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Franchisors in Québec have the implied obligation to protect and enhance the brand: the Dunkin’ Donuts case

In a unanimous decision, the Québec Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Superior Court which found that a franchisor must take reasonable measures to protect and enhance the value and reputation of its brand. Thus,...more

Top franchise matters of 2014

DLA Piper IPT partners Barry Heller, John Verhey and John Hughes recently conducted a webinar reviewing 2014’s top franchise decisions. Three significant 2014 matters are summarized below. 1. In Patterson v. Domino’s...more

Marriott to Face Trial in Maryland Over Terrorist Bombing in Pakistan

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a Maryland U.S. District Court decision to dismiss a wrongful death suit brought against Marriott International based on a terrorist bombing that occurred at a...more

Woman Sues McDonald’s, Alleging the Food Chain is Responsible for Her Being Forced Into a Life of Prostitution

A woman, claiming her ex-husband, a McDonald’s franchise owner, forced her into a life of prostitution while she was working at McDonald’s, has sued the food chain for “Negligent Retention and Supervision of Franchises.” ...more

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