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Subway Adopts Novel Approach to Stem Wage and Hour Claims

Subway is one of the largest franchisors in the world, with over 26,000 restaurants in the United States alone. It is also in one of the industries most prone to wage and hour claims, a fact reflected in both Department of...more

District Court: CFPB May Hold Law Firm Owners Individually Liable for Alleged Violations

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled on July 20, 2016, that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may hold the owners of two law firms offering debt relief services liable for alleged...more

And the Answer is.....

The firm often receives calls asking about the price of X, where "X"is, say, forming an "LLC." This question presents a number of issues; for example: How do you know you need "X?" Who are you? What problem are you...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

The Importance of Trademark Due Diligence

It goes without saying that most entrepreneurs would never consider buying an existing business without first conducting the proper due diligence on it and its present owners. The idea is to try to uncover those more latent...more

USPTO Trademark Office Actions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reviews each trademark application that is filed in the United States. The USPTO often issues what are known as “office actions” to applicants that describe the legal...more

Understanding Trade Dress

Businesses work hard to develop the visual appearance of their products so that the product is easily recognizable and associated with the good will of the product and company. Visual appearance, like written words or...more

Understanding Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are confidential and specialized pieces of information that are unique to the business and important to its profitability. As such, the law provides special protections for trade secrets....more

China F&B Application Process

Application Procedures and Documentary Requirements for establishing food and beverage and/or hospitality enterprise in China...more

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