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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb avoids liability for lease violations; Short-lived successes at Room Key; Hopper makes...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The first installment of our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2018 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s Update....more

‘Don’t Panic’: Members of the Public Have Opportunity to Address Seattle Hotel Worker Rules

by Lane Powell PC on

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has begun its rulemaking process for the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative, also known as Initiative 124. This Ordinance, in effect since December 2016, is...more

Sexual Harassment Takes Center Stage – California Legislature Responds With Flurry of Proposed Bills

by Fisher Phillips on

The California Legislature reconvened on January 3 to begin the second year of the 2017-18 legislative session. As anticipated, sexual harassment appears to be the “hot topic” for the Legislature this year, with nearly a...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 22, 2017 is below. An interesting mix of stories in this penultimate Update for 2017. I hope everyone has a great holiday and successful 2018....more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week ending December 15, 2017 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week....more

High-stakes: Securing successful entry into the Integrated Resort market in Japan

by White & Case LLP on

Integrated resort ("IR") sites are mixed-use properties which house gaming areas (casinos), hotels, restaurants, shopping facilities and other attractions within the same self-contained facility. The legislative developments...more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 8, 2017 is below. OTA powerhouses, Expedia and Booking.com, feature prominently in this week’s Update....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the shortened week ending Wednesday, November 22, is below....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

Serial Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Commences Latest Round of Hotel Litigation: How Can Hotels Protect Themselves?

Just as one flood of lawsuits against Arizona businesses finally dries up, another downpour begins. Peter Strojnik of Phoenix, the same attorney who filed more than 1,100 lawsuits that drew the attention of the Arizona...more

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

Navigating Disruptive Climates Hosted by Washington Hospitality Association

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Navigating Disruptive Climates, hosted by Washington Hospitality Association, was held on October 22-24, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. My presentation at the conference, "The War Rages: Hotels vs....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 27, 2017 is below. This week's Update includes a number of substantive stories on OTAs, particularly, European authorities’ renewed interest in OTAs’...more

Hyatt and Bob Evans Face Class Action Biometric Suit Over Fingerprints

Hyatt Corp. was hit with a class action suit this week for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and storing employees’ fingerprints. This is the latest in a string of suits...more

Hilton Settles Data Breach Investigations with NY and VT AGs

Hilton Domestic Operating Co., Inc. (Hilton) has agreed to pay the New York and Vermont Attorneys General $700,000 to settle allegations that they violated those state consumer protection and data breach notification laws...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

US-CERT Warns of New Ransomware: Bad Rabbit - The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning companies in the U.S. about a new ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit.” US-CERT stated it has received multiple...more

Condominiums And The California Corporate Securities Law

by Allen Matkins on

Some four years ago, I wrote about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ holding in Salameh v. Tarsadia Hotel, 726 F.3d 1124 (9th Cir. 2013). For those readers who don’t remember the post or the case, the Court of Appeals held...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

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

Hotel comparison websites under investigation

by Bryan Cave on

On 27 October 2017, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had launched investigations into several hotel booking websites on the grounds that they were potentially misleading consumers....more

Beep: Your Hamburger is Ready

by Lewitt Hackman on

Analysts predict robots may take nearly 40 percent of U.S. jobs – particularly the ones that require lower education levels – in the next 15-20 years. The study was released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was based on...more

Click for Backup: New Ordinance Requires Chicago Hotels to Provide Staff with “Panic Buttons”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that will require Chicago hotels to provide certain staff with “panic buttons” and develop enhanced anti-sexual harassment policies....more

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