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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

Privacy Alert: Judge Backs FTC Authority in Data Breach Case Against Franchisor

On April 7, a federal judge denied the motion of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, LLC (“Wyndham”) to dismiss a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for unfair or deceptive acts or practices based on alleged...more

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

Franchise Review Oct 2013 - Manitoba Becomes the Fourth Province to Enact Private Sector Privacy Law

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

News and Insights from Austin - Q2 2013

Welcome to the summer issue of News and Insights. In this issue, I’m proud to highlight Becca McKnight, who was recently selected by The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) to serve on its Medical Devices Committee. Becca...more

Cyber Criminals' Menu Features the Food & Beverage Industry; Steps to Protect Your Business

2012 was a challenging year for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry. In addition to increased government regulation, rising food prices and relatively slow growth trends, the industry once again was a favorite target of...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

Franchising in the Courts - April 2013

Robert Moore Pharmacy Ltd. v. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.: The Applicability and Limits of the Duty of Good Faith - Robert Moore Pharmacy Ltd. v. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. 2012 ONSC 73511 (Moore Case) reaffirms key...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

China 20/20 Legal & Regulatory Developments - September 29, 2012

In This Issue: - 12th Five Year Plan for Financial Industry Development and Reform - 12th Five Year Plan for the Development of Cloud Computing in China - MOFCOM Establishes Administrative Office for Commercial...more

Even Hooters Has Trade Secrets

Hooters Sues Competitor For Trade Secret Theft by Former Hooters Executive But Conspicuosly Omits Former Employee From Lawsuit Hooters recently sued a competitor, La Cima Restaurants, alleging widespread...more

TGS-NOPEC Victory in Franchise Tax Case has Broad Implications for Texas Businesses

On May 27, 2011, The Texas Supreme Court found in favor of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company in a dispute involving how TGS' receipts from the licensing of its geophysical data should be apportioned for Texas franchise tax...more

Beware: Changing Ownership of Company Radio Licences Could Cost You

One of the most commonly overlooked regulatory agency approvals in a business transaction is FCC approval of radio license assignments and transfers - and the reason it is often overlooked is that many businesses are unaware...more

Case Study - Trade Dress Infringment

Companies can protect their overall style, products or packaging or "look and feel" from imitators under trade-dress, a less known but possibly a more powerful way to protect brand equity. If implemented and enforced...more

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