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FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 18-Walmart-Be a Leader in Compliance
FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 15-GSK in China: a Game Changer in Compliance
Partnership and Similar Agreements - Douglas W. Lubic, Esq.
Before committing to a franchise business, consider...
Lessons Learned from the BizJet Executives FCPA Enforcement Actions
Craft Beer Boom in Michigan
Record-setting Dodgers Sale Sets High Price For Mets Franchise
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
What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for New York and New Jersey Businesses?
by Dan Brecher on October 2, 2013
The federal government officially entered a partial shutdown as members of Congress failed to reach an...more
Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry
by Anthony Caruso on September 25, 2013
Several entertainment companies have been hit with lawsuits lately from unpaid interns...more
In this informational video, Douglas W. Lubic, Esq., of the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer describes Business Partnership and Similar Agreements.
Do you know what to do when you partner with someone in a business...more
Tenants seek co-tenancy rights while landlords are reluctant to grant them. Tenants often rely on a certain tenant mix of national or regional tenants to be a draw for customers to visit the shopping center. But what happens...more
Governor Rick Perry has signed into law Texas HB 500, which provides for certain changes to the Texas franchise tax provisions. ...more
On June 30th Governor Corbett signed a $28.4 billion state appropriations package which provides modest increases in some areas and flat funding in others. Although the popular press suggested that the budget included no...more
On June 14, 2013, the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) issued Prop. D.C. Mun. Regs. 9 §176.1, which provides calendar year and fiscal year combined reporting filers a seven-month extension to file their...more
In this issue:
- California FTB Takes Harley-Davidson for a Ride: Securitization Subsidiaries Are Financial Corporations with Nexus in California
- “Tut-Tut,” Long Beach: California Supreme Court Permits...more
The recently concluded 2013 regular session of the New Mexico Legislature resulted in legislation enacting several significant changes to New Mexico’s tax programs, the majority of which are business friendly. Most of the...more
Pennsylvania’s tax appeal system has long been criticized as very complicated, expensive and lacking impartiality. A few years ago, the PA Chamber and other interested groups were able to work with the General Assembly to...more
Fabutan: Renewal, Termination and the Duty of Good Faith -
Background to the Dispute:
Against the backdrop of a bitter family dispute, the Fabutan decision1 reinforces the maxim that business and family often do...more
Restaurant leasing involves a host of issues not found in any other transaction. Landlord lease forms typically control all aspects of a tenant's operations, while tenants often want complete freedom to change their business...more
In This Issue:
- Mark Melton Has Become Of Counsel To The Firm
- Franchisor 101: Personal Liability In New York For A Franchisor's Owners
- Franchisee 101: Beer & Wine Franchisees Enjoy Protection From...more
FRANCHISING PRIMER -
I. INTRODUCTION -
A. In General Franchising is a method of distribution that combines the advantages of a central specialized system with the capital and micro-management of local independent...more
Corporate shareholder agreements are vital for many companies with more than one shareholder, especially non-public companies with a limited number of persons owning shares. The shareholder agreement typically details the...more
Trademark Essentials, Registration, TEAS, Trademark infringement, incontestability....more
The firm often receives calls asking about the price of X, where "X"is, say, forming an "LLC." This question presents a number of issues; for example:
How do you know you need "X?"
Who are you?
What problem are you...more
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued new guidance that will affect how franchisors disclose whether they grant exclusive territories to franchisees.
Under the FTC’s Franchise Rule, a franchisor is required to...more
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the release of revised “Green Guides” on October 1, 2012. The Green Guides are intended to help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims.
The Green Guides are...more
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
Businesses trying to stay ahead of the curve, and jumping on any possible competitive advantage, may now be looking towards the revolution in the payment process. Cash was once (maybe still is) king. Barter has been around...more
Originally published in the International Journal of Franchising Law (Volume 10 – Issue 4 – 2012).
This article provides a comprehensive analysis of international franchising structures – direct franchising, exclusive...more
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
A bill currently winding its way through the California Legislature would limit the ability of an employer to request that an employee provide access to the employee’s personal social media accounts.
AB 1844 “would...more