Garvey Schubert Barer

Since its founding in 1966, Garvey Schubert Barer has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders, to newly launched enterprises and governmental bodies – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys who possess deep industry experience and have a thorough understanding of current and emerging issues.

Key Highlights of Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA) Without getting too deep into the weeds, below are some key highlights: Central to Cuomo’s proposal in the CRTA is the creation of a regulatory framework to be administered by a newly established Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The OCM and licensing rules to cannabis businesses. With regard to the adult-use (21 and over) for the recreational marijuana portion of the legislation, the OCM would regulate and…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Expedia gets tough with United amidst ticket-distribution costs battle; Trivago’s recent changes may anger advertisers; U.K. investigation forces changes at Expedia & Booking.com Trivago’s Recent Changes May Again Anger Advertisers(“Trivago Courts Booking’s Wrath in Move to Boost Repeat Customers,” Skift Travel News, February 6, 2019) In last week’s fourth quarter earnings call, Trivago executives finally shared details of its previously announced changes to the metasearch site’s user interface.  According to…
Starting this April, the USCIS will reverse the order in which it selects H-1B petitions for adjudication. H-1B petitions, filed on behalf all beneficiaries, will first be selected from the annual quota consisting of 65,000 new H-1Bs. Any beneficiaries not selected but who hold an advanced degree from a U.S. college/university will have a second chance to be selected from an additional pool of 20,000 new H-1Bs. According to the USCIS, this change in order…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Danish competition authorities weigh in on OTAs; The politics of distribution; Triptease expands its offerings The Politics of Distribution(“Amnesty urges digital tourism sites to end listings in Israeli settlements,” The Washington Post – World News, January 30, 2019)Rarely does distribution get dragged so publicly into global politics.  This past week, however, Amnesty International issued a controversial report (combined with public demonstrations) criticizing Booking.com, Expedia, TripAdvisor and Airbnb for…
The entire industry of Qualified Intermediaries was created from the requirements of Treasury Regulations. While financial service providers (e.g., banks, brokers, trust companies and escrow companies) are highly regulated, there is little regulation of Qualified Intermediaries. The cost to enter the Qualified Intermediary service industry is rather nominal. There are generally no minimum capital requirements or bonding/insurance requirements for these businesses. Further, there are generally no annual reporting requirements. Consequently, the significant appreciation in real…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Lufthansa partners with AI-powered predictive platform; Priceline corners military market; Airbnb seeks to expand its corporate business Priceline Corners Military Market(“U.S. Department of Defense and Priceline team up to create travel booking site for military,” USA Today – Top News Stories, January 22, 2019)Priceline and the US Department of Defense announced last week the launch of American Forces Travel, a leisure travel website for current and former members of…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Air carriers accused of abusing dominant position in online travel; Cruise industry & traditional offline distribution channels; Ryanair’s attempt to become the “Amazon of Travel” struggles This week’s Update features two interesting stories on distribution in the airline and cruise industries, which caused us to question what, if any, lessons can be drawn for those in the lodging industry.  Enjoy. Air Carriers Accused of Abusing Dominant Position in Online Travel
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: New platforms brought to regulators’ attention; Google Assistant Interpreter Mode gets a test drive; Expedia’s Ad-On Advantage lives another day Google Assistant Interpreter Gets a Test Drive(“Three Hotels Pilot New Google Assistant Interpreter Mode,” Lodging Magazine, January 9, 2019)Speaking of voice-assisted devices and the control they may one day wield…On the heels of Google’s introduction of its new Google Assistant Interpreter Mode at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), two…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Mistakenly discounted rates a regular occurrence; Report discloses rampant disclosure of personal information by travel apps Mistakenly Discounted Rates a Regular Occurrence(“$16,000 first class seats sold for $675. Errors like these are more common than you’d think,” Vox, January 4, 2019)Details emerged this past week about Cathay Pacific’s unprecedented discounting of first class and business class tickets on certain flights.  In some instances, the discounted tickets reflected over a…
To encourage development in QOZs, Congress created potential tax incentives for taxpayers that invest in the development of QOZs. The incentives include: (1) the deferral of gain that would otherwise be realized and recognized; (2) the potential elimination of some of that gain; and (3) the potential elimination of the recognition of gain on appreciation from the investment. Despite these congressionally mandated incentives, until the past few weeks, few taxpayers were actually embarking on creating…