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.

Definition of “Substantially All” The first set of proposed regulations defines the phrase “substantially all” for purposes of determining whether an entity is a QOZ business (“QOZB”). Treasury failed, however, to define this very phrase in the context it is used in other parts of the QOZ statute.  The phrase “substantially all” also appears in Code Section 1400Z-2(d)(2)(D)(i)(III), which provides that for property to be treated as QOZ business property (“QOZBP”), “substantially all of the…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Traveloka challenges OTA acronym; Japanese anti-trust agents raid offices of Expedia and Booking.com Other than the news that Marriott and Expedia completed negotiations over their new contract (congratulations to Marriott for getting this behind you), this past week was relatively quiet on the distribution front.  Enjoy. Traveloka Challenges OTA Acronym(“Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food, Wellness Choices,” News, APril 10, 2019)Indonesia-based Traveloka is challenging what it…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Expedia unable to stop withholding of critical airline data; Accor partners with Middle Eastern distributor Accor Partners with Middle Eastern Distributor(“Accor enters global deal with Al-Tayyar Travel,” Arab News Corporate News, April 1, 2019)Accor and Saudi Arabia based distributor Al-Tayyar Travel Group (ATG) announced plans last week for Accor to provide ATG’s OTAs and other distribution points with direct connect access to Accor’s 4800 hotels and resorts.  ATG operates two OTAs…
This past week was relatively quiet on the distribution front.  Have a great week everyone.  Online Travel Agencies Drawn into Indonesian Antitrust Probe MLex Insight on Mar 26, 2019Indonesian online travel agencies have now been drawn into a widening probe into various allegations of anticompetitive behavior in the country’s aviation industry. …
Understanding the Patchwork of Regulatory Schemes of the Sale and Use of Hemp-Derived Products United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under the 2018 Farm Bill, states may submit proposals for hemp production programs to the USDA for approval. These proposals must include sufficient testing, disposal, enforcement (among other) requirements. Once a proposal is submitted by a state, the USDA will have 60 days to approve or deny it. That being said, no proposals will be…
This week’s Update includes status reports on several ongoing distribution-related court cases involving both hoteliers and distributors.  Conspiracy Theorists Live Another Day(“Lawsuit on hotels’ internet advertising tactics moves forward,” Reuters Company News on Mar 21, 2019)Federal District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer refused last week to toss out claims against several major hotel brands over their alleged conspiracy not to compete online.  If you recall, the case centers around plaintiff’s claim that the major hotel brands…
Do you have assets in foreign countries?  Are you or your spouse from another country? Do you have a relative in another country moving to the U.S., buying U.S. property, or making a gift to someone in the U.S.?  Are you a green card holder thinking about moving back your home country?  If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider the significant challenges that state and federal legal and…
40th Anniversary Celebration of the Arrival of Liu Lin Hai Ship in Seattle Held on April 18, 2019 Since Garvey Schubert Barer’s founding in 1966, China has been a major focus of the firm’s practice. In 1979, Stan Barer and other GSB attorneys developed the legal strategy that led to the resumption of shipping between the U.S. and China after a thirty-year hiatus. The first Chinese ship to arrive in the United States sailed into…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: U.S. Circuit Court deals a blow to short-term platforms; Google continues steady evolution; a few words about Airbnb/HotelTonight Acquisition Google Continues Steady Evolution(“Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications,” Skift Travel News, March 11, 2019) Those of you still not convinced that Google has its eyes on ultimately becoming an online booking platform may finally have to throw in the towel.  With little to no fanfare,…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: BookingSuite pivots; TripAdvisor expands sponsored placements; rate detection services benefiting from wholesaler abuses BookingSuite Pivots(“Booking.com pivots BookingSuite into a hotel tech app store,” Phocus Wire, March 6, 2019)Since we first began our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update nearly 4 years ago (yes, it has been that long), we have periodically featured stories detailing Booking.com’s efforts to diversify its service offerings through a series of small software company acquisitions.  As…