Hospitality clients face a wide range of legal issues including: premises liability; state, federal and local regulatory compliance; construction disputes; contractual disputes with service providers, suppliers and vendors; financial disputes; insurance-related matters; and employment and labor concerns. Scandaglia Ryan regularly represents properties of national and international corporate operators, as well as resorts, restaurants and recreational facilities. Our combination of extensive litigation and transactional experience for hospitality industry clients has built a solid foundation of pragmatic and effective representation and counsel for this segment of the business economy.

Representative Matters

  • Defended a hotel owner and a management company against breach of contract and fraud claims arising out of the purchase of $101 million resort property in which plaintiffs sought $30 million in compensatory damages and untold punitive damages. After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict of no liability in favor of the firm's client.
  • Represented several national real estate resort and hotel investment firms and the owners of world-class luxury hotels in ADA litigation involving accessibility of public accommodations in Title III lawsuits in New York, California and Illinois.
  • Defended the seller of a casual restaurant chain against a claim that it had breached certain representations and warranty in connection with sale of its business. By presenting a detailed analysis refuting the purchaser’s claims, SR negotiated a favorable settlement in which our client paid less than 25% of amount claimed by purchasers.
  • Represented a hotel and resort owner in $1 million dispute regarding early termination of a management contract for failure to perform duties in compliance with industry standards. Negotiated settlement favorable to client and avoided payment of claimed early termination fee.
  • Represented a hotel owner and management company in an insurance coverage dispute involving a “fidelity” policy. Negotiated the recovery of approximately $400,000 to cover losses suffered due to employee theft.
  • Represented an international hotel management company in a lawsuit regarding the insurer's overcharge of premiums for a workers' compensation policy.
  • Represented a Chicago-based restaurant in connection with the successful prosecution of a trademark infringement case in the United District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.