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Why Locate Your Business in New York?

New York is a great place to live and do business. The state is running an active marketing campaign to let the world know and to attract new business to the state....more

Franchisors in Québec have the implied obligation to protect and enhance the brand: the Dunkin’ Donuts case

In a unanimous decision, the Québec Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Superior Court which found that a franchisor must take reasonable measures to protect and enhance the value and reputation of its brand. Thus,...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 10 – The Trend is Clear

During the week of May 10, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed 11 shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and one failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the company...more

Albany Bill Would Scare Off New Biz

When businesspeople form a corporation or limited-liability company,they often establish it in the state where the principal office will be, or in a state with favorable business laws, such as Delaware. But New York, which is...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

Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John's Non-Competes Goes Stale

Sandwich chain Jimmy John's has been in the news lately because of non-compete agreements that employees of its franchisees sign. This is not necessarily good news for Jimmy John's, but it does underscore some interesting...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer - Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John’s Non-Competes Goes Stale - Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise...more

The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer

The Brewers Association, a trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, recently released 2014 data on the United States craft beer industry. For the first time ever, at 11 percent, the craft...more

Georgia Supreme Court to Franchisees: Read Your Contracts!

In July 2001, sisters Michele and Lorraine Reymond approached the defendant, franchisor Legacy Academy, Inc., about the purchase of a daycare franchise to be located in suburban Atlanta. The sisters testified that Legacy...more

Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise Terminations

In most cases, courts and state legislatures have made it more difficult for franchisors to terminate franchise agreements. However, one federal court in New York recently upheld the use of negative guest satisfaction surveys...more

Argentina's new Franchise Law: unusual and unclear

As the effective date of Argentina’s new Franchise Law approaches, businesses are beginning to comprehend its unexpected parameters. For years, franchises operating in Argentina were governed only by contract...more

To Forgive, Divine: Tax Amnesty Program Signed Into Law

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 384, which creates a Tax Amnesty Program for taxes administered by the Missouri Department of Revenue. This includes state income taxes, franchise...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Forum Selection Clause Valid Despite MN Franchise Act

A federal court in New Jersey upheld a franchise agreement's forum selection clause in favor of hotel franchisor Ramada Worldwide Inc. and denied a Minnesota hotel franchisee's motion to dismiss the complaint, or...more

FinCEN Seeks to Curb Trade-Based Money Laundering Through Lowered Reporting Threshold

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) lowering reporting thresholds and triggering additional recordkeeping requirements...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Time for a Tall One? 3rd Circuit Affirms MillerCoors' Victory in Dispute

A U.S Court of Appeals ruled in favor of MillerCoors finding the brewer did not violate its distribution agreement with a beer distributor or Pennsylvania's alcohol beverage laws when it (i) assigned distribution rights for...more

Requirement for the mandatory state registration of franchise agreements is cancelled in Ukraine

On 12 February 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine "On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine with Respect to Simplification of Conduct of Business (deregulation)" (the "Law"), which entered...more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

Traditional Franchise And Beer Distribution Relationships: A Legal Comparison

Beer distribution laws differ from traditional franchise laws in many ways, but the two regimes do share some commonalities. As a matter of fact, many states now regulate the relationship between those who brew or import beer...more

New York State Tax Department Releases Guidance on Tax Reform Legislation

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the Department) has been issuing guidance explaining the 2014 corporate tax reform legislation (generally effective on January 1, 2015) through a series of questions and...more

Using the Economic Loss Rule to Your Client's Benefit

All lawyers can benefit from having a toolbox of general legal knowledge with which to frame a case to their client's advantage. For business attorneys the economic loss rule is a particularly useful tool. At its...more

Court Applies Concepcion And Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Agreement Precluded “Effective Vindication Of State...

In a putative class action alleging violation of Pennsylvania labor laws, unfair trade practices, and other state law claims brought by a franchisee against the franchisor and two subsidiaries, the court stayed the...more

The ACCC's hunt for franchisors starts with AU$500,000 penalty

In a wakeup call for franchisors, the Federal Court earlier this week imposed an AU$500,000 penalty on South East Melbourne Cleaning Pty Ltd (formerly Coverall Cleaning Concepts South Easy Melbourne Pty Ltd) (Coverall) for...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Nice Try Mr. Franchisee

In Fantastic Sam's Salons, Corp. v. Moassesfar, a federal court in Los Angeles denied a motion by former franchisees to dismiss Fantastic Sam's claims for breach of contract and trademark infringement based on the contractual...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Forum Selection Clause Held Enforceable

A federal court in Sacramento recently upheld a franchisor's forum selection clause and transferred an action brought by an area representative to the federal district court in the Western District of Texas....more

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

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