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|New York Court: Attorney General’s Determination Does Not Bar Common Law Claims Relating To The Same Dispute|
Morrison Cohen LLP;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 25, 2013In a significant decision, Justice Billings of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held that a determination by the New York State Attorney General’s Office that putative co-op purchasers are not entitled to the return of their down payment in a dispute with the co-op sponsor does not...
|How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations|
Corby Cochran Anderson, John D. Cole, Dedria Harper Kolb; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 22, 2013, previously published on July 2013No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late - especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for roughly one-third of franchise systems. The Wage and Hour Division of...
|Tis the Summer Event Season: Reminders for Compliance with Signage and Event Permits|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
July 22, 2013, previously published on July 8, 2013Summer means special events and outdoor fun, and one of the biggest events of the season that drives business for the hospitality sector, as well as entertainment opportunities for corporations and non-profits, is the Brickyard 400.
|Introduction of Laws and Regulations Concerning Investment in the Tourism Industry in Taiwan by Mainland China Investors|
Melanie Lo; Lee Tsai Partners Attorneys-at-Law;
July 22, 2013Introduction of Laws and Regulations Concerning Investment in the Tourism Industry in Taiwan by Mainland China Investors
|NJ Court Clears Way for Class Actions Seeking Mandatory Statutory Penalties in Consumer Disputes|
Matthew J. Fedor; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 16, 2013On July 9, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision broadly interpreting a longstanding, but previously little-used, consumer protection statute that exposes companies to substantial mandatory statutory penalties for mere technical violations of a wide array of federal and state laws. ...
|Connecticut to Increase Minimum Wage in 2014 and 2015|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 17, 2013Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation to increase Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage over two years by $.75 to $9.00 by January 1, 2015.
|Tips for Preventing Child Injuries During the Summer|
Sean P. DuBois, Joshua Shulman; Shulman DuBois LLC;
July 17, 2013After the long, dark, cold winter months and the stuttering promises made by spring, summer seems finally to have arrived, much to the delight of the vast majority of people. Yet summer also brings extra dangers, and Portland child injury attorneys are offering some good advice on how to prevent...
|Panama Enacts New Tourism Law: Law 431 of 2012
Juan Jose Espino S.; Pardini & Asociados;
July 16, 2013, previously published on July 3, 2013The new tourism law in part responds to the growing necessities in infrastructure, and to the identification of new trends in services and activities that required some level of incentive and regulation.
|Online Travel Agent and Hotel Operators - Agent or Principal?|
Anne-Marie Chirema, Mark A. Prinsley; Mayer Brown International LLP;
July 16, 2013, previously published on July 11, 2013The UK Court of Appeal has given a significant judgment on the question of whether an online travel agent is acting as a principal or an agent in relation to liability for VAT on the provision of hotel accommodation.
|The Sagas of Strata-Sale of Hotel Units in Hong Kong|
Andrew P. B. MacGeoch, Emily I. C. Wong; Mayer Brown JSM;
July 15, 2013, previously published on July 11, 2013In Asia, we have been seeing more strata-sale of hotels by property developers in recent years. This usually involves a developer selling hotel units to individual purchasers who then put the hotel units back into the hotel inventory to be rented out to third-party guests. Such individual...