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FRANCHISOR 101: State Taxes on Franchise Fees

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisors collect weekly or monthly "franchise fees." In many cases, fees are for particular services, such as marketing assistance or IT support. In franchising, the parties may be in any number of different states: for...more

Franchise Compliance: Franchising infringement notices and pizza

by Dentons on

A recent decision by the ACCC to issue infringement notices to a franchisor demonstrates the need for franchisors to comply with the ongoing disclosure requirements to franchisees under the Franchising Code of Conduct....more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Store-branded credit cards are still big business, but as the Times tells us, their contribution to companies’ bottom lines are masking bigger troubles at retailers around the US....more

Franchising Update

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many franchisors and other participants in the franchising sector are anticipating with concern the outcome of The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) which was introduced into the Federal...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Special Delivery

by Lewitt Hackman on

For a relationship to meet the legal definition of a "franchise" in some jurisdictions, the franchisor must give significant assistance to, or have significant control over, the franchisee's business. A franchisor's...more

Tesla “Franchisee” Thwarted in Utah

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tesla, the electric vehicle automaker, recently lost a round in the Supreme Court of Utah. Tesla set up a wholly-owned subsidiary called “Tesla UT” that was to hold a license to sell Tesla’s cars to the public. The Utah...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Not Your Neighborhood Tesla Dealer

by Lewitt Hackman on

Among the many differences between Tesla and traditional automakers, Tesla does not sell or service its electric cars through franchised dealers; it sells direct to consumers. Recent legal challenges to Tesla's...more

PowerPoint Slides: Does Your Company's Distribution Strategy Create Legal Risk?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

What does in-house counsel need to consider when reviewing pricing and marketing decisions in a dual-distribution system? The internet can extend the geographic reach of your product, but what issues must in-house counsel...more

Does Your Company's Distribution Strategy Create Legal Risk? [Video]

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

What does in-house counsel need to consider when reviewing pricing and marketing decisions in a dual-distribution system? The internet can extend the geographic reach of your product, but what issues must in-house counsel...more

Sheppard Mullin Secures Major Victory for Chipotle in Nationwide Misclassification Action By Demonstrating Variations Among...

The Court’s opinion in Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill demonstrates how employers can successfully combat class action claims that employees were misclassified as exempt. The successful defense of the class certification...more

FACTA Suits Still Bite - $31 Million Subway Class Action Settlement Approved

Ten years ago, hundreds of retailers, chain restaurants and others were targeted nationwide as defendants in class action suits under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) for violating the so-called...more

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Technical Disclosure Violations

by Lewitt Hackman on

The consequences to an unwitting franchisor can be severe when it fails to provide disclosure documents required by franchise law. Most franchise laws provide for rescission of the franchise agreement, allowing the franchisee...more

Actually, Hotel Franchise Agreements Are Negotiable

There is a widespread assumption that brand franchise agreements are not negotiable. This assumption is so prevalent that many real estate investors will devote substantial effort to negotiating the terms of a hotel purchase...more

The Fine Print - Spring 2017

The spring 2017 issue of The Fine Print features articles on supply chain management, hotel franchise agreements, President Trump's executive orders and more. Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Court Finds That Arbitration Award That Interpreted Contract “Termination” To Include Contract “Expiration” Was Not A “Manifest...

by Carlton Fields on

Former franchisees filed a petition to vacate an arbitration award entered in favor of their former franchisor which enforced a 2-year non-compete provision in the parties’ franchise agreement when the agreement expired. The...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Franchise and Distribution News - March 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

Is your dispute, subject to arbitration under your Franchise Agreement, going to be litigated in court? As we all know, using arbitration clauses in commercial agreements is pretty commonplace—particularly in the...more

FRANCHISEE 101: A Perpetual Franchise

by Lewitt Hackman on

When a franchisee "buys into" a franchise system by paying an "initial franchise fee," the franchisee is typically purchasing the right to use the franchisor's trademarks and business system for an initial term that lasts a...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Simplification of SBA Loan Approvals

by Lewitt Hackman on

As independent small business operators, franchisees may qualify for business loans that are guaranteed by the Small Business Administration ("SBA loans"). However, the SBA considers certain types and levels of control...more

Getting to know British Columbia’s new franchise legislation

by DLA Piper on

After years in development, the British Columbia Franchises Act and its regulations came into force on February 1, 2017. British Columbia is now one of six Canadian provinces to enact franchise legislation, following...more

THE LATEST: Employee “No-Poaching” Agreements Remain in the Antitrust Crosshairs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

There have been a series of investigations, class action suits and high value settlements involving agreements not to solicit employees. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division made a splash a few...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

Attention to Detail is Critical for Franchise Startups

Starting a new franchised business can be an exhilarating experience, combining the thrill of engaging in a new business with the confidence that comes from having the backing of a successful brand. New franchisees, however,...more

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