Lewitt Hackman

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Encino, California 91436, United States

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FRANCHISEE 101: Independent Contractors or Employees?

In Ruiz v. Affinity Logistics Corporation, another recent delivery driver case that arose in California, Affinity Logistics' drivers claimed they were employees and had been misclassified as independent contractors. The trial…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Statutes of Limitation Message for Franchisors and Franchisees

In Kroshnyi v. U.S. Pack Courier Services, Inc., a case pending for 13 years (and not over yet), numerous drivers claimed their package delivery franchisor violated New York's franchise law. From 1996 to 1998 the drivers entered…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

California's New Sick Leave Law: New Posting & Notice Requirements Effective January 1

Big changes await employers in 2015, but even before the New Year begins, employers should add this item to their lists: Download the new Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) poster regarding California’s new…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Personal Injury: The "Independent" (Defense) Medical Examination Required By Law

This is part of a series of blogs that discusses what a client can expect during various stages of a personal injury case. This post addresses what happens when the defense has the Plaintiff examined by a doctor in what is…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Avoid Liability for Acts and Incidents at Franchisees' Locations

There has been a lot of news lately about risks of franchisors being liable for acts and incidents at franchised locations. The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently announced he intends to claim McDonald's…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Comparing Franchise Relationships and Beer Distribution Relationships

Beer distribution laws differ from traditional franchise laws in many ways, but they do share some commonalities. As a matter of fact, many states now regulate the relationship between those who brew or import beer into a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Fraudsters Rising: IRS Impersonators Flooding the Phone Lines

There seems to be an uptick in phone calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, telling potential victims they owe back taxes and demanding immediate payment. They threaten lawsuits (or worse) unless…more
| Criminal Law, Consumer Protection, Taxation

Los Angeles County Ballot: "P" is for Parks, Prevention and Protection – or Profligacy?

The full title of Measure P is: Safe Neighborhood Parks, Gang Prevention, Youth/Senior Recreation, Beaches/Wildlife Protection Measure. The initiative seeks to ensure continued funding for these listed concerns via a $23 tax per…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Proposition 48: A North Fork in the Road for Tribal Casinos

Continuing our series on the 2014 California election ballot, we now turn to Proposition 48, the Referendum on Indian Gaming Compacts. If voters approve the referendum November 4th, Native American tribes may be able to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Indigenous Peoples

FRANCHISEE 101: Illusory Arbitration Provisions Not Enforceable in Indiana

In 2010, Steak 'n Shake, a franchisor of hamburger restaurants, adopted new pricing and promotion policies that required all franchisees to follow company mandated pricing on every menu item and to participate in all promotions…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Venue and Choice of Law Provisions Not Enforceable in California

In 2013, Pepe's Franchising, a U.K. company, entered into a Master Franchise Agreement with Frango Grill, based in California, granting the right to operate and franchise Pepe's restaurants in California. The Agreement's venue…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, International Law & Trade

Prop 47: $950 Difference Between Felony & Misdemeanor

California's Proposition 47 raises interesting questions in terms of how much certain crimes will cost law-abiding citizens, vs. how much those crimes financially burden our prison system. If approved by voters, some crimes that…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Cohabitation Agreements Make it Easier

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, more and more couples are choosing to live together – either in a premarital cohabitation arrangement, or in lieu of marriage altogether…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Family Law

Modifications to Orders – Not All Family Law Decisions Are Set in Stone

When a divorce becomes final, a court issues rulings regarding spousal or child support, and child custody and visitation. These rulings are based on the circumstances of each spouse at the time of the divorce. However, those…more
| Family Law
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