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"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

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

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

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

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

Check Lender Reservations on Hotel Deals: Asset-specific issues prompt a closer look from lenders at hotel collateral

Funding is returning slowly for hotel properties, as many lenders have learned the hard way that hotels can be tricky collateral. Commercial mortgage brokers can expect these lenders to be more cautious when reviewing hotel...more

Economic Forecast For Slow Growth

Two major conclusions are found in a recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal: 1. Slow growth over the coming year 2. A recession is unlikely As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the survey of 48...more

2013 Audit Guidelines For Small Business

What three letters strike fear into the heart of small business owners across the United States? I . . . R . . . S Internal . . . Revenue . . . Service. And in 2013 there may be even greater reason for small...more

Singapore Business Law - Checklist for Distributor Agreement

Business expansion comes in many different forms. One of the most common methods of used by the small businesses in Singapore to expand their business is to expand their distribution channels by the appointment of...more

Singapore Business Law - Letters of Intent and What They Achieve

Business owners generally assume that a Letter of Intent made precursory to a contract would be legally binding and entitle you to legal remedies if the other party reneges on the deal. This article explains why this is often...more

Singapore Business Law - Business Legal Check-Up

Have you ever missed your annual medical check up? Or forgotten to send your car for servicing? Recognise that your business is no different when it comes to a routine checkup to ensure that all is well. A Business Legal...more

Singapore Business Law - Top 10 Legal Tips for Small & Medium Enterprises

Running a business is exciting. But without the right advice, it can also be a minefield, especially where legal matters are concerned. We provide some tips to guide you through the minefield....more

Singapore Business Law - Read Before Signing

“Don’t Worry, it’s a Standard Contract. Please Sign Here” - we give you several reasons why you should not comply....more

Price Fixing Case on Swipe Fees Settled By Visa and Mastercard

VISA and Mastercard have agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by merchants over credit card swipe fees. Swipe fees are the fees that VISA and Mastercard charge merchants each time a customer...more

Superior Court of New Jersey Slashes Attorneys' Fees in Class Action Settlement

In Storch v. Five Guys Enterprises, LLC and FG Madison, LLC, the New Jersey Superior Court found that counsel fees of $50,000 plus approximately $500 in costs were fair and reasonable under the applicable standards as applied...more

Treatment of Franchisee Leases Under 365(d)

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) substantially revised 11 U.S.C. 365 to significantly limit a debtor's time to assume or reject nonresidential real estate leases. Prior to BAPCPA,...more

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