Lewitt Hackman

Music Publisher Caught in Birthday Suit

In 2013, Good Morning to You Productions Corp., Rupa Marya and Robert Siegel (collectively “GMTY”) filed a class action suit against Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., one of the largest music publishing companies in the world and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchise Systems Can Fight Online Negativity

One of today's challenges faced by franchisors and franchise systems is negative remarks posted online by a customer, ex-employee, or even a dissatisfied franchisee. Negative comments appear in sites created specifically to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Bankruptcy Discharges Franchise Law Claims

A recent Bankruptcy Appellate Panel decision is a reminder of both a benefit of bankruptcy, in appropriate circumstances, and the need to respect the bankruptcy discharge a party obtains in the process. Mr. Lee was…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Yes We CAN (talk about politics in the workplace)

With less than 14 months to go until the 2016 election, news about debates, political faux pas, and myriad guarantees are becoming more and more entrenched in our lives. Which, coincidentally, brings about the oh so common…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Pow! Boff! Thwack! Batmobile Wins Copyright Litigation

It's not every day a Ninth Circuit court opinion includes, "Holy copyright law, Batman!," or “To the Batmobile!” But in affirming a district court’s ruling in a copyright infringement case by DC Comics against the maker of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Online Piracy: 9th Circuit Cautions Copyright Holders re DMCA Takedown Notices

A mother who uploaded a 29 second video to YouTube probably never dreamed she'd wind up with over a million views and a lawsuit by a major music publisher that went to the Ninth Circuit court of appeal. Stephanie Lenz first…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Can Kim Davis Be Fired? What CA Employers Should Know About Religious Accommodations

Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriages are a fundamental liberty protected by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – and that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Franchisee Keeps Case in Home Court Despite Forum Selection Clause

Rob & Bud's Pizza ("R&B") is a Papa Murphy's franchisee and owns and operates multiple Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza restaurants in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. In April 2014, R&B and other Papa Murphy's franchisees sued…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Florida Franchisor Awarded Lost Future Profits

An arbitration panel in Florida found that a disaster recovery and remediation business franchisee breached his agreement with John Woods, his franchisor, by terminating the agreement 13 years before expiration of the 20-year…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Supreme Court Tells EPA Cost Does Matter

The Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) placed national limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The agency projected MATS to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FRANCHISEE 101: Hawaiian Distributor May Be a Franchisee

A long-standing distributor and licensee of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Hawaii was entitled to proceed on its claim that the business relationship with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. was a "franchise" under Hawaii's…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Contractual Disclaimers Save the Day

A federal court in Florida has ruled that a disclaimer of representations contained in the franchise agreement between a childcare business franchisor and its franchisees barred claims against the franchisor for alleged pre-sale…more
| Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Wacky Employee Claims: What Employers Can Learn From Outlandish Situations

Think you've heard every cautionary workplace tale? Believe it or not, you probably haven't – the real question is, how prepared are you to handle wildly unusual complaints, extreme accommodation requests, and highly awkward…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Swim Safety Tips: Pool Accident Prevention & Liability

School's out, temperatures are more or less climbing, and many are headed to the pool for some summer fun or just to seek relief from the heat. But did you know that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports…more
| Personal Injury

Crossing the Line: Don't Let Business Clients Become Accidental Franchisors

Too often, expansion-minded business owners choose to offer trademarked products or services through purported licensing agreements or distribution or dealership arrangements only to discover, well into the game, that what they…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law
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