Lewitt Hackman

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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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  • California
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

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

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 reports…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Environmental Law: H.R. 2936 a Solution to Fire-borrowing?

The federal House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) recently passed H.R. 2936, a bill to improve the overall health of forests and other lands across the country. The bill was introduced by Bruce Westerman (R-AK), who is…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Does This Selfie Make Me Look Like a Copyright Infringer?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a copyright infringement suit brought by a primate – specifically, Naruto, an Indonesian crested macaque that supposedly made fantastic use of his opposable thumbs and took a…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Trimming the Fat: Restaurant Menu Labeling Rule Under Further Review

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
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law

Tomato Tweaking: Genetically Engineered Crops May Be Safe for Consumption, Environment

Most of us remember the Jack and the Beanstalk story. In this 18th century fairy tale, a young, poor, every-day Jack trades an old cow for magic beans which makes his mother very angry. But in the end, Jack manages to bring home…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law

FRANCHISEE 101: McDonald's Shaking Damages for OT Policy

In Los Angeles Superior Court, McDonald's claimed victory when 6,600 workers seeking $41 million in back pay and penalties came away with less than 2% of the amount sought in a claim that the fast-food giant cheated them out of…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Will Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Restaurant Jobs?

In 1981 “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video MTV broadcast in the United States. The song was actually written a couple of years earlier, appeared on an album entitled The Age of Plastic by the Buggles, and…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Donut Franchise Relationship Dissected by Court

The parent of Dunkin' Donuts was named along with Starbucks and about 80 other coffee sellers, distributors and retailers in a 2010 lawsuit alleging violations of California's Proposition 65 and Safe Drinking Water and Toxic…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Franchise Law

Disparaging, Degrading, Derogatory Trademarks: They're Now Enforceable Says Supreme Court

You may remember that several national sports franchises are under fire for trademarks and branding that is seen to be racially disparaging. The Washington Redskins are the first team to come to mind, and it wasn’t too long ago…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property

Old Grounds: A Lack of Prop 65 Warnings Brew Trouble for Coffee Franchisors

California Prop 65 warnings – many residents barely notice these anymore, as we’ve lived with Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act notices for over 30 years now. They appear at gas pumps; in apartment and office…more
 /  Franchise Law, Toxic Torts

Trademark Law & Genericide: Google's Not Dead Yet

Domain name registration is usually a good first step to cement trade name and mark ownership. In a previous blog we reminded readers that possession, even in Intellectual Property matters, is nine-tenths of the law..…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Franchise Law: Burden of Joint Employer Just Got a Little Lighter

Direct control, indirect control…these are the employment litigation phrases that had franchisors cowering in duck-and-cover positions over the last few years. But the Department of Labor just issued a statement to breathe new…more
 /  Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Los Angeles Ensures Employees Know Their Rights. Employers, Take Notice.

If Los Angeles was a person rather than a city, you could practically hear her telling employers, “It’s ON.” The warning comes by way of a massive ad campaign to remind members of the working public they have certain rights…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

There's an App for That: Franchisors Fight Slumping Sales, Millenials

How has the gourmet burger gone awry? According to Fox, the better burger business dropped five percent in foot traffic at quick-serve restaurants last year, primarily because consumers are opting to “DIY” their food at home…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy

Franchisors, Got Claims? Don't Let Them Spoil Like Bad Cheese

This is the tale of two restaurants, each facing trademark infringement claims under the Lanham Act brought by two, separate franchisors. The franchisees’ restaurants had three things in common: First, cheese is a key ingredient…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property
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