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Requirement for the mandatory state registration of franchise agreements is cancelled in Ukraine

On 12 February 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine "On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine with Respect to Simplification of Conduct of Business (deregulation)" (the "Law"), which entered...more

Reimbursing Employees for Business Expenses: The FLSA Kickback Rule [Wage & Hour FAQs]

Over the last month, Domino’s has been in the news for some of the wrong reasons, with not one but two Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action lawsuits alleging that two large Domino’s franchisees paid delivery drivers...more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2015

We knew someone would do this for us if we just waited long enough. A summary of early trends in proxy access responses suggests most are including the shareholder proposal and recommending a no vote. See here. Only a single...more

Restaurant Industry Alert: "Fight for $15" Planned for Tax Day

In the latest move in their two-year campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, fast-food workers have announced plans for a major one-day walkout on April 15, 2015 – Tax Day for U.S. employers. Events are planned in...more

Traditional Franchise And Beer Distribution Relationships: A Legal Comparison

Beer distribution laws differ from traditional franchise laws in many ways, but the two regimes do share some commonalities. As a matter of fact, many states now regulate the relationship between those who brew or import beer...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - The Latest on a Shift in Regulation in Dietary Supplements [Video]

The FDA provides oversight of dietary supplements. Recently, the New York Attorney General's Office sent cease and desist letters to four major national retailers accusing them of selling dietary supplements that failed to...more

Motor Carriers Are Liable For Injuries to Drivers of Leased Vehicles Who Are Classified As Independent Contractors

Jose Vargas v. FMI, Inc. et al. - In Vargas, California’s Second Appellate District held that the Privette doctrine does not shield a motor carrier operating under a federal franchise from liability for tort injuries...more

New York State Tax Department Releases Guidance on Tax Reform Legislation

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the Department) has been issuing guidance explaining the 2014 corporate tax reform legislation (generally effective on January 1, 2015) through a series of questions and...more

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance Becomes Law

Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance becomes law on April 1, 2015, raising the minimum hourly wage for Seattle's lowest paid workers. On March 30, 2015 the City's new Office of Labor Standards released the final regulations under...more

Franchising for the Greater Good

Nonprofit organizations and business franchises operate in separate worlds.  But sometimes those worlds meet in a way that can be mutually beneficial.  When the franchise benefits the mission of the nonprofit, the...more

Using the Economic Loss Rule to Your Client's Benefit

All lawyers can benefit from having a toolbox of general legal knowledge with which to frame a case to their client's advantage. For business attorneys the economic loss rule is a particularly useful tool. At its...more

Court Applies Concepcion And Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Agreement Precluded “Effective Vindication Of State...

In a putative class action alleging violation of Pennsylvania labor laws, unfair trade practices, and other state law claims brought by a franchisee against the franchisor and two subsidiaries, the court stayed the...more

The ACCC's hunt for franchisors starts with AU$500,000 penalty

In a wakeup call for franchisors, the Federal Court earlier this week imposed an AU$500,000 penalty on South East Melbourne Cleaning Pty Ltd (formerly Coverall Cleaning Concepts South Easy Melbourne Pty Ltd) (Coverall) for...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Nice Try Mr. Franchisee

In Fantastic Sam's Salons, Corp. v. Moassesfar, a federal court in Los Angeles denied a motion by former franchisees to dismiss Fantastic Sam's claims for breach of contract and trademark infringement based on the contractual...more

Top franchise matters of 2014

DLA Piper IPT partners Barry Heller, John Verhey and John Hughes recently conducted a webinar reviewing 2014’s top franchise decisions. Three significant 2014 matters are summarized below. 1. In Patterson v. Domino’s...more

Eighth Circuit Shows How Difficult It Is To Prove Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable Due To Cost

Almost two years ago in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors, SCOTUS significantly narrowed, but did not overrule, the “effective vindication” doctrine, which allows plaintiffs to invalidate an arbitration agreement if it...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Forum Selection Clause Held Enforceable

A federal court in Sacramento recently upheld a franchisor's forum selection clause and transferred an action brought by an area representative to the federal district court in the Western District of Texas....more

Legal Considerations for Homebuilder Franchises

When you think of a “franchise” you probably think of fast food restaurants, car dealerships and gas stations; not homebuilders. Nevertheless, homebuilder franchises are becoming more and more popular. ...more

NLRB GC Release Report Offering Employers Guidance on Handbook Policies

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel recently released a Report of the General Counsel Concerning Employer Rules, which is apparently designed to offer guidance to employers regarding workplace...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 191

In this Issue: - Georgia Federal Court Rejects Franchisees' Supply Chain Kickback Claims arbit - Court Holds Nonexclusive Forum Selection Provision Is Not Barred By The Minnesota Franchise Act - Courts...more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 2 - March 2015

In This Issue: - FCA Publishes Thematic Review on Structured Product Development and Governance - EU Commission Review of Prospectus Directive - SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Relating to Structured Notes -...more

What Happens When a Franchise Agreement Ends, Part Two: Cancellation

In some cases, a franchise relationship ends after many years of business. At the point of termination, the parties must wrestle with a number of issues, including customers, inventory, and (as we reviewed in Part 1) the...more

Feds Fast-Forward "Fissured" Focus

As David Weil, the still relatively new United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Administrator describes it, an industry is “fissured” when large companies no longer directly employ the workers that produce their...more

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