Federal Judge Denies Hotel’s Attempt to Stay Arbitration Order Pending Appeal

RI Lawyers Weekly profiles a recent case of mine involving the validity and arbitrability of a card check neutrality agreement signed between UNITE HERE Local 217 and the operator of the Renaissance Hotel, Sage Hospitality.

An order requiring a hotel to arbitrate a dispute with a union could not be stayed after the hotel filed an appeal, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.

The hotel argued that a stay was necessary because its appeal could be rendered moot should the hotel be ordered to comply with the arbitration order.

But Judge William E. Smith disagreed.

“[W]hile the Hotel has articulated a plausible theory of irreparable harm, it has not persuaded the Court that the damage it foresees will actually come to pass,” the judge said.

The 20-page decision is UNITE HERE Local 217 v. Sage Hospitality Resources, Lawyers Weekly No. 52-030-10. The full text of the ruling can be found by clicking here.

Providence attorneys Amato A. DeLuca and Matthew A. Jerzyk represented the union. They were opposed by Providence attorney Moshe S. Berman and Maryland attorneys Louis J. Cannon Jr. and Norman R. Buchsbaum.

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