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|Diligence in Hotel Lending|
Heather Sue Nason; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014The hotel industry appears to be on an uptick, which is good news for lenders. Hotel construction in May 2014 is up over 13% from the same time period in 2013. Moreover, record high occupancy rates and low supply could continue to drive an influx of new rooms into 2015 and beyond. As more lenders...
|Clamping Down on Illegal Guesthouses in Hong Kong: Government Seeks Input on New Proposals|
Andrew P. B. MacGeoch, David S. C. Mallinson, Emily I. C. Wong; Mayer Brown JSM;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014The Home Affairs Department of the government has issued a consultation document (the “Document”) reviewing the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance (Cap.349) (the “Ordinance”) with recommendations to improve the licensing regime and the effectiveness of enforcement...
|A “Comfort Letter” Can Play An Important Role In Financing A Branded Hotel|
Rose Marie L. Fiore; McGlinchey Stafford;
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014A franchised or “branded” hotel is one affiliated with a major hotel franchisor, such as Hilton® or Starwood®. Hotels that are part of a branded chain typically operate under a franchise agreement. A franchise agreement is an agreement between a franchisor and a franchisee,...
|Keep Calm and Investigate: Top 10 Tips for Documenting Accidents at Your Business|
Amy L. Neuschafer; Collins & Lacy, P.C.;
July 10, 2014, previously published by XPress: International Society of Primerus Law Firms Corporate Client e-Newsletter on July 2014Keep Calm and Investigate: Top 10 Tips for Documenting Accidents at Your Business
|Protection Against Sexual Harassment by Customers|
Duncan A. W. Abate, Anita W. C. Lam, Hong Tran; Mayer Brown JSM;
June 30, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014The Hong Kong government will gazette this Friday, 20 June 2014, a bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 480) to protect service providers from sexual harassment by their customers.
|Food Manufacturers Beware of U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Product Labeling|
Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP;
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court clarifies that competitors can bring false advertising claims based on food product labels. See POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, 573 U.S. --- (June 12, 2014). Some courts previously held that the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...
|Managing Risk in Michigan’s Booming Agritourism Sector|
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 2014Tourism and agriculture are Michigan’s second and third largest industries. So it’s only natural that Michigan would be one of the leaders in the national movement towards agritourism. From markets to petting zoos, corn mazes to cider mills, opportunities for Michigan agricultural...
|The Law of Comparative Negligence & Minors in South Carolina|
Collins Lacy P.C.;
June 11, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014From time to time, in both the retail and hospitality settings, we assist clients who have either been sued or threatened with suit arising from claims involving injury to a minor. The alleged injuries can be very serious, which makes these claims stressful for our clients. The seriousness of the...
|Four Florida Beaches Ranked in Top 10 Nationally, Florida Governor Rick Scott Reports|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
June 10, 2014, previously published on June 6, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Four Florida beaches are listed as among the best in the nation in the 24th annual Top 10 Beach List for 2014: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked #2, St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle ranked #3, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #7 and...
|Amusement Park Not Liable to Contractor’s Injured Worker Because No Retained Control Over Contractor’s Work|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 21, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014In March 2008, an employee of a construction contractor for an amusement park fell to his death while dismantling a large log flume-style ride. The worker’s estate sued the amusement park alleging multiple counts of negligence. As is generally true in all states, one who employees an...