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Franchise and Distribution News - July 2015

A VIEW FROM TWIN PEAKS - Quick. Define Twin Peaks. Other than the obviously now dated TV show, up until a couple of weeks ago, the only other definition of Twin Peaks was a restaurant chain that featured double entendre...more

Looking Forward by Looking Back: China’s Franchise Regulations After Eight Years

On July 1 and 2, we, representing the International Franchise Association, met with China’s franchise regulators in Beijing and Shanghai. The conversation would be familiar to anyone who has been closely following the...more

Franchise Transfers

Most hotels operate under a Franchise Agreement. Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the named franchisee only, and are further limited by the...more

Crossing the Line: Don't Let Business Clients Become Accidental Franchisors

Too often, expansion-minded business owners choose to offer trademarked products or services through purported licensing agreements or distribution or dealership arrangements only to discover, well into the game, that what...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement In Absence Of Actual Proof Of Unconscionability Due To Cost

The Eighth Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which rejected the contention that an arbitration agreement was unconscionable, and unenforceable under the Federal...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Pay Now or Pay Later – Liquidated Damages & Future Royalties

Super 8 Worldwide, Inc. v. Anu, Inc. serves as a reminder to franchisees that, in general, courts will hold franchisees and their guarantors liable to their franchisors for losses suffered when franchisees abandon their...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Disclosure Violations & Running the Risks of Rescission

Despite a district court's recent decision in Braatz, LLC v. Red Mango FC, LLC, franchisors are well advised to comply with applicable disclosure requirements to a "T" to ensure new franchisees will not have an ongoing right...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2015 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2015 Legislative Session, 109th General Assembly, considered a large number of tax and related initiatives. Many of these initiatives have been enacted, some with very far reaching impact upon the tax climate in this...more

Asset-Light Strategy Issues in the Development Space

While asset-light strategies have been used for decades in the hotel industry, the strategy and how to implement it are a bit more complicated in the development space, whether for a hotel or time-share company. A typical...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

What’s an Exclusive Territory?

The extent of a franchisee’s territorial rights is the subject of Item 12 of the franchise disclosure document (FDD). One of the questions franchisors must address in Item 12 is whether the territory is exclusive....more

Obligation to Enforce Arbitration under FAA Policy Trumps Motion to Prevent Enforcement of “Clearly Void” Non-Competition...

On May 20, 2015, Judge Dudley H. Bowen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, entered an order denying the Motion for Preliminary and Permanent Injunction filed by one of the plaintiffs...more

DOJ Announces Plea Agreements with Five Major Banks for Manipulating Foreign Currency Exchange Markets

On May 20, the DOJ announced plea agreements with five major banks relating to manipulations of foreign currency exchange markets. Four of the banks pled guilty to felony charges of “conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S....more

Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

A cable operator generally cannot transfer control of its business or transfer its cable franchise without the prior approval of the franchising authority. This gives the franchising authority the opportunity to resolve...more

FRANCHISEE 101: 7-Eleven Ordered to Disclose Metadata

A federal court has ordered 7-Eleven to disclose its metadata in three franchisees' claims that they were targeted for termination for financial, political and racially discriminatory reasons. Metadata is deep down "data...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Freshii Not Joint Employer

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") recently published a memo finding that Canadian fast-casual restaurant franchisor Freshii is not a joint employer of its franchisee's employees. The ruling concerns unfair labor...more

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

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