The Biggest Hospitality Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report

July 15, 2014 – In The News

Carolyn D. Richmond was quoted in Law360's article, "The Biggest Hospitality Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report." Full text can be found in the July 16, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

New York's high court rejected former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda ban proposal in June by stating that New York City's health board overstepped its boundaries by imposing sugary drink portion limits on businesses.

Carolyn Richmond comments, "I think the recent New York Court of Appeals decision striking down the so-called large soda ban was a very significant decision for the hospitality industry, not just because it preserved my right to drink an extra-large Diet Coke at a Knicks game, but because it sets the possible stage for a showdown with municipalities like new York City as they continue to legislate in areas traditionally left to the states and federal government – areas like minimum wage, tips, paid time off and beyond.”

She also noted that hospitality companies are seeing increased municipal activism that is making business increasingly difficult for multiunit operators and franchisors that operate across jurisdictions.