Lewitt Hackman

FRANCHISEE 101: California Expands Protections for Franchisees

California Assembly Bill 525, passed into law in 2015 applies to franchise agreements entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2016. It expands and provides new protections for franchisees. Franchisees subject to…more
| Elections & Politics, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Department of Labor Weighs in on Joint Employer Liability

Recently, some plaintiffs - employees of franchisees - have tried to hold franchisors responsible for unpaid overtime and other claimed violations by franchisees they work for. They use the theory that franchisors are their…more
| Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

On the Road: Safer Rental Cars

A mind boggling number of cars are on the recall list for safety problems – including about 34 million American vehicles for defective Takata airbags alone. Additionally, last year was a record for the National Highway Traffic…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Products Liability, Transportation

To Bifurcate, or Not to Bifurcate: That is the Divorce Question

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible. In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the…more
| Family Law

FRANCHISOR 101: 10 Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Vicarious Liability Risks

The U.S. Department of Labor says McDonald's is liable for actions of franchisees. In the last three months a California federal court said McDonald's could be liable for a franchisee's alleged failure to pay overtime and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Pay Attention to Contractual Statutes of Limitation

Many franchise agreements include a contractual limitation period or time limit when parties can bring a claim for relief. Though the franchise agreement is often written by and for the franchisor, these limitations can help or…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Congress Forges PATH in Tax Laws for Business, Individuals

Congress has avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to a new budget in its Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the adopted legislation [cynically named the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH)], includes some…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Wrongful Termination & Disability Discrimination: Sarkisian Goes Head to Head With USC

After a much publicized struggle with alcoholism and public firing by the University of Southern California, former head coach for the football team, Steve Sarkisian, has filed a lawsuit against the university. According…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Tax Planning Before Turning 70: What You Should Know About RMDs

Tax payers aged 70 ½ or older this year must take a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD, from their traditional IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Header Rules: Class Action Lawsuit Changes Youth Soccer

Recently, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and other youth soccer leagues agreed to issue new guidelines, including recommending the banning of “headers” for players under 10, in settlement of a class action lawsuit…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure

Cruise Line Hit Big for “mild” Head Injury

A major cruise line was hit with a $21 million dollar verdict after a passenger was struck in the head by an automatic sliding door. As reported by a local Seattle television station and shown on security video, the passenger…more
| Maritime Law, Personal Injury

Online Negativity: How to Fight Back

The internet is a powerful channel for communication, with great strengths compared to other media. It has been referred to as the "largest public space in human history”. Internet communications can reach an unlimited…more
| Communications & Media Law

Trusts, Estates, Exemptions and Taxes

It may be hard to believe that in 2001, the estate and gift tax exemption, also known as the unified credit, was a mere $675K. In 2016 that credit is anticipated to go up to $5.45M for single filers; potentially $10.9M for…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

FRANCHISOR 101: Catch-all Disclaimers No Substitute for Untrained Salespeople

How strong are "non-reliance disclaimers" or "integration" or "merger" provisions in franchise agreements at protecting a franchisor when it really matters? Only so much, a New York court recently decided…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

FRANCHISEE 101: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

At one time or another, many people have occasion to be renters who feel mistreated by a landlord. This may be due to delays in repairs, responses, or just turning on the heat. A typical reaction is the temptation to retaliate…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property
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