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Viceroy Hotels Fights Illegal Takeover Of Dubai Hotel

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Viceroy Hotel Group, the international luxury hotel management group headquartered in Los Angeles, today filed legal claims in California, Case No. BC674956, arising out of the unlawful ouster of Viceroy from its newly opened Dubai property. The claims seek redress from Dubai-based businessman Kabir Mulchandani, and entities he controls, for damage they have caused to Viceroy and the Viceroy brand.

The cross-complaint details Mulchandani's decision to leverage Viceroy's hotel management expertise in opening the hotel, which he followed by evicting Viceroy from its role as exclusive hotel manager.  It further details how he subsequently created a false record of accounting-related accusations in an attempt to both justify Viceroy's eviction after the fact and extort a settlement.  The allegations against Mulchandani include fraud, extortion, conversion, and unfair business practices. 

On June 22, 2017, a court of the Dubai International Financial Centre issued an injunction against Mulchandani in a ruling restoring Viceroy's role as the hotel manager. To date, Mulchandani and the entities he controls have ignored the court order.

"Viceroy was wrongfully ousted from its role as the exclusive manager of the Hotel on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai by Kabir Mulchandani," Bill Walshe, the CEO of the Los Angeles-based Viceroy Hotel Group says.  "Having filed a baseless suit in Los Angeles, Mulchandani and the companies he controls will now be forced to answer for their wrongdoing in Los Angeles and the UAE." 

About Viceroy Hotel Group
Viceroy Hotel Group inspires travelers with one-of-a-kind authentic lifestyle experiences that bring together provocative design and intuitive service in sought-after locations. A leader in modern luxury, Viceroy's vibe-led hospitality is guided by the brand promise "Remember to Live," an affirmation to create lifelong memories for each and every guest. Viceroy destinations are segmented into three distinct portfolio tiers to help travelers find exactly the kind of experience they're looking for. The Viceroy Icon Collection properties include epic hotels and resorts in Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Beverly Hills, Riviera Maya, Snowmass, and St. Lucia, with forthcoming openings in Algarve, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Panama, Cartagena, and Vietnam. The Viceroy Lifestyle Series hotels and resorts are found in attitude-led destinations including New York and Santa Monica, with a forthcoming opening in Serbia. The Urban Retreat Collection properties in San Francisco and New York have an independent spirit and bold, eccentric personalities. Viceroy Hotel Group is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) DISCOVERY, a unique loyalty program offering exclusive benefits and experiences to its members at over 550 hotels around the world. For more information, visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com. Follow Viceroy Hotel Group at facebook.com/viceroyhotelgroup and on Instagram and Twitter @viceroyhotels.


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