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|Ontario Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Service Chains to Post Caloric Information|
Derek Ronde, Larry M. Weinberg; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014If it becomes law, the Making Healthier Choices Act will impose new responsibilities on restaurant chains in the province of Ontario. On February 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced legislation which, if passed, would require food service chains with 20 or more premises in Ontario to...
|An Update for Real Estate Developers and Investors: The New Companies Ordinance - Key Issues for You to Consider|
David A. Ellis, Mabel W. M. Leung, Andrew P. B. MacGeoch; Mayer Brown JSM;
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 24, 2014Most real estate developers and investors will own properties or their portfolios through a mixture of Hong Kong companies, BVI companies and perhaps companies incorporated in other jurisdictions. Accordingly, it is important in the administration of your portfolios to take note of the new...
|UK Competition Agency Accepts Commitments from Hotel and Online Travel Agents to Eliminate Discount Restrictions|
Matt Evans, Marguerite Lavendan; Jones Day;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 2014The UK's antitrust authority, the Office of Fair Trading ("OFT"), has accepted commitments from hotel company InterContinental and from online travel agents that will remove restrictions on their offering discounts on rates for hotel rooms. The OFT investigation reflects the interest that...
|Will Automatic Gratuities at Restaurants Be a Thing of the Past?|
Ameneh K. Ernst, Brooke S. Purcell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Automatic gratuities for large parties are commonplace in many restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout the country. However, as of January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now classifies these automatic gratuities as “service charges.” As a result, the automatic tips will be...
|Favorable Outcome for Starbucks in Tip Pool Class Action|
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work. A group of plaintiffs sued on behalf of a class of more than 5000 baristas, alleging that Starbucks’ policy requiring...
|South Carolina Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines|
Ronald E. Cardwell; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 23, 2014On January 22, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court granted Carnival Corporation d/b/a Carnival Cruise Lines’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several citizen groups in Charleston, South Carolina. The Court held the citizen groups lacked standing to assert their nuisance and zoning...
|Ferreting Out the Frauds: a Virginia Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Users|
Alicia Sienne Voltmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
January 28, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014Social media is widely used in the hospitality industry for everything from promoting sales to recruiting new talent. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, and a number of other sites provide hoteliers and restaurateurs with nearly limitless access to local, national, and international...
|New Document Requirement at Mumbai FRRO for Foreign Nationals Residing in Hotels|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014The Mumbai Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) now requires foreign nationals residing in hotels or service apartments to submit Form C (Arrival Report of Foreigner in Hotel) at their registration and visa extension appointments.
|Restaurant and Retail Franchisors: Could This Be You in 2014?|
David L. Cahn; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014The case of Wojcik v. Interarch, Inc., currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the fast casual restaurant franchisor Saladworks, LLC, contains a factual scenario that should serve as a valuable reminder for existing franchisors who are updating...
|Ordinance Authorizing Warrantless Inspections of Hotel Records is Unconstitutional|
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann Girard A Law Corporation;
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014Motel owners challenged a Los Angeles Municipal Code provision requiring hotel guest records to be made available to any Los Angeles Police Department officer for inspection. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the portion of the ordinance that authorizes on-site,...