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Texas’ Open Carry Law: 3 Steps Hotels Should Take Before the New Year

The Texas statute allowing the open carrying of guns by licensed holders will become effective on January 1, 2016. Prior to this effective date, Texas hotel properties should consider following these three steps in an effort...more

Wi-Fi blocking is illegal. FCC fines Hilton Hotels and M.C. Dean over Wi-Fi blocking in two new actions

FCC takes two enforcement actions on Wi-Fi - On November 2, 2015, the FCC issued two separate news releases on Wi-Fi blocking. In one action, the FCC announced a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean, one of the nation’s...more

Sound and Savvy Operational Solutions to Offsetting the Increased Minimum Hotel Wage

In the last issue, we discussed the Los Angeles City Council’s approval of a Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance, which required establishments with at least 300 guest rooms to raise their minimum wage to $15.37 by...more

FCC Issues NAL in First Contested Enforcement Proceeding Involving Wi-Fi Blocking

Wi-Fi management or blocking practices have once again seized the enforcement spotlight at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). On November 2, the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability (Dean NAL) proposing a...more

Controlling the Domino Effect: Russia & CIS Hotel Market 2015-2016 Survey Report

This is the first year we have run this survey for the Russia & CIS region and we have had a very good response rate from top leaders in the industry who shared their views of the current situation...more

There’s a New (Cybersecurity) Sheriff in Town: FTC vs. Wyndham

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. The case was highly anticipated by the data security community generally for...more

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors...more

FDA’s Menu-Labeling Update

Since their official unveiling in December 2014, the FDA’s final menu-labeling rules have given rise to a multitude of questions from hospitality businesses who wonder how to comply or whether they must comply at all. The...more

Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Year-Long Data Breach

Trump Hotel Collection, the high-end hotel chain owned by the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful and real estate developer Donald Trump, has confirmed a data security breach involving malware that the company says...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

FCC says blocking FCC-approved Wi-Fi hotspots is “patently illegal” and imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City.

Blocking Wi-Fi connections is “patently unlawful”. On August 18, 2015, the FCC announced a $750,000 civil penalty and formal Consent Decree with Smart City Holdings for blocking consumers’ personal Wi-Fi access at...more

Competition News September 2015

The French Macron law and the framework of commercial relations - Promulgated on August 6, 2015, the law to promote growth, activity and equal economic opportunity, known as the “Macron law”, provides for a series of...more

DOJ Will Not Be Challenging Expedia-Orbitz Merger

David Crockett © September 18, 2015 Despite the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) public denouncement of Expedia, Inc.’s (“Expedia”) $1.6 million acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (“Orbitz”), as...more

Burning Down The House – The Wyndham Decision Allows The FTC To Sue Businesses For Getting Hacked

As it is commonly understood, the Great Fire of London spawned two fixtures of the modern world: advancements in firefighting and property insurance. The risk of fire was seen as a threat to society as a whole and mechanisms...more

FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Group - A Warning From the Third Circuit

On August 24, in  FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. et al, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the FTC could enforce its own reasonable interpretation of what cybersecurity standards are necessary to avoid...more

Swag: What Can Your Hotel Restaurant Accept for Free?

A distributor is knocking on your hotel restaurant’s door, offering key chains from a hot new distillery for your customers. A brewery just dropped off coasters for use in the restaurant’s bar. And a winery offered cork...more

Cheap Flights for Flying Blind

European discount airline Germanwings has a practice it calls “Blind Booking”. The concept is straightforward. Essentially you don’t know your destination city until after you have booked the flight. But for €33...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 21: Focus on Hospitality and Leisure

Welcome to Issue 21 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette. at the end of the northern hemisphere summer many people have just returned from time spent relaxing in idyllic surroundings. However, what about the massive business...more

Businesses Incur Hefty Fines for Blocking Wi-Fi

Following the FCC’s massive $600,000 fine of Marriott International last year for blocking Wi-Fi at the Gaylord Opryland, the FCC has now imposed an even bigger fine on a boutique telecom company for engaging in similar...more

Wyndham Opinion Affirms FTC’s Power to Regulate Cybersecurity Practices

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey’s denial of a motion to dismiss in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. In Wyndham, the Federal Trade Commission...more

Accrual to be Kind: Pennsylvania Appellate Court Addresses Statute of Limitations for Declaratory Claim

A Pennsylvania appeals court recently addressed a nuanced procedural question: the applicable statute of limitations in a declaratory action of a coverage dispute. In Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Hospitality Group Svcs, Inc.,...more

Proposed OT Regulations Will Hit Hospitality Industry Hard

At long last, the anxiously awaited proposed changes to the regulations defining federal wage and hour law have been published by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The changes, if adopted, would impact the determination...more

The Fourth Appellate District Breaks With Wagner Regarding the Statute of Limitations in Express Indemnity Claims

Valley Crest Landscape Development, Inc. v. Mission Pools of Escondido, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (July 2, 2015) - The Appellate Court reviewed three issues on appeal in this case. First,...more

Strange Bedfellows: Technology Issues in Real Estate Transactions, Part 1

Technology continues to infuse our homes, businesses, and places of employment. For example, the “Internet of Things” – as it is sometimes called – brings a lot of promise to a wide variety of industries and sectors,...more

Are Your Contractors Actually Employees? DOL Says Probably Yes

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued an Administrator's Interpretation aimed at addressing what it characterizes as the “problematic trend” of employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors...more

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