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The GPMemorandum, Issue 182

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Holds Company Can Sue Competitor For Unfair Competition Even If It Complies With FDA Labeling Regulations: In an 8-0 decision announced on June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court held...more

Mister Softee vs. Master Softee: Non-Compete & Trademark Ice Cream Fight in the SDNY

Dimitrios Tsirkos first became a Mister Softee franchisee in the mid 1980’s. To be clear, we are talking about the ice cream truck business. Over the years, Tsirkos entered several franchise agreements with Mister Softee and...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 181

In this Issue: Missouri District Court Awards Attorneys' Fees And Costs In Termination Case: In Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC v. Sai Food (ST Hospitality, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67512 (E.D. Mo. May 16,...more

Trials Are About Truth; Consent Decrees Are About Pragmatism

I recently wrote about Judge Rakoff’s refusal to enter the SEC’s proposed consent decree in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., 827 F. Supp. 2d 328 (SDNY 2011) – and the shift in SEC enforcement policy that it prompted. ...more

Québec Court of Appeal Decision Results in Significant Victory for Franchisors

In a victory for franchisors, the Québec Court of Appeal confirmed the application of the doctrine of the indivisibility of contracts in a franchise context, supporting significant retroactive royalty awards for breaches of...more

Springdale Pizza: Eleven Decisions on Disclosure, Rescission and Damages (and Counting)

Essential Facts - The plaintiffs purchased a franchise from an existing franchisee in October 2008 for $220,000. The plaintiffs began operating the franchise before signing various agreements with the franchisor in...more

New Developments in British Columbia’s Consideration of Franchise Law

On March 31, 2014, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), a law reform research organization, published its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (the Report). The Report was divided into two parts: Part one...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 179 (Distribution Issue)

In this Issue: - Tying And Other Claims By Service Competitor Rejected: A federal court in Arizona has rejected various antitrust claims brought by a servicer of aircraft power units against a manufacturer of...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 178

In This Issue: - Appellate Court Vacates Order Denying Franchisor’s Motion For Preliminary Injunction; District Court Then Grants Summary Judgment To Franchisor And Enters Final Injunction: In H&R Block Tax...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 176

In This Issue: - Missouri District Court Upholds Termination Of Franchise Based On Fraud: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently upheld a franchisor’s decision to...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 174

In This Issue: - Court Approves Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Franchisor: A class action settlement has been approved in Swift v. DirectBuy, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152618 (N.D. Ind. Oct....more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 171

In this Issue: - Eighth Circuit Denies Injunction To Stop Competition By Former Franchisee, And District Court Allows Counterclaim: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last month upheld a...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 169

In This Issue: - Ninth Circuit Once Again Affirms $16 Million Verdict In Favor Of Licensee: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has amended a recent opinion and voted to deny rehearing en...more

Franchising in Ontario - April 2013

Zwaniga v. Johnvince Foods: A Warning Against Improperly Naming Defendants as “Franchisor’s Associates” - In Zwaniga v. Johnvince Foods (Zwaniga), Justice Perell granted pre-certification summary judgment dismissing a...more

Franchising in the Courts - April 2013

Robert Moore Pharmacy Ltd. v. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.: The Applicability and Limits of the Duty of Good Faith - Robert Moore Pharmacy Ltd. v. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. 2012 ONSC 73511 (Moore Case) reaffirms key...more

Unique Circumstances in Litigation Franchise Class Actions (Revised)

This is an update of an article I first presented with David Sterns in 2011 at the Canadian Institute 12th Annual National Forum on Class Actions Litigation in Toronto, Canada. The other co-authors are Geoff Grove of Osler,...more

1250264 Ontario Inc. v. Pet Valu Canada Inc.: In or Out? A Bold Re-Opening of the Opt-Out Period in a Franchise Class Action

On July 27, 2012, Justice Strathy of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision in the 1250264 Ontario Inc. v. Pet Valu Canada Inc.(Pet Valu) franchise class action setting aside certain opt-out notices...more

Recent Court of Appeal Case Reiterates the Importance of Understanding the Dangers of Exercising Too Much Control Over Independent...

Earlier this month, the California Court of Appeal found a franchisor liable for the sexual harassment by the employee of a franchisee. In Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, the Court of Appeal held Domino’s Pizza liable for...more

Who's in Charge Here? Recent Decision May Cause Headaches for California Franchisors

California is the birthplace of the franchise business model. Today, there are approximately 62,000 independent franchisees operating in California, employing more than 1.1 million state residents. Historically,...more

First Circuit Makes Circuit Split Lopsided In Favor Of Narrowing Impact Of Stolt-Nielsen

With less colorful language than its last arbitration opinion, the First Circuit sided with the Second and Third fireworks Circuits in limiting the application of the 2010 Stolt-Nielsen decision on the availability of class...more

Know Your "Business": Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew When Drafting A Covenant Not To Compete

The broadly written scope of the covenant not to compete before the Business Court in Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchising, Inc. v. Harders led to the denial of Plaintiff's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction this...more

Franchising in the Courts

In This Alert: - Baton Rouge: Juicy Legal Developments on Disclosure Obligations Justice Brown of the Ontario Superior Court recently released his decisions on liability and costs in 3574423 Canada Inc. v. Baton...more

The Quebec Superior Court’s Recent Judgment in Stereo Plus v. 140 Greber Holding: Shedding Light on Penalty and Legal Expenses...

*Important Note: FMC (Mr. Stéphane Teasdale and Ms. Mélanie Jacques) represented Distribution Stereo Plus Inc. in this case. On January 13th, in the case of Distribution Stereo Plus Inc. c. 140 Greber...more

Osler Update: Suncor Successful in Dismissing Proposed Class Action

Osler Update by Larry Lowenstein and Adam Hirsh of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Summary of recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision affirming summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's action and thereby ending class action. ...more

Unique Circumstances in Litigating Franchise Class Actions

This paper was presented at the Canadian Institute's 12th Annual National Forum on Class Actions Litigation held in Toronto on September 21-22, 2011 and was written with David Sterns and Stuart Freen of Sotos LLP and Geoff...more

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