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FRANCHISEE 101: Franchisee Keeps Case in Home Court Despite Forum Selection Clause

Rob & Bud's Pizza ("R&B") is a Papa Murphy's franchisee and owns and operates multiple Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza restaurants in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. In April 2014, R&B and other Papa Murphy's franchisees...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Contractual Disclaimers Save the Day

A federal court in Florida has ruled that a disclaimer of representations contained in the franchise agreement between a childcare business franchisor and its franchisees barred claims against the franchisor for alleged...more

Franchisees Flatline in Case Against Doctors Express

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit thoroughly shot down claims brought by franchisees of Doctors Express Franchising. Those claims asserted that Doctors Express misrepresented initial start-up...more

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

Focused on Franchise Law - May 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: When is Unreasonable, Reasonable? Crown Imports, LLC (Crown) imports Corona beer from Mexico. In 2008, two of Crown's Southern California distributors, Classic and HBC, agreed that Classic would buy...more

Focused on Franchise - April 2014

FRANCHISEE 101: Terminated Franchisee Can Pursue Fraudulent Disclosure Claims - In Solanki v. 7-Eleven, Inc., a U. S. District Court in New York ruled that a terminated 7-Eleven franchisee who decided to purchase a...more

Top franchise cases of 2013

1. In Hanley v. Doctors Express Franchising, LLC, a former franchisee of the Doctors Express franchise system sued Doctors Express, the franchisor, and Rhino 7, a broker involved in the franchise sale, asserting that the...more

Focused on Franchise Law - March 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchisee Not Bound by Arbitration Provision - In March 2013, Edison Subs, LLC, a Subway franchisee/transferee, filed a complaint in New Jersey against Subway and Aliya Patel (the original...more

Focused On Franchise Law - October 2013

FRANCHISOR 101: PRINCIPALS NOT LIABLE UNLESS THEY PARTICIPATE IN FRAUD - In Sig, Inc. v. AT&T Digital Life, Inc., a federal district court in Miami held that the principal officers of a home and business security and...more

Enforcing Contractual Indemnity Litigation Against Chinese Companies

Lawsuits brought in the U.S. that result in judgments against Chinese companies often have problems with enforceability, unless the Chinese company has assets in the US or assets in another country that enforces US judgments....more

Mobile Wallet Systems May Be a Boon for Sales, But What Are the Risks?

One trend is clear: more and more retailers are accepting payment through so-called "mobile wallets" in lieu of traditional plastic credit cards. Experts predict that in coming years, the local and global market for mobile...more

California Bill Would Expand Liability For Securities Fraud, Impose New Fees, Expand Commissioner’s Powers

In late February, Senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill, SB 538, to substantially amend the Franchise Investment Law. A few days later, the bill was read for the first time and set for hearing by the Senate Banking and...more

Best Practices in Drafting Corporate Shareholder Agreements

Corporate shareholder agreements are vital for many companies with more than one shareholder, especially non-public companies with a limited number of persons owning shares. The shareholder agreement typically details the...more

Business Judgment Rule & Employment Discrimination Veronese v. Lucasfilm

In most situations, an employer in California can terminate an employee for almost any reason, so long as it is not discriminatory, assuming the employee is at-will. In Veronese v. Lucasfilm LTD (12/10/2012) a job...more

Increase In Wage and Hour Lawsuits

According to statistics from various sources, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, employment related claims and lawsuits, especially those related to unpaid...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrators Authority to Decide the Validity of a Non-Compete Clause in an Arbitration Agreement

The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more

Wage Rounding Policies for California Employers

If your company rounds employee work time up or down as part of its record keeping and time tracking procedures for calculating hours and pay, a recent California appellate court provided additional support for the general...more

Use Your Phone To Pay For Products And Services

Businesses trying to stay ahead of the curve, and jumping on any possible competitive advantage, may now be looking towards the revolution in the payment process. Cash was once (maybe still is) king. Barter has been around...more

Employer Access To Employee Social Media Limited In Proposed California Law

A bill currently winding its way through the California Legislature would limit the ability of an employer to request that an employee provide access to the employee’s personal social media accounts. AB 1844 “would...more

Canon And Lexmark Litigation Lead To Uncertainty In Print Toner/Cartridge Industry

The industry for remanufactured printer/toner cartridges has flourished for years as users purchase replacements from third party suppliers who fill a need and offer print supplies at prices significantly lower than those...more

Responding To A Corporate Crisis

A corporate crisis can arise without warning and from many causes. A journalist writes a story about exploited workers at a foreign factory where the company manufactures product. The CEO is charged with sexual...more

California Employment Bill Recap

California legislators have been active passing several employment law bills that impact local businesses in recent months. Here’s a recap of some with brief summaries. Legal counsel should be sought for a complete...more

Preventing Unfair Competition In The Absence Of A Non-compete Agreement

Not every noncompete agreement is enforceable.California, for one, has a public policy against noncompete agreements, except in limited circumstances, such as the owner of a business agreeing to a noncompete as part of...more

Lawsuit Against Airline Over Misleading Fees

Companies often charge additional fees that increase the final cost of a product or service. In some industries, such as telecommunications and airlines, fees imposed by the government may be passed on to consumers. In...more

Price Fixing Case on Swipe Fees Settled By Visa and Mastercard

VISA and Mastercard have agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by merchants over credit card swipe fees. Swipe fees are the fees that VISA and Mastercard charge merchants each time a customer...more

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