Tag Archives: Mark R. Vowell

In Maui County, It’s Five O’Clock Around the Clock

The Maui County Liquor Control Commission, which regulates licenses for the importation, manufacture and sale of alcohol within Maui County, has liberalized certain County rules on the sale of alcohol: holders of liquor licenses are now generally permitted to sell alcohol to customers 24 hours per day. Retailers had previously been restricted to selling alcohol … Continue Reading

Why Retail Developers and Tenants Should Reconsider the Use of Detailed REAs

Recently, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury award in favor of retailer Lord & Taylor for lost profits in connection with a breach of its reciprocal easement agreement with D.C.-area mall owner White Flint, LP. The court found White Flint’s efforts to redevelop the regional mall into a mixed-use project violated the terms of the REA, which can often be an obstacle to redevelopment plans. … Continue Reading

Retailers Await New Drone Regulations Amid Trump Administration Regulation Freeze

Retailers are exploring how to use drones to quickly deliver online orders to customers. In June 2016, the FAA issued a final rule permitting flights by commercial drones under certain conditions. While the rule was a welcome step forward for the commercial drone industry, the operational restrictions prohibited drones to fly over any populated areas due to safety concerns, essentially forbidding commercial drones in most urban areas.… Continue Reading

Bill to Reduce ADA Litigation Against Owners Passes House Committee

Legislation seeking to reduce private litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, regarding accessibility barriers for disabled citizens in public accommodations, recently passed the House Judiciary Committee. Lodging and retail groups applaud the proposed legislation as a defense against serial nuisance suits by unscrupulous lawyers and plaintiffs, while advocates of the disabled claim it is an unfair new hurdle to private action under the ADA.… Continue Reading

Joint-Employer Liability and the Retail Industry

On June 3, 2016, Hunton & Williams LLP published a video discussing a 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, which fundamentally alters the joint-employer standard. The ruling has already been making waves in the retail industry as the NLRB seeks to apply the new standards to hold certain franchisors liable for the employment violations of its franchisees. … Continue Reading
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