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For Convenience Store Chains in Georgia, Leasing Business Operations to Separate Entity Can Maximize Recovery in Condemnations

In Georgia, when a convenience store chain both owns and operates a location, it should lease business operations to a separate legal entity to maximize recovery in the event of a partial condemnation. In limited...more

Ice Cream Maker No Softee When It Comes to Infringement of Its Trademarks

Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the...more

Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed

Virginia’s public policy in favor of freedom of contract is well established. It may be most conspicuously evidenced by the Supreme Court of Virginia’s increasingly narrow construction of post-contract employment restrictions...more

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

Some Days, A Stay Is Easier to Obtain Than Others

In A&F Enterprises v. IHOP Franchising LLC, 742 F.3d 764 (Seventh Cir. 2014), Chapter 11 debtors appealed a determination that their building leases were deemed rejected because they were not timely assumed. Both the...more

Focused on Franchise Law - June 2014

FRANCHISEE 101: Unsigned Franchise Agreement Binds Franchisee's Shareholder - Texas Appeals Court recently held in Pritchett v. Gold's Gym Franchising, LLC that a Texas forum-selection clause in a Franchise Agreement...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

Rainbow International Seeks Restoration Of Exclusive Use Of Its Marks

On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...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

What Happens When a Franchise Agreement Ends, Part 1: Restrictive Covenants

A “Pet Valu” franchisee in Ontario claimed that sales were declining, so she terminated the Franchise Agreement. After termination of the agreement, her husband established a competing “Pet Stuff” business nearby. When a...more

Franchisors Must Act Quickly to Obtain Injunctive Relief on Non-Competition Covenants

A recent case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaffirms the important principle that a franchisor, or any business, that seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent harm from a covenant breach...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

Focused on Franchise Law - April 2013

In This Issue: Barry Kurtz and Bryan Clements Featured in Bar Association Publications; Franchisor 101:Out of Control - Franchisor Not Liable For Franchisee's Negligence; and, Franchisee 101: Improper Termination May Be A...more

Focused on Franchise Law - January 2013

In This Issue: - Mark Melton Has Become Of Counsel To The Firm - Franchisor 101: Personal Liability In New York For A Franchisor's Owners - Franchisee 101: Beer & Wine Franchisees Enjoy Protection From...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

Strategic Ouster of Hotel Operators: If You Can't Stop It, Discourage It

Do owners and operators drive the legal structure of hotel management agreements? They should, but some courts have concluded that principles of agency trump the bargain struck by sophisticated, well-represented parties that...more

Franchising vs. Licensing – the Illegal Franchise Dilemma

Think you may have bought an illegal, disguised franchise that's called a license or something else? Or are you a company looking to expand and have been told to go with inexpensive licensing instead of expensive franchising?...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

Superior Court of New Jersey Slashes Attorneys' Fees in Class Action Settlement

In Storch v. Five Guys Enterprises, LLC and FG Madison, LLC, the New Jersey Superior Court found that counsel fees of $50,000 plus approximately $500 in costs were fair and reasonable under the applicable standards as applied...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

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