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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

FRANCHISEE 101: Avoid Acts & Omissions That Expose Your Franchisor to Potential Liability

A West Virginia Court refused to dismiss an action brought under its state workers' compensation law. That law permits an employee to recover greater damages when deliberate intent exists. An employee of a Hardee'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

Focused on Franchise Law - April 2013

In This Issue: Barry Kurtz and Bryan Clements Featured in Bar Association Publications; Franchisor 101:Out of Control - Franchisor Not Liable For Franchisee's Negligence; and, Franchisee 101: Improper Termination May Be A...more

Weekly Law Resume - July 26, 2012: Independent Contractor or Agent? A Franchisor’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Taylor Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, et al. California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2012) This case raises the question: When an agreement between a Franchisor and Franchisee depicts an...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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