Monthly Archives: February 2016

15 February 2016, Mumbai attack hotel lawsuit settled; trends RE: jurisdiction and liabilities demonstrated

On 21 January 2016, DNA India news reported that the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (owned by Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which is owned by the Tata Group,) had settled a lawsuit filed against it by British citizen Will Pike who was permanently injured during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The settlement outcome was not disclosed to the public. Mr. Pike and his girlfriend had barricaded themselves in room 316 during the attack, but the fire started by the terrorists threatened to asphyxiate them, so they fashioned makeshift ropes out of towels, curtains, and bed sheets to lower themselves down the side of the building. Some press reports say Mr. Pike’s girlfriend made a successful descent, but the riggings did not hold for Mr. Pike, and he fell 50-60 feet. Other reporting says he went first, and the riggings broke. Regardless, his injuries left … Continue reading

30 January 2016, Istanbul bombing attempt foiled by ready police; tourism sector suffers, regardless

On 30 January 2016 at 10:30 pm, Istanbul police shot a terrorist suspect who refused to stop for questioning near the Ritz Carlton hotel, reports Today’s Zaman. Police reportedly found in his bag an explosive device and detonated it in place 20-30 minutes later, reports the prolific travel magazine, eTurbonews (eTN). eTN’s President and Publisher, Mr. Juergen Steinmetz, was in the Ritz Carlton at the time of the incident. He heard what sounded like two loud explosions. Upon inquiring about the event, he was told that police identified the suspicious man, then a noncompliance altercation of some kind ensued, and police shot him. They then sealed off the roads adjacent to the Ritz Carlton and the nearby BJK İnönü Stadium in order for ordnance disposal to destroy the bomb. While the suspected terrorist did not attack the hotel, it happened quite close to … Continue reading