Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ritz-Carlton Bali Hotel in court

A US District Court confirms that the Owner of the Ritz-Carlton Bali can terminate a long-term, no-cut management agreement without penalty.

As of April 29, 2008, the Federal District Court in Maryland issued an order ruling on various post-trial motions of our client, the owner of the Ritz-Carlton Bali. The details of this owner-operator dispute have been previously covered here at www.HotelLawBlog.com but today was the latest development in this struggle.

The Court denied Marriott's motion in all respects, except as to their request that the punitive damages award is excessive. The Court deferred a final decision on what amount the court will permit as punitive damages. Accordingly, a final Order entering judgment on all jury counts, and the amount of damages awarded to KMS, has yet to be entered.

While the Court denied KMS' request for disgorgement or all management fees, it granted the request for a Declaration that KMS is entitled to terminate the Operating Agreement.

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