Hospitality

  • February 15, 2024

    'Jock Tax' Is Constitutional, Pittsburgh Tells Pa. Justices

    The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court erred by ruling Pittsburgh's fee on nonresident professional athletes violates the state constitution's uniformity clause, the city told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

  • February 15, 2024

    Vaughan Baio Adds 3 Partners And 2 Offices In NY, NJ

    Philadelphia-based midsized firm Vaughan Baio & Partners expanded its footprint and resources this month with the addition of three partners and the opening of two offices in New York and New Jersey.

  • February 15, 2024

    Petition Watch: Classes, Litigation Changes & Fraud Theories

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed, including questions over how courts should analyze class certification bids and regulations restricting specific speech for content-neutral reasons, whether plaintiffs must reestablish standing after amending lawsuits, and what constitutes fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    Feds Say Tax Prepper Filed Over $1M In False 2020 Returns

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division took an Ohio tax preparer and his two businesses to federal court alleging he has employed "at least four definable schemes to generate or inflate his customers' refunds" and cost the government $1 million in revenue for the 2020 tax year alone.

  • February 14, 2024

    American Airlines Settles Ticketing Row With Travel Website

    American Airlines Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit claiming that Kiwi.com sold the airline's tickets and displayed American's trademarks and copyright-protected flight symbol without permission.

  • February 14, 2024

    Union Says Religion Not Behind Fired Flight Attendants' Posts

    Two Alaska Airlines flight attendants alleging they were terminated from their positions for their religious convictions after making online posts about gender identity should have to prove their discrimination claims at trial, their union said, arguing that the attendants' real motive for posting publicly was political.

  • February 14, 2024

    NYC Servers Sue Korean BBQ Eateries Over Tipped Wages

    A proposed class of servers hit two Manhattan-based Korean barbecue restaurants with a wage-and-tipping suit Wednesday in New York federal court, claiming their former employers failed to adhere to "strict" tip credits governed by the state and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ind. Justices Find Eateries Can Be Liable Under Dram Shop Act

    Two restaurant owners could be held liable in a negligence case over a drunken driver who crashed into and killed another man, the Indiana Supreme Court has held, finding the state Dram Shop Act changed common-law liability for businesses that provide alcohol — but did not eliminate it.

  • February 14, 2024

    Chicago Eatery Biz Exec's Bid For Atty Privilege Challenged

    Investors in Chicago restaurant Maple & Ash told an Illinois court that a principal at the eatery's management firm wrongly acted as a lawyer in their corporate theft lawsuit against the firm, saying he inappropriately seeks to assert attorney-client privilege over 6,000 documents in the suit.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Man Charged With Falsely Claiming To Own Iconic Hotel

    A New York man has been charged with falsely claiming to own a celebrated New York hotel for four years, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. said on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    McDonald's In US Lack Adequate Lactation Spaces, Suit Says

    McDonald's employees from Kansas and New York filed a collective action in Illinois federal court Wednesday alleging the fast-food giant, which has more than 13,000 U.S. locations, and its franchisees failed to provide reasonable lactation accommodations to nursing mothers in restaurants nationwide, forcing them to pump in unsanitary spaces.

  • February 14, 2024

    Chancery Flipped SeaWorld Stock Claims, Ex-Execs Tell Court

    A Chancery Court judge "got it backwards" when he concluded that 19 former executives of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. weren't entitled to vesting rights in connection with a 2017 stock sale, because he read the executives' separation and equity agreements out of order, an attorney for the executives told Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    BCLP Can Fight Atlanta Firm's Fee Garnishing Request

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP can now appeal a trial court's ruling ordering the firm to return just over $125,000 in connection to a dispute between an Atlanta attorney and an airport travel spa operator, a Georgia state appellate court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    TMZ Ordered To Pay $300K In Atty Fees Over Bus Tour Case

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered TMZ to reimburse a Hollywood bus tour operator almost $300,000 in attorney fees after the operator convinced the court to vacate an arbitration award favoring the celebrity news provider based on an arbitrator's failure to disclose relevant information.

  • February 14, 2024

    Navajo Say Hopi Tribe Bid To Join Land Trust Suit Is Untimely

    The Navajo Nation has said the Hopi Tribe's attempt to intervene in its lawsuit against the U.S. government over a land trust and casino road easement dispute is untimely, coming after nearly four years of litigation.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurer Wants Out Of Covering SC Club Shooting

    A Nationwide unit has told a South Carolina federal court it doesn't have to defend a nightclub operator against a former patron's negligence suit, arguing that an assault and battery exclusion in its liquor liability policy bars coverage for the claimant's shooting-related injuries.

  • February 14, 2024

    Hospitality Cos. Seek To Sink Trafficking Survivor's Suit

    Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and other hotel companies are urging an Ohio federal judge to end a suit from a sex trafficking survivor alleging they allowed crimes against her to continue, with Choice Hotels eyeing dismissal and the other defendants seeking early wins.

  • February 13, 2024

    Hilton And Franchisee Defeat NC Sex Trafficking Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday threw out a suit by an anonymous accuser who says she was the victim of sex trafficking at a Hampton Inn, finding she did not allege in her complaint any wrongdoing under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act by the hotel's franchisee and its Hilton franchisor.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wyndham Gets Default Win In Timeshare Exit Suit

    A Florida federal judge has granted Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc. a default victory in its lawsuit accusing multiple companies of levying unnecessary fees to help customers exit their timeshares, after adopting a magistrate's report and recommendation when one company failed to respond.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurer Can't Toss Claims As Sanctions In Hotel Fire Suit

    A Colorado federal judge has rejected an insurer's request to toss a construction contractor's counterclaims as sanctions for discovery failures in a dispute over a $3 million hotel fire, with the judge finding no problems with a magistrate judge's decision to instead award attorney fees and costs.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fla. Casinos Ask Justices To Undo Seminole Gaming Compact

    Two Florida casino operators are asking the Supreme Court to reverse a lower federal court's decision that said a compact allowing online sports betting off tribal lands between the Sunshine State and the Seminole Tribe is lawful, arguing that the outcome of the case could set a nationwide precedent as an end-run around state and federal limitations in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • February 13, 2024

    Restaurants Trying To Derail Chicken Deals, 7th Circ. Told

    Direct broiler chicken purchasers who've inked nearly $285 million in price-fixing settlements blasted Boston Market and other restaurants' attempts to stop an $8 million deal from Simmons Foods, telling the Seventh Circuit the companies are trying to illegally unwind a strategic mistake. 

  • February 13, 2024

    Colo. Justice Says Something 'Wrong' With Ski Lift Waivers

    A Colorado Supreme Court justice appeared unsettled on Monday by a ski resort's argument that it could free itself from most liability by requiring guests to sign waivers before riding a ski lift, saying the industry seems to be subverting the will of state lawmakers.

  • February 13, 2024

    Hotel Rental Co. Hid Litigation And Failed Deal, Suit Says

    Real estate company LuxUrban Hotels has been hit with a proposed class action alleging it lied about a 25-year deal with the Royalton Hotel in New York and multiple lawsuits over unpaid rent, which it says caused shares to decline after a short-seller report disclosed the issues.

  • February 13, 2024

    Starbucks Made Statements With Actual Malice, Union Says

    Workers United accused Starbucks of posting statements with actual malice that relate to the union's now-deleted tweet saying "Solidarity with Palestine," telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the coffee chain implied that the union "committed a felony."

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Developments That Will Affect Hospitality Companies In 2024

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    As the hospitality industry continues its post-pandemic recovery, it faces both challenges and opportunities to thrive in 2024, including navigating new labor rules, developing branded residential living spaces and cautiously embracing artificial intelligence, says Lauren Stewart at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 5 Traps To Avoid When Selling CRE In Las Vegas Area

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    When dealing with commercial real estate in Clark County, Nevada — which includes the Las Vegas metro area — even sophisticated sellers may be ensnared by a myriad of tricky issues, ranging from transfer tax nuances to arbitration laws, says Chris Walther at Fennemore Craig.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

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