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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

Franchising – The route to international expansion?

by Dentons on

Franchising is a proven route to the successful international expansion of businesses in various sectors from fitness studios and restaurants to high end fashion and beauty. Annually it accounts for turnover of USD$300...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Store-branded credit cards are still big business, but as the Times tells us, their contribution to companies’ bottom lines are masking bigger troubles at retailers around the US....more

The Fine Print - Spring 2017

The spring 2017 issue of The Fine Print features articles on supply chain management, hotel franchise agreements, President Trump's executive orders and more. Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Franchise and Distribution News - March 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

Is your dispute, subject to arbitration under your Franchise Agreement, going to be litigated in court? As we all know, using arbitration clauses in commercial agreements is pretty commonplace—particularly in the...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

Major FCPA Enforcement Action Against Nation’s Largest Publicly Traded Hedge Fund

by King & Spalding on

In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (“Och-Ziff”) recently resolved a long-running government inquiry by agreeing to $413 million in financial penalties and a...more

The Big Picture: EU's Financial Regulation Offensive

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the national and international response by legislators and regulators has been to substantially overhaul and increase financial regulation applicable to banks and other financial...more

Brexit: what might it mean for franchising? Top points

by DLA Piper on

The effect of the Brexit vote is not, of course, just about the UK. It affects continental Europe and beyond. Post referendum, the UK is on course to leave the European Union and one of the effects of that will be the need...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

by King & Spalding on

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

Franchise & Distribution News, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

Ontario Passes New Legislation Governing Tips and Gratuities - Ontario restaurants, bars and other businesses with employees who receive some of their pay through tips and gratuities will face new laws governing how...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Provision Contained In Sham Agreement Is Not Enforceable

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling that had compelled arbitration, holding that a party may not enforce an arbitration agreement where the clause is contained in a nonbinding contract. The parties had entered...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 245-Michael Bassett from Conference Executive Board Canada

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Michael Bassett from Conference Executive Board Canada about the work by CEB to promote better risk management and governance with Board of Directors....more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — April 2016

by Littler on

This month's edition of Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report includes articles on the Administration's push to finalize rules before the November elections, legislative and litigation steps to thwart those...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Purposes and Limits of Non-Compete Clauses

by Lewitt Hackman on

Many franchise agreements have "non-compete clauses", which state that after termination or expiration of the franchise agreement, the ex-franchisee may not operate a business that is similar to or that would compete with the...more

Doing Business in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Forms of Business Organization in Canada - Canadian business laws are well developed. Several different types of business structures are available in Canada. Each features unique advantages and disadvantages. ...more

Looking Forward by Looking Back: China’s Franchise Regulations After Eight Years

by DLA Piper on

On July 1 and 2, we, representing the International Franchise Association, met with China’s franchise regulators in Beijing and Shanghai. The conversation would be familiar to anyone who has been closely following the...more

Albany Bill Would Scare Off New Biz

by LeClairRyan on

When businesspeople form a corporation or limited-liability company,they often establish it in the state where the principal office will be, or in a state with favorable business laws, such as Delaware. But New York, which is...more

Argentina's new Franchise Law: unusual and unclear

by DLA Piper on

As the effective date of Argentina’s new Franchise Law approaches, businesses are beginning to comprehend its unexpected parameters. For years, franchises operating in Argentina were governed only by contract...more

FinCEN Seeks to Curb Trade-Based Money Laundering Through Lowered Reporting Threshold

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) lowering reporting thresholds and triggering additional recordkeeping requirements...more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

Franchise and Distribution News - January 2015

by Dickinson Wright on

TAKE ACTION NOW TO AVOID UNEXPECTED STATE TAX LIABILITIES - Traditionally, nexus for state income tax liability has required some type of physical presence or continuous contacts by the franchisor/distributor with a...more

Franchising and Liability Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

I am often asked about franchisor liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Franchising has been a successful model in the US and now many corporations are looking at overseas expansion opportunities....more

FRANCHISOR 101: Venue and Choice of Law Provisions Not Enforceable in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

In 2013, Pepe's Franchising, a U.K. company, entered into a Master Franchise Agreement with Frango Grill, based in California, granting the right to operate and franchise Pepe's restaurants in California. The Agreement's...more

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