-client privilege.

  • August 25, 2021

    Policyholders Ask 11th Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Suits

    A group of policyholders has asked the Eleventh Circuit to save their separate pandemic coverage suits, saying lower court dismissals of their cases failed to account for meanings of physical loss that could qualify them for coverage.

  • August 25, 2021

    Judge Rips Defaulted Defendants In Sanctuary Belize Case

    A Maryland federal judge has slammed a bid by multiple defendants in long-running litigation over the purported luxury development Sanctuary Belize to escape default judgments entered against them based on their claims that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision nullifies the judgments.

  • August 25, 2021

    Airbnb Says Mass. Woman Must Arbitrate Abduction Claim

    A Massachusetts woman can't bring a federal lawsuit against Airbnb Inc. after allegedly being attacked at a rental property in Barcelona, Spain, during a study-abroad trip because she agreed to arbitrate any claims, the company said Wednesday.

  • August 25, 2021

    Customers Say Olympics Ticket Co. Can't Duck Refund Suit

    Customers who couldn't attend the Tokyo Olympics because of the COVID-19 pandemic have urged a New Jersey federal court not to toss their breach of contract suit against a company that secured tickets for them, saying it doesn't have the right to offer refunds of only 75%.

  • August 25, 2021

    $325M Award Against Argentina Resurfaces In DC

    The assignee of a $325 million arbitral award issued against Argentina following a decade-old dispute over the renationalization of the country's state-owned airline has sought the help of a court in Washington, D.C., to enforce it.

  • August 25, 2021

    Ga. Justices Ask If Nude Dance Clubs Can Fight Lingerie Tax

    Two Georgia Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether a group of strip clubs have standing to attack a tax aimed at adult entertainment businesses that sell alcohol because the businesses don't offer the kind of adult entertainment targeted in the tax.

  • August 25, 2021

    SEC Prevails On $30M Sports Betting Ponzi Scheme Claims

    A Nevada federal judge handed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a quick win Tuesday in its suit over an alleged $30 million sports-betting Ponzi scheme, ordering two men to forfeit nearly $1 million in ill-gotten gains and pony up fines for acting as unregistered investment agents.

  • August 25, 2021

    Erie Seeks Appellate Do-Over On Coordinated Pa. Virus Cases

    Undoing the coordination of businesses' lawsuits seeking insurance coverage of their pandemic losses in an Allegheny County court was not enough for Erie Insurance, which asked the Superior Court of Pennsylvania to reconsider part of its decision that still left open the possibility that third parties could force the coordination of cases from around the state without those litigants' consent. 

  • August 24, 2021

    House Dems Back Biden Proposal For Tipped Workers' Pay

    A group of congressional Democrats has come out in support of the Biden administration's proposal to scale back employers' ability to pay a lower minimum wage to tipped workers, saying it would amend a Trump era rule for when an employer can take a "tip credit."

  • August 24, 2021

    Landry's Asks To Pause $20M Data Breach Judgment

    Landry's has asked a Texas federal judge to stay the execution of a $20 million judgment instructing the hospitality company to repay penalties that Visa Inc. and Mastercard levied against Chase Bank following a Landry's data breach, saying it's appealing the order in the Fifth Circuit.

  • August 24, 2021

    Society Asks Judge To Toss Bad Faith Claims In Virus MDL

    Society Insurance Co. has urged an Illinois federal judge to nix all bad faith claims against it in pandemic business-interruption multidistrict litigation, saying it never issued a blanket coverage denial over COVID-19 losses.

  • August 24, 2021

    Nixon Peabody Expands Real Estate Team With Seyfarth Atty

    Nixon Peabody LLP has hired a longtime Seyfarth Shaw LLP real estate attorney with more than 35 years of experience guiding national retailers and other major players through leasing and development transactions to join its growing real estate practice group.

  • August 24, 2021

    Native American Tribes See Mixed Bag In Virus Coverage Suits

    Native American tribes and nations have seen mixed results in federal and state suits against insurance companies as they continue to bring litigation aiming to tap into billions of dollars of coverage for losses to casinos and resorts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 23, 2021

    Ex-MSC Cruises Crew Member's Injury Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    A Florida federal judge granted MSC Cruises' request to compel arbitration for a former crew member's suit, ruling that although a collective bargaining agreement and employment contract have conflicting arbitration provisions, they do not cancel each other out.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • How Justices' AMG Ruling Affects Privacy And Cybersecurity

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission removes the regulator's ability to seek monetary damages that discouraged privacy and cybersecurity breaches, and as a result, companies should reassess their exposure in these areas, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • New Markets Credit Will Aid Recovery In Low-Income Areas

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    The recently extended New Markets Tax Credit is a critical tool for economic development in low-income communities, which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, so public finance attorneys should consider its benefits when advising clients on projects, says Julia Fendler at Butler Snow.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

  • Mich. Pandemic Rent Ruling Is A Critical Win For Tenants

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    A Michigan federal court's well-reasoned decision in Bay City Realty v. Mattress Firm, upholding temporary frustration as a valid defense for failure to pay rent during the pandemic, rejects common commercial landlord arguments and is likely to contribute toward a growing trend of decisions favoring tenants, says Aaron Goodman at Baker McKenzie.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation Could See More Third-Party Funding

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    The next few years could be an opportune time for bankruptcy litigants to capitalize on the advantages of third-party financing as the obstacles to its use — including attorney ethics issues and prohibitions against champerty — seem to be clearing at a slow but steady pace, say Daniel Simon and Natalie Rowles at McDermott.

  • ADA Ruling Highlights Circuit Conflict Over Web Accessibility

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Gil v. Winn-Dixie, that a grocery chain need not make its website accessible to the blind because the retailer could be accessed in person, serves as a reminder of the irreconcilable differences among the circuit courts as to how websites figure, if at all, under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, says Donald Brown at Manatt.

  • Why The Future Law Firm Model Is Industry-Based Offerings

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    Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.

  • Outliers Offer False Hope For Virus Biz Interruption Claims

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    A few recent policyholder wins have caused some to overstate the potential for recovery in commercial property claims over COVID-19 prevention efforts, but in reality business interruption decisions are consistently and overwhelmingly favoring insurers, say Erin Bradham and Keith Moskowitz at Dentons.

  • Thought Leadership's Critical Role In Law Firm Diversity

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    Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Alcohol Law Changes Test Public Policy Balance

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    Pandemic-era temporary changes to alcohol laws aimed at helping bars and restaurants are maturing into long-term legislative reforms that are testing the extent to which states can obtain a policy balance between modern convenience and the safe, moderate consumption of alcohol, say Arielle Albert and Brian Fink at Danow McMullan.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

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