Hospitality

  • January 23, 2024

    $57M Morocco Hotel Award Can't Be Enforced, 3rd Circ. Hears

    An investment firm urged the Third Circuit on Monday not to force it to pay a $57 million arbitral award issued against its former subsidiary following a dispute over a mismanaged luxury hotel, saying the suit is an act of desperation by a hotel owner with nowhere else to turn.

  • January 23, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: JLB Partners, Ohana, Harry Winston

    JLB Partners is said to be transforming an office campus into 390 apartment units, Ohana Real Estate has reportedly refinanced a mixed-use hotel property for $59 million and Harry Winston is believed to be the newest tenant at 6 W. 48th Street in New York City.

  • January 23, 2024

    PE Firm Buys €100M Majority Stake In Nordic Travel Tech Co.

    Swedish hospitality software provider Visit Group revealed Tuesday it has a new majority shareholder following a more than €100 million ($108 million) investment from a Boston-based growth equity firm.

  • January 23, 2024

    DOJ Digging Into $8B Six Flags-Cedar Fair Merger

    Six Flags and Ohio-based amusement park peer Cedar Fair revealed in regulatory filings Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is looking more closely into their planned $8 billion merger, with the DOJ sending a second request for information as part of its review.

  • January 22, 2024

    Feds Seek 2-Plus Years For 'Brazen' Philly Cheesesteak Duo

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia has asked a federal judge to impose a minimum prison sentence of three years on a father and two years on his son, after they admitted to running an $8 million tax-avoidance scheme at their iconic Tony Luke's cheesesteak shop in South Philly.

  • January 22, 2024

    Choice Hotels Asks Albright To Cut Comms Patents, Citing Alice

    Choice Hotels International Inc. is asking Texas federal judge Alan D. Albright to dismiss a lawsuit against it over communications patents it claims are invalid, backing its reasoning with the Supreme Court's Alice decision.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insomnia Cookies Sale Left Crumbs For Co-Founder, Jury Told

    New York jurors on Monday heard dueling views of a crumbled college friendship forged in the late-night cookie delivery business, with Insomnia Cookies' co-founder claiming he was denied $4.2 million from the bakery chain's sale to Krispy Kreme and his former business partner panning that as "greed and jealousy."

  • January 22, 2024

    Carnival Can't Capsize Consumers' Wiretapping Case

    Carnival Corp. can't escape wiretap and invasion of privacy claims in a consolidated proposed class action accusing it of tracking consumers' every mouse click and keystroke on its website, a California federal judge ruled, but the consumers will need to rework their Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim.

  • January 22, 2024

    Zurich Gets Early Win In Travelers' $2.1M Reimbursement Suit

    Zurich has no duty to cover over $2.1 million in costs Travelers incurred while defending a construction company in a 2011 lawsuit over defects at San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel, a California federal court ruled, finding the underlying contract at issue didn't require Zurich's coverage beyond April 2008.

  • January 22, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a dating app found a way to ease some relationship tension, burned up stockholders sued an energy giant, and a vice chancellor got some supreme validation for his dismissal of a shareholder suit against Snap Inc. and Fox Corp.

  • January 22, 2024

    Choice Ramps Up Wyndham Takeover Bid With Nominee Slate

    Choice Hotels International Inc. on Monday unveiled a slate of eight individuals it will be nominating for election at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts' upcoming annual shareholder meeting, ramping up the company's hostile takeover attempt that has already faced scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Texas Hotel Explosion Caused By Negligence, Employees Say

    Employees injured in a hotel explosion that rocked downtown Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month said the building's owner, manager and natural gas supplier should have known they were placing workers at risk and have filed suit in Texas state court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Club Shooting Victim Seeks Toss Of Insurer's Coverage Fight

    The victim of a 2019 shooting at a South Carolina nightclub urged a federal court Friday to toss a suit brought by the club's insurer over coverage for an $18.1 million default judgment, saying any ruling regarding the carrier's coverage obligations under the policy is moot.

  • January 19, 2024

    Appraisal Needed In Restaurant Fire Dispute, Mich. Court Says

    A dispute over a restaurant's coverage claims for more than $44,000 in damages following a 2021 kitchen fire must go to an appraiser, a Michigan appellate panel affirmed.

  • January 19, 2024

    Tenants' Suit Over Deficient Notices Partly Revived On Appeal

    A California appeals court partially reinstated Thursday a putative class action by low-income tenants accusing a property manager of unfair business practices for providing only three days' notice of tenancy termination, finding the tenants suffered an injury even if they ultimately got to remain in their homes for more than the required 30 days. 

  • January 19, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen a bankrupt English local council bring a construction claim against property maintenance company Axis, a Cypriot cheese trade protection body appeal a UK IPO decision granting trademark registration for "Grilloumi" and employees of supermarket giant Morrison’s shop around for compensation in a claim over equal pay. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 18, 2024

    Club Owners Want Miami Official Expelled After $63.5M Ruling

    Two Miami business owners have filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to get a city commissioner removed from office, saying he met the criteria in a city charter provision stating that he must immediately forfeit his position after a federal jury ruled he intentionally violated their civil rights.

  • January 18, 2024

    Calif. Judge Tosses Healthcare Apparel Co. Securities Suit

    A California federal judge has tossed, for now, a securities fraud suit against a healthcare worker clothing supplier over an alleged pump-and-dump scheme, saying the investors have failed to establish that the defendants knowingly committed the alleged wrongdoing.

  • January 18, 2024

    Madonna Fans Express Themselves With Suit Over Late Show

    Two Madonna fans sued the pop singer, Live Nation and the Barclays Center in New York federal court Wednesday, alleging consumers were "lulled" into buying tickets expecting to see the Queen of Pop at 8:30 p.m. in Brooklyn, but then she was two hours late taking the stage.

  • January 18, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preserves $1.8M Jury Award For Resort Shareholder

    The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a $1.8 million jury award for the estate of a doctor who accused a Costa Rican resort of shorting him on timeshare investment income, reasoning that "record evidence" backed the trial verdict. 

  • January 18, 2024

    Calif. Beach Club Must Face Swim Racer's Injury Suit

    A swimmer who broke his ankle in a 2017 race organized by a Malibu beach club had his negligence lawsuit against the club owners restored, after a California state appeals court ruled that a retired lifeguard captain's declaration that conditions were hazardous raised a legitimate dispute regarding whether the club boosted the inherent swimming risks.

  • January 18, 2024

    Burger King Franchisee Says It's Owed Defense For BIPA Suit

    A Burger King franchisee said its umbrella insurance carrier owes coverage for a class action accusing the franchisee of violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, telling a federal court that the insurer has ignored it since receiving notice of the underlying action.

  • January 18, 2024

    NJ Judge Consolidates Atlantic City Casino Room-Rate Suits

    A New Jersey federal judge has ordered three proposed class actions accusing Caesar's Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Hard Rock International Inc. and other casino owners operating in Atlantic City of conspiring to hike up their hotel room rates to be consolidated after some plaintiffs called the cases "nearly identical."

Expert Analysis

  • The 7 Most Notable FCRA Cases Of 2023 So Far

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    Both consumer reporting agencies and furnishers should take note of Fair Credit Reporting Act decisions by federal district and appellate courts so far this year, especially those concerning dispute processing and the distinction between legal and factual inaccuracies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Questions On Kid Brands In Gambling Ads

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    A recent "Barbie" film marketing partnership with a casino raised some eyebrows as the iconic children's toy brand was being used to promote gambling in possible contravention of advertisement regulations for adult activities, but the campaign's particularities signal that the shtick may comport with responsible ad principles after all, says Abbey Block at Ifrah Law.

  • Ch. 11 Ruling Sets New Standard For Using Reinstatement

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    A New York bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Golden Seahorse, which concluded that Section 365(b)(2)(D) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code only creates a cure exception for nonmonetary defaults, sets a high bar for challenging the requirement to pay default interest as a condition to reinstatement of a loan agreement under a Chapter 11 plan, says Debra Dandeneau at Baker McKenzie.

  • For Tribes, Online Gambling May Soon Be A Safe Bet

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to the Indian Gaming Regulation Act would expressly allow tribes to execute compacts with states that enable online gambling and sports betting activities, strengthening tribes' ability to position themselves in the gambling industry despite protests from casino operators, says Blair Will at Hall Estill.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Cannabis Consumption Lounges Face Unique Liability Risks

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    As state laws regulating cannabis consumption lounges proliferate, operators must follow certain best practices to effectively address issues like air quality concerns and California Proposition 65 warnings, says Lauren Mendelsohn at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Data Breach Rulings Stress Duty For Protecting Worker Data

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    Two recent rulings from the Eleventh Circuit have restricted employers' ability to defend class action claims stemming from data breaches that target employees' personal information, highlighting the importance of cybersecurity measures that acknowledge a heightened obligation to protect workers’ data, say attorneys at Polsinelli.

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