Monthly Archives: June 2018

Techniques to Reduce Security Claims; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) emphasizes using the structures, spaces, lighting and people around an area to prevent crime and to increase loss prevention. Accomplishing this task is not an easy one; architects attempt to beautify, and engineers attempt to increase efficiency. While all stakeholders must be responsive to meeting the objectives of the ...
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Navigating Insurance Coverage in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

Flood waters eventually recede; fires are extinguished; and earthquake-damaged buildings are shored. It is only then that the financial toll of a natural disaster can begin to be tallied.Natural disasters are expensive. The 2017 California wildfires are estimated to resulted in $180 billion in damages. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria are estimated to have caused $200 ...
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“Hands Off, Pants On” When Guests Sexually Harass Your Hotel Employees

In an April 2016 survey of 400 Chicago-area women working at hotels, nearly 50 percent indicated that they have had a guest answer the door naked, expose themselves, or were otherwise flashed. Worse yet, 1 in 10 said they had been kissed, grabbed, pinched, or groped by a guest. Hotel employees reported incidents in which they were ...
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Russian Hackers and Spanish Spyware Apps: The latest in FIFA 2018 Cybersecurity News

June 13: FIFA fans beware: If you attend the World Cup, and plan to take any form of computer or device with you, you are likely to be hacked. In fact, 72% of cybersecurity professionals anticipate an attack during the World Cup, which takes place in Russia over the next month. William Evanina, Director of ...
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Hotel-Related Arbitration & Other Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (As Alternatives to Litigation)

Mechanisms for Dispute Resolution Any lawyer considering a hotel-related agreement such as a hotel management agreements or a franchise agreement knows that mediation, expert resolution and arbitration are among the means employed to resolve owner/manager disputes. These alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are not unique to hotel–related agreements and are seen generally in contract disputes as ...
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Welcome to the Jungle: Negotiating Restaurant & Bar Leases With Landlords Who Just Don’t Get Hospitality

Too often attorneys representing restaurant, bar, and other hospitality clients must deal with landlords (or their agents, such as asset managers, property managers, or brokers) who are not well-versed in the needs of the F&B tenant. These negotiations can prove frustrating for attorneys who frequently represent these clients. This session will explore some critical F&B ...
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Premises Securities Litigation

This [article] gives a brief overview of how to deal with premises security litigation when it arises on your premises. It addresses case management, investigation and evaluation. Based on these three building blocks, it highlights best litigation planning, budgeting and best resolution plans for security claims. CASE MANAGEMENT Once a complaint is received by your ...
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Risk Management – Alcohol and Recreational Marijuana – Meetings & Events

Hosting a meeting or event can open your company up to risk and liability. It is important to carefully examine each event individually, looking for what could go wrong, weaknesses and specific threats or hazards. Although this seems like a negative approach, it is actually a positive: after all, you want to make sure your ...
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Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP Welcomes New Additions to Miami Litigation Team

June 5, 2018 – Miami, Florida – — Miami based Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLPwelcomes the following new additions to their litigation team: Belinda Bacon, a partner and Florida Bar Board Certified Construction lawyer, represents owners, engineers, architects, contractors as well as construction contracts, project administration and litigation matters. Elisha Sullivan, associate, is a trial ...
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New Wave of ADA Website Lawsuits

Recently, there have been a slew of lawsuits filed across the country alleging that owners and operators of hotels and other places of lodging are using websites that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). These lawsuits are different than the wave of lawsuits and demand letters sent to so many hotels and other places ...
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