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In This Issue:
- Monkeying around with Copyright Laws - Who can Own a Copyright?
- Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed
- The Eight Corners Rule and the District of Columbia
Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the...more
India recently staged the largest free democratic election in world history, bringing to power the National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Par ty, and with it a fresh sense of optimism about India’s economic...more
Dimitrios Tsirkos first became a Mister Softee franchisee in the mid 1980’s. To be clear, we are talking about the ice cream truck business. Over the years, Tsirkos entered several franchise agreements with Mister Softee and...more
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
On May 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit upheld a California district court decision that broadly interpreted the breach of contract exclusion in a commercial general liability policy to preclude coverage for all personal and...more
In this Issue:
Missouri District Court Awards Attorneys' Fees And Costs In Termination Case:
In Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC v. Sai Food (ST Hospitality, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67512 (E.D. Mo. May 16,...more
On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...more
To begin 2014, we remind franchisors of the Government's response to the changes to the Franchising Code recommended last year. On 6 January 2014, Small Business Minister Bruce Billson advised that the Coalition advocated...more
In This Issue:
- Washington Federal Court Denies Motion To Hold Defendants In Contempt Of Consent Judgment For Trademark Infringement:
A federal judge in Seattle has denied a franchisor’s motion for a contempt...more
Many successful businesses want to open secondary locations, or “license” the business to a third party to operate additional locations. Be very careful when setting up a third-party model — it is easy to create an...more
A recent case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaffirms the important principle that a franchisor, or any business, that seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent harm from a covenant breach...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
FRANCHISOR 101: STATES UPPING THE ANTE FOR FRANCHISORS - A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE -
Laws focusing on the franchisees' rights are referred to as relationship laws, and in recent months, franchisee groups fighting for new...more
Lawsuits brought in the U.S. that result in judgments against Chinese companies often have problems with enforceability, unless the Chinese company has assets in the US or assets in another country that enforces US judgments....more
Originally published in Nevada Business Magazine on 1/1/2013.
Are you operating a franchise system without realizing it? If you are licensing to others the right to use your trademark for a fee, the answer could be yes....more
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
The industry for remanufactured printer/toner cartridges has flourished for years as users purchase replacements from third party suppliers who fill a need and offer print supplies at prices significantly lower than those...more
When venturing into Quebec it’s important to be familiar with the Québec Charter of French Language (the Charter), which establishes French as the official language of Quebec and governs use of the French language in a broad...more
A new opportunity may exist for franchisors to claim an exception to Virginia’s royalty addback statute based on a recent Circuit Court decision.
In Wendy's International Inc. v. Virginia Dep't of Taxation, decided March...more
Originally published in InsideCounsel on February 22, 2012.
Companies that market their goods or services through independent distributors may be surprised to learn their distributorship arrangement is in fact a...more
Following on from my article on the franchise agreement I consider what a franchisee can do if his franchise fails despite his or her best efforts.
The franchise agreement is likely to contain a term that enables the...more
If you take a franchise you will be asked to sign a contract which will be at least 30 pages long. This contract will have been drafted by the franchisor's lawyers and it will look after the franchisor's interests and not...more
A TRADEMARK REGISTRATION CAN BE VALID INDEFINITELY PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TEN (10) STEPS ARE TAKEN:
1 through 8: USE the mark (this cannot be emphasized enough);
9: ENFORCE exclusive rights to the mark; and
Reprinted and/or posted with the permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2011).
Much has been written about the phenomenon known as “inadvertent franchising” in the U.S. — a situation that arises when a company, acting...more
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