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Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

Court Grants Default Judgment Confirming Arbitration Award, With A Lesson On Jurisdiction

Choice Hotels filed an application to confirm an arbitration award of over $247,000 for the alleged breach of a franchise agreement by two defendants, which failed to timely commence construction of a hotel. The defendants...more

Your Own Agreements Can Be Your Worst Enemy in IC Misclassification Cases

Companies that use independent contractors (ICs) typically require ICs to sign a contractor agreement prepared by the company. But, if it is drafted like the one reviewed in late September by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

THANKSGIVING EDITION [FROM THE ARCHIVES]: Court Protects Quizno’s Franchise Turkey Trade Secrets

This Thanksgiving, Trade Secrets Watch is serving a delicious tale about protecting trade secrets in a franchising relationship. In 1994, Quizno’s entered into a franchise agreement with Robert Kampendahl, an...more

Franchisors Should Consider Signing a Conditional Lease Assignment Rather Than a Franchisee’s Lease

In Franchise & High Properties, LLC v. Happy’s Franchise, LLC, a 2015 decision issued by the Court of Appeals in Michigan, the franchisor, Happy’s Pizza Franchise, LLC, signed a five-year lease for the commercial space to be...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Is It a Franchise? Yes and No

A federal court in Indiana made an interesting decision on whether a business relationship was a franchise. Wabash National Corp. is a famous maker of semitrailers. Wabash notified a dealer in Texas that its dealership was...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Original Content Needed to Protect Ops Manuals

An important part of the franchise system is the confidential operating manual. Many franchisors claim protection of operating manuals under the law of trade secrets and copyright. Keeping the contents confidential is...more

Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation

What’s a franchise? Franchise registration and disclosure laws define a “franchise” more broadly than people generally realize. A company may be franchising without knowing it. The “license” agreement may have been...more

Hotel News Update: Amicable Resolution Reached in High-Profile Litigation Over Management Agreement

Marriott International, Inc. ("Marriott") and Eden Roc, LLLP ("Eden Roc"), the owner of the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, have jointly announced an amicable resolution of their ongoing litigation concerning the...more

Alphabet Soup?

Several years have now passed since the financial crisis and the onslaught of regulations intended to prevent a future crisis. Regulatory reform has assuredly resulted in significant changes to our financial services sector....more

Major FCPA Enforcement Action Against Nation’s Largest Publicly Traded Hedge Fund

In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (“Och-Ziff”) recently resolved a long-running government inquiry by agreeing to $413 million in financial penalties and a...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

Franchise Opportunities: One Size Does Not Fit All

Purchasing a franchise opportunity has become a popular means of pursuing a new business venture. The idea of joining an established group and utilizing a recognized brand can offer an added level of comfort when going into...more

The Big Picture: EU's Financial Regulation Offensive

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the national and international response by legislators and regulators has been to substantially overhaul and increase financial regulation applicable to banks and other financial...more

Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Assignments and restrictive covenants in Ontario: franchisors take note

Franchisors concerned about how they may wish to handle an assignment of a franchise can look to two 2015 decisions of the Ontario Court of Appeal for guidance. In the first decision, 2147191 Ontario Inc. v. Springdale Pizza...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of...more

FRANCHISEE 101: How Far Do Earnings Projections Go?

A franchisor is allowed to make "financial performance representations" in its disclosure documents. These figures may project how much money a franchisee is likely to make and can play a critical part in the franchisor's...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Non-Competes for Franchisees’ Employees

A "non-compete" provision limits the franchisee's ability, after the franchise agreement ends, to continue to work in a similar type of business to the franchise within a certain time period and geographic area. The purpose...more

NY Attorney General Schneiderman Declares “War” on Non-Compete Agreements That He Perceives as Overbroad

In an initiative that is virtually without precedent in New York, in the past two months (June 15, June 22 and August 4) Attorney General Schneiderman announced agreements with three separate companies in three different...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Outdated FDDs and Unregistered Franchises

The California Department of Business Oversight ("DBO") recently issued three Orders against franchisors for violating California's franchise laws....more

Are you Ready for the Extension of the Unfair Contract Terms Regime to Franchise Agreements?

Since 2010, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the ASIC Act have prohibited and made void terms in standard form contracts with consumers that were unfair. From 12 November 2016, the Unfair Contract Terms regime (UCT...more

Government Involvement in Noncompetes… Against a Sandwich Maker?! Jimmy John’s Slapped With Another Lawsuit, This Time Brought by...

Jimmy John’s can’t seem to escape the limelight. Last year, the company made headlines when employees hit it with a putative class action lawsuit seeking to invalidate their non-compete agreements. The District Court...more

Brexit: what might it mean for franchising? Top points

The effect of the Brexit vote is not, of course, just about the UK. It affects continental Europe and beyond. Post referendum, the UK is on course to leave the European Union and one of the effects of that will be the need...more

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