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Ice Cream Maker No Softee When It Comes to Infringement of Its Trademarks

Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the...more

Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed

Virginia’s public policy in favor of freedom of contract is well established. It may be most conspicuously evidenced by the Supreme Court of Virginia’s increasingly narrow construction of post-contract employment restrictions...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 182

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Holds Company Can Sue Competitor For Unfair Competition Even If It Complies With FDA Labeling Regulations: In an 8-0 decision announced on June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court held...more

Mister Softee vs. Master Softee: Non-Compete & Trademark Ice Cream Fight in the SDNY

Dimitrios Tsirkos first became a Mister Softee franchisee in the mid 1980’s. To be clear, we are talking about the ice cream truck business. Over the years, Tsirkos entered several franchise agreements with Mister Softee and...more

Some Days, A Stay Is Easier to Obtain Than Others

In A&F Enterprises v. IHOP Franchising LLC, 742 F.3d 764 (Seventh Cir. 2014), Chapter 11 debtors appealed a determination that their building leases were deemed rejected because they were not timely assumed. Both the...more

Focused on Franchise Law - June 2014

FRANCHISEE 101: Unsigned Franchise Agreement Binds Franchisee's Shareholder - Texas Appeals Court recently held in Pritchett v. Gold's Gym Franchising, LLC that a Texas forum-selection clause in a Franchise Agreement...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 181

In this Issue: Missouri District Court Awards Attorneys' Fees And Costs In Termination Case: In Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC v. Sai Food (ST Hospitality, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67512 (E.D. Mo. May 16,...more

Trials Are About Truth; Consent Decrees Are About Pragmatism

I recently wrote about Judge Rakoff’s refusal to enter the SEC’s proposed consent decree in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., 827 F. Supp. 2d 328 (SDNY 2011) – and the shift in SEC enforcement policy that it prompted. ...more

Québec Court of Appeal Decision Results in Significant Victory for Franchisors

In a victory for franchisors, the Québec Court of Appeal confirmed the application of the doctrine of the indivisibility of contracts in a franchise context, supporting significant retroactive royalty awards for breaches of...more

Springdale Pizza: Eleven Decisions on Disclosure, Rescission and Damages (and Counting)

Essential Facts - The plaintiffs purchased a franchise from an existing franchisee in October 2008 for $220,000. The plaintiffs began operating the franchise before signing various agreements with the franchisor in...more

New Developments in British Columbia’s Consideration of Franchise Law

On March 31, 2014, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), a law reform research organization, published its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (the Report). The Report was divided into two parts: Part one...more

Rainbow International Seeks Restoration Of Exclusive Use Of Its Marks

On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...more

Padgett Business Services Goes After Former Franchisee for Trademark Infringement

Smallbizpros, Inc., d/b/a Padgett Business Services (“Padgett”)asserts trademark infringement in connection with allegations of post-termination obligations of John A. Terris, Sr. (“Terris”) of Brunswick, Georgia, in its...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 179 (Distribution Issue)

In this Issue: - Tying And Other Claims By Service Competitor Rejected: A federal court in Arizona has rejected various antitrust claims brought by a servicer of aircraft power units against a manufacturer of...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 178

In This Issue: - Appellate Court Vacates Order Denying Franchisor’s Motion For Preliminary Injunction; District Court Then Grants Summary Judgment To Franchisor And Enters Final Injunction: In H&R Block Tax...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 176

In This Issue: - Missouri District Court Upholds Termination Of Franchise Based On Fraud: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently upheld a franchisor’s decision to...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 174

In This Issue: - Court Approves Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Franchisor: A class action settlement has been approved in Swift v. DirectBuy, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152618 (N.D. Ind. Oct....more

What Happens When a Franchise Agreement Ends, Part 1: Restrictive Covenants

A “Pet Valu” franchisee in Ontario claimed that sales were declining, so she terminated the Franchise Agreement. After termination of the agreement, her husband established a competing “Pet Stuff” business nearby. When a...more

Franchisors Must Act Quickly to Obtain Injunctive Relief on Non-Competition Covenants

A recent case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaffirms the important principle that a franchisor, or any business, that seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent harm from a covenant breach...more

Credit and Debit Card Payment Regulations and Laws

Legal Alert – Credit and Debit Card Payment Regulations and Laws Introduction To curb money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, the Nigerian apex regulatory Bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) has continued...more

NJ BPU Affirms OAL Decision Denying Municipality the Right to Compete in Existing Franchise Area

Update - In August 2013, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the Board) issued an order affirming an initial decision of the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which estopped the Borough of Woodland...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 171

In this Issue: - Eighth Circuit Denies Injunction To Stop Competition By Former Franchisee, And District Court Allows Counterclaim: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last month upheld a...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 169

In This Issue: - Ninth Circuit Once Again Affirms $16 Million Verdict In Favor Of Licensee: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has amended a recent opinion and voted to deny rehearing en...more

Focused on Franchise Law - April 2013

In This Issue: Barry Kurtz and Bryan Clements Featured in Bar Association Publications; Franchisor 101:Out of Control - Franchisor Not Liable For Franchisee's Negligence; and, Franchisee 101: Improper Termination May Be A...more

Franchising in Alberta -- April 2013: Fabutan: Renewal, Termination and the Duty of Good Faith

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

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