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Two shot in front of the Miami Beach hotel from Scarface

Two shot in front of the Miami Beach hotel from Scarface | HospitalityLaw |
Police in Miami Beach have not yet made an arrest in the double shooting, which took place near the entrance of the Fontainebleau Hotel around 9pm on Sunday.
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Pilot: The mystery of United's dead giant rabbit

Pilot: The mystery of United's dead giant rabbit | HospitalityLaw |
United Airlines faces a new PR disaster after a rabbit being flown from Heathrow to O'Hare arrived dead. But airlines are careful with animals, writes Les Abend, who offers his best guesses at what might have happened.
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:19 PM
That is so sad, poor bunny either faced some neglect by the airlines or went into cardiac arrest. Regardless it's a sad situation considering if I was paying that much for a bunny I'd just fly with it to make sure I'm there to protect it.
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:10 PM
I believe they should do a better job on caring for the well being on animals that are being transported by this mode of transportation in planes. Maybe have a check list of procedures to do before take off so they don't forget about animals like these.
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Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of San Francisco restaurants

Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of San Francisco restaurants | HospitalityLaw |
San Francisco's higher minimum wage is already causing an increasing number of restaurants to go out of business, even before it's fully phased in.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 21, 7:57 PM
Well, we have to look at the cost of living. SF is super expensive to live in, of course they should increase the wage!
Rosita Chery's comment, April 25, 6:00 PM
This is great. i wanted to move to San Francisco after i graduate. But this might also mean that the cost of leaving will get higher too.
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:24 PM
I feel that certain businesses should not have to be involved in this or that there should be a certain amount of revenue and profit. Small businesses can't afford to pay this out.
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University Students: Chick-fil-A Makes Us Feel Unsafe

University Students: Chick-fil-A Makes Us Feel Unsafe | HospitalityLaw |
Students at Duquesne University worry a new Chick-fil-A will make them unsafe. Because its owners are Christian. Like the institution they're attending.
Gian Azzurro's curator insight, April 25, 7:28 PM
Chick-Fil-A is a flagship company run by Christians. Students should not feel unsafe by the presence of this establishment. Chick-Fil-A scores the highest out of all fast food chains for the service they provide no matter the clientele. 
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:22 PM
I feel that this is as extreme as they come. A religious organization feels "unsafe" because of a Christian fast food restaurant. That blows my mind.
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:19 PM
Chick-fil-A has never posed a threat to any community. Even if they're ran by Christian owners and don't open on sundays, they're one of the few fast food establishments that have great customer service at all locations I've visited. I don't understand how people can denote they're a threat.
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Shareholders Say Parent Company Of Jared & Kay Jewelers Hid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Shareholders Say Parent Company Of Jared & Kay Jewelers Hid Sexual Harassment Allegations | HospitalityLaw |
Even though hundreds of employees at Signet Jewelers — the jewelry giant that owns the Zales, Jared, and Kay retail brands — have alleged they were victims of sexual harassment and disc…
Raegan Wesch's comment, April 16, 1:50 PM
If I were in the place of the shareholders, I would want to know everything that was going on with the company, especially the over 250 reported cases of sexual harassment within the company. I think the shareholders have a valid case and Signet should be held liable for not reporting the cases to the shareholders.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 23, 11:01 AM
Sexual harassment allegations get taken very seriously in the HR world. The company should be sued. I hope all those employees get some compensation for this.
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:17 PM
Sexual Harassment is a huge matter, and should get taken very serious. Signet should be held reliable because the shareholders should have been made aware. The company should absolutely be sued.
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Passenger Sues Uber After Other UberPOOL Passenger Cuts Her Face With Knife

Passenger Sues Uber After Other UberPOOL Passenger Cuts Her Face With Knife | HospitalityLaw |
UberPOOL lets you shave a bit of money off your ride by sharing the car with other passengers headed in the same direction. As with any situation involving strangers put together in a confined spac…
Raegan Wesch's comment, April 16, 1:47 PM
This case is very complicated but I think Uber can be liable. I think this because, without the use of Uber, this situation would never have occurred. Uber put the two ladies in the same car without screening them, which they may want to do in the future, which resulted in Jennifer being attacked. I tink Julie is definitely liable and should pay for the medical expenses and restitution.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 23, 11:05 AM
I think Uber should be liable. To be honest, it doesn't seem like a good idea to ride with strangers. It seems very dangerous, and not worth saving a couple of bucks. Just super weird. On the contrary, I did hear a story about a couple who got married, and met in an UberPOOL together.
Rosita Chery's comment, April 25, 6:06 PM
This is why I don't like to share my cab or uber. If my life can be safer for a few bucks more then i'll just pay the full fare. This is an unfortunate event and i think Uber should be responsible for her medical bills
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Deal in Dunkin’ Donuts case could mean free buttered treats for hundreds

Deal in Dunkin’ Donuts case could mean free buttered treats for hundreds | HospitalityLaw |
BOSTON — An attorney is defending a proposed settlement between a Massachusetts man and Dunkin' Donuts shops that could mean $500 for the lead plaintiff, free buttered baked goods for hundreds of other customers and a big payout for law firms that handled the class action case.
Frances Pache's comment, April 15, 3:37 PM
The article was interesting stating they actually lost money doing the case but took it on because the principle was important...this is unfortunate that many companies cut quality until a customer notices but "fix it" with some money and free stuff.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 23, 11:13 AM
this was a cute and different story!
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Demanding Answers: Moldy Pizza, Chicken With Metal Pieces Turn Up In NYC School Cafeterias

Demanding Answers: Moldy Pizza, Chicken With Metal Pieces Turn Up In NYC School Cafeterias | HospitalityLaw |
The safety of the food served to 1.1 million New York City public school students was on the front burner Tuesday night.
Channa Chuck's comment, April 3, 8:11 AM
Wow that is incredible. How can schools not rotate or have correct temperatures. People should think that their kids could be affected. Also how can those nails get into the chicken? I would suppose that the Health Food inspectors in that region need to enforce more.
Greycy Isabel Kim's comment, April 5, 2:45 PM
suspending their contracts will be great, this is unacceptable.
Rosita Chery's comment, April 25, 6:09 PM
This is disgusting. How can you serve this food like that?
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United Airlines leggings fiasco shows changing nature of air travel

United Airlines leggings fiasco shows changing nature of air travel | HospitalityLaw |
Aviation experts told NBC News the industry had transformed from the time when the act of flying itself was a special occasion.
Dragana Zabunovic's comment, April 1, 10:44 AM
Letting a man that was accompanying them wear shorts and not allow girls in leggings can easily be considered discriminatory not to mention that their obviously outdated dress codes need to be revised.
Jonathan Sandoval's comment, April 2, 4:38 AM
When i first saw this on the news i was amazed that a airline would not let someone fly becasue of the way that they dress. But after reading the article and watching the report over again i agree with the airline that there should be some restrictions on people who are family or friends of employees of the cmompany.
Melissa Rueda's curator insight, April 2, 12:39 PM
I personally have flown on a family and friends program with another airline. I was made aware of the dress code. So, I understand the concept that I was representing the airline and I need to dress "professional and appropriately." But, come one, its 2017 everyone wears leggings or super skinny pants. Even some men! So I did find United dress policy a little bit on the sexist side. I believe as long as the person is covered and wearing shoes, it should be okay.
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Diddy’s Revolt TV sued for reverse discrimination

Diddy’s Revolt TV sued for reverse discrimination | HospitalityLaw |
Five producers claim they were fired for being old white men.
Alexis Sultan's comment, March 31, 9:46 PM
You know far to often, people think of discrimination as just white against black, but reverse discrimination happens all the time too and is very common. When it comes to this situation, the producers have to provide evidence that they were fired because they were white. If they can prove that in court, they have a good case on their hands.
Greycy Isabel Kim's comment, April 5, 2:44 PM
This is sad, racism is a no no. If its true, I hope he wins the case.
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:34 PM
I think it's interesting to hear of discrimation againsts whites by african americans. Either way discrimination is not acceptible and its a hard struggle to deal with even more at the work place because you are trying to remain professional even when being treated a certain way. I think they have a strong case if they can prove that all of this occurred. I think sometimes its hard to prove discrimination since a lot of jobs use favoritism as a wrongful excuse.
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Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast, officials say

Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast, officials say | HospitalityLaw |
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, local officials and an expert said Tuesday, the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012. The reported seizure Monday of the Aris 13 came as a surprise to the global shipping industry as patrols by the navies of NATO countries, as well as China, India and Iran, had suppressed Somali pirate hijackings for several years. However, the United Nations warned in October that the situation was fragile and that Somali pirates "possess the intent and capability to resume attacks." One expert said some in the region had let down their guard as the situation calmed. The Aris 13, manned by eight Sri Lankan sailors, was carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, when it was approached by men in two skiffs, said John Steed, the director of Oceans Beyond Piracy. An official in the semiautonomous state of Puntland said over two dozen men boarded the ship off Somalia's northern coast, an area known to be used by weapons smugglers and members of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists. The ship was anchored Tuesday off the town of Alula, said Salad Nur, a local elder. "The ship is on the coast now and more armed men boarded the ship," he told The Associated Press by phone. An official based in the Middle East with knowledge of the incident told the AP that no ransom demand had been made. "The vessel's captain reported to the company they were approached by two skiffs and that one of them they could see armed personnel on board," the official said. "The ship changed course quite soon after that report and is now anchored." The official spoke on condition of anonymity as no one was authorized to speak publicly about the incident. A Britain-based spokeswoman for the European Union Naval Force operation off Somalia, Flt. Lt. Louise Tagg, said an investigation was underway. The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain and oversees anti-piracy efforts in the region, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said in a statement it was in touch with shipping agents and officials abroad for more information to help ensure the crew's "safety and welfare." A U.N. shipping database shows the Aris 13 is owned by a company called Armi Shipping SA, whose address is listed in care of Aurora Ship Management FZE, a company based in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. Calls and emails to Aurora went unanswered. Australian government records from 2014 list the ship's owner as Flair Shipping Trading FZE in the UAE. Argyrios Karagiannis, the managing director of Flair Shipping, declined to comment. An address listed for Flair Shipping in Dubai's high-rise neighborhood of Jumeirah Lake Towers was for a company called Flair Oil Trading DMCC. A woman who answered the door Tuesday told an AP reporter the firm wasn't connected to the ship and directed him to another office. When no one answered the door at that office, the AP reporter returned to find Karagiannis entering the office of Flair Oil Trading DMCC. "We will not be releasing any information," Karagiannis said before shutting the door. The incident involving the Aris 13 represents the first commercial pirate attack off Somalia since 2012, Steed said. "The pirates never went away, they were just doing other forms of crime and if any of the measures reduce (which they have, or ships take risks) the pirates are poised to exploit the weakness," he said in an email. Somali pirates usually hijack ships and crew for ransom. They don't normally kill hostages unless they come under attack. Piracy off Somalia's coast was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry. It has lessened in recent years after an international effort to patrol near the country, whose weak central government has been trying to assert itself after a quarter-century of conflict. In that time, concerns about piracy off Africa's coast have largely shifted to the Gulf of Guinea. But frustrations have been rising among local fishermen, including former pirates, at what they say are foreign fishermen illegally fishing in local waters. Nur, the local elder, told the AP that young fishermen including former pirates have hijacked the ship. "They have been sailing through the ocean in search for a foreign ship to hijack since yesterday morning and found this ship and boarded it," he said. "Foreign fishermen destroyed their livelihoods and deprived them of proper fishing." ___ Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writers Adam Schreck in Dubai; Bharatha Mallawarachi in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda and Ben Curtis in Nairobi, Kenya, contributed to this report. ___ Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at His work can be found at
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 21, 7:58 PM
I remember this story! It's crazy to think Pirates exist and are real!
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:27 PM
I can't believe people actually live life as a pirate this day in age. Sounds like a ridiculous story but is unfortunately true considering the massive amount of water on this planet and the fact that maritime laws are so different than laws we find on land.
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MSC Cruises rolling out personalization technology: Travel Weekly

MSC Cruises rolling out personalization technology: Travel Weekly | HospitalityLaw |
MSC for Me, a wearable device designed to enhance cruising and offer digital concierge service, will debut on the MSC Meraviglia when it launches in the Mediterranean this summer.
Dragana Zabunovic's comment, April 1, 10:47 AM
Imagining a cruise that will satisfy your every need is a thing of the past as the innovative technology has evolved so far that we will hardly know it’s there, and your needs will not only be satisfied, but predicted with the technology so smooth and subtle there is no user manual required. This project will directly address the cattle like feel of cruising and focus on what customers want more than goods and that is personalized experience. For the first time, the company will know who you are, what you want and where you are in order to personalize your cruise. Like many projects, this one may have some invasive traits from the consumer stand point. The learning relationship of the new technology retains the information for the next time the customer takes a cruise and staying loyal to a company that already has so much data stored on your personal preferences will be much easier to the customer, and much better for the company.
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:29 PM
I think this is a very innovative feature and I'm surprised to see that MSC is the company rolling it out. This seems to follow in line with the success of the Disney bands. Not only is this a great idea for safety and connectivity but it really ties together technology and vacation time in a pleasurable way for guests.
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Richland florist discriminated against gay couple by refusing service, state’s highest court rules

Richland florist discriminated against gay couple by refusing service, state’s highest court rules | HospitalityLaw |
The florist says she will appeal the ruling that she violated anti-discrimination law by refusing to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding to the U.S. Supreme Court.
LISSETTE LEGUIZAMON's comment, February 28, 9:05 AM
Very happy that the couple won, but sad that they ended up settling for a small wedding instead of the big celebration they had planned. A couple's wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest moments in their life, which makes it trully sad that the florist denied providing them with the flowers for their special day.
Lily Marie Segarra's comment, March 28, 2:30 PM
Barronelle Stutzman's appeal will surely be shot down. The free exercise of religion and speech has nothing to do with treating customers equally under the law. I'm happy Rob and Curt won.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 21, 7:59 PM
Why would anyone dismiss service anyway? People don't have to go to for a service. They are willing to give their hard earned money to you.. for you to reject them?
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Organic Italian chicken sausages recalled over plastic contamination

Organic Italian chicken sausages recalled over plastic contamination | HospitalityLaw |
Perdue foods recalled 2,200 pounds of its organic Italian chicken sausages after three consumers in Connecticut and Maryland reported finding pieces of blue plastic in the meat.
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United Airlines removed asthmatic woman from flight because of a cat

United Airlines removed asthmatic woman from flight because of a cat | HospitalityLaw |
Donna Wiegel said she asked to leave the plane at Chicago O;Hare bound for Baltimore after she asked to be seated far away from the feline, amid concerns it would make her sick.
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:15 PM
Mrs. Weigel should've complied immediately and should've changed seats when she was told to. I have astha as well and at that point my goal would be to get away from the cat regardless of how it would happen. If she really cared for her health at "All Costs" then she should've moved when asked.
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Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb | HospitalityLaw |
Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb
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In the past, hotel executives played down Airbnb’s impact on their industry, but documents reveal a “multipronged, national campaign” to rein it in. Credit Minh Uong/The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch.

The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target last summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In October, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill imposing steep fines on Airbnb hosts who break local housing rules.

The two actions appeared unrelated. But one group quietly took credit for both: the hotel industry.

In a presentation in November, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a trade group that counts Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels as members, said the federal investigation and the New York bill were “notable accomplishments.”

Both were partly the result of a previously unreported plan that the hotel association started in early 2016 to thwart Airbnb. The plan was laid out in two separate documents that the organization presented to its board in November and January. In the documents, which The New York Times obtained, the group sketched out the progress it had already made against Airbnb, and described how it planned to rein in the start-up in the future.

The plan was a “multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level,” according to the minutes of the association’s November board meeting.

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The documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat — and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it.

In the past, hotel executives typically played down the privately held company’s impact on the $1.1 trillion American hotel industry. As recently as December, a Marriott executive dismissed Airbnb as not “really making headway in the corporate environment, which is really our bread-and-butter business.”

Yet there is now little mistaking that Airbnb is encroaching on the traditional hotel business. The company, which is based in San Francisco, was founded in 2008 as a way for people to easily list and rent out their spare rooms or their homes online. Since then, about 150 million travelers have stayed in three million Airbnb listings in more than 191 countries, according to the company.

Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion and secured a $1 billion line of credit, according to the research firm CB Insights. Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s chief executive, has said the company could be ready to go public in a year. Investors have pegged Airbnb’s value at around $30 billion; in contrast, Hilton’s market capitalization is $19 billion and Marriott’s $35 billion.

The Hotel Industry’s 2017 Plans to Combat Airbnb
“Objective: Build on the success of 2016 efforts to ensure comprehensive legislation in key markets around the country and create a receptive environment to launch a wave of strong bills at the state level while advancing a national narrative that furthers the focus on reining in commercial operators and the need for commonsense regulations on short-term rentals.”

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All of that has hurt hotel operators. Airbnb has brought hotel pricing down in many places during holidays, conventions and other big events when room rates should be at their highest and the industry generates a significant portion of its profits, said Vijay Dandapani, chief executive of the Hotel Association of New York City, which works with the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

The industry’s plan against Airbnb shows “the hotel cartel is intent on short-sheeting the middle class so they can keep price-gouging consumers,” Nick Papas, a spokesman for Airbnb, wrote in an email. “With more than 250 government partnerships over the last year, we have shown our seriousness of purpose when it comes to putting in place fair rules.”

The national hotel association said its push against Airbnb was not about the platform’s financial impact on hotels.

“Airbnb is operating a lodging industry, but it is not playing by the same rules,” Troy Flanagan, the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s vice president for state and local government affairs, said in an interview.

The main prongs of the association’s plan to constrain Airbnb include lobbying politicians and state attorneys general to reduce the number of Airbnb hosts, funding studies to show Airbnb is filled with people who are quietly running hotels out of residential buildings and highlighting how Airbnb hosts do not collect hotel taxes and are not subject to the same safety and security regulations that hotel operators must follow.

The group said it would focus its efforts in key markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington and Miami.

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The efforts were spearheaded last year by Katherine Lugar, chief executive of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The trade group began to form alliances with politicians, affordable housing groups and neighborhood associations. The industry also forged relationships with hotel labor unions — which it typically faces off against on many issues — about dealing with Airbnb.

In total, the association has a $5.6 million annual budget for regulatory work.

In New York, the association began working with local affiliates to lobby state legislators and the governor’s office to adopt steeper fines for New York City hosts that list on Airbnb in violation of local law, a move that hotel operators had hoped would help increase their business.

The association also sought help from politicians in Washington. In its documents, the group said it had worked with Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Dianne Feinstein of California. The three Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission in July “raising concerns about the short-term rental industry,” one of the hotel association documents said.


Airbnb supporters outside New York’s City Hall in 2015. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill last year imposing steep fines on Airbnb hosts who break local housing rules. The hotel industry supported the law. Credit Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press
Ms. Feinstein’s office referred requests for comment to Mr. Schatz’s office. Mr. Schatz’s office and Ms. Warren’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

The association also met with legislators and attorneys general in dozens of other states to discuss how Airbnb hosts often do not comply with rules imposed on hotels, like anti-discrimination legislation, local tax collection laws, and safety and fire inspection standards. In some markets, the group said, Airbnb is dodging payment of local lodging taxes. In other places, it encouraged officials not to collect taxes from Airbnb hosts so as not to legitimize short-term rentals.

The association claimed legal and regulatory victories last year in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as in states like Virginia, Tennessee and Utah, where laws were being passed to restrict Airbnb activity. The organization also funded research conducted by a professor at Pennsylvania State University to show that many Airbnb hosts were breaking the law.

“We are trying to showcase and bust the myth that Airbnb supports mom and pop and helps them make extra money,” Mr. Flanagan, of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, said. “Homesharing is not what this is about.”

This year, the association plans to fund more anti-Airbnb research and roll out a testimonial campaign of people hurt by home sharing, “to provide a counterweight to Airbnb’s strategy of presenting a unified, working-class face,” according to the group’s documents. The campaign will be “a cornerstone of the 2017 communications strategy,” it said.

Edward Walker, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles who focuses on grass-roots lobbying by businesses, said such a public call to mobilize against Airbnb was unusual. But because Airbnb itself has “quite effectively gotten hosts involved in its advocacy work,” the hotel industry will have to break with conventional lobbying, too, he said.

The hotel association’s efforts have succeeded in disrupting some Airbnb hosts. Sebastian de Kleer, owner of Globe Homes, a short-term rental company based in Los Angeles, had listed some of his properties on Airbnb for more than a year. But Airbnb canceled his Los Angeles listings from its site in March 2016 after the hotel association argued to local politicians that Airbnb hosts like Mr. de Kleer were raising the cost of housing in the city by renting out properties for short-term use rather than for long-term tenants.

“Because there was so much pushback here in Los Angeles, we got kicked off” Airbnb, Mr. de Kleer said. “That was $250,000 in reservations. It was not very professional.”

Mr. de Kleer said he had since gotten over his removal from Airbnb in Los Angeles. He still uses the site to list his many properties in Palm Springs, Calif., where short-term rentals are common and are not controversial.

Doris Burke contributed research.
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:19 PM
I think Air BnB is a very modern invention, however it doesn't seem to be the safest to me. I also feel that it is time some rules change as things start to modernize. Laws need to modernize as well. This goes hand in hand with Uber and Lyft.
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:23 PM
I think Airbnb is a brilliant idea. With all prosperious inventions come some negatives and positives depending on what side of the situation you are on. I think it caused a huge dent in some hotels revenue but at the end of the day as long as it is regulated, it should be allowed. I agree Uber has gone through a lot of lawsuits and controversy but at the end of the day it is a better service than using a taxi. I don't think we should prohibit forward thinking but rather enforce regulations for safety just as we do everything else in the world.
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:22 PM
Air Bnb is a great way of traveling. Personally, I've used it by Key West and my friend and I rented a room with an amazing view at such an affordable price that if I would've stayed at a hotel with these amenities, I would've probably only been able to stay 1-2 days instead of the week i stayed. Regulating it seems fair assuming Air Bnb has a brand they must protect and should hold their renters accountable for things in order to ensure good quality.
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'Charging Bull' sculptor says New York's 'Fearless Girl' statue violates his rights

'Charging Bull' sculptor says New York's 'Fearless Girl' statue violates his rights | HospitalityLaw |
Arturo Di Modica says ‘advertising trick’ placed in Wall Street before international women’s day infringed artistic copyright
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 23, 11:16 AM
I agree with this copyright. It really is an advertising trick.It takes the message away. The artist did not put in there for this message with the fearless girl. I like the message, but that is not what the artist intended to do.
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:21 PM
i do feel that the bull was placed there to show the stockmarket crash and I do feel that this could be an infringement on Di Modica, however as a woman, I feel that the fearless girl in incredible and I have to be bias.
Marc-Anthony Ranis's comment, April 29, 4:56 PM
I also agree with Di Modica statement. The placement of the fearless girl had reversed the entire message behind Di Modica' art. However, I also found the message behind the fearless girl important for females in the top leadership position. I personally think this could have been avoided simply by seeking the artists' approval.
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Wonderful Pistachios hit with class action over early 2016 Salmonella outbreak

Wonderful Pistachios hit with class action over early 2016 Salmonella outbreak | HospitalityLaw |
A Chicago man has served a class action lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios, saying the nuts seller and Sam’s Club should be made to pay for a Salmonella outbreak allegedly tied to contaminated pistachio nuts.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 14, 5:56 PM
was it listed as an ingredient?
Raegan Wesch's comment, April 16, 2:04 PM
I think that if the salmonella can be proved that comes from the pistachios, then they should pay for the damages caused. I am assuming the plaintiff ate the pistachios again because he was unsure if that is what caused the outbreak, but either way, his medical bill should be covered by the company that caused the salmonella.
kayleigh's comment, April 27, 11:23 PM
If there was truly salmonella and it can be proved that the plaintiff ate them and became ill because of them, then the company should pay him.
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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable in Employment Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to three consolidated cases addressing the enforceability of class action and collective action waivers in employ — April 5, 2017
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Jewelry store wins fake review lawsuit

The owner of a Massachusetts jewelry store has been awarded nearly $35,000 in his lawsuit over a bogus online review written by a worker at a rival shop
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:27 PM
That was an immature thing to do by Adam Jacobs. Business is business and maybe if he ran his store with the same decency Steven has, maybe he wouldn't need to do extreme things like these to gain clientele.
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Upstate bar over-served man before deadly wreck, lawsuit claims

Upstate bar over-served man before deadly wreck, lawsuit claims
Alexis Sultan's comment, March 31, 9:42 PM
I think the bar should have done better they are some what responsible for this. This type of story happens all too much. It's the same story, with different names and different places. The bar can be held legally responsible.
Dragana Zabunovic's comment, April 1, 10:35 AM
Although I believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own behavior and especially for driving intoxicated, I also think that the bar is responsible and should be held somewhat liable as well especially if they were aware of the intoxication level of the customer.
Alejandra Maldonado's comment, April 30, 11:30 PM
The bar could've done more to avoid such tragedy from happening but the consumer wasn't underage so he was aware of the consequences of drinking and driving.
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Ivanka Trump is hit with class action suit by San Francisco rival

Ivanka Trump is hit with class action suit by San Francisco rival | HospitalityLaw |
The civil lawsuit filed on March 16 by Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC) seeks a restraining order against Ivanka Trump Marks LLC to stop her products from being sold in California.
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Former Thinx Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment

Former Thinx Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment | HospitalityLaw |
The self-styled “She-E.O.” prided herself on breaking taboos. According to some employees, she went too far.
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DC Restaurant Owners Sue Trump, Saying His Hotel Has An Unfair Advantage

DC Restaurant Owners Sue Trump, Saying His Hotel Has An Unfair Advantage | HospitalityLaw |
The lawsuit alleges that Trump's hotel not only competes for general customers, but specifically for clients seeking to do busines
Lisa Ann Gray's comment, March 16, 5:33 PM
I think that it was only a matter of time before people would file suits of this nature.
Alexis Sultan's comment, April 21, 8:02 PM
and what is wrong with an unfair advantage? That is how business work!
Megan Catherine Trudo's comment, April 23, 5:07 PM
I understand why the restaurant is filing this lawsuit, and I am sure that many more will follow. The problem with the lawsuit is that the Trump hotel has a business advantage, but enforcing the complaint in this lawsuit would be an insult to the American dream.
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High court rules for disabled girl, service dog

High court rules for disabled girl, service dog | HospitalityLaw |
The proverb "every dog has its day" came true at the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the family of a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and her goldendoodle, Wonder.
Alexis Sultan's comment, March 31, 10:02 PM
While reading this article, I was happy the family filed a lawsuit against the school for denying her request. I do think it was a reasonable accommodation, and the school should have honored it. They are allowed to question her disability, as long as she has the proper documentation as she provided.
Megan Catherine Trudo's comment, April 23, 4:21 PM
I am glad to see this decision despite the lengthiness of the lawsuit and that the girl transferred to a school that was accommodating and respectful of the girl's ADA needs. It is very important that we be respectful and accommodating to ADA needs and the school did not have the right to decide that a school aid could replace the dog.
Lisa Castro's comment, April 29, 2:42 PM
This absolutely ridiculous. How could a service dog be allowed everywhere minus this school? I don't understand how thats any way acceptable. It's like if you didn't let a disabled child bring their wheelchair to school. I'm glad the decision was made clear. Whoever made that decsions in that school, should not be working with children, let alone with humans. What a heartless person?