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|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...
|Perspectives on Local Ski Resort Development|
Alex Skoblo; Dentons Canada LLP;
February 18, 2015, previously published on November 18, 2014As they plan their winter vacations, many upper-middle class Russian households are likely to feel a chill running down their spine akin to the one experienced when stuck on a ski-lift in soggy gear at minus 10 degrees Celsius. Indeed, the bill for swishing down the slopes in popular winter...
|A New Approach for Trade and Travel Relations with Cuba|
Saul Reinaldo Newsome; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 2015Last month, the President announced a new approach for relations with Cuba. Today, as part of that plan, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury eased restrictions for numerous categories of U.S. travel and trade with Cuba.
|Are Your Estate Documents Right for You?|
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014Experts predict that by the year 2030, about 20 percent of our population or 71.5 million Americans will be seniors. Each of those seniors will have questions and need specialized legal advice about aging-related issues.
|Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership|
Molly Kane, Nelson F. Migdal; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014What are the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry? This question was recently posed among a highly experienced group of hospitality industry attorneys. Responses to the question included: enthusiasm for customer experience, working as a team, reliability, honesty,...