Lewitt Hackman

16633 Ventura Boulevard
Eleventh Floor
Encino, California 91436, United States
Phone: (818) 990-2120
Fax: (818) 981-4764
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

California Employers: Governor Brown Signs Important New Legislation Re Parental Leave And Hiring

You can like it. You can hate it. But one thing is certain: California is a trend-setter when it comes to employees’ rights. Maintaining that tradition, Governor Brown just signed Senate Bill 63 and Assembly Bill 168 into law…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Accidental Franchise = Potential Lawsuits, Fines + Other Penalties

Business owners looking to expand may leave themselves vulnerable to several obvious losses, including those related to finance, brand identity, and customer loyalty. Resources, including exemplary human resources, are sometimes…more
 /  Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: A Clean Sweep

A federal court recently held that under California law, cleaning services franchisor Jan-Pro Franchising International (Jan-Pro) was not the employer of its unit franchisees. The franchisee plaintiffs failed to show that…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Executives Behaving Badly: Can CEO Be Fired For Kathy Griffin Hate Speech?

Neighbors don’t always get along – not even affluent neighbors living in exclusive gated communities in Bel-Air. This was proven most recently, when the Huffington Post released security camera audio of Jeffrey Mezger yelling…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Upgrade Your Metal

A federal court in New York denied a franchisee's motion for preliminary injunction that would have prevented its franchisor Metal Supermarkets Franchising America (MSFA) from installing technology upgrades in its stores…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Lighting Up Legislation: Regulating Recreational Marijuana in California

California voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana under Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) last November is just the beginning. Deciding how cannabis will be grown, sold and consumed…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

Before Franchising Your Business, First Consider These Factors

Franchising is so much more than casual burger chains with drive through windows and dollar menus. It’s an industry that incorporates a wealth of blue and white collar services; distributes both high- and low-end products…more
 /  Franchise Law

Pass the Beer: Craft Brew Distribution Law in the U.S.

How do Americans get their stouts, ales, pilsners and porters? Beer distribution, no matter the variety, is funneled through a highly regulated three-tier system: brewers at the top, distributors take their cut in the middle,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Temporarily Tapped Out: More Time to Consider California's Clean Water Funding Bill

How deep does the clean water issue go in California? Let’s first take a look at some fairly recent and comprehensive findings: There was good news and bad news regarding the cleanliness of California’s drinking water,…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law

Franchise Litigation Rising Over Dietary Considerations

Rising concerns over food sourcing and preparation is leading to more and more litigation for restaurants and franchises. Most of the lawsuits claim discrimination, which makes sense as many dietary strictures are rooted in…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Squeezed at the Pump

Most dealership and franchise agreements require the franchisor's prior written consent to the transfer of a business from one franchisee to another. The new franchisee is often required to sign the franchisor's then-current…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Selective Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Provisions

A franchisor's ability to set renewal terms can bind franchisees to terms in a later franchise agreement before the renewal agreement even exists. In a recent case, a franchisor could enforce a hypothetical non-compete…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Gas Station Dealers: A Review of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act

So far in 2017 no federal or state court in California issued a published decision under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (“PMPA”) – despite the fact gasoline demand and consumption continue to rise. The reason for fewer…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Franchise Law

Six Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Joint Employer Liability Risk

In January 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that indirect control or the reserved right to control, even if unexercised, could be sufficient grounds to find a joint employer relationship between a…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Disabling Code: Franchisors Should Ensure Digital Properties Are Accessible

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 dark…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law
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