Hospitality

  • February 01, 2024

    Ill. Bar Freed From Suit Over Staffer's Alcohol-Fueled Fatal Fall

    A Chicago bar has escaped claims of civil liability over the death of one of its barbacks, who fell on his head while on the job after becoming intoxicated on drinks the bar provided him, after an Illinois state appeals court said that the only recourse was the Dram Shop Act, which the barback's brother did not seek damages under.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Trump Org. CFO Faces Possible Perjury Charge, Mulls Plea

    Donald Trump's longtime top financial officer Allen Weisselberg is in plea negotiations related to potential perjury charges stemming from his testimony in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • February 01, 2024

    Barnes & Thornburg Expands Atlanta Finance Practice

    A commercial finance team from an Atlanta-based AmLaw 200 law firm has joined Barnes & Thornburg corporate department, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Possible Bias Spurs New Trial In Royal Caribbean Injury Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday ordered a new trial for a passenger who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after she tripped and injured herself on a ship, saying the trial court should have investigated further when it found out one of the jurors was related to an employee of the cruise line.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ch. 7 Doesn't Nix Criminal Restitution, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit has found that a man who pled guilty to passing bad checks is still on the hook for more than $200,000 to the Wynn casino and resort in Las Vegas even though his debts were discharged through a Chapter 7 case, concluding the appeals court couldn't step in to overrule a Nevada state court's decision.

  • February 01, 2024

    9th Circ. Told RICO Claim Can't Stick To Enviro Complaint

    Developer Relevant Group has shot back at eight interest groups who told the Ninth Circuit in a combined brief that it should allow a property owner to challenge projects using California environmental law, in a case from the developer arguing the complaints over its work amount to extortion.

  • February 01, 2024

    NY Strip Club Loses PPP Suit Despite 'Discriminatory' Claim

    A New York federal judge tossed a suit brought by a Buffalo-area strip club that was denied Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic, agreeing with a magistrate judge's reasoning that the government was within its rights to exclude adult entertainment businesses from the program.

  • January 31, 2024

    Final Immigration Fee Hikes Seen As 'Tax' On Employers

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' final fee schedule imposing fee hikes for employment-based visas and a $600 fee to fund the asylum system is drawing ire from attorneys who say it amounts to a tax on talent-strapped employers.

  • January 31, 2024

    Insomnia Cookies Founders Settle For $3.5M With Jury Out

    Amid jury deliberations Wednesday, the CEO of Insomnia Cookies agreed to pay $3.5 million to his former business partner to resolve their yearslong dispute over the share of profits from Krispy Kreme's acquisition of the late-night cookie delivery business.

  • January 31, 2024

    Servers' Sanctions Bid Smacks SF Hilton Over Discovery Docs

    A Hilton hotel in San Francisco has failed to produce "responsive and highly relevant" documents during discovery in a suit accusing the hotel operator of pocketing tips meant for banquet servers, workers said in a motion to impose sanctions filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Disney Loses Free Speech Suit Against DeSantis

    A Florida federal judge Wednesday rejected claims from Disney that Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped on its free speech rights by replacing a local oversight board with company critics in retaliation for Disney's opposition to the governor's "Don't Say Gay" law that restricts teaching about gender and sexual orientation in public schools.

  • January 31, 2024

    Mass. Eateries Blocked From Interfering In DOL Probes

    A Massachusetts federal court issued an order Wednesday restraining a pair of jointly operated restaurants from retaliating against workers looking to assert their Fair Labor Standards Acts rights to representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • January 30, 2024

    Ohio Operator Settles Choice Hotels' TM Suit For $400K

    A former Comfort Inn location operator has agreed to pay lodging franchisor Choice Hotels $400,000 to settle claims in Ohio federal court that the operator continued to use the Choice Hotel's marks and signage after their franchise agreement was scrapped.

  • January 30, 2024

    McDonald's CEO Can Be Deposed In Race Bias Suit

    McDonald's Corp. CEO Christopher Kempczinski can be deposed in a discrimination suit filed by a Black former security executive who claimed he was fired because of his race and for speaking out against his former boss during a company meeting, an Illinois federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Calif. Audit Says Anaheim Misspent Millions In Tourism Money

    The city of Anaheim, home to the Disneyland Resort, has mismanaged millions of tourism dollars it gave to two business nonprofits by signing public funding contracts that lacked a proper monitoring process and resulted in corruption investigations of local leaders, California's state auditor reported Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Biden Admin. Finalizes Immigration Fee Hikes

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday firmed up immigration fee increases that will significantly raise the costs for employers to hire noncitizen workers, but offered some concessions in response to criticism that earlier proposed rates were too high.

  • January 30, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Eldawy, Wake Stone, Ohio Police & Fire

    Developer Mohamed Eldawy is said to be seeking city approval for a $250 million mixed-use project in Galveston, Texas, Wake Stone Property is reportedly investing $48 million toward expanding an industrial park in North Carolina, and the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund could be investing up to $275 million in real estate this year.

  • January 30, 2024

    Irked NC Judge Pushes Deal To End Derelict 'Ghost' Park Spat

    A North Carolina state court judge irritated with the legal antics surrounding an abandoned theme park targeted for dissolution warned the parties Tuesday that a settlement may be their best path forward to avoid a decision that may be "mostly unsatisfactory for both of you."

  • January 30, 2024

    Trump Golf Club Says Atty Pushing NDA Was On Her Own

    A former server who says a Trump Organization golf resort fraudulently induced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she accused a manager of sexually harassing her should have her suit tossed from New Jersey state court, the resort is arguing, saying her allegations were against a third-party attorney not working as "an employee or agent of the club."

  • January 29, 2024

    Couple To Pay $730K To End Filipino Workers' Trafficking Case

    An Oklahoma couple has agreed to pay $730,000 to end allegations that they made false promises of fair wages to lure Filipino workers and then charged steep recruitment fees that made the workers indebted to them, according to a federal court filing.

  • January 29, 2024

    Increase In Trafficking Reveals Hospitality Coverage Concerns

    As human trafficking continues to increase and travel returns to prepandemic levels, hospitality industry policyholders may see more direct trafficking exclusions and increased education requirements as the insurance industry works to address this growing risk, experts said.

  • January 29, 2024

    Judge Won't Pause Ohio Trafficking Case For Centralization

    An Ohio federal judge denied a woman's bid to pause her sex trafficking lawsuit while she awaits a decision to have her case centralized with other trafficking cases because it would delay efficient resolution.

  • January 29, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A transportation services company and cryptocurrency fund both exited litigation, a grill maker and EV-charging company fired up new cases, and biotechs bandaged old wounds while judges fast-tracked a musical power struggle and unwound a REIT deal. All told, a typical week for Delaware's court of equity.

  • January 29, 2024

    Trump Assails Fraud Monitor For 'Misleading' Final Report

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump denounced the independent monitor overseeing his businesses on Monday, accusing her of seeking to extend her term and get more money by bolstering the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as a decision looms.

  • January 29, 2024

    KSL Closes $3B Continuation Fund To Invest In Ski Resort Biz

    Private equity shop KSL Capital Partners, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Hogan Lovells, on Monday announced that it closed its single-asset continuation vehicle after securing over $3 billion in commitments to invest in Alterra Mountain Co.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • A Look At Competition Enforcers' 2026 World Cup Game Plan

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    Ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, competition authorities of the host nations, the U.S., Mexico and Canada, have recently launched a joint initiative to police collusive schemes, setting an example for other countries' cross-border collaboration — so companies pursuing tournament opportunities should take note, say Carsten Reichel and Will Conway at Norton Rose.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Calif. Climate Disclosure Bills Promise Challenges For Cos.

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    Two novel climate disclosure bills recently passed by the California Legislature will pose challenges for many businesses — especially private companies that are less familiar with climate-related reporting obligations — and will require investments of significant time and effort in processes, procedures and personnel, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Tips For Student Visa Applicants Mired In Processing Delays

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    Notwithstanding procedural changes at the U.S. Department of State that provided hope for more timely and predictable visa processing outcomes, international student applications continue to risk becoming bogged down in administrative processing, but certain steps may improve the situation, say Carl Risch and Lauren Epstein at Mayer Brown.

  • Do Website Accessibility Suits Violate Hobbs Act, RICO?

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    As more website accessibility lawsuits are filed on behalf of people with visual impairments, attorneys' settlement demands may be extortionate under the Hobbs Act, and may also constitute an act of racketeering, giving rise to civil causes of action, say Nika Aldrich and Amanda Kohls at Schwabe Williamson.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • As AI Pricing Tools Evolve, So Does Antitrust Risk

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    As the use of pricing algorithms has given rise to regulatory scrutiny and civil actions, such as RealPage Rental Software Antitrust Litigation in the Middle District of Tennessee and Gibson v. MGM in the District of Nevada, independent pricing decisions and other best practices can help limit antitrust risk, say attorneys at Axinn.

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