Stephanie Zosak

Stephanie Zosak

DLA Piper

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California district court enforces forum selection clause against area representative

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California recently upheld a forum selection clause in favor of a franchisor and transferred the case to the United States District Court for the Western District...more

3/4/2015 - Forum Selection Franchise Agreements Franchises Franchisors

Georgia Court of Appeals rules franchisees can assert claims for relief under Georgia’s tort statute for violating the FTC...

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a judgment entered on a jury verdict against a franchisor for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule, 16 CFR Parts 436 and 437 (the FTC Rule), finding that the FTC...more

10/1/2014 - Appeals Franchise Agreements Franchises FTC Jury Verdicts

Update on Orozco v. Plackis: was franchisor’s principal the employer of franchisor’s employee? Fifth Circuit reverses – 3...

We reported in September 2013 about Orozco v. Plackis, a case out of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in which the plaintiff (a cook in a franchised restaurant) filed an action under the Fair...more

8/11/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FLSA Franchise Agreements Franchises Franchisors Minimum Wage Over-Time Restaurant Industry Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Here we go again: Australian government releases draft amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct

The Australian government has released an exposure draft of amendments to The Trade Practices (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulations 1998 (the Franchising Code of Conduct) and relevant provisions in the Competition and...more

4/21/2014 - Audits Australia Code of Conduct Disclosure Requirements Franchise Agreements Franchises Good Faith Proposed Amendments

Federal court upholds jury finding that franchisor’s principal was employer of franchisee’s employee: 3 takeaways

A recent case out of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas upheld a jury finding that a franchisor’s principal was the employer of a former franchisee’s employee, despite the fact that the...more

9/10/2013 - Classification Contractors Employer Liability Issues FLSA Franchise Agreements Franchises Full-Time Employees Right to Control Testimony

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