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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
In today’s global marketplace, companies need to be informed about foreign laws and practices that impact, or may potentially impact, their businesses in the various regions they serve. This edition of Global Connection...more
FRANCHISOR 101: FRANCHISE AGREEMENT LEAVES PRETZEL FRANCHISEE TWISTED -
Post-termination non-compete covenants are not always enforceable by franchisors against terminated franchisees-it depends on the state and the...more
On September 13, 2013, Manitoba’s Personal Information and Identity Theft Prevention Act (PIITP) received royal assent. Under the authority of the Manitoba Ombudsman’s Office, this legislation, once in force, will govern the...more
After a nearly two year investigation, the USDOL is requiring a franchisee which operates 55 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout New Jersey and New York to pay nearly $200,000 for overtime violations. The USDOL found that...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
FRANCHISOR 101: FRANCHISOR NOT LIABLE FOR ACTIONS OF FRANCHISEE'S MANAGERS -
Cortland, a former bartender, sued GECP-Sunrise, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, and its franchisor, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., claiming...more
A recent case out of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas upheld a jury finding that a franchisor’s principal was the employer of a former franchisee’s employee, despite the fact that the...more
Restaurant franchisor Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (BWW) and Buffalo Wild Wings International Inc. were sued in Arizona's federal district court on charges of Title VII violations....more
No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late – especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for a...more
Earlier this week, Jim McGrath, writing in his Internal Investigations Blog, posted a blog entitled “Human Trafficking Concerns for 7-Eleven in Wake of Payroll Scam”....more
In This Issue:
- Court Finds Employee’s Wage And Hour Claim Falls Within Arbitration Provision Of Online Employment Application:
A federal court in Illinois found that an arbitration agreement in a...more
For our readers who did not attend the early May International Franchise Association Legal Symposium held in Washington, we pass along these observations...more
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
Are there risks for a franchisor that is involved in a franchisee’s employment practices?
Yes. A franchisor’s involvement in a franchisee’s employment practices could result in the franchisee being considered an...more
Bill 14 Amending the Charter of French Language: The Implications for Québec SMEs -
On December 5, 2012, the National Assembly of Québec introduced Bill 14, an Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the...more
The Fourth Circuit issued a bold new arbitration decision last week, sending a putative class of shuttle drivers to arbitration while expanding its application of SCOTUS’ Concepcion decision beyond cases involving federal...more
The 2011 Virginia Supreme Court decision in Home Paramount Pest Control Companies, Inc. v. Shaffer turned Virginia non-competition law upside down. As I discussed more fully in a prior article, Home Paramount established a...more
In This Issue:
Introduction; Class Action Practice Developments; Common Issues Trials; Class Actions in Quebec; Securities Class Actions; Competition Class Actions; Product Liability Class Actions; Franchise Class...more
89 Women To Benefit From Settlement With World's Largest Burger King Franchisee -
NEW YORK - Carrols Corporation, the world's largest Burger King franchisee, will pay $2.5 million and take significant remedial steps to...more
In most situations, an employer in California can terminate an employee for almost any reason, so long as it is not discriminatory, assuming the employee is at-will.
In Veronese v. Lucasfilm LTD (12/10/2012) a job...more
According to statistics from various sources, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, employment related claims and lawsuits, especially those related to unpaid...more
The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more
If your company rounds employee work time up or down as part of its record keeping and time tracking procedures for calculating hours and pay, a recent California appellate court provided additional support for the general...more
Legal Byte: Withdrawing from corporate representation? Can you?...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