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Essential Topics in Hospitality Law - Summer 2024

Jun 10, 2024 - Jun 11, 2024

$750 Enroll

Full course description

Taught by Steven Shapiro, along with experts in hotel law, Essential Topics in Hospitality Law traces the economic models of the industry, along with explanations of the terminology and current industry relationships.  We then look at the common agreements in place for types of the hotels, followed with in-depth reviews of common provisions that often define these relationships.  During the course, we investigate issues that are distinctive to the lodging industry while also examining important legal constructs that govern commercial relationships.  Our material looks at topics in contract law, franchise agreements, intellectual property, data security, and dispute resolution.

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For payments with credit cards, debit cards or bank accounts, the tuition cost includes a non-refundable 4% administrative fee. In case an eligible refund is requested, the net funds returned will be the tuition minus 4%. 

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