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Checklist of Considerations for Convention Center License Agreements

August 23, 2017

While much hospitality industry legal discourse centers around hotel contracts as opposed to convention center license agreements, the license agreements can actually be much more complex. And while reading convention center license agreements may be an effective substitute for taking a sleeping pill, it is important to “demystify” these contracts and focus on the key […]

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Can Meeting Planners be Held Personally Liable in Connection with Meetings and Events?

May 24, 2017

Article By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Esq. Throughout my practice, meeting planners have frequently asked whether they could be held personally liable for their work in connection with meetings and events. My typical answer is the one you hate to hear the most from your lawyer: “it depends”. The “it depends” largely relates to the […]

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Heck No – We Won’t Go:

February 20, 2017

Addressing Legislative Developments in Event Contracts By Barbara F. Dunn O’ Neal Esq You don’t have to look too far nowadays to hear about a state or local community adopting a law or regulation which has the effect of discriminating against a subset of the population due to a person’s race, sex, sexual preference, gender […]

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Meetings, Technology and Data: Oh My!

December 2, 2016

By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Partner Barnes & Thornburg LLP Organizations are continuing to expand the scope of their use of new technology and social media in connection with their meetings and events.  What once was recognized as a passing fad has now proven to be very effective.  Yet with the new technology comes […]

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Industry Trends You Need to Know

November 4, 2016

Article By  Barbara F Dunn O’Neal, Esq. As we move through the year 2016, here are two summaries of key trends we have observed among our association and foundation clients, and among meeting and hospitality industry members.  We’ve included corresponding legal issues relevant to each area. Top Trends among Associations and Foundations Membership Associations continue […]

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“Balancing the Business and Legal Issues: Key Provisions in Hotel Contracts”

July 20, 2016

Article by Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Regardless of whether it is a “seller’s market” or a “buyer’s market”, negotiating hotel contracts for meetings and events these days is not an easy task. Planners and suppliers must  balance  their  legal  requirements  within  the  confines  of  the business climate.  As a lawyer who represents all types […]

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“Balancing the Business and Legal Issues: Key Provisions in Hotel Contracts”

May 16, 2016

By:  Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Regardless of whether it is a “seller’s market” or a “buyer’s market”, negotiating hotel contracts for meetings and events these days is not an easy task. Planners and suppliers must  balance  their  legal  requirements  within  the  confines  of  the business climate.  As a lawyer who represents all types of […]

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“Dissecting a Force Majeure Provision”

March 11, 2016

 Article By Barbara F. Dunn O’ Neal, Esq. One of my strangest school memories comes from my junior high life science class.  We were required to dissect a frog.  My friends and I decided that the smell of the preserved frog smell was so bad, we would spray the inside of the frog with Love’s […]

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Meetings and Technology: A Love/Hate Relationship

December 29, 2015

By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP The ability for attendees and groups to utilize technology at meetings is as critical nowadays as having plenty of coffee at the meeting.  We love it when it works; we hate it when it does not work. It is a meeting professional’s worst nightmare to […]

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Combatting Room Block Pirates Who Is Selling Hotel Rooms to Your Attendees?

December 29, 2015

  Article By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Guess who is back? Room block pirates! After many years of being the only ones to market and reserve housing for their meeting attendees, many groups have unwanted “helpers” – namely, housing companies soliciting their attendees for hotel room reservations without the group’s authorization. These so-called housing […]

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