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Adobe PDFAn 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;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 24, 2014
Most 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...


HTMLUK Competition Agency Accepts Commitments from Hotel and Online Travel Agents to Eliminate Discount Restrictions
Matt Evans, Marguerite Lavendan; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 2014
The 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...


HTMLWill Automatic Gratuities at Restaurants Be a Thing of the Past?
Ameneh K. Ernst, Brooke S. Purcell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014
Automatic 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...


HTMLFavorable Outcome for Starbucks in Tip Pool Class Action
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
The 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...


HTMLSouth Carolina Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines
Ronald E. Cardwell; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 23, 2014
On 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...


HTMLFerreting Out the Frauds: a Virginia Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Users
Alicia Sienne Voltmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 28, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014
Social 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...


HTMLNew Document Requirement at Mumbai FRRO for Foreign Nationals Residing in Hotels
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014
The 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.


HTMLRestaurant and Retail Franchisors: Could This Be You in 2014?
David L. Cahn; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014
The 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...


HTMLOrdinance Authorizing Warrantless Inspections of Hotel Records is Unconstitutional
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann Girard A Law Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014
Motel 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,...


HTMLCourt Holds Bans on Sex Offenders Entering Parks Without Permission Invalid
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, Thomas A. Rice, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014
A California Court of Appeal recently struck down a provision of the Irvine Municipal Code and an Orange County ordinance, both of which required registered sex offenders to obtain permission from the City Police Chief or County Sheriff, respectively, prior to entering parks in the county. The...


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