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|U.S. Department of State Ending Extra Passport Pages Practice|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015The State Department announced Thursday (November 19) that it is ending the practice of adding additional pages in passports for security reasons, beginning January 1, 2016.
|Beachfront Management Bill S.139|
Bob Coble; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 12, 2015South Carolina state Senator Ray Cleary’s Beachfront Management Bill S.139 has been scheduled for the Senate Environmental Subcommittee the morning of December 1, 2015.
|Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?|
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
November 17, 2015, previously published on November 16, 2015Accumulated frequent flier miles can be valuable assets, but what happens to those miles after somene dies? Can a spouse or other heirs inherit them, or do the miles simply evaporate like a contrail?
|Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions|
Andrew J. Orosz, William S. Vanos; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
September 2, 2015, previously published on September 2, 2015In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently drives the closing of transactions at properties where alcohol sales...
|New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses|
Christian H. Staples; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015On June 19, 2015, House Bill 909 (now Session Law 2015-98) was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, making considerable changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) laws. The most notable changes concern distillery sales, unfortified wine growler sales, alternating...
|Asset-Light Strategy Issues in the Development Space|
Richard J. Fildes, Mark Heimendinger; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015While asset-light strategies have been used for decades in the hotel industry, the strategy and how to implement it are a bit more complicated in the development space, whether for a hotel or time-share company. A typical asset-light approach is to spin off the ownership of the real estate while...
|Conference Attracts Industry-Focused Lawyers And Hospitality Leaders|
Andria Lure Ryan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015Fisher & Phillips lawyers joined hundreds of industry executives, lawyers, and security experts in Houston for the 13th Annual Hospitality Lawyer Conference. The three day conference featured general sessions and workshops aimed at the most pressing legal issues in the hospitality field from...
|Franchise Agreement Transfer Provisions|
Samantha Ahuja, Nelson F. Migdal; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015The number of hotels, particularly limited service hotels, operating under franchise agreements has exploded in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in the near term. Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the...
|Unions Unleash Safety Attacks on Fast Food Restaurants|
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 25, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015Yesterday was one of those occasions when I wish that my predictions had been inaccurate. I have speculated that the SEIU and other unions harassing fast food restaurants would eventually add mass OSHA complaints to their joint employer, discrimination, living wage, and other attacks. Yesterday,...
|Prevailing-party Agents Entitled to Attorney's Fees|
Bryan E. Mouber; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
March 13, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015In Curo Enterprises, LLC v. Dunes Residential Services, Inc., No. 111,191, 2015 Kan. App. LEXIS 1 (Kan.App. January 2, 2015), Curo, in its capacity as DPW’s agent, brought suit against Dunes, in its capacity as DPW’s property manager, in order to terminate DPW’s agreement with...