In many cases, they are trying to kick out the brand managers altogether, generating lawsuits and, in some cases, standoffs between ownership and management representatives. The SoHo case was the culmination of more than a year of turmoil for a hotel that had fallen into foreclosure despite operating in the most lucrative U.S. market, had changed hands for a reported $200 million, had been the site of a late-night attempt by the new owners in early April to oust Mondrian management and had been the subject of a court battle that was decided in favor of the new owners. Bjorn Hanson, former dean and currently clinical professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, said, "If the brand is spending a half-million dollars a year on flowers in the lobby, that can generate an incentive for owners to take action." Get the full story at Travel Weekly