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Microsoft’s New Battle: Toads

It isn’t often that Forbes and Arcade Sushi are reporting on the same story. But some news is so big, so ground breaking, and so important that all media outlets cannot, in good moral consciousness, fail to comply with their...more

The Largest Global Franchise Brands Are U.S. Restaurants

Franchising fared respectably in a recent rating of the most valuable worldwide brands across all industries. McDonald’s was rated among the ten most valuable worldwide brands in Interbrand’s 15th annual Best Global Brands...more

Brand Standards Are for Everyone

Now more than ever, it is important to understand brand standards: why they are set; how they affect franchisors, franchisees, and customers; and what the boundaries of brand enforcement policies should be....more

Joint Employers Under NLRB Law

A. Introduction - Over the last few weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion in the legal media regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) General Counsel’s (GC) argument to the Board, that...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on When Franchisors May Be Liable for Franchisees' Unlawful Text Messaging Campaigns

In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp.,[3] a franchisee association planned a promotion in which text messages were sent to 17,000 people in the Chicago area to promote a local sweepstakes contest. The lower court dismissed the case...more

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises

Commission Decides Streamlined Process Required by DIVCA - The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as...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

Heads Up: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Takes Effect on July 1st

Once CASL takes effect, you will need express or implied consent before you (or your franchisees) can send a commercial electronic message (CEM). While franchisors are well aware of the pending impact of CASL and have been...more

Franchise & Distribution News - June 2014

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

Doing Business in Canada: Language Requirements

FEDERAL LAWS - English and French are the official languages of Canada. The Constitution of Canada and the Official Languages Act guarantee that English and French have equality status and equal rights and privileges...more

Rising up from the Trenches: Ninth Circuit Broadly Interprets Breach of Contract Exclusion in Trademark Infringement Case

On May 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit upheld a California district court decision that broadly interpreted the breach of contract exclusion in a commercial general liability policy to preclude coverage for all personal and...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

Taking The Leap: Bringing A Foreign Brand To The United States

Increasingly, franchise concepts that begin in one country soon find that expansion involves not only domestic growth, but also development in other jurisdictions including the United States. Over the past decade, advances in...more

A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Merger

A proposed transfer of control of a cable television operator or a transfer of a cable television A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Mergerfranchise presents the franchising authority with a...more

Financial Performance Representations

On Tuesday February 11th, the Charlotte Business Franchise Network met on the 15th floor conference room at Nexsen Pruet. The attendees, representing a broad cross section of franchisors, master franchisees, and franchise...more

Survival of the Fittest: Why Do Some Franchise Systems Survive When Other Fail?

What had 28 flavors, nearly 1,000 locations, and a ubiquitous orange roof? If you answered Howard Johnsons Restaurants, then you are one of a shrinking number of people who can still appreciate the power that brand once had....more

Robocalls: vicarious liability of franchisors under the TCPA

In a FranCast issued last year, we reported on a case called Carolyn Anderson v. Domino’s Pizza, Inc., in which a district court dismissed a claim filed under a state version of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Focused on Franchise Law - August 2013

FRANCHISOR 101: CALIFORNIA REQUIREMENTS ON NEGOTIATED TERMS MAY CHANGE - The California Franchise Investment Law and the California Code of Regulations currently require franchisors registered in California to disclose...more

CPUC Rulemaking to Decide if Localities will be Shut Out of State Video Franchise Renewal Process - Opening Comments Must Be Filed...

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently launched a proceeding to establish the rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to...more

Franchising Newsletter – April 2013

Overview - There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February. This edition discusses: - minimising the risks when marketing through social media - comments from...more

How to Determine Whether a Franchise is Right for You

Franchising in the United States is a more than $1 trillion per year business. Over 450,000 franchised businesses are in operation in the country and employ about 15 million people. Thousands of franchisors in about 75...more

Attorney General Prevails In Lawsuit Against Income Tax Preparation Company

The Attorney General brought a lawsuit against an income tax preparation business alleging violations of state and federal lending, consumer protection, unfair competition, and false advertising laws. The court of appeal...more

Franchising Update - Febuary, 2013

This edition of our Franchising Update includes the following articles: - The recently announced review of the Franchising Code. - The Pie Face dispute – misleading information or inadequate due...more

Best Practices in Drafting Corporate Shareholder Agreements

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

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