In an important case for the hospitality industry, JMBM attorney Martin (Marty) Orlick, along with insurance defense counsel, helped a Santa Barbara hotel avoid paying plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs in a lawsuit filed against it under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Marty Orlick has defended more than 175 ADA lawsuits, many of them […]
On June 23, 2005, a bitterly divided U. S. Supreme Court upheld a local government’s use of eminent domain to seize private property “for the purpose of economic development.” Previously, courts had looked to the standard of whether property would be directly taken “for public use,” under the Fifth Amendment. However, in Kelo v. City […]
Despite the current proliferation of condo hotels, the Access Board’s newly proposed ADAAG technical requirements still include no specific mention of condo hotels, nor have we seen any state law that includes requirements for condo hotel accessibility. There is very limited judicial direction, as legal precedents regarding the ADA and condo hotels have not yet […]
Hotel closings are hitting record levels, but for all the right reasons! Unlike closings caused by the “great real estate depression” of the early 1990s, hotels are closing today for positive reasons: major rehab and construction projects, conversions to condo hotel or residential condos and expansion. Hotel developers and owners are finding that construction is […]
Dan Sedor authored an article in BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly on "Problem: Information Explosion Meets Electronic Discovery." To view the complete article, please click on the file above.