A class action has been filed against the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) alledging the MMA would deceive and defraud the public into paying a fee to enter the MMA, even though dmission was legally required to be free of charge most days of the week. A similar complaint had already been filed last November. ´The MMA states that it had never imposed an admissions fee, its admissions policy was agreed to by the City of New York and it was clearly posted and explained.
As reported by "Travel Weekly", New York-based personal-injury law firm Proner and Proner said it joined forces with Codacons, the Italian consumer-protection organization, in filing a class action against Costa Cruises. A second New York law firm, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, also will represent passengers in the class action.
Proner said that the suit will seek at least USD 160,000 for each passenger who was aboard the ship at the time of the Jan. 13 disaster near the Italian island of Giglio.
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Dec. 21, Theophilus Maranga says he "risked his life" by jumping on the would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam with a bomb stashed in his underwear. The lawsuit says Maranga lost a tooth and suffered injuries to his ribs, permanent numbness in his hands and a pain in his neck that hampers his movements.
One of the Plaintiffs, FHR TB, LLC (“Fairmont”), manages hotels as the agent for the owners of the hotels. The other Plaintiff, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (U.S.) Inc. (“FHRUSI”), owns Fairmont. Both Plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction reinstating Fairmont as the manager of Defendant’s hotel in Aventura, Florida. Defendant, TB Isle Resort, LP (“Turnberry”) built and operated the hotel in the 1970s , later repurchasing it and contracting with Fairmont to manage it on a long-term basis, under a hotel management agreement (“HMA”).
A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of online travel agencies, ASTA and the U.S. Tour Operators Association challenging the legality and constitutionality of New York’s amended hotel occupancy tax.
Online travel agencies and other hotel resellers will have to start paying higher taxes in New York from September. The legislation defines remarketers as anyone who "reserves, arranges for, conveys or furnishes occupancy, whether directly or indirectly, to an occupant for rent in an amount determined by the room remarketer" and requires all hotel room resellers to pay the 4% state sales tax on the retail rate, not just the wholesale rate.