Re: Convention contracts
"Cirby, so if that's the case, shouldn't the restaurant have refused the booking in the first place?"
And this is likely EXACTLY what happened. There was likely an agreement in place with VMware that no other vendor conferences could be held on MGM property during VMworld. MGM screwed up and booked the event with IGEL. VMworld's attorneys reminded MGM of that fact (and rightly so) once they caught wind that there was another conference on-site, and MGM responded in this way to prevent a breach of contract suit. I agree that MGM didn't handle this well though.
At the end of the day, this is an MGM issue, not a VMware issue. IGEL should have known better than to attempt outboarding during the conference.