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Food Donations

Leftover Food Donations by Restaurants: Why would you not do this?

Every so often there is a news item about the tons of leftover food that go to waste each year while millions of Americans go undernourished. As I recently learned, this is not a problem that can be easily pinned on politicians. In fact, the Federal Government and many states have legislation that protects food Read more about Leftover Food Donations by Restaurants: Why would you not do this?[…]

liquor license

Your liquor license can be seized to satisfy outstanding debts

There are certain bills that a bar just has to pay on time. If you don’t pay purveyors or wholesalers you won’t have any food or drink to sell. But what about other, less vital accounts that you have? It’s easier to let those slide or get behind. If you do, the consequences can be Read more about Your liquor license can be seized to satisfy outstanding debts[…]

Federal Worker Eviction

D.C. Council Stops Evictions for Federal Workers

Emergency Post-Shutdown Eviction Relief for Federal Workers On January 22, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to give formerly furloughed federal workers and contractors relief from eviction, late fees and foreclosure sales. The new law allows Judges to stay eviction and foreclosure proceedings against federal workers until thirty (30) days after the government reopens or Read more about D.C. Council Stops Evictions for Federal Workers[…]

DC sports betting

New DC sports betting law: additional revenue for bars and restaurants?

As you have no doubt heard, the DC sports betting law became a reality last week when the Council approved the measure by a vote of 11-2. The new legislation comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Murphy v. NCAA, which struck down a Federal Law restricting sports betting. The Council enacted Read more about New DC sports betting law: additional revenue for bars and restaurants?[…]

Settlement Agreement

Liquor License Settlement Agreement: Bars Beware

Settlement Agreements Can Seriously Impact Your Business If you are facing a liquor license protest, you need to be extremely careful when negotiating a Settlement Agreement with the ANC or citizen’s group. Seemingly innocuous or informative language could limit your ability to grow your business. Recently, the Board emphatically squashed a business’ expansion based on Read more about Liquor License Settlement Agreement: Bars Beware[…]

Alcohol service liability

Holiday alcohol service liability for bars and homeowners

Holidays bring greater risk of alcohol service liability As we enter the Holiday season, there will be the annual barrage of office parties and in-home celebrations. Everyone should enjoy responsibly and refrain from drinking and driving. They should, but they won’t. So, you should do what you can to make sure that you are protected Read more about Holiday alcohol service liability for bars and homeowners[…]

AirBnB Law

DC Council approves final version of AirBnB Law

A unanimous Council vote finalizes restrictive short-term rental law In October the Council took a preliminary vote to adopt among the most restrictive short-term housing regulations (AirBnB Law) in the Country. This week the Council passed the final version of the law, with only small changes. The new law will be a potentially huge impediment Read more about DC Council approves final version of AirBnB Law[…]