Fla. firm sues Marriott for $10 million over contract


Marriott Corp. is the target of a $10 million lawsuit by a Florida company that claims Marriott cut it out of a lucrative food service contract at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium.

The breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed Tuesday by New Vista Services Inc. of Tampa, Fla., in U.S. District Court there. It claims Bethesda-based Marriott and its Host International Inc. subsidiary used New Vista's expertise to land the Dodger baseball stadium business then cut New Vista out of the deal.

The suit asks for damages in excess of $5 million for the Dodger deal and another $5 million for other deals New Vista says Marriott squeezed it out of at other stadiums.

"They cut us out of something that was rightfully, partially, ours," said Kenneth J. Young, executive vice president of New Vista.

Under a joint venture, Marriott and New Vista currently operate food and beverage services at the Orlando Arena, the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and a performing arts center in Orlando, according to New Vista.

Thomas Underwood, general counsel at Host International, says New Vista never was part of the Dodger contract but says New Vista was offered compensation for helping to land the deal.

Thomas Steele, an attorney for New Vista, would not disclose the amount offered, but called it "totally inadequate." New Vista claims it was operating under a joint-venture partnership agreement with Marriott when New Vista and Marriott negotiated the Dodger deal.

The suit also covers disputes at the Utah Jazz Arena in Salt Lake City and the Dallas Reunion Arena.

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