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Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted - BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California cable operators have reduced the franchise fee paid to local governments by the amount paid to the California Public Service Commission. While a small amount for many communities, the deduction reduced...more

Disabling Code: Franchisors Should Ensure Digital Properties Are Accessible

by Lewitt Hackman on

Are we still in the dawn of the digital age, or have we moved on to mid-morning yet? Only time, and your company's web site and applications, will tell. Unfortunately, when it comes to website accessibility, it is still...more

Many California Cities May Not be Receiving Full Cable Franchise Fee

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California suggests that many California cities are receiving less than the full cable franchise fee to which they are entitled....more

Navigating The Private Right Of Action Under The California Franchise Investment Law

by Mulcahy LLP on

The California Franchise Investment Law (“CFIL”) regulates both the sale and disclosure of franchise opportunities within the state. The law was enacted to “provide each prospective franchisee with the information necessary...more

License to Sue? Court Rules That a Motor Vehicle Dealer Does Not Need a Dealer’s License to Bring a Statutory Claim for...

by Mulcahy LLP on

California’s motor vehicle code allows dealers to bring suit against manufacturers for terminating the dealer without good cause. See California Vehicle Code §§ 11713.3, 3060, 3061 and 3066. As currently written, the...more

7-Eleven versus the Town of Babylon: A Big Gulp of Red Tape

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On July 7, 2017, Judge William G. Ford issued a decision in the case Matter of 7-Eleven, Inc. v. Town of Babylon, Supreme Court, Suffolk County, 2017 NY Slip Op 31467(U) , in which the Town was excoriated for its mishandling...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Labor Board Joint Employer Determination

by Littler on

On August 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused to enforce a holding by the National Labor Relations Board (Board) that the Cable News Network (CNN) was a joint employer. In the...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Save Local Business Act Would Clarify “Joint Employer” Liability Under FLSA and NLRA - Legislation Introduced in House of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The “Save Local Business Act” — recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives — would provide much-needed clarification on the circumstances under which an entity can be liable as a joint employer under two federal...more

No Union Protection for Employees “Sick” Over No Paid Absences

Can employees protest a company sick leave policy with an internet meme that suggests the company’s food is not safe? Not according to a recent Eighth Circuit decision. MikLin (doing business as Jimmy John’s in Minnesota)...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Manual Overload

by Lewitt Hackman on

A franchisor's investment in brand standards, protection and control often comes at a cost when a consumer believing or claiming to believe the franchisor and franchisee are the same, seeks to hold a franchisor liable for a...more

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

FRANCHISEE 101: Cold Brew Remedy

by Lewitt Hackman on

Beer distributors can be on common footing with their franchisee counterparts in bargaining with brewers or suppliers. Depending on the jurisdiction, distributors may have protection through beer distribution statutes...more

Is Everything “Settled” In Your Settlement Agreement? Not Quite!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A recent case involving the Whataburger franchise system reminds franchisors of the importance of the use of iron-clad language when granting future development rights. In Whataburger, Inc. et. al. (“Whataburger”) v....more

DOL Announces Intent to Rescind Rule Restricting the Allocation of Gratuities to Non-Tipped Employees When the Employer Does Not...

by Littler on

Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that employ tipped workers have long wrestled with a seemingly simple, but actually intractable, question: who is entitled to receive a share of a guest’s gratuities? If an employer...more

The Department of Labor Changes Course on Tip-Pooling Restrictions

by FordHarrison on

Quite a bit of effort goes into making an enjoyable restaurant experience, such as good food, prompt service and, of course, cleanliness. Want to reward the dishwashers for providing you with spotless silverware, expediters...more

Predictive Scheduling and the Fight for a “Fair Workweek”: What Employers Need to Know

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Retailers and fast food companies in particular should be aware of the growing push for “fair workweek” legislation at the city, state, and federal levels. In just the past few years, over a dozen states and cities have...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

So You Say You Want a Revolution? Franchises Evolve as Retail Declines

by Lewitt Hackman on

You’ve seen the news: retailers are struggling. Traditional anchor stores like Macy’s and Sears are closing up shop, creating a domino effect of fiscal death for shopping malls across the country. The Los Angeles Times...more

Leadership Lesson from Andrew Jackson and Veto of the Second Bank Charter

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I consider the leadership lessons which can be drawn from our 7th President Andrew Jackson. I focus largely on the crisis surrounding the charter of the Second National Bank of the United States, which played...more

Tennessee Business Court Requires Arbitration of Franchise Agreement Disputes Notwithstanding Provision for Application of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Business Court, in For Senior Help, LLC v. Medex Patient Transport, LLC, Case No. 16-0553-BC, decided January 5, 2017, stayed litigation and compelled arbitration of the disputes arising under the parties’...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

House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

by Littler on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

Joint Amicus Brief Filed to Protect Franchise Business Model - BB&K’s Thomas O’Connell Counsel of Record

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Thomas O’Connell, as counsel of record, and Roger Crawford recently submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Franchise Association, American...more

Trimming the Fat: Restaurant Menu Labeling Rule Under Further Review

by Lewitt Hackman on

In 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a/k/a “Obamacare”, the federal government set provisions mandating restaurant chains provide nutrition information for menu items. The U.S. Food and Drug...more

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