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Inaugural Master Class for Hotel & Restaurant Corporate Counsel

A few weeks ago we hosted our Inaugural Virtual Master Class for Hotel & Restaurant Corporate Counsel aimed at improving corporate counsel law departments. It consisted of an interview with Stuart Kreindler, VP, Assistant General Counsel – Litigation & Risk Management at Choice Hotels International, followed by a presentation on “What is Top of Mind for ...
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One Sin Too Many! Stop Human Trafficking!

One Sin Too Many! Stop Human Trafficking!1 I. Human Trafficking Evolves Into a Defense and an Offense in Court With the Office of the Texas Attorney General estimating that 234,000 labor trafficking victims and 79,000 minor sex trafficking victims are suffering in the state at any given moment,2 the Texas Legislature, like many legislative bodies ...
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Trends in Hotel Receiverships

State of Play Bankruptcies in the hotel industry haven’t been as prevalent as predicted at the beginning of the pandemic. The industry expected to see a tidal wave of bankruptcies due to the business impact from COVID-19, from stay at home orders and non-essential designations, to lack of leisure and business travel even as restrictions ...
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Hotel Safety and Security Risks to Owners, Operators & Insurance

The extent of liability to the owner, operator, and insurer of a hotel for any injury to a guest on the premises must always be determined on a case-by-case and state-by-state basis. However, there are some general principles that can be helpful in mitigating risk for each of the aforementioned parties when a guest is ...
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Trends in Workouts & Restructurings – A Hotel Case Study

It has been evident that despite the significant challenges and hurdles faced by the lodgingindustry since the onset of the pandemic, the volume of hotel restructurings and workouts has beena far cry from the volume experienced during the Great Recession. Indeed, the factors contributingto each one of these significant events are completely different; one the ...
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Website Litigation Under the ADA:
Protect Your Property from Lawsuits

Despite the pandemic, lawsuits filed across the country against hotels and resorts alleging their websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) have not slowed down. These lawsuits continue to allege two different types of ADA violations, each of which are addressed below: The first type of website accessibility case deals with whether a hotel ...
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Marijuana Use at Hotels by Guests or Employees – No Easy Answers

With the ever-changing landscape of marijuana laws, whether hotels should allow guests or employees to use marijuana may not be entirely clear. Currently, there are eighteen states plus the District of Columbia and Guam that allow recreational use of marijuana and nineteen other states that allow medicinal use. However, marijuana is still technically illegal under ...
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Ensuring Suite Dreams: Trademarks & Branding in Canada in the Hospitality Industry

Expanding a hospitality or restaurant chain into Canada is an attractive option for many international businesses. While Canada tends to share many key characteristics in the hospitality industry with the United States (e.g., skilled workforce and consumer demand for hospitality and restaurant businesses), there are certain important differences that require attention. Below is a discussion ...
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Are Hospitality Employees Facing A Harassment Pandemic?

The coronavirus economy has brought many unforeseen challenges for the hospitality sector, one of which seems to be an increase in harassing conduct directed at service workers by patrons. According to a recent study by the nonprofit organization One Fair Wage, 41% of the 1,675 service workers surveyed reported they are sexually harassed more often now ...
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Human Response During Fire Events: Evidence from Behavioral Research

Introduction When serious fires involving fatalities and injuries occur in buildings where many people are gathered, such as in hotels and other hospitality environments, they receive much public attention. Undoubtedly, it is the responsibility of the industry to prevent, or deal effectively, with fires on their premises, and protect the occupants. Nonetheless, the understanding of ...
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