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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending, Friday, November 3, is below. The week’s update features a variety of stories, including a potentially landmark purchase by Airbnb....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 20, 2017 is below. Short-term rentals feature prominently is this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 13th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, October 13, is below. This week’s Update features stories on short-term rentals (or should I say hotels?), OTAs and loyalty. I hope you enjoy....more

Securing Your Home’s Digital Entry Points

We’re all concerned with our home’s physical security, but so often we forget to pay the same amount of attention to our digital security. However, leaving your home’s digital entry points open is like leaving your front door...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...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

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

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Peter Neronha Declares Candidacy for Rhode Island Attorney General- Democrat Peter Neronha formally announced his bid to become Rhode Island AG in 2018. Neronha served as U.S. Attorney for the...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

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

Fair Housing Act Advertising Checklist

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As an apartment management staff member, please know that advertising is absolutely a part of our Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance efforts. Indeed, the FHA specifically has a section which confirms that it is against the law...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

FCC Actions Affecting Building Owners

Owners and managers of multi-tenant environments (“MTEs”), such as apartment buildings, filed initial comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) proceeding to reexamine various types of arrangements between...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...more

Anonymous Poster of Defamation Unmasked

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Anonymity on the Internet has encouraged some to feel they live in a culture that feels no responsibility for what might be posted and where there may be no consequences for what one posts. That is, however, not the case as...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Court holds that displaying photos requires more than making them available

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While a donut with no hole may be a Danish, a photograph is not publicly displayed if the public never sees it. And in photography copyright cases, these near metaphysical questions matter....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Beach to ski town and every city in between, it’s easier than ever to book vacation rentals. Today, travelers and homeowners are directly connected through the home-sharing websites Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, and...more

Trust No One - Lunchtime Deals Should End in Intention, Not Retention

by Burr & Forman on

What You Can Learn about Vendor Management from the DocuSign Breach While some industries may get away with the “trust but verify” model, heavily regulated industries such as financial services have no such luxury. Trust...more

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