Hospitality

  • August 16, 2019

    Atty Can't Tap Into Receiver Assets In Belize Fraud Case

    A Maryland federal judge has denied a defendant's bid to release restrained funds so he can pay his lawyer about $189,000 in fees and costs in a Belize property sales case, which the Federal Trade Commission calls the largest overseas real estate investment scam it has ever targeted.

  • August 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Revives Exotic Dancers' FLSA Suit Against Club

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a Fair Labor Standards Act suit brought against an Arizona strip club by exotic dancers who claim they were not paid, ruling that the question of whether the women are employees or independent contractors should be determined later in the proceedings.

  • August 16, 2019

    Celebrity Chef Says NFL Star Stiffed Him On $39K Bill

    A chef who cooks at private events for NFL players has hit Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown with a suit in Florida state court, saying the football star refused to pay him and his staff nearly $39,000 for a Pro Bowl Weekend gig after throwing them out of his house.

  • August 16, 2019

    DOJ Takes Wire Act Reinterpretation Issue To 1st Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday appealed a federal court decision that rejected its opinion the Wire Act prohibits interstate gambling beyond sports betting, prolonging a closely watched legal fight over the reinterpretation that opponents say will hamper the growing online lottery and gambling industries.

  • August 16, 2019

    Billy Casper Golf Co. Suit Seeks To Recoup Management Fee

    Billy Casper Golf LLC sued the owners of a Pennsylvania golf course and country club Friday, saying the course owes it nearly $125,000 after failing to pay Billy Casper Golf for managing the course.

  • August 16, 2019

    Contractor Launches $20M Suit Over Philly Hotel Tower Plans

    A contractor on a Philadelphia mixed-use high-rise project has sued architectural and engineering firms in Pennsylvania state court, alleging they provided deficient project information — leading to extra and unpaid work as well as upward of $20 million in damages.

  • August 16, 2019

    Sam Chang Lands $83M Loan For Manhattan Hotel

    Hotel developer Sam Chang of McSam Hotel Group LLC has landed $83 million in financing for a hotel on West 51st Street in Manhattan, according to an announcement Friday from Madison Realty Capital, which provided the loan.

  • August 16, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: GSI, Mack, Chicago Condo Deconversion

    A GSI Equities venture is reportedly under contract to buy a Miami building for nearly $10 million, Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies is said to have loaned $368 million for three New York City properties, and a residential condo building in Chicago could be converted to a hotel.

  • August 16, 2019

    Luxury Theater Chain IPic Eyes October Auction

    Luxury dine-in theater chain iPic is asking a Delaware bankruptcy court to approve guidelines for an auction of its assets set for October, as it negotiates with potential buyers or sponsors for a reorganization plan.

  • August 15, 2019

    Casino Investors, Noteholders Agree To Joint IPO Probe

    After some prodding by a New York bankruptcy judge, a bankrupt hedge fund and a group of its bondholders Thursday agreed to jointly oversee an investigation into the initial public offering that allegedly sent the fund into Chapter 11.

  • August 15, 2019

    Where Franchise No-Poach Agreements Stand Today

    Washington state's attorney general is forging ahead with a campaign against no-poach provisions in franchise agreements, cutting deals last week with four more chains to eliminate the practice, but with few courts weighing in so far, it is unclear which legal standard for judging the provisions will prevail.

  • August 15, 2019

    PF Chang's Can't Shake Tipped Servers' FLSA Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday denied Chinese food chain P.F. Chang's bid to escape a Fair Labor Standards Act suit alleging that it shorted workers by paying them a "tipped" minimum wage for nontipped work, rejecting recent U.S. Department of Labor guidance giving employers more leeway to pay at the lower rate.

  • August 15, 2019

    Yelp Investors Seek Class Cert. In Advertising Suit

    Yelp investors urged a California federal court Wednesday to certify their proposed class in a suit accusing the crowd-sourced review site of hiding problems with its advertising efforts, arguing that they fulfill all of the federal requirements for certification.

  • August 15, 2019

    Receiver Can Sell More Property In Jay Peak EB-5 Fraud Case

    A Florida federal judge has allowed the receiver in the failed Jay Peak EB-5 immigrant investor project to sell a Vermont property relinquished by Miami businessman Ariel Quiros to benefit creditors and investors in an alleged $350 million fraud.

  • August 15, 2019

    Bodum Gets 2nd Shot At Starbucks French Press Libel Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday gave Bodum a chance to amend its libel suit against Starbucks after the Seattle coffee giant put the squeeze on the Swiss appliance maker’s claims and called for dismissal.

  • August 15, 2019

    Ashford Trust Sells Marriott, Hilton Hotels For $37.8M

    Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. said Thursday it has sold for $37.8 million the 156-room Courtyard by Marriott Savannah Downtown/Historic District hotel in Savannah, Georgia, and the 128-room Hilton Garden Inn in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

  • August 15, 2019

    Tribal Casino Fight Won't Wait For Supreme Court Ruling

    The Comanche Nation has lost its bid to pause litigation challenging a Chickasaw Nation casino until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves a case touching on tribal jurisdiction, with an Oklahoma federal judge saying Thursday that the appeal’s outcome likely won’t affect his decision.

  • August 15, 2019

    Chicago Says It Can Sue Marriott Over Data Breach

    The city of Chicago's home rule authority allows it to sue Marriott International Inc. over a 2018 data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of hotel guests because it is empowered to regulate the businesses operating within its borders, the municipality said Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2019

    Miller & Chevalier Picked To Monitor Wynn Resorts In Mass.

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission selected Miller & Chevalier Chtd. on Thursday as an independent monitor for the new Wynn Resorts casino in the state, asking the firm to ensure compliance with sanctions after the company failed to disclose sexual harassment allegations against its founder, Steve Wynn.

  • August 14, 2019

    Cherokee Nation Gets Local Nod For $225M Arkansas Casino

    Cherokee Nation Businesses and global hospitality business Legends received an endorsement from local officials on their proposal to build a $225 million resort and casino in Arkansas.

  • August 14, 2019

    Disabled Guests' ADA Suit Against Disney Set For Trial

    A California federal judge has sent to private mediation ahead of trial an Americans with Disabilities Act suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Inc. brought by parents of autistic children who say the theme parks’ disability accommodation program isn’t up to snuff.

  • August 14, 2019

    Casino Investors, Noteholders Spar Over IPO Probe

    A bankrupt hedge fund and a group of its noteholders are each defending their claims they are the appropriate party to determine whether the Chapter 11 estate has a claim against the hedge fund's parent company for an initial public offering gone wrong.

  • August 14, 2019

    Mo. Casino Says Paycheck Deductions Help Workers

    A casino in Kansas City, Missouri, has urged a federal court to toss a proposed class action over paycheck deductions purportedly aimed at covering its employees' gaming license fees, arguing that the licenses are for its employees' benefit and the deductions are repaying a debt.

  • August 14, 2019

    OYO Hotels & Homes Investing $334M In Vacation Home Biz

    OYO Hotels & Homes is investing €300 million ($334.2 million) in its vacation home business as it looks to expand its operations in Europe, according to an announcement on Wednesday from the New Delhi-based vacation rental company.

  • August 14, 2019

    Ga., NFL Stadium's Win In Escalator Injury Suit Upheld

    The Georgia World Congress Center and its owner, the state of Georgia, notched another win in a suit filed by a woman who claimed she was injured by a malfunctioning escalator, with a state appeals court affirming she didn’t properly give notice of her intent to sue.

Expert Analysis

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • FLSA Overtime Deal Highlights Worker Classification Priorities

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    A Panera Bread franchisee's recently approved $4.6 million settlement involving overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act serves as a cautionary employee classification tale, reminding employers to review overtime-exempt managers’ duties in order to ensure their status under the FLSA is not at risk, says Kate Dewberry at Poyner Spruill.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Practical Takeaways From 7th Circ. Disability Bias Decision

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    The Seventh Circuit’s recent Americans with Disabilities Act decision in Graham v. Arctic Zone provides employer-friendly clarification on commonly encountered elements in disparate treatment cases and reminds employers of the value and practical significance of several time-tested employee relations tenets, says Jan Michelsen at Ogletree.

  • How To Counter Jury Reliance On Plaintiff's Damages Ask

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    Years of interviewing jurors and observing deliberation show that the amount juries award in damages is almost always influenced by the amount of the plaintiff's demand, but there are three ways defense counsel can combat this anchoring effect, says Christina Marinakis at Litigation Insights.

  • NY Tax Minutes: Trump Tax Returns, New Corporate Tax Regs

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    In their roundup of New York's recent tax law highlights, Timothy Noonan and Craig Reilly of Hodgson Russ discuss the ongoing battle over President Donald Trump’s state tax returns and New York's recently updated corporation franchise tax apportionment regulations.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.

  • Opinion

    Changing Ethics Rules Is Key To Law Firm Innovation

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    As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of ​​​​​​​Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.

  • Sweeping Changes To Ill. Law Will Require Employer Diligence

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    Illinois has begun to enact significant employment law changes aimed at strengthening workplace sexual harassment protections, achieving gender pay equality and providing leave for gender-related violence. Attorneys at Clark Hill explain how the new requirements will affect employers in the state.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Opinion

    Tennessee Tort Caps Are Constitutional

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    In McClay v. Airport Management Services, the Tennessee Supreme Court should uphold limits on damages as a perfectly legitimate legislative function that does not violate the right to trial by jury, says Braden Boucek at the Beacon Center of Tennessee.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • How Travel Cos. Should Respond To Trump Cuba Restrictions

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    The Trump administration recently introduced further restrictions on nonfamily travel to Cuba. Businesses in the travel sector may want to consider recharacterizing their services to fit a travel general license that continues in effect, say attorneys with Hunton.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.