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...
JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® Announces 5th Edition of The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook
Jim Butler | January 23, 2023
The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce publication of the 5th edition of The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook, a guide for hotel owners, developers, investors and operators considering a hotel management agreement (HMA) or franchise agreement, or dealing with the challenges of termination of one. Co-authored by JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® Chairman, Jim Butler, senior Group member Robert E. Braun and Mark S. Adams, the 5th edition of The Handbook includes an updated section on why long-term management and franchise agreements may now be terminable, with...
GHG Partner David Sudeck Recognized as a Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal
Jim Butler | September 12, 2022
By Jim Butler Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce that Real Estate Partner David Sudeck has been recognized in the National Law Journal’s 2022 list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers. This list honors legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector. “David’s legal expertise and excellent client service have been essential to the success of the Global Hospitality Group and to the Firm as a whole,” said Jim Butler. “We are pleased that he has received this recognition as a Trailblazer.” Sudeck i...
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...
GHG Partners Guy Maisnik and David Sudeck Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times
JMBM | June 8, 2022
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce that two senior Global Hospitality Group® members were honored last month for their legal accomplishments. Guy Maisnik, Vice Chair of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group®, has been included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers.” This list honors the top lawyers in Los Angeles for their legal achievements, professional impact and community involvement. Guy advises clients on hospitality transactions, representing buyers, sellers, lenders, opportunity funds, special servicers, REITs, and developers in hotel transactions, joint ventures...
Developer’s EB-5 Handbook for Construction Financing — New 3rd Edition
Jim Butler | May 9, 2022
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and EB-5 Finance Group™ are pleased to publish an updated edition of The Developer’s EB-5 Handbook for Construction Financing. This new and improved handbook provides essential resources for developers considering EB-5 financing for their next project. The recent EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 and the reauthorization of the Regional Center Program, a crucial part of EB-5’s success, has generated renewed interest in the program’s low-cost funding opportunities. The Global Hospitality Group® has developed an approach to guide clients thr...
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