“It was being used to circumvent case law and proper court procedure to obtain privacy information,” Seiders said. “The police were using these local laws to avoid having to go through judicial review. I think that’s where it became abusive.
More than a decade ago, a group of hotel owners sued Los Angeles. Now their actions have caused reverberations in hotels throughout the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 22 in City of Los Angeles v. Patel that the police practice of asking for a hotel’s guest registry without a warrant is unconstitutional.
“It’s certainly providing privacy protection and extending it to companies, both to the company owner and the guests that are there. It’s certainly a win for the hotels,” Attorney Dana Kravetz said.
“This is going to have widespread impact – and already has had widespread impact – on a host of cities and really the industry at large. It’s a powerful decision. It really sets it out pretty clearly as to what the police can or cannot do.”
This ruling goes beyond Los Angeles as so many other U.S. cities have similar ordinances, said Kravetz, managing partner of Michelman & Robinson and chair of the law firm’s hospitality group.
“It’s really a great day for the hotel industry,” said Frank Weiser, the attorney for the group of hotel owners (Patel). “It’s a great day for businesses throughout America.”
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CH&LA and AAHOA have once again partnered to present the annual Northern California Hotel & Lodging Conference. This year the event is moving back to the DoubleTree San Jose. Each year this event gathers together over 300 hoteliers who enjoy the free educational seminars, updates on industry topics and to attend the trade show.
The show will include the usual abundance of networking opportunities, general session luncheon, and of course the trade show, the largest of its kind in Northern California. Over 100 vendors will be eager to show off the latest industry products, many who offer special rates and discounts for this conference. There will also be a reception in the trade show at 4:00 pm, with appetizers, soft drinks, no-host bar and lots of networking.
To get a glimpse inside one of our California Hotel & Lodging Trade Shows, click here.
Last years conference was a huge success and we could not be more excited to be back! Come see Petra’s own Director of Risk Management, Todd Seiders, along with other members of the Petra P3 team. We hope to see you there!
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Hello Petra Friends
A new e-mail “scam” has developed across California, with some of our hotels in Kansas and Michigan also receiving the email.
California Hotels may NOT refuse to rent minors rooms based on their age only. Refusing to rent to minors may be legal and appropriate in other States than California, so check with your local hotel Hotel & Lodging Association for more details.
Please click the image above to read the full alert as well as download a printable copy.
Any questions? Call Petra Risk Solutions at (800) 466-8961
We just wanted to remind everyone to come check out Petra’s own Director of Risk Management, Todd Seiders, and Loss Control Manager, Marco Johnson, at the Southern California Hotel and Lodging Conference. We hope to see you there!
Come check out Petra’s own Director of Risk Management, Todd Seiders, and Loss Control Manager, Marco Johnson, at the Southern California Hotel and Lodging Conference.
For more: http://www.calodging.com/events/2014-southern-california-hotel-lodging-conference/