Franchise Agreements

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Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Impact of new French labor law on franchise network

After much toing and froing, the new French labor law (sometimes also referred to as " The El Khomri Law " was finally passed by Parliament on the 8th of August 2016 . Among the articles of this Law, one of the goals of...more

Après maintes péripéties, la nouvelle loi travail française (parfois aussi dénommée “Loi El Khomri”) a finalement été promulguée...

Après maintes péripéties, la nouvelle loi travail française (parfois aussi dénommée “Loi El Khomri”) a finalement été promulguée par le parlement le 8 aout 2016. Parmi les 123 articles de cette loi, dont l’un des buts...more

Franchisee d/b/a Franchisor’s Trademark: The Fictitious Name Registration

The fictitious name, also known as the d/b/a, doing business as, trade name or assumed name. Every franchisee uses one and, in almost all cases, it’s the franchisor’s trademark. And while it may be considered “fictitious,”...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Non-Competes for Franchisees’ Employees

A "non-compete" provision limits the franchisee's ability, after the franchise agreement ends, to continue to work in a similar type of business to the franchise within a certain time period and geographic area. The purpose...more

Franchise Relationships, Personal Information and Trade Secret Liability

Corporate entities that share confidential personal information with each other, including those in franchise relationships, should strongly consider potential privacy and trade secret risks and consider available alternative...more

Federal Court: Virginia Municipalities Must Treat Telecommunications Providers The Same As All Other Utilities In The Public Right...

On Monday Aug. 8, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an opinion in Crown Castle v. City of Newport News, holding that Crown Castle proved at trial that the City of Newport News violated...more

Coming to a Hotel Near You: The Starwood-Marriott Merger

It seems fitting that Marriott’s upcoming acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (creating one of the largest hotel companies in the world) is anticipated to occur during the prime summer vacation season. The combined...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Outdated FDDs and Unregistered Franchises

The California Department of Business Oversight ("DBO") recently issued three Orders against franchisors for violating California's franchise laws....more

Are you Ready for the Extension of the Unfair Contract Terms Regime to Franchise Agreements?

Since 2010, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the ASIC Act have prohibited and made void terms in standard form contracts with consumers that were unfair. From 12 November 2016, the Unfair Contract Terms regime (UCT...more

Franchising Update

Franchising is set to undergo change following the Australian Federal election. The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment recently recommended further amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct to allow...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

What Does Brexit Mean for Franchisors?

The coming negotiation over the specifics of the UK’s departure from the EU is an unfortunate necessity that follows from the UK’s unfortunate “leave” vote on June 23, 2016. It is too early to know what the relationship...more

Getting Comfortable with Lender Comfort Letters

As the global real estate economy continues its recovery from the severe economic recession nearly a decade ago, hotel and hospitality real estate transactions have been robust as of late. According to the "Hotel investment...more

Chorley Enterprises, Inc. v. Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.: Arbitration Provisions in Maryland Franchise Agreements

Maryland law requires franchisors include a provision in their franchise agreements that preserves the franchisee’s ability to litigate certain claims in court rather than in arbitration. In Chorley Enterprises, Inc. v....more

FRANCHISEE 101: What to Do About Franchisor’s Harmful New Policies

Franchisees aren't always excited when their franchisor introduces a new policy. But if a new policy overreaches and might doom a franchisee's business, can it be stopped before it starts?...more

Recent Developments in Korean Franchise Law

Strict Enforcement of Annual Update Registration Deadlines - Since 2008 Korean franchise law has imposed registration and disclosure obligations on franchisors. In recent years this has seen a steady increase in the...more

Top tips for franchisors entering Australia

The franchising industry is projected to post annualised growth of 2.8 per cent over the next five years according to a recent report by IBIS World – one of the leading industry researchers operating in that market. The...more

Loyalty Programs: All Fun and Games Until Someone Wants You to Buy Them a Harrier Jump Jet

In-house counsel should consider the myriad legal issues that can affect a consumer loyalty program, including numerous consumer, franchisee and regulatory issues....more

New Tool to Protect Franchisors’ Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defending Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) to create a federal private right of action for the misappropriation...more

Georgia’s Restrictive Covenants Act Turns Five Years Old: Assessing the Impact of Georgia’s Law Five Years On

While the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act is garnering a great deal of attention, it’s worthwhile to remember that state law remains critically important in drafting restrictive covenants.  This week, May 11, 2016, marks the...more

When a State Franchise Law Imposes an Obligation That Federal Law Preempts: What Dickey's Means for Franchisors

Have you ever been required by a state franchise regulator to include in your franchise agreement or disclosure document a provision that you believe he or she does not have the legal right to require? This issue often...more

Kuwait introduces new Agency Law: franchisors take note

The State of Kuwait recently enacted Law No. 13 of 2016 (the Agency Law) on the regulation of commercial agencies in Kuwait, explicitly overturning the former agency law. The Agency Law introduces material changes to the...more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Provision Contained In Sham Agreement Is Not Enforceable

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling that had compelled arbitration, holding that a party may not enforce an arbitration agreement where the clause is contained in a nonbinding contract. The parties had entered...more

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