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New Law Requires Franchisors to Revise Agreement Forms Used in Australia

Australia recently enacted legislation that will extend an existing regime restricting “unfair contract terms” in consumer contracts to standard form small business contracts, which will include most franchise agreements and...more

A Wake Up Call To Franchisors: The Big Mac Attack

In the wake of recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concerning unfair labor practice charges against McDonald’s franchisees and franchisor McDonald’s, USA, LLC, coined by some as the “Big Mac Attack”,...more

Franchisors Operating in California Face New Challenges: The New California Franchise Relations Act

On January 1, 2016, the California Franchise Relations Act (“CFRA”) will be amended resulting in the expansion of franchisee rights when it comes to termination, renewal, and transfer of franchise agreements. The key terms of...more

FranCast Series: What does the new joint employer standard mean for franchising? Messrs. Griffin and Weil speak

In our last FranCast on this evolving topic, we surmised that the NLRB would not likely seek to impose joint employer status on conventionally structured franchise systems, despite the Browning Ferris decision and the highly...more

Franchises Act soon to become law in British Columbia: key provisions for franchisors

British Columbia’s legislature has completed the third reading of Bill 38-2015, the BC Franchises Act. Its quick movement – the bill was introduced to the legislature on October 5 - is the culmination of work that began...more

Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter

We are pleased to share the first edition of our Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter with you. This Newsletter addresses important recent legal developments affecting the hospitality and restaurant industry and...more

NLRB Discusses Joint Employment for the First Time Since Browning-Ferris

The National Labor Relations Board, in one of its first applications of the Browning-Ferris decision, gave hope to non-union contracting entities engaged in franchising and subcontracting relationships. After an extensive...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Catch-all Disclaimers No Substitute for Untrained Salespeople

How strong are "non-reliance disclaimers" or "integration" or "merger" provisions in franchise agreements at protecting a franchisor when it really matters? Only so much, a New York court recently decided....more

FRANCHISEE 101: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

At one time or another, many people have occasion to be renters who feel mistreated by a landlord. This may be due to delays in repairs, responses, or just turning on the heat. A typical reaction is the temptation to...more

Second Circuit Upholds New York Ban on Credit Card Surcharges

Why it matters - New York’s ban on credit card sales transactions surcharges was upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a federal court judge’s 2013 ruling striking down the law and joining the majority...more

Federal Labor Officials Step Into the Lion’s Den

Two top federal labor officials engaged in a spirited dialog with two franchise lawyer moderators at the American Bar Association’s annual Forum on Franchising in New Orleans on October 16.  The topic: whether the National...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 2015

RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Subway Settles Footlong Complaints - In re: Subway Footlong Sandwich Mark’g & Sales Practices Litig., No. 3:13-md-2439 (E.D. Wis.): The Court granted preliminary approval to a nationwide...more

Strategies to Cope with New NLRB Joint Employer Ruling

On August 27, 2015 the NLRB expanded its joint-employer test, which union supporters hope will apply to franchising. See January 2015 blog entry for background. In a 3-2 decision on partisan lines, the...more

Law A' La Mode - Issue 17 October 2015

The Netherlands editorial team is delighted to bring you the 17th edition of Law a` la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design group for clients and contacts of the firm...more

Former NLRB Member Reemphasizes Confusion Created by Browning-Ferris Decision

Successful businesses expand. Sometimes they even franchise themselves, offering opportunities for other small businesses to take root. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decision has expanded liability for small...more

Religious Institutions: October 2015

Timely Topics - A non-compete clause, covenant not to compete or restrictive covenant is a contract provision under which one party agrees not to enter into or start a similar profession, trade or business in competition...more

British Columbia (Canada) Introduces Uniform Franchise Legislation, Could Take Effect in 2016

The British Columbia (Canada) government has introduced a bill that will make it the sixth province in Canada to regulate franchising along with the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward...more

Browning-Ferris: The NLRB Redefines Joint-Employer Status

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) diverged from three decades of precedent by broadening the reach of its joint-employer test in a decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries (“BFI”), a waste...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Could Uproot Hotel Franchise Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has likely thrown a mammoth monkey wrench in the traditional hotel franchisor/franchisee model. On August 27, 2015, in its highly controversial Browning-Ferris Industries of...more

Congress Considers Amending NLRA to Require Direct Control for Joint Employer Findings

On September 29, the House subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a legislative hearing to consider the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, H.R. 3459. This bill, which is mirrored in the Senate,...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Bankruptcy Discharges Franchise Law Claims

A recent Bankruptcy Appellate Panel decision is a reminder of both a benefit of bankruptcy, in appropriate circumstances, and the need to respect the bankruptcy discharge a party obtains in the process. Mr. Lee was...more

An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights...more

Five Evolving Issues Confronting Employers in the Hospitality Industry

As the hospitality industry continues to grow and expand, one common goal is to provide all-inclusive experiences for visitors and patrons. Unfortunately, given the breadth of the goods and services offered to the public and...more

NLRB Announces New Joint Employer Standard

In July of last year, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum directing regional offices to treat the franchisors and franchisees of McDonald’s as joint employers in a series of unfair labor practice...more

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