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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

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

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

Los hostales toman el poder: Primera parte

En nuestro blog Nuevo Miami solemos destacar el rol que cumple Miami como uno de los mercados que marca tendencia para el sector hotelero. Durante los últimos años, Miami fue un popular punto de partida para marcas lujosas,...more

Hostel Takeover: Part One

On our New Miami blog we often talk about Miami’s role as a trendsetting market for the hospitality industry. Over the last few years, Miami has been a popular launching point for luxury brands, such as The Thompson Miami...more

More Imaginative THANN Other Soap Brands

On a recent trip to the Washington, D.C. area, I had the opportunity to stay at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, and I’ll have to say, as a trademark type, it was difficult to avoid being drawn to their...more

Insights from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference

In January, our team attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) conference, one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles....more

Mobile Wi-Fi Bumps Up Against NIMBY

Hey, What Happened to My Internet Connection? - In February 2013, a guest who stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission,...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming - Franchisor Liability for Franchisee Employment Decisions: The NLRB’s General Counsel Addresses the Move to Expand the Joint-Employer Standard, and...more

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming

On October 3, 2014, Marriott International entered into a consent decree with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where Marriott agreed to pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference guests' Wi-Fi hotspots at the...more

Plaintiff’s Vacation to Hawaii was a Nightmare, or not?

What happens when your dream vacation turns into a nightmare? That’s easy; it’s America, so obviously you sue everyone who may be responsible. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the opposing side may not comply with e-discovery...more

Manatt Digital Media - October 2014

Hashtags and Ads: Top 10 Legal Considerations for Brands Involved in Digital and Social Media Advertising - In today’s competitive marketplace, brands are relying heavily on social media and other digital methods to...more

Marriott signs FCC Consent Decree and agrees to pay $600,000 civil penalty for Wi-Fi blocking

Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels? As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work...more

Frequently Asked Questions about EB-5 project financing for new hotel development

Why is there so much buzz about EB-5 financing? In the last five years, EB-5 financing has become extremely popular in development circles and is being widely used by mainstream, institutional players including...more

What Does 'Noel Canning' Mean for the NLRB's Previously Decided Cases?

A comprehensive summary of the most significant previously-issued NLRB decisions up for reconsideration now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared President Obama's recess NLRB appointments unconstitutional....more

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles: Why does it seem like everyone wants to build or buy a hotel in downtown LA? It’s the “Renaissance of...

The coolest new downtown in America - If you haven’t been to what the cognoscenti now call “DTLA” (downtown Los Angeles) for a while, you might not recognize it. Gone are the days the sidewalks were rolled up at 5:00...more

EB-5 Visas: a Source of Funding for US Businesses but not Without Risk

China’s wealthy investors are known for seeking secure havens for their money overseas. In addition to being considered a secure environment for their money, the US offers the EB-5 program providing the investor and his or...more

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

'Tis The Season To Be Sued

The Marriott company holiday party in Del Mar, California in December 2009 was like many other company parties. The party was held at the Del Mar Marriott hotel and all employees were welcome, but attendance was clearly...more

Marriott to Face Trial in Maryland Over Terrorist Bombing in Pakistan

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a Maryland U.S. District Court decision to dismiss a wrongful death suit brought against Marriott International based on a terrorist bombing that occurred at a...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2013

Employer May Be Liable For Death Resulting From Drunk Employee's Automobile Accident - Purton v. Marriott Int'l, Inc., 218 Cal. App. 4th 499 (2013) - In December 2009, the Marriott Del Mar Hotel held its annual...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2013: Marriott Potentially Liable for Injury Following Holiday Party

Although it’s still summer, it’s never too early to start thinking about the annual company holiday party — the food, the conversation, the alcohol — and the liability that can flow from it. In Purton v. Marriott...more

Abu Dhabi Investment Fund buying 3 Editions from Marriott. What does this mean to Marriott and the Edition brand?

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

Obama Administration’s Recess Appointments to the NLRB Declared Unconstitutional: All NLRB Decisions Since January 2012 Overturned

In Noel Canning v. NLRB, the D.C. Circuit Court recently ruled that President Obama lacked the authority to make three recess appointments to the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), rendering the recess...more

NLRB Expands Employee Rights to Enter Workplace Outside Work Hours

Board's recent decision in J.W. Marriott makes it more difficult for employers to control off-duty employee access to the workplace. Over the past year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has used the...more

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