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Pennsylvania Tavern Games Licenses [Video]

At the end of 2013, Act 90 was passed into law. Act 90 allows certain liquor license holders to have tavern games in their establishment. If you currently have a Restaurant, Hotel, Privately Owned Public Golf Course, or...more

Confusing Expiration Labels Cost Texas Restaurants

All restaurants have to deal with the issue of throwing away food at the end of the day. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a powerful environmental action group and the Harvard Food Law and Policy...more

All Press Is Good Press For Texas Restaurants

Some of you may have heard the latest uproar caused by Pizza Patrón. Known for its undaunted ability to generate press from clever, edgy marketing campaigns, Pizza Patrón’s latest endeavor was to name a pizza, La Chingona....more

Michigan’s BYOB Wine Legislation Now In Effect

After considerable anticipation, House Bill 5046, one of three pieces of legislation regulating Michigan liquor licensees that was approved in late 2013, is scheduled to take effect the week of March 10, 2014....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

Ricardo's Restaurant will Pay $20,000 to Resolve EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Co-Owner's Pervasive Harassment Forced Female Employee to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ERIE, Pa. -- Ricardo's Restaurant, Inc. of Erie will pay $20,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a federal...more

Celebrity Trademark Watch: What Do Bob Marley and Chicken Fingers Have in Common?

Apparently, the answer is “One Love.” On December 6, 2013, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd. (“Hope Road”), which controls reggae legend Bob Marley’s estate, filed a federal trademark infringement action against the restaurant...more

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - August 2013

Fast Food Strikes Spread Across the Nation - Executive Summary: Recently, unions and union-backed workers' centers have set their sights on employers in the restaurant industry, particularly those operating fast-food...more

Morgan Hill Restaurant Settles EEOC Retaliation Suit

The Good Fork Pays Dishwasher $20,000; Implements Policy and Training in Spanish - SAN JOSE - The Good Fork (formerly doing business as Fuzia), a Morgan Hill restaurant, agreed to pay $20,000 to a former dishwasher...more

The Not-So-Happy Place of Genericness

Restaurant trade dress is possible to own when the claimed trade dress is distinctive and non-functional, think Taco Cabana. Restaurant trade dress can be so unique in the marketplace that distinctiveness is presumed with a...more

GMO Laws Spread to Washington and New Mexico

Just months after the November defeat of California’s Proposition 37, the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” proponents of labeling genetically modified food have proposed similar disclosure laws in...more

Insurance Coverage: January 2013

There were no significant decisions of the Supreme Court related to coverage this past quarter. The Courts of Appeal have provided us with several more decisions on contribution and subrogation. The following are brief...more

Single Purpose Commercial Prepaid Cards and Their Implementing Practices in Shanghai

In September 2012, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Administrative Measures on Single Purpose Commercial Prepaid Cards (Tentative) (“Single Purpose Cards Measures”), which took effect on Nov. 1, 2012, and...more

Weekly Law Resume - December 13, 2012: Coverage – Additional Insureds – Exclusion for Suits Between Insureds

Gemini Ins. Co. v. Delos Ins. Co. - Court of Appeal, Second District (December 5, 2012) - Many policies have exclusions for coverage or defense of actions between insureds. This case considered such an exclusion where...more

Are Bars and Restaurants Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents in California?

There are 28 people killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers every day throughout the United States. Tougher DUI penalties, wider use of sobriety checkpoints and extensive public education campaigns have contributed to...more

An Ounce of Prevention Could Have Been the Cure

Earlier this month, a restaurant company in the Midwest pled guilty to an immigration charge when a federal investigation revealed that one of the company’s restaurant managers was an undocumented worker who provided the...more

Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2012: Let Me Take A Look At That Tattoo

There is no question that tattoos, body piercings, and other forms of self-expression have become commonplace in modern society, especially among the Gen X and Gen Y demographic. As a result, employers have to deal with...more

Check Lender Reservations on Hotel Deals: Asset-specific issues prompt a closer look from lenders at hotel collateral

Funding is returning slowly for hotel properties, as many lenders have learned the hard way that hotels can be tricky collateral. Commercial mortgage brokers can expect these lenders to be more cautious when reviewing hotel...more

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