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FTC and the “Internet of Things”: Franchisor on the hook

Last fall the Federal Trade Commission brought cases against a software developer and rent-to-own stores that secretly monitored people in their homes. The developer provided the stores with software that had a “Detective...more

Rent-to-Own Franchisees Use Spyware to Gather Passwords, Intimate Conduct

Some franchisees of Aaron’s, Inc., the rent-to-own retailer, leased computers with programs that spied on their customers with the franchisor’s knowledge and assistance. Aaron’s, Inc. agreed to a consent decree with the...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

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

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

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

Craft Beer Boom in Michigan [Video]

Michigan is going through a significant boom in its alcoholic beverage manufacturing. In a video produced by Crain's Detroit Business and Miller Canfield, lawyer Joe Infante discusses what this means for Michigan and...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

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

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

USPTO Finds Dunkin' Donuts Slogan Mere Puffery

Dunkin’ Donuts may claim it has the “Best Coffee in America” but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) found the phrase was mere “puffery” and had not acquired a secondary meaning sufficient to be registered on the...more

Use Your Phone To Pay For Products And Services

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

Hotel Franchisor Challenges FTC's Expanded Enforcement Efforts Targeting Franchise System's Data Security and Privacy Policies

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide may mark the beginning of FTC enforcement actions targeting franchise systems through allegations of customer data security vulnerabilities in...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.

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

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

Gym Files for Bankruptcy, Kids Stranded

One of the 300 outlets of the Little Gym International Inc. franchise that caters for children, the Little Gym of Rockland has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this month. The gym provides gym, karate, and dance classes for...more

On level terms: unfair terms and drafting consumer contracts

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

Osler Franchise Review - May 2011

This latest issue of Osler Hoslin & Harcourt's Franchise Law review contains legislative updates, commentaries on recent cases, practice tips as well as news on our franchise team....more

Osler Update: Supreme Court of Canada Allows Parties to Escape Arbitration Clause and Pursue Class Action

This Osler Update is a summary of the much anticipated Supreme Court of Canada decision in Seidel v. Telus Communications Inc. (Telus)which was released on March 18, 2011. At issue was whether a mandatory arbitration clause...more

Osler Franchise Law Review - Feb 2011

This latest issue of Osler Franchise Law Review contains legislative updates (proposed changes to Ontario's Arthur Wishart Act; New Brunswick's franchise legislation; Manitoba's pending legilsation; Bill C-28 (Canada's new...more

Statutory Prohibitions that Protect Franchisees from Releases

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

Wyoming MLM State Law

Wyoming MLM State Law MLMLegal.com has tracked pyramid, consumer protection, endless chain, and MLM distribution statue legislation in each state. The following is applicable legislation in Wyoming State: ...more

Wisconsin State MLM Law

Wisconsin State MLM Law MLMLegal.com has tracked pyramid, consumer protection, endless chain, and MLM distribution statue legislation in each state. The following is applicable legislation in Wisconsin State: ...more

West Virginia State MLM Law

West Virginia State MLM Law MLMLegal.com has tracked pyramid, consumer protection, endless chain, and MLM distribution statue legislation in each state. The following is applicable legislation in West Virginia State: ...more

Washington State MLM Law

Washington State MLM Law MLMLegal.com has tracked pyramid, consumer protection, endless chain, and MLM distribution statue legislation in each state. The following is applicable legislation in Washington State: ...more

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