Data Privacy Alert: Who’s Responsible for Personal Data at a Hotel?
Bob Braun | March 21, 2023
By Jim Butler, Robert Braun One of the most valuable assets of a hotel brand is information – detailed personal information about guests at their hotels, participants in their loyalty programs, and visitors to their websites. This information allows hotel brands to focus on creating guest loyalty, acquiring potential guests, engaging in effective marketing, expanding market share, and creating properties and services that entice and satisfy hotel guests. Because of this, hotel brands have long contended that they “own” hotel guest data and have unencumbered rights to use it, without respect to the interests of hotel owners and even t...
C-PACE Update: Global Hospitality Group® Completes $172M in C-PACE Transactions for Hotel and Other Real Estate Projects in 2022
Jim Butler | March 15, 2023
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com The Global Hospitality Group of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the completion of $172 million in C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing transactions for the year 2022. This total includes over $97 million in hotels and condos, more than $58 million in multifamily, and $16 million in senior living facilities. C-PACE is a low-cost, nonrecourse financing that creates a lien on the real property and is repaid through property taxes. It first emerged as a technique for funding energy...
Hotel Lawyer: Court Nixes California Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbibration
Jim Butler | February 24, 2023
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit held on February 15, 2023, that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a California law designed to prevent employers from requiring workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. This decision is consistent with a long line of State and Federal cases, and is expected to have a significant impact on employment practices in the state, including hotels and everyone in the hospitality industry. Appeals court blocks California bar on mandatory arbitration for workers by JMBM’s Labor & Employment Gro...
ADA Defense Lawyer: DOJ Issues Guidance On Website Accessibility
Jim Butler | June 9, 2022
By Jim Butler, Stuart Tubis ecently on March 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a “Web Accessibility Guidance” statement for state and local governments and public accommodations (including businesses) under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A copy of the Guidance document can be found here. In the Guidance, the DOJ clarifies once again that the ADA applies to websites: “the Department’s longstanding interpretation of the general nondiscrimination and effective communication provisions applies to web accessibility.” The Guidance also provides some examples of website acces...
What the 2022 Revitalization of EB-5 Financing Means Today: Part 2
Jim Butler | April 25, 2022
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Part two of our recent article in Westlaw Today explores the opportunities available to developers and investors now that the EB-5 program is back on track. For part 1, click here. This article was originally published on Westlaw Today on April 14, 2022. What the 2022 Revitalization of EB-5 Financing Means for Real Estate Developers and Other Entrepreneurs: Part 2 What are foreign investors looking for? Experts expect to see a flood of interest in the EB-5 program, both from foreign investors anxious to immigrate to the US, and from real estate developers with shovel-ready project...
What the 2022 Revitalization of EB-5 Financing Means Today: Part 1
Jim Butler | April 19, 2022
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Since the renewal of the EB-5 program this year, there has been a lot of talk about what this means for developers interested in taking on new projects. Our recent article in Westlaw Today sums up the latest information about the program. Part one is below; part two will be published next week. This article was originally published on Westlaw Today on April 14, 2022. What the 2022 Revitalization of EB-5 Financing Means for Real Estate Developers and Other Entrepreneurs: Part 1 After being sidelined for the last few years by circumstances culminating with the pandemic and the lapse o...
Hotel Lawyer Labor & Employment New Year Round-Up: What to Expect in 2022
Jim Butler | January 4, 2022
Jim Butler Several new pieces of California legislation have either recently gone into effect or will take effect in 2022, impacting nearly all employers and how they handle employment agreements, disability related to COVID, training, rehiring and retention, and a range of other practices. A new presidential administration also means a shift in the political landscape and the role played by the NLRB, OSHA and other regulatory bodies. Our round-up will help you determine which key issues may impact you in 2022; contact us to be sure you’re ready for all these upcoming changes. Click the “read more” link for each topic to see a com...
JMBM Represents Prism Hotels & Resorts in Sale to Aimbridge Hospitality
the Global Hospitality Group® | December 21, 2021
The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the successful closing of the sale of our client Prism Hotels & Resorts (prismhotels.com) to Aimbridge Hospitality (aimbridgehospitality.com). Prism specializes in hotel management, resort development management, and management of hotels in receivership and Ambridge is a leading global hospitality company. Partners Guy Maisnik and Jay Thompson led the JMBM team with Jamie Ogden working unrelentingly on the pre-closing restructure. Associate Michelle Choi also worked assiduously on the restructure and on a myriad of ancillary deal do...
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