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Captain Obvious Issues Most Obvious FLSA Decision of 2014 (So Far...)

If you have been anywhere near a TV or radio over the past few months, you have probably seen or heard the ads for Hotels.com featuring Captain Obvious. If you’re from the Midwest, and Indiana in particular, it has probably...more

Open-Carriers Pose a Threat to Restaurants with Liquor Licenses

Regardless of their personal stance on any hot-button social issue, most business owners do not want their place of business to be the focus of demonstrations on that issue – wisely so, because rarely does being the focus of...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission to Decide Wynn Agreement With Boston

In the race for eastern Massachusetts’ sole casino license, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts attempted negotiating Surrounding Community Agreements with the City of Boston. The agreements are designed to compensate surrounding...more

Airing a new logo: Airbnb

For those of you who are into traveling, you are probably very familiar with the trendy Airbnb, a travel site that lets you book a stay at someone’s home instead of a hotel. They are part of a growing trend of websites...more

Diligence in Hotel Lending

The hotel industry appears to be on an uptick, which is good news for lenders. Hotel construction in May 2014 is up over 13% from the same time period in 2013. Moreover, record high occupancy rates and low supply could...more

Hotel Tax Increases and Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

At this writing, a bill authorizing certain counties to impose or increase their hotel taxes remains pending before the Pennsylvania House for concurrence on Senate amendments. Authorization of a local option Cigarette Tax...more

Hotel Meeting Contracts: Navigating Legal Issues for Successful and Profitable Meetings

In this presentation: - General Negotiation Overview - Hotel Contract Issues - Convention Center Contract Issues - Other Meeting Contracts - Questions - Excerpt from General...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat . . .You’re Not Alone: OSHA Kicks Off its Annual Heat Illness Campaign

On May 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it was bringing back its heat illness prevention campaign for the fourth straight year. The campaign primarily targets industries with workers...more

“Law of the Flag” Held Not to Apply to Action on Unenforceable Gambling Debt in Florida Bankruptcy Court

In this bankruptcy contract case, the debtor, a cruise vessel operating as a gambling casino, fronted $200,000 to a blackjack gambler who submitted checks for the cash but then stopped payment on the checks. The debtor sued...more

Miami Beach — New Hotbed For Boutique Hotel Deals

No longer are the major hotel flags of the world the only ones taking their talents to South Beach. Boutique hotels are becoming the focus of the Miami hospitality market at a time when investors are pouring millions into...more

Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles Affirmed; AB 2372 Passes Assembly

On June 3, 2014, in a published decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, holding that even though 100 percent...more

Hotel Lawyer: What is happening with Chinese real estate companies investing in banks?

Concerns over a real estate bubble in China - For decades, China was referred to as the “sleeping giant.” This reference is to the great potential impact of the country, its vast population, and its economy, but also...more

Hotel Lawyer: Growing Together — China and Los Angeles County

The growth of outbound Chinese investment - Earlier this month we posted an article about the surge in Chinese investment as reported by Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times. See, “China and JMBM’s Chinese Investment...more

Your Nonprofit's Next Big Event: Spotting and Solving the Most Common Meeting Contract Pitfalls

In this presentation: - General Negotiation Overview - Hotel Contract Issues - Convention Center Contract Issues - Other Meeting Contracts - Questions - Excerpt from Hotel...more

Editorial: New Hotbed For Boutique Hotel Deals

No longer are the major hotel flags of the world the only ones taking their talents to South Beach. Boutique hotels are becoming the focus of the Miami hospitality market at a time when investors are pouring millions into...more

Managing Risk in an Inhospitable Environment: The Restaurant and Hospitality Industries are an Alluring Destination for Cyber...

The recent onslaught of cybersecurity incidents and payment card thefts dominate daily headlines and have captured the nation’s attention—from the diner whose credit card was compromised during a data breach to the President...more

TCPA Connect - June 2014

TCPA Suit Based On Texts Unrelated To Promotion - Running a Cyber Monday promotion led to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit for Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts. ...more

Direct Physical Loss At Sea: Should Cruise Ship Companies Expect Coverage For Contamination-Related Property Damage?

The last few years have not been particularly kind to the cruise ship industry. In January 2012, thirty-two passengers were killed when the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Tuscany after striking a rocky shoal. In...more

Hotel Lawyer in New York: Mood of the New York hotel conference

2014 NYU Hotel Investment Conference - Last night (Sunday, June 1, 2014), the NYU hotel conference kicked off with its gala grand opening party. With about 2,300 people attending this year, the energy is high and a...more

Bankruptcy Beat : Choice of Law & Liquidated Damages Analyses Result in Significant Reduction of Creditor’s Claim

In the context of an objection to claim proceeding, the Bankruptcy Court (Dabrowski, J.) engaged in choice of law and liquidated damages analyses and as a result disallowed approximately a million dollars of Best Western’s...more

Lodging Industry Investment Council’s Top 15 Member Quotes

The Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) is the hotel industry “think tank” whose membership includes the hospitality industry’s most influential investors, lenders, corporate real estate executives, REITs, public hotel...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 6 - June 2014

In This Issue: - New York Court Grants Airbnb’s Motion to Quash Attorney General’s Subpoena - New York City UBT Ruling Allows Broker-Dealer Sourcing for Non-Registered Broker-Dealers - ALJ Dismisses Action as...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House - May 2014: The House joined the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, joining the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number of judges. Tuesday, the House cleared some of their...more

Editorial: Get Ready For A Miami Tech Hub

Miami has long been known for its tourism and hospitality industry, its booming real estate market and its diverse international population. Now, in the wake of Microsoft's announcement that it plans to open a...more

Want to Disrupt the News? Focus on Quality and Context

“Disruption” is a thrilling word at our company. Through daily conversations with our clients and the constant digestion of news, we see that traditional industries are being challenged and changed by new companies with...more

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