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Sbarro LLC Confirms Plan of Reorganization

On Monday, May 29, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Sbarro LLC’s plan of reorganization, paving the way for the pizza restaurant chain to exit bankruptcy. Sbarro filed...more

Mergers And Acquisitions In Franchising Strategies For 2014 And Beyond

The M&A market is very strong for franchisor and large multi-unit franchisees of scale today – good news for those looking for a sale or growth capital. What key factors drive investor demand? How should investors be thinking...more

Finding Value: The Roles of Accountants in Franchising

Lawyers typically view the accountant’s role in franchising to be mainly auditing the franchisor’s financial statements and consenting to their use in the FDD. But accountants can play other valuable roles, from developing...more

"Chain" versus "Independent" A View from an Operator of Independent Hotels

In recent years, the topic of "brand versus independent" has become increasingly popular. Every industry conference has a panel titled the same, numerous articles - and blogs - are being written on the topic by every...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 18-Walmart-Be a Leader in Compliance [Video]

In this episode 18, I discuss the reasons why Wal-Mart should use its current FCPA issues to become a leader in the area of anti-bribery compliance....more

Former Chapel Hill Tutor Indicted in Sports Agent Investigation

Former Chapel Hill Tutor Indicted in Sports Agent Investigation by Anthony Caruso on October 7, 2013 A former UNC-Chapel Hill tutor who worked closely with Tar Heels football players has been indicted on charges of...more

2013 Texas Legislative Session Review

THE CURRENT ERA OF AMERICAN POLITICS IS OFTEN LAMENTED AS EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN, IDEOLOGICAL, AND RANCOROUS. And Texas politics has often held its own in those regards. But to many observers, the recently completed 2013 Texas...more

Investing Your Way to a Green Card: Franchising May be the Avenue

The global recession has been challenging for most of us. However, one of the silver linings of the global recession is that certain franchisors are focusing on immigrants as franchisees. If you have the funds, and you meet...more

How to Help Your Franchisees Find Financing

The good news for franchising is the economy is coming back. Hit hard by the 2008 economic recession, franchise indices show an uptick in new franchise concepts and pent up demand for franchises among buyers....more

Major PA Tax Bill Passes: Franchise Tax is Back! Market Sourcing has Arrived; Addbacks Too

After months of negotiations and bargaining surrounding Pennsylvania’s budget, the House and Senate passed major tax code changes Tuesday (in House Bill 465). The bill is now on its way to Governor Corbett’s desk for...more

Amended Red Flags Rule now in effect – are you still a creditor?

The FTC’s amended definition of “creditor” within the Red Flags Rule is now in effect. The definition is narrower in scope, but under it, a franchisor may still qualify as a “creditor.” For instance, if you use a...more

Recent Developments in New York's Taxation of Unauthorized Life Insurers

Prior to 2012, New York afforded surprisingly favorable tax treatment to life insurance companies that are not licensed to conduct business in New York ("unauthorized life insurers"), but that owned real estate investments in...more

California Bill Would Expand Liability For Securities Fraud, Impose New Fees, Expand Commissioner’s Powers

In late February, Senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill, SB 538, to substantially amend the Franchise Investment Law. A few days later, the bill was read for the first time and set for hearing by the Senate Banking and...more

Legal Alert: A Royal Opportunity: Amendments to New York’s Royalty Expense Add-back Statute Leave the Income Exclusion Intact for...

On March 28, 2013, the New York State Legislature passed budget legislation (S.2609D/A.3009D) that replaces the existing New York State and City related - party royalty add - back requirements with provisions based on the...more

Proposed Changes to California Franchise Law Would Limit Franchisors’ Termination and Nonrenewal Rights

The California Small Business Investment Protection Act, Assembly Bill 1141, was recently proposed and makes several changes to California’s current franchise laws, the Franchise Relations Act and the Franchise Investment...more

Attorney General Prevails In Lawsuit Against Income Tax Preparation Company

The Attorney General brought a lawsuit against an income tax preparation business alleging violations of state and federal lending, consumer protection, unfair competition, and false advertising laws. The court of appeal...more

Class Actions in Canada 2012 - The Year in Review and The Year Ahead

In This Issue: Introduction; Class Action Practice Developments; Common Issues Trials; Class Actions in Quebec; Securities Class Actions; Competition Class Actions; Product Liability Class Actions; Franchise Class...more

The CCO: Co-Equal to the General Counsel in the Eyes of the DOJ?

One of the items that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has increasingly focused on in its enforcement actions is the role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and whether this position has adequate staffing and resources to...more

Alabama Tax Developments: 2012 Year in Review

Our final Alabama SALT Bulletin of 2012 summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama taxpayers with respect to income, transaction, and property taxes. The spring 2012...more

Race to the Bottom: Wal-Mart’s FCPA Investigation and the Houston Astros

So who do you think had the better day – the Houston Astros Monday or Wal-Mart Tuesday? Yesterday, the Astros announced the signing of Carlos Pena to be their Designated Hitter (DH) for the 2013 season. Pena’s 2012 average –...more

Banks Behaving Badly or Brother Can You Spare A Billion (or Two)?

Remember when a billion dollars was real money? Over the past couple of weeks there have been some mammoth fines paid by financial institutions for conduct, which would appear to fall under the category of “Banks Behaving...more

Days of Future Passed: The Moody Blues and the End of Facilitation Payments?

This past weekend I caught the Moody Blues’ tour celebrating the 45th anniversary of their seminal classic album, “Days of Future Passed”. This was the second album released by the band and while I had always thought of it as...more

A Cornucopia of Great FCPA Articles for Your Friday Consideration

It has been a great couple of weeks for article regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While I have resisted having a Friday Round Up of all things FCPA compliance related because both the FCPA Professor, on his...more

The Ethical Business Compact-A New Compliance Best Practice?

Found on page 54 of the recently released Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is the following language: “Chapter 8 of the Sentencing Guidelines, which governs the sentencing of...more

The Ethical Business Compact-A New Compliance Best Practice?

Found on page 54 of the recently released Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is the following language: “Chapter 8 of the Sentencing Guidelines, which governs the sentencing of...more

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