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Negative Reviews: Seeing Stars or Trolls? Here's What You Can and Can't Do

by Lewitt Hackman on

Trolls aren’t just fictional creatures living under bridges in fairy tales – today they are anonymous but highly visible creatures plaguing individuals and businesses on social media. They’re angry, vindictive and financially...more

Negative Reviews: Franchises Pursuing Truth, Justice, & Defamation Claims

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchised businesses, particularly restaurants, hotels, automotive servicers and others have been falling victim to the digital age. Many consumers now choose the places they do business based on what they read on Yelp,...more

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Wins, Losses & Lessons in Joint Employer Liability

by Lewitt Hackman on

As joint employer liability continues to develop, plaintiffs seeking deep pockets continue to claim, with some success, that franchisors are joint employers, responsible for actions of their franchisees' employees. In April,...more

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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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