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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

Following the Sixth Circuit’s Lead, Ohio Appellate Courts Find Whether an Agreement Allows Class Arbitration Is a “Gateway Issue”

As we stated previously, the potential impact of whether entitlement to class arbitration is a “gateway issue” will likely diminish with each passing year. (See our March 12, 2015, blog article on the denial of certiorari in...more

Impact of NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision in Connecticut Still To Be Determined

As you’ve no doubt read, the National Labor Relations Board, refined its test for determining whether two ostensibly separate entities can be viewed as joint-employers. In its Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc....more

Arkansas Loves Home Cookin'

A federal judge in the Western District of Arkansas recently rejected a franchisor's attempt to invoke a forum selection clause, in Rob & Bud's Pizza, LLC v. Papa Murphy's Int'l, Inc,, on public policy grounds rooted in a...more

Ten Considerations when Terminating a Distributorship Relationship

It is always a difficult decision to terminate a distribution relationship, especially if it was long-standing and previously profitable. When making a termination decision, a manufacturer/supplier must be careful to ensure...more

California Dreams Becoming Reality for Franchisees; Amended Franchise Relationship Law Nears Passage

The California State Assembly saw the seventh amended version of proposed changes to the California Franchise Relationship Act (CFRA) introduced August 17, 2015. This amendment is the product of industry negotiations that...more

NLRB Expands Joint Employment

In today’s economy, businesses of all types rely upon agencies to engage temporary employees, subcontractors and independent contractors. Until last week, these businesses and their agencies were not considered joint...more

IFA Seeks OSHA Explanation of Applying a New Joint Employer Standard

The International Franchise Association (IFA) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) asking for the rationale behind questions that its inspectors are...more

Labor Board’s joint employer decision sure to cause headaches

Currently, only seven percent of Americans employed by private employers are union members, so it’s no surprise that unions are struggling and desperate to grow membership. The National Labor Relations Board, which...more

OSHA Implications Under the NLRB’s New Expansive Definition of Joint Employer

Safety at workLast week on our Employer Labor Relations Blog we wrote about a recent ruling of the National Labor Relations Board in the Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) case that vastly expanded the definition of joint...more

Just in Time for Labor Day – Employees You Didn’t Know Were Yours

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) on August 27, 2015, issued a sweeping decision that overturned decades of precedent and created a new standard for determining when two (or more) entities are “joint employers” for...more

NLRB’s New “Joint Employer” Standard: Seismic Impact for California Employers?

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued its much-anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, 362 NLRB No. 186 (August 27, 2015). By a 3-2 vote, the Board announced a new standard to...more

The NLRB Expands the Definition of “Joint Employer”

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) issued a decision greatly expanding the standard for determining whether a company may be deemed a “joint employer.” The Board’s decision, in...more

Is There a Lesson from Dunkin’ Donuts for Franchisors Outside Quebec?

The Quebec Court of Appeal has recently upheld the 2012 decision of the Superior Court awarding substantial damages – CA$10.9 million – to former franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts.1 Application for leave to appeal was filed with...more

Revisions to California Franchise Relations Act to Provide Greater Protections for Franchisees

The California Senate is putting the final touches on revisions to the California Franchise Relations Act. The law, when enacted, will increase franchisee protections against unilateral termination, provide more notice in the...more

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

The NLRB Refuses to Require its General Counsel to Explain the Joint Employer Case Against McDonald's

The National Labor Relations Board continues the string of controversial moves in its unfair labor practice cases against McDonald’s. In December 2014, the NLRB’s General Counsel filed thirteen complaints naming the...more

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...more

Franchise and Distribution News - July 2015

A VIEW FROM TWIN PEAKS - Quick. Define Twin Peaks. Other than the obviously now dated TV show, up until a couple of weeks ago, the only other definition of Twin Peaks was a restaurant chain that featured double entendre...more

Franchise Transfers

Most hotels operate under a Franchise Agreement. Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the named franchisee only, and are further limited by the...more

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...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Pay Now or Pay Later – Liquidated Damages & Future Royalties

Super 8 Worldwide, Inc. v. Anu, Inc. serves as a reminder to franchisees that, in general, courts will hold franchisees and their guarantors liable to their franchisors for losses suffered when franchisees abandon their...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Disclosure Violations & Running the Risks of Rescission

Despite a district court's recent decision in Braatz, LLC v. Red Mango FC, LLC, franchisors are well advised to comply with applicable disclosure requirements to a "T" to ensure new franchisees will not have an ongoing right...more

Cassation instance supports tax authorities in Oriflame case

On June 11, 2015, Moscow District Arbitration Court handed down its ruling in the controversial Oriflame case. In the case, the tax authorities challenged the lawfulness of a Russian organization deducting VAT and expenses...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

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