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Industry fundamentals are good now and will continue to improve

Hotel industry fundamentals are good, and will continue to improve. But the hotel industry is being punished by the disconnect between the investment community of Wall Street and actual performance of the hotels on Main...more

EU Retail News - May 2016

UK: How to comply with consumer protection laws — are you faking it? On 4 March 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published guidance for businesses on how to comply with consumer protection law...more

The 2016 LIIC Top Ten: The annual survey of lodging investment trends and challenges

(Denver, CO) For well over a decade, the members of the hotel industry’s preeminent think tank, “LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council,” are annually surveyed to develop a list of the major hotel investment...more

Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from ADA Abuse by a High Frequency Litigant

In a rare and decisive action, a Central District Court Judge dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit filed by an Arizona disabled plaintiff who has recently filed a wave of over 70 ADA lawsuits against...more

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly. They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day....more

TIME OFF: LA Hotel Worker Ordinance is About More Than Just Wages

As has been widely publicized within the hospitality industry, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (Ordinance) in September 2014. The Ordinance required hotels with at least...more

Guest Privacy a Hot Button Issue in Wake of $55 Million Erin Andrews Verdict

On March 7, 2016, a Nashville, Tennessee jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in a civil lawsuit against Marriott related to the secret recording of a nude video filmed during her stay at one of their hotels....more

“Indirect Control” — New NLRB Joint Employer Rule Headed for Appeal

Hoteliers still reeling from the National Labor Relation Boards’ (NLRB’s) dramatic change to the legal test for joint employer liability may find some solace in the fact that this issue is destined for appellate review. In...more

Short-Term Rentals Spur Discord at Neighborhood Level

The debate over short-term vacation rentals is increasingly pitting neighbor against neighbor. Despite the failure of San Francisco’s high-profile Proposition F, which would have limited short-term rentals to 75 days per year...more

In Rush to Comply With Minimum Wage Ordinance, Remember Your Vendors

As Los Angeles hotel operators brace for a minimum wage hike, those that fail to account for third party vendors will be in for a rude awakening. In September 2014, the Los Angeles City Council approved a minimum wage hike...more

UK Hotels Outlook: Summer 2016 and Beyond

UK hotels remain most popular in Europe - London remains the top destination for hotel investment in Europe, according to a survey of senior hospitality figures, beating Barcelona and Madrid into joint second place....more

Vacation rental websites create difficult choices for hotels

In just a few years, vacation rental websites have exploded onto the scene, commanding a significant market presence in the hospitality industry and redefining traditional “vacation rentals.” In particular, websites like...more

Erin Andrew’s Suit Shows Risks to Businesses from Intentional Tortfeasors

Sportscaster Erin Andrew’s suit against a Nashville Marriott and the stalker who the hotel let check-in to a room next to her has made national headlines. When the jury awarded her a total of $55 million damages, with about...more

Hotels and Hospitality in Cuba: OFAC and Obama Paving the Way

With more flights, relaxing regulations, a historic presidential trip to Cuba, and news of hospitality services expanding into Cuba, the pathway into Cuba for hotels and hospitality companies seems smooth. But businesses...more

Cuba and the Booming Commercial Real Estate Industry to Come

On March 20, 2016, President Obama became the first United States president in almost 90 years to visit the island of Cuba, located a mere 90 miles from the coast of Florida—signaling not only a renewed diplomatic...more

Negative Reviews? Call A Lawyer – But Maybe Not Right Away

In our increasingly narcissistic culture, not only is everyone a critic, but everyone thinks their opinion is of the utmost importance. Smartphones permit us to instantaneously inform everyone of our day-to-day activities via...more

The Vegas Sands FCPA Action: Good Controls are Good Business

FCPA cases typically center on the payment of bribes to obtain or retain business. The bribes paid are usually small in comparison to the profits achieved – the obvious motive for the wrongful conduct. The profits of course...more

Nevada Casino Operator Settles FCPA Allegations with SEC

On April 7, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a Nevada-based operator of numerous hotel, resort, and casino properties in the United States and Asia. In a cease and desist order, the SEC found that the operating company...more

Trump Hotels investigating second credit card breach

KrebsOnSecurity has reported that sources from the banking industry have advised of a pattern of fraud on credit cards used at Trump Hotel Collection (Trump) properties. Trump has confirmed that it is investigating the...more

Erin Andrews Jury Sends Hoteliers a $55 Million Reality Check

“Privacy law” continues to evolve in the face of ever-advancing technology. Legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts, tech companies, and a host of other interests are working to innovate, keep pace with, or catch...more

Ken Adam and the Imagination of Reality – Corporate Governance

Ken Adam died earlier this month. If you are anything close to a James Bond aficionado, his name is well known to you for his creation of the fabulous sets on all the movies from Dr. No to Moonraker. I still marvel at the...more

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance for Hotel Workers

In January 2016, the Santa Monica, California City Council adopted a wide-reaching ordinance that raises the city’s minimum wage for hotel workers. The ordinance also imposes paid sick leave requirements on hotel employers...more

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance

In January of 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a wide-reaching ordinance that will raise the city’s minimum wage and impose paid sick leave requirements that exceed the state’s paid sick leave statute. The...more

Omni Accuses Vacation Rental Site of Trademark Infringement

Omni Hotels Management Corp. (Omni) has recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against HomeAway.com Inc. (HomeAway), in the Northern District of Texas. HomeAway operates multiple websites that offer vacation home...more

Tailoring Your Hotel Amenities to Your Customers

The days of one-size-fits-all hotel amenities are a thing of the past. In addition to creating vast inefficiencies (i.e., a swimming pool at a bustling business hotel), basic hotel amenities fail to suit the unique tastes of...more

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