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Sleep with an Eye Open: The New Age of Hotel Privacy Intrusion

A hotel is a personal place, even if you share it with thousands of other people. The very obscurity in a crowd can make you feel anonymous, and the private living space allows for the most private of conversations and...more

Spoiler Alert: LA Hotel Ordinance Is Here to Stay

There’s a new twist in the ongoing soap-opera like saga surrounding the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Hotel Associations that opposed the Ordinance have now dropped their two-year law suit to...more

Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage...more

[Webinar] Hotel Liquor Licensing - September 27th, 10:00am PST

Join DWT Partner Matt LeMaster and Associate Jeff Giametta for this webinar where they will provide practical advice for dealing with the ins and outs of retail and hotel liquor licensing, including acquisition diligence,...more

IRS Continues Trend of Flexibility for Qualified Management Agreements (QMA’s) for Hotels Financed With Tax Exempt Bonds

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently continued a trend of pronouncements further extending flexibility in structuring a Qualified Management Agreement (QMA) for a hotel financed with tax exempt bonds without...more

Federal Court Finds Depository Bank Not Liable to Third Party for Mobile Remote Deposit Capture Fraud

A recent federal court case in Illinois has addressed whether a depository bank can be held liable for negligence when its customer deposits a check by mobile remote deposit capture, and the bank fails to prevent the customer...more

Torts –Civil Rights – “Bright Line” Rule on Standing

Rebecca Osborne v. Bruce Yasmeh, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 28, 2016) - In California, two overlapping laws, the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Civil Code § 51) and the Disabled Persons Act...more

Motel 6 Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

New Orleans Motel Placed Employee on Unwanted Leave of Absence, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - G6 Hospitality, dba Motel 6, unlawfully placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was...more

Los Angeles Hotel Ordinance Update

Last week, Nancy Yaffe and I hosted approximately 30 Human Resources professionals in the hospitality industry in our Century City office for a working group discussion on the challenges of the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel...more

Significant Drop-Off in California Hotel Investments: Why, and What Lies Ahead?

There has been a significant drop off in hotel investments and acquisitions in 2016 as compared to 2015 levels. 2015 was an exceptionally strong year in terms of hotel investment volume, as California experienced a record...more

HEI Hotels & Resorts Investigating Malware Intrusion

HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), which include Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin Hotels have notified individuals who purchased food and beverages at 20 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia that their credit card...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...more

Kimpton Hotels investigates credit and debit card breach

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced that it is investigating a point-of-sale credit and debit card breach affecting approximately two dozen of its properties in the U.S....more

CA Increases Paid Family Leave Benefits

In April, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908 (AB 908) into law, increasing wage replacement benefits for employees who take leave under California’s existing paid family leave law. Fifteen years after...more

Restrictive Scheduling Bill Fails in CA Senate

A measure that would have required many California hotel businesses to give their employees a 21-day work schedule at least one week in advance was shelved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in late May 2016. Labeled a...more

Court decides to ‘wait and see’ in its refusal to grant an administration order

Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd [2016] EWHC 1523 (Ch) - The High Court recently re-affirmed the discretionary nature of its right to grant an administration order. In this case, the court refused to...more

New Poster for Hospitality Employers in Louisiana

Louisiana hotels will soon be required to display a new poster publicizing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The new poster obligation becomes effective on August 1. 2016....more

How Can My Property Comply With All These New Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Laws?

In order to ensure compliance with the California Paid Sick Leave Law (CA Sick Leave), Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (City Ordinance), Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance (County Ordinance) and Los Angeles Citywide...more

Coming to a Hotel Near You: The Starwood-Marriott Merger

It seems fitting that Marriott’s upcoming acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (creating one of the largest hotel companies in the world) is anticipated to occur during the prime summer vacation season. The combined...more

What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as U.S. Embargo Loosens?

The loosening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has generated significant discussion regarding the country's potential for economic transformation. Most analysts agree that Cuba will be a very different country 10 years from...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

Omni Hotels latest hotel chain hit with malware

Omni Hotels notified guests on Friday, July 8, 2016, that its point of sale systems were compromised with malware from December 23, 2015, through June 15, 2016....more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Title III Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

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