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Hotel Sues Law Firm Over Canceled Retreat

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld wasn't able to give its partners a fancy retreat this year, so it's giving them something else instead: a lesson in first year contract law. As the The Am Law Daily reports, Akin Gump scheduled a partner retreat at the luxurious Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. But after booking the venue, the firm canceled the retreat, deciding that it would be unseemly to host a lavish event with with the economy in its current state. Thereafter, the hotel sued for breach of contract, claiming $385,950 in liquidated damages for, among other things, "877 sleeping room nights" that were set aside for partners at the firm.

It's not clear what defense Akin Gump will present if the suit doesn't settle. Perhaps the firm will try the defense tactics of a renowned hotelier, Donald Trump. According to Reuters, The Donald is claiming that he should be excused from paying up on a guarantee where he defaulted because "the world economic crisis constitutes a force majeure."

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on February 20, 2009 at 02:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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