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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

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.

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

July 20, 2016

By:  Barbara F. Dunn, 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 groups […]

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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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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

By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP 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. […]

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When Meetings and Construction Collide, the Dust Will Fly

December 28, 2015

 By  Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP Remember when you undertook a home improvement project you thought would never end?  After having my kitchen renovated several years ago, I was counting down the days when the project – dust, noise, odors, people coming and going, and microwave dinners – would be completed.  […]

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There is Nothing Fine About Fine Print – Costly ‘Boilerplate’ Provisions in Contracts

December 28, 2015

By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Esq. Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP With much focus on provisions such as services, fees, cancellation, and force majeure, many event professionals may be bleary-eyed by the time they reach the end of the contract. Yet often at the end of the contract are the “boilerplate” provisions which could be very costly to the group. As such, it […]

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