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December 2018's Converge Newsletter
Defending Cases In High Crime Areas
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December 18 2018 via ConvergeBlog
Depending on where you do business, crime and its associated consequences may simply be a cost of doing business. Unfortunately, savvy Plaintiff’s lawyers have carved out a niche practice by targeting businesses in high crime areas of our inner cities/Plaintiff-friendly venues. Frequently hotels, restaurants, bars, and the like find themselves as repeat targets in premises liability lawsuits. And oftentimes the victims’ injuries are catastrophic –murder, rape, assault, emotional trauma, physical injury.

The general theme Plaintiff’s lawyers use in these cases is that the Defendant, in an effort to maximize profits, skimped on security measures that would have made the premises safe –i.e. crime free, risk free, covered in bubble wrap with no sharp edges or tripping hazards.

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Business Use Of E-Scooters Presents New Challenges For Employers

December 4, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

...the laws for operating e-scooters are not well known. They also vary from location to location. In Denver, for example, e-scooters are classified as “toy vehicles” and are not allowed in bike lanes or in general traffic. In California, e-scooters may not be ridden on sidewalks and must be ridden on the street or in bike lanes.
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Hotel Attack Statistics

December 1, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

While court decisions are never 100% anchored to precedent trends, there is, nonetheless, a pattern demonstrating that hotels cannot consistently depend on reasonable foreseeability as a mitigation strategy for hotel violence.
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Woman Sues Hilton for $100M Over Employee Blackmail Attempt
December 5, 2018 via Hotel Management

A Chicago woman is suing Hilton for $100 million after claiming an employee at a Hampton Inn & Suites in Albany, N.Y., filmed her as she showered, then uploaded the video to the internet in an attempt to blackmail her.

The woman, who is unidentified in the suit, said the incident took place in July 2015, but her claim states she was only made aware of the footage after it was posted to a pornographic website this past September. She claims she was alerted to the video after the hotel employee emailed her a direct link to the video.
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