One of the U.S. Labor Department's continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels. Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as...more
Albuquerque Hotel Refused Muslim Woman's Request to Wear Head Scarf, Federal Agency Charged -
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - 704 HTL Operating, LLC and Investment Corporation of America, doing business as MCM Elegante Hotel in...more
At the most recent Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific held in Hong Kong from the 16th to the 18th October, 2013 we conducted a Master Class focussed on the abovementioned topic.
In advance of the conference we...more
Employer practices with tips at hotels and restaurants have spawned a lot of employee discontent, class actions and other litigation. Some employers have withheld all or a portion of employee tips to cover administrative...more
At the recent Hotel Developers Forum hosted in JMBM's Los Angeles office, LA City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana emphasized the City's commitment to development, particularly of hotels in the downtown area. Santana is...more
Condo hotels offer private individuals the opportunity to purchase a condominium unit for personal use part of the year and for rent to the general public as part of a hotel when it is not in use by the owner. These projects...more
It has been almost a year since the Department of Justice's ADA requirement for fixed or permanent pool lifts in "places of public accommodation" has been in effect. Now a fact (and cost) of doing business in the hospitality...more
It is with great pleasure that the hospitality teams of Cushman & Wakefield and
DLA Piper jointly present the 1st in a series of publications. Many people would these days believe that Consultants/Brokers and Lawyers would...more
In the wake of Fairmont v. Turnberry and M Waikiki LLC v. Marriott Hotel Services in 2012, the hospitality industry was abuzz about the dramatic ousters of the hotel operators by the hotel owners. The sensational events...more
The U.S. Department of Labor recently cited the luxury Halekulani Hotel located in Waikiki for fourteen serious health and safety violations that endangered both hotel employees and guests. The Department of Labor’s...more
A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court whose rulings cover Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, demonstrates how important it is for business owners to register...more
As Suzanne Amaducci-Adams wrote in a previous blog post, the average daily occupancy rate, average daily room rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) numbers for Miami each had a significant increase for the first...more
We previously wrote about a Tennessee district court’s decision holding that a hotel’s inclusion at the top of the 2011 TripAdvisor “Dirtiest Hotels” list constituted hyperbolic opinion and rhetorical exaggeration, and thus...more
Andrew Cohan, Vice President of HVS Miami, a hospitality driven mixed-use real estate consulting and valuation firm, recently co-authored his firm’s Autumn 2013 Florida Newsletter entitled “Miami’s Leap to Global Gateway...more
The hotel world has been fascinated by the civil litigation and criminal actions swirling around the former President and owner of Molinaro Koger, Robert T. Koger....more
The number of hotel transactions is up by more than 50% for the first 6 months of 2013 over the comparable period last year, and is expected to top $18 billion for 2013, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. And HVS reports that...more
In a helpful decision for online publishers of rankings and ratings, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a travel website’s annual top-ten list of the dirtiest hotels in the United States, based on data compiled...more
In the U.S., a senior user of a trademark can block a junior user within the geographic area of prior use, even if the junior user is the party with an incontestable U.S. federal registration. This is perfectly illustrated...more
Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important opinion that could establish a safe harbor to protect condominium hotels from being characterized as securities under federal and state securities laws. In...more
How Does a Hotel Owner Identify an Appropriate Hotel Operator for Their Hotel?
Careful attention to the process by which a hotel operator is identified for the management of a hotel can ultimately impact the owner’s...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative securities class action concerning the sale of 420 hotel-condominium units at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego....more
The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that it intends to accept commitments from Booking.com, Expedia, InterContinetal Hotels and others, and to close its investigation into online hotel room price fixing without...more
Craig Karmin and Alexandra Berzon of the Wall Street Journal broke a big story yesterday evening which appeared in the August 15, 2013 US edition of the paper at page C3. The headline is "Marriott Close to Deal to Sell Three...more
Hotel Lawyers on "hotel condo" units as securities (or NOT).
An important decision on when a condo hotel does NOT involve the sale of a "security"
One of the most significant challenges for developers of a condo...more
An important new case regarding New Hampshire Mechanics Lien Law has application for contractors in all states and reminds the industry of how painful uncollectible debts can be. In Moultonborough Hotel Group decided on July...more