Monthly Archives January 2014

“Slaying the silent killer, carbon monoxide”

Unfortunately, over the past year, there have been several illnesses and deaths reported at hotels due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  Below, Jill Becker summarizes advice from several experts on how hoteliers can avoid this type of tragedy in their hotels.  In addition, they discuss carbon monoxide regulations and what legal consequences hoteliers may face should there be an carbon monoxide poisoning incident at their hotel.

swimming pool carbon monoxideA swimming pool heater is just one of many pieces of hotel equipment that could be in danger of leaking deadly carbon monoxide. (Stock image)


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Betting On Bitcoin, Two Las Vegas Casinos Allow Virtual Currency

They controversial crypto-cyber currency, Bitcoin, has some advocates and some opponents.  Critics cite security issues, ties with illicit activity and Bitcoin exchange rate volatility, for why this type of currency should not be used.  Others, however, think that Bitcoin is convenient, fast and more cost effective that using credit cards.  Below, Mark Johanson gives an overview of why two Las Vegas casinos have decided to accept Bitcoin for food and lodging.  At this time, Bitcoin is not accepted as currency on the casino floors.


Las Vegas is a city that sustains itself on novelties, so it should come as little surprise that two of its hotel casinos will become the first in the nation to accept the unregulated digital payment system known as Bitcoin.

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Ninth Circuit Court Overturns Los Angeles Law Allowing “Warrantless” Hotel Records Searches

In Los Angeles, police can no longer inspect hotel registration records without a warrant under Fourth Amendment protections.  This law was found to be unconstitutional in a recent ruling in the case of Patel v. The City of Los Angeles.  Below, Joshua Patton provides a discusses this ruling in detail, and how it impacts hotels.

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The Ninth Circuit Court recently remanded a Los Angeles city ordinance that allowed police to conduct on-site inspection of hotel records without first seeking a warrant.  In the court’s ruling, 5-4, the majority affirmed the right of two hotel owners to have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” with respect to their records, thus making the ordinance unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment...

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