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PowerPoint Slides: Does Your Company's Distribution Strategy Create Legal Risk?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

What does in-house counsel need to consider when reviewing pricing and marketing decisions in a dual-distribution system? The internet can extend the geographic reach of your product, but what issues must in-house counsel...more

Does Your Company's Distribution Strategy Create Legal Risk?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

What does in-house counsel need to consider when reviewing pricing and marketing decisions in a dual-distribution system? The internet can extend the geographic reach of your product, but what issues must in-house counsel...more

FACTA Suits Still Bite - $31 Million Subway Class Action Settlement Approved

Ten years ago, hundreds of retailers, chain restaurants and others were targeted nationwide as defendants in class action suits under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) for violating the so-called...more

Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation

by LeClairRyan on

What’s a franchise? Franchise registration and disclosure laws define a “franchise” more broadly than people generally realize. A company may be franchising without knowing it. The “license” agreement may have been...more

What’s an Exclusive Territory?

by LeClairRyan on

The extent of a franchisee’s territorial rights is the subject of Item 12 of the franchise disclosure document (FDD). One of the questions franchisors must address in Item 12 is whether the territory is exclusive....more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

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

Franchise and Distribution News - January 2015

by Dickinson Wright on

TAKE ACTION NOW TO AVOID UNEXPECTED STATE TAX LIABILITIES - Traditionally, nexus for state income tax liability has required some type of physical presence or continuous contacts by the franchisor/distributor with a...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm - Part II

by Dickinson Wright on

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm Part I

by Dickinson Wright on

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Breach of the Australian Franchising Code to result in fines

by DLA Piper on

As foreshadowed by the Coalition Government earlier this year (see our previous update), penalties for breach of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Franchising Code) are to be introduced....more

Doing Business in Canada: Marketing & Labeling Legislation

MARKETING & LABELING LEGISLATION - In Canada, the federal Competition Act prohibits certain marketing activities, which include: • Resale price maintenance • Predatory pricing • Price discrimination •...more

Franchise & Distribution News - June 2014

by Dickinson Wright on

In This Issue: - NEW FRANCHISE LEGISLATION IN CANADA: British Columbia, which presently does not have a franchise specific statute, recently took one step closer to implementing such legislation when the British...more

Mobile Wallet Systems May Be a Boon for Sales, But What Are the Risks?

by Ali Law Practice LLC on

One trend is clear: more and more retailers are accepting payment through so-called "mobile wallets" in lieu of traditional plastic credit cards. Experts predict that in coming years, the local and global market for mobile...more

The Legal Framework on Commercial Franchise of In-home Care Business

by Qin Qu on

To conclude a little bit on some of the most concerned questions from investors in the franchise regulatory environment, I will, in this article, introduce the legal system in China on commercial franchise, what are the...more

California Proposes New Law To Deal With Underground Economy

California Senate Bill 1185 (SB 1185) is a new effort aimed at the underground economy in the State, estimated to be valued at between $60 billion and $140 billion each year. Underground transactions prevent the State from...more

Some of the fundamentals of buying the shares of a corporation or membership interest in an limited liability company.

by Gordon Yamamoto on

This articles contains some of the basic considerations and steps in the sale and purchase of the ownership interest in a corporate or limited liability company business....more

Class Action Waivers in Commercial Agreements: Comparing Their Treatment in the US and Canada by Jennifer Dolman and Matt Thompson

by Jennifer Dolman on

This article first appeared in the December 2011 issue of LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert. It discusses the treatment of class action waivers in commercial agreements (including franchise agreements) in the US...more

On level terms: unfair terms and drafting consumer contracts

by Chris Robinson on

UK contract law has been re-written to benfit consumers - so what strategies should you adopt in writing terms and conditions for consumer constracts?...more

Statutory Prohibitions that Protect Franchisees from Releases

by Michael Pepe on

Nicole Liguori Micklich and Michael V. Pepe, Can't Give it Away: Statutory Prohibitions That Protect Franchisees from Releases, FRANCHISE LAW JOURNAL, Vol 30, no. 3 (Winter 2011). Problems begin for franchisors when they...more

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