PACE Financing Lawyer: New York opening PACE – a big opportunity!
PACE Financing Lawyer: New York opening PACE – a big opportunity! — By Jim Butler, David A. Sudeck

JMBM · 5 May

PACE financing guidelines are finally available for New York City, and while the program has not officially launched yet, hotel owners and developers in the area should start planning how to use these loans to retrofit their properties. My Partner David Sudeck discusses the program requirements, below.

C-PACE Financing on a Roll: $42 million PACE loan for citizenM Los Angeles
C-PACE Financing on a Roll: $42 million PACE loan for citizenM Los Angeles

Hotel Law Blog · 4 May

Over the past five years, PACE financing has gained wider acceptance, and moved from a novel technique to a mainstream practical solution for financi

Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement
Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement — By Jim Butler, Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 30 Apr

After a year of economic upheaval in the hospitality industry, hotels are making big changes as they look ahead to recovery. Oftentimes these changes involve a complete rebrand, and this leads to questions about what is negotiable in a franchise agreement. In the article below, Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, talks about 5 important franchise terms that can usually be negotiated.

California hotel workers laid off due to COVID-19 get rehire rights
California hotel workers laid off due to COVID-19 get rehire rights — By Jim Butler, Travis Gemoets

JMBM · 30 Apr

As coronavirus cases drop and economic activity starts to return to normal, the hospitality industry will soon be able to begin replacing workers who were laid off due to the pandemic. Some cities in California, and now the entire state, have enacted requirements for how hotels and other businesses can fill open positions; my partner, Travis Gemoets, has summarized the new law below. - Jim Butler

PACE Financing Lawyer: New York opening PACE - a big opportunity!
PACE Financing Lawyer: New York opening PACE - a big opportunity!

Hotel Law Blog · 30 Apr

PACE financing guidelines are finally available for New York City, and while the program has not officially launched yet, hotel owners and developers

Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement
Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement

Hotel Law Blog · 28 Apr

After a year of economic upheaval in the hospitality industry, hotels are making big changes as they look ahead to recovery. Oftentimes these changes

California hotel workers laid off due to COVID-19 get rehire rights
California hotel workers laid off due to COVID-19 get rehire rights

Hotel Law Blog · 27 Apr

As coronavirus cases drop and economic activity starts to return to normal, the hospitality industry will soon be able to begin replacing workers who

PACE Financing on a Roll: $6 million loan for Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood
PACE Financing on a Roll: $6 million loan for Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood

Hotel Law Blog · 23 Apr

Over the past five years, PACE financing has gained wider acceptance, and moved from a novel technique to a mainstream practical solution for financi

Hotel Lawyer: JMBM closes another M&A deal
Hotel Lawyer: JMBM closes another M&A deal

Hotel Law Blog · 20 Apr

The latest M&A deal closing is not a hotel deal, but JMBM is pleased to announce that Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS), a Level II Veterinary Em

How does the Supreme Court’s Google v. Oracle case impact the hotel industry (beyond software)?
How does the Supreme Court’s Google v. Oracle case impact the hotel industry (beyond software)? — By Jim Butler, Jeffrey Goldman

JMBM · 20 Apr

The recent ruling in Google v. Oracle has altered the definition of "fair use" when it comes to functional works such as code. While the use of existing creative works must still be transformative in order to avoid violating copyright laws, it will now be much easier to claim fair use when building on existing functional creations. JMBM's Entertainment Litigation Chair Jeff Goldman explains the case below and discusses its potential impact on the hotel industry.

Hotel Lawyer: How does the Supreme Court's Google v. Oracle case impact the hotel industry?
Hotel Lawyer: How does the Supreme Court's Google v. Oracle case impact the hotel industry?

Hotel Law Blog · 16 Apr

The recent ruling in Google v. Oracle has altered the definition of “fair use” when it comes to functional works such as code. While the use of exist

Hotel Lawyer: New rules for anti-money laundering compliance? FinCEN seeks comments on new Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law
Hotel Lawyer: New rules for anti-money laundering compliance? FinCEN seeks comments on new Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law — By Jim Butler, Vince Farhat, Samuel Buchman

JMBM · 9 Apr

The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is currently accepting public comments on a provision in the recently enacted Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) which requires some privately-held business entities to disclose ownership information directly to a law enforcement agency. Interested parties should consider commenting before the May 5th deadline, and companies who may be impacted should take this opportunity to review their anti-money laundering compliance programs. Vince Farhat and Samuel Buchman of JMBM's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group have written an article detailing this legislation below.

Hotel Lawyer: New rules for anti-money laundering compliance? FinCEN seeks comments on new Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law.
Hotel Lawyer: New rules for anti-money laundering compliance? FinCEN seeks comments on new Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law.

Hotel Law Blog · 8 Apr

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is currently accepting public comments on a provision in the recently enacted

Today's Hotelier: Transfers of franchise agreements
Today's Hotelier: Transfers of franchise agreements

Hotel Law Blog · 5 Apr

5 April 2021 See how JMBM's Global Hospitality Group(r) can help you. Bob Braun recently wrote an article for Today's Hotelier on the issues hotel ow

ADA Defense Lawyer: California’s Central District tries to curb ADA lawsuits
ADA Defense Lawyer: California’s Central District tries to curb ADA lawsuits — By Jim Butler, Martin H. Orlick

JMBM · 26 Mar

California has seen an explosion of ADA cases in the past few years, leading the state to impose strict pleading standards and high filing fees for serial litigants. Litigants have previously found their way around this by filing in federal court, but the courts have made it clear that they will decline supplemental jurisdiction in these instances. Martin Orlick, Chair of JMBM's ADA Compliance & Defense Group, explains below.

ADA Defense Lawyer: California's Central District tries to curb ADA lawsuits
ADA Defense Lawyer: California's Central District tries to curb ADA lawsuits

Hotel Law Blog · 23 Mar

California has seen an explosion of ADA cases in the past few years, leading the state to impose strict pleading standards and high filing fees for s

New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards for 2021
New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards for 2021

Hotel Law Blog · 19 Mar

The survey standards for the American Land Title Association® (ALTA®)/ National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) survey were updated in Febru

ADA Defense Lawyer: Whitaker v. Tesla Motors – the end of cookie-cutter ADA complaints?
ADA Defense Lawyer: Whitaker v. Tesla Motors – the end of cookie-cutter ADA complaints? — By Martin H. Orlick

JMBM · 17 Feb

For many years, businesses classed as public accommodations under the ADA have been the subject of "cookie-cutter" complaints that allege discriminatory conditions without providing any specific examples. Thousands of nearly identical complaints have been filed in federal courts nationwide, and their lack of detail makes it difficult for courts to provide a remedy that will prevent future harm. Martin Orlick, Chair of JMBM's ADA Compliance & Defense Group, summarizes the recent decision in Whitaker v. Tesla Motors which may put an end to these fill-in-the-blank cases.

ADA Defense Lawyer: Hotels Must List Accessible Features On The Web Or Risk Lawsuits
ADA Defense Lawyer: Hotels Must List Accessible Features On The Web Or Risk Lawsuits — By Martin H. Orlick

JMBM · 4 Feb

As we've discussed in previous blogs, there has been an uptick in lawsuits filed against hotels alleging a failure to list accessible features on their website as required by the ADA. While many of these cases have been successfully defended in federal courts, new filings continue to surge and many plaintiffs are turning to state courts which have different requirements for dismissal. Martin Orlick, Chair of JMBM's ADA Compliance & Defense Group, explains why we should expect these cases to continue in 2021 and what hotels should be looking out for.

ADA Defense Lawyer: Hotels Must List Accessible Features on the Web or Risk Being Sued
ADA Defense Lawyer: Hotels Must List Accessible Features on the Web or Risk Being Sued

Hotel Law Blog · 2 Feb

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, there has been an uptick in lawsuits filed against hotels alleging a failure to list accessible features on the

Hotel Lawyer on PPP2 and the COVID Relief Bill’s changes to Paycheck Protection Program
Hotel Lawyer on PPP2 and the COVID Relief Bill’s changes to Paycheck Protection Program — By Jim Butler

JMBM · 14 Jan

We have a new PPP Loan authorization bill out of Washington, after months of political wrangling. Congress could have done more, but they did provide for up to $2,000,000 in additional forgivable loans per borrower, along with provisions which specifically cater to the hospitality industry.

Hotel Lawyer on PPP2 and the COVID Relief Bill's changes to Paycheck Protection Program
Hotel Lawyer on PPP2 and the COVID Relief Bill's changes to Paycheck Protection Program

Hotel Law Blog · 8 Jan

We have a new PPP Loan authorization bill out of Washington, after months of political wrangling. Congress could have done more, but they did provide

Hotel Lawyer Labor & Employment New Year Round-Up: What to Expect in 2021
Hotel Lawyer Labor & Employment New Year Round-Up: What to Expect in 2021

Hotel Law Blog · 30 Dec

See how JMBM's Global Hospitality Group(r) can help you. Click here for the latest on labor and employment guidance. As 2020 comes to a close, many e

Mandatory COVID Vaccinations: Can/should hotels require employees to take the shots? What are the legal and business considerations?
Mandatory COVID Vaccinations: Can/should hotels require employees to take the shots? What are the legal and business considerations?

Hotel Law Blog · 20 Dec

Most of the world has been anxiously waiting for the “silver bullet” of an effective COVID-19 anti-virus vaccine to save lives, reopen business, save

ADA Defense Lawyer: emotional support animals cannot fly for free anymore
ADA Defense Lawyer: emotional support animals cannot fly for free anymore

Hotel Law Blog · 14 Dec

Last week, the Department of Transportation modified the rules of the Air Carriers Act so that “emotional support” animals will no longer be permitte