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Hyatt Data Breach Impacts 41 Locations in 11 Countries

Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced that it had identified malicious software code resulting in unauthorized access to customer payment card information. Hyatt disclosed that upon investigating the incident, it...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 6th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s short OTA Update for the week ending Friday, October 6 is below. Distribution, loyalty and short-term rentals are featured in this week’s Update...more

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 29th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 29, 2017 is below. This week’s Update is a lengthy one and contains a number of stories that, although not directly associated with distribution, I...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

US Bankruptcy Filing Limitations - How Far Can You Go?

by Dechert LLP on

In order to file for bankruptcy, a corporate entity must be legally authorized to do so. Whether the bankruptcy petition has been duly authorized is governed by state law and often depends on the entity’s governance...more

Prime Opportunity to Redevelop Tacoma’s Old City Hall, Get Some Green Cards

Seattle is not the only Northwest city reaping the benefits of foreign investment. Tacoma, our neighbor to the south, is notably receiving foreign capital from Asia. Perhaps Tacoma’s Old City Hall is ripe for similar foreign...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 22, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories on distribution, short-term rentals and loyalty programs....more

Lawyer for Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Quietly Files More Serial ADA Lawsuits Targeting Valley-Area Hotels and...

by Jaburg Wilk on

The lawyer for the controversial Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID), the organization that launched over a thousand nearly identical lawsuits against Arizona businesses last year, has quietly been filing a...more

Dialing 911 From Offices or Hotels - Potential New Regulations

The FCC is assessing whether additional federal regulations are needed to ensure that workers in office buildings or hotel guests have access to up-to-date 911 services when the business owner uses new IP communications...more

Expedia targeted once again by the French

by Bryan Cave on

Following the French Economy Minister’s claim against Expedia in 2013, the Paris Court of Appeals, by decision dated 21 June 2017, heavily fined this Online Travel Agency (OTA), considering that certain provisions in the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 15th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending September 15, 2017 is below. The week’s short Update features a heavy dose of OTA stories...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 8th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s update features a number of traditional “distributor” stories and updates on short-term rentals. We elected not to include a story involving the much-publicized leadership changes at Expedia (and Uber) as I’m sure...more

Understanding Business Interruption Insurance and Wide-Impact Catastrophes

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, policyholders can expect insurers to put forward strong objections to some of the most consequential claims asserted by insureds. - Takeaways - In construing policy language...more

Country Inns Being Pushed Out

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A Country Inn provides a venue for a cozy dinner or event and possibly an overnight stay nestled in a rural setting in Montgomery County. It is a nice, relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of...more

Valuing the Older Hospitality Facility Can Be Complicated

by Dickinson Wright on

Hospitality facilities built in the 1980s or 1990s (or earlier) tend to have design and layout configurations that are out of touch with a franchisor’s present market requirements. This jeopardizes the continued franchise...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 25th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 25, 2017 is below. This week’s Update once again shows that August shaped up to be a relatively quiet month in the distribution world....more

Could Barring Former Employees From Your Premises Lead To A Lawsuit?

by Fisher Phillips on

Hospitality employers open to the general public should be aware of a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with implications across the industry. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB ruled that a hotel and...more

Governor's Order Protects Against Price Gouging Following Hurricane Harvey

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In addition to providing much needed relief for the people and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's declaration of disaster also has implications for anyone doing business within the affected...more

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiatives

by Jackson Walker on

1. Hotel Occupancy Tax Declared Exempt For Evacuees and Relief Workers - The Governor of Texas, by way of proclamation, has exempted evacuees and relief workers from state and local hotel taxes.  Currently the Governor’s...more

Hospitality Businesses Implement Uber-Like Tactics To Address Worker Shortages

by Fisher Phillips on

When it rains, it pours. If you think back roughly nine years ago, at the crippling height of the economic downturn, employers were laying off workers en masse across all industries. Fast forward to 2017, and they can’t get...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 18th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week ending August, 18, 2017 is below. Short-term rental regulation is featured prominently in this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 11th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 11, 2017 (where has summer gone) is below. Compared to recent weeks, this past week was relatively quiet on the distribution front...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 4th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 4, 2017 is below. An important update on the status of rate parity in the EU leads things off in this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 28th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 28, 2017 is below. Two Expedia companies top this week’s Update...more

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