Hotel Law Blog · 7 Aug
Many hotels operate internationally and are frequently subject to the European Union's 2018 General Data Protection Regulation. The financial consequ
Hotel Law Blog · 30 Jul
If you are a consumer with a Resort Fee issue, please do NOT contact us! We do not represent consumers with complaints against hotels. We advise hote
JMBM · 15 Jul
Hotel Lawyer: We hate to say "we told you so" on Resort Fee litigation
Hotel Law Blog · 9 Jul
If you are a consumer with a Resort Fee issue, please do NOT contact us! We do not represent consumers with complaints against hotels. We are part of
Hotel Law Blog · 10 May
Jim Butler, Chairman of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group(r), along with Jack Westergom of Manhattan Hospitality Advisors, will speak at the 4th Annual
Hotel Law Blog · 21 Feb
Voters in Long Beach, California passed an initiative in November 2018 that affects all hotels in Long Beach with more than 50 hotel rooms. The Hotel
JMBM · 29 Jan
Brand concentration has intensified greatly over recent years and many new brands have been created. At last count (and the count changes often), Marriott owns 30 brands, Accor has 33, Wyndham has 18, Hilton has 14, IHG has 13, Choice has 11 and Hyatt has 10. For a hospitality chain, a portfolio of brands used to represent a customer and regional segmentation strategy designed to target buyers across the economic spectrum and resonate with local preferences.
Hotel Law Blog · 23 Jan
The tax lawyers at JMBM have significant experience in advising clients with international business interests, and keep them informed of developments
JMBM · 8 Dec
On a basic level, the hospitality business is simple - as is often said, it amounts to putting heads in beds. But finding the heads to put in the beds is a complex process and requires hotel companies to find out a great deal of information about their guests. Gathering and processing that information provides not only opportunities, but creates obligations, one of the most basic of which is ensuring the security of guests' personal information.
JMBM · 2 Dec
Data breaches are back in the news, and this time, its a well-known hotel industry player: Marriott International. The company announced today that unauthorized access to their systems going back several years has exposed the names and other personal details of over 500 million guests. For hoteliers, this situation can be avoided by using the Global Hospitality Group Risk Assessment Audit, a comprehensive tool that combines your internal resources with our expertise in analyzing your risk profile, both for compliance purposes and to create effective data security strategies. Bob Braun, senior member of JMBMs Global Hospitality Group and Co-Chair of the Firms Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, sums up what Marriott is facing and what lessons other hotels can learn from this incident, below.
Hotel Law Blog · 26 Nov
The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP is pleased to announce the recent sale of the Marriott Warner Center Woodland H
Hotel Law Blog · 1 Nov
A hotel lawyer brings together numerous legal disciplines, depending on the hospitality project. That’s why the Global Hospitality Group® is part of
Hotel Law Blog · 1 Oct
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) has announced the formation of its Legal Cannabis Group, which provides clients with all the resources an
Hotel Law Blog · 19 Sep
JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® is pleased to announce that Guy Maisnik, Vice-Chair of the Group, will participate on the panel addressing Private E
Hotel Law Blog · 31 Aug
Despite a general effective date of January 1, 2020, there are 5 steps that anyone doing business in California should take now to avoid problems und
JMBM · 25 Jun
As the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in California continues to grow, we are also seeing the proliferation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking areas provided by hotels, theaters, stadiums and hotel mixed-use properties. While owners and managers of these facilities are providing a much-needed service to their guests, many are unaware that - at least in California - if their facility provides electric vehicle charging stations, a certain number of them must be accessible to the disabled.
JMBM · 20 Jun
Meet the Money® is a productive conference with a casual atmosphere; the executives and other hotel industry representatives who attend often speak candidly about their expectations for hotel finance, development and investment throughout the upcoming year.
JMBM · 14 May
For many years, businesses operating in California have been plagued by "bounty hunter" and government lawsuits brought under Proposition 65 — the California law that requires warnings about hazardous substances. The technical disclosure requirements have bedeviled many legitimate businesses for some time. From our continuous interaction with members of the hotel industry, it appears to us that many are not aware of new requirements they must meet by August 30, 2018.
Hotel Law Blog · 7 May
For many years, businesses operating in California have been plagued by “bounty hunter” and government lawsuits brought under Proposition 65 — the Ca
JMBM · 13 Dec
California has enacted a number of new regulations related to labor and employment that go into effect when 2018 begins. Hotels owners and developers with properties in California need to be aware of how these rules apply to their workforce so they can meet their legal obligations and remain in compliance with the law. A round-up of upcoming changes, written by the JMBM Labor & Employment group, is below.
JMBM · 21 Nov
On October 26, 2017, a judge dismissed 99 ADA lawsuits, ordered an in forma pauperis plaintiff (a person without funds to pursue the cost of a lawsuit) to pay filing fees of $38,300 and authorized the defendants to file fee and sanction motions.
JMBM · 30 Oct
Hotels rely on third-party vendors to help run their properties efficiently, and often must give them access to sensitive guest data. This leaves hotels vulnerable to cyber attacks; they're only as secure as their vendors are, and may find themselves directly liable for a data breach. My partner Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and co-chair of JMBM's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group, discusses recent hotel cybersecurity breaches and how hotel owners can protect themselves.
JMBM · 16 Oct
It is budget season again — that time when operators and owners sit down to agree on the financial blueprint for the next year. My partner Bob Braun has worked on many hundreds of hotel management agreements and issues arising under them. Today, he shares some insights about the how to maximize the budget opportunity for constructive dialog between owners and operators.
JMBM · 13 Oct
In evaluating what you should do about the new furor over mandatory hotel charges, it would be helpful to have a clearer understanding of what the FTC seems to be saying on the issue. The chart below is our translation into "street English" of the FTC pronouncements discussed earlier. (See How Resort Fees became an explosive $2.7 billion issue which contains links to the original FTC press release of November 29, 2012 and the most recent FTC Economic Analysis of Hotel Resort Fees of January 2017.)
Hotel Law Blog · 9 Oct
It is budget season again — that time when operators and owners sit down to agree on the financial blueprint for the next year. My partner Bob Braun
Hotel Law Blog · 6 Oct
Resort Fees are a $2.7 billion issue — a juicy target for Federal and State governments as well as plaintiffs’ lawyers. It is very likely that the Re