Hilton hotel kicked out of French capital: court papers
August 16, 2012, 1:13 am TWN
PARIS--The U.S. socialite will be the only Paris Hilton left after the hotel chain lost the right to manage its sole establishment in the center of the French capital under a court ruling seen by AFP Monday.
Real estate and hotel firm SIHPM, owners of the Hilton Arc de Triomphe, took the U.S. group to court for "serious violations of its obligations" under a management contract awarded in 2003.
SIHPM accused Hilton of having underexploited the potential of the hotel, which it believed should be a five-star establishment instead of four, the company's lawyer Maurice Lantourne said.
It therefore sought to end the management mandate for the 500-room hotel, according to the ruling dated July 5.
The commercial court ruled in favour of SIHPM after finding "breaches" by Hilton, and gave SIHPM three months to "proceed to remove all references to the Hilton brand" on the hotel.
An independent expert has also been named to evaluate the damages and interests. The SIHPM is claiming up to 60 million euros.
Hilton France said it was contesting the ruling.