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FRANCHISEE 101: Squeezed at the Pump

by Lewitt Hackman on

Most dealership and franchise agreements require the franchisor's prior written consent to the transfer of a business from one franchisee to another. The new franchisee is often required to sign the franchisor's then-current...more

Gas Station Dealers: A Review of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act

by Lewitt Hackman on

So far in 2017 no federal or state court in California issued a published decision under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (“PMPA”) – despite the fact gasoline demand and consumption continue to rise. The reason for fewer...more

Navigating The Private Right Of Action Under The California Franchise Investment Law

by Mulcahy LLP on

The California Franchise Investment Law (“CFIL”) regulates both the sale and disclosure of franchise opportunities within the state. The law was enacted to “provide each prospective franchisee with the information necessary...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Manual Overload

by Lewitt Hackman on

A franchisor's investment in brand standards, protection and control often comes at a cost when a consumer believing or claiming to believe the franchisor and franchisee are the same, seeks to hold a franchisor liable for a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Cold Brew Remedy

by Lewitt Hackman on

Beer distributors can be on common footing with their franchisee counterparts in bargaining with brewers or suppliers. Depending on the jurisdiction, distributors may have protection through beer distribution statutes...more

FRANCHISEE 101: McDonald's Shaking Damages for OT Policy

by Lewitt Hackman on

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...more

District Court Protects Franchisor Against Anti-Contractual Competition in Frye

by Baker Donelson on

On Valentine's Day of 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland gave franchisors the legal equivalent of two dozen roses when it decided Frye v. Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc., 2017 WL 605285 (D....more

Federal Court Rules Against Yum! Brands in Third-Party Franchise Sale Case – What Franchisors Need to Know

by Baker Donelson on

A federal court in Kentucky recently denied a franchisor's request to dismiss its franchisee's claim for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Based on this ruling, franchisors should proceed with...more

Franchisor Not Liable For Franchisee’s Tip Policy That Allegedly Violated Massachusetts Law

The Massachusetts Superior Court has recently issued a favorable opinion to franchisors under the Massachusetts Tips Act. In Yarpah v. Bowden Hospitality Newton, LLC d/b/a Crowne Plaza Hotel, Justice Kenneth W. Salinger held...more

Jan-Pro International Is Not The “Employer” Of Its Franchisees And Did Not Commit Wrongdoing, Court Finds

On May 24, a federal judge in California polished off a three-state win by master franchisor, Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc., finding that under California law, unit franchisees (subfranchisees) who had franchise...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

by Lewitt Hackman on

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee...more

When are Parent Company Financial Disclosures Required?

by LeClairRyan on

A franchisor selling franchises in the U.S. must disclose its audited financial statements in Item 21 of the franchise disclosure document (FDD). Sometimes, parent company financials are used instead of the franchisor’s...more

Franchising Update

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many franchisors and other participants in the franchising sector are anticipating with concern the outcome of The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) which was introduced into the Federal...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Special Delivery

by Lewitt Hackman on

For a relationship to meet the legal definition of a "franchise" in some jurisdictions, the franchisor must give significant assistance to, or have significant control over, the franchisee's business. A franchisor's...more

Tesla “Franchisee” Thwarted in Utah

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tesla, the electric vehicle automaker, recently lost a round in the Supreme Court of Utah. Tesla set up a wholly-owned subsidiary called “Tesla UT” that was to hold a license to sell Tesla’s cars to the public. The Utah...more

NLRB Ruling on Joint Employers Should be Reversed, Congressional Republicans Urge

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Two years after the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), which overturned 30 years of precedent, 57 members of Congress, mostly Republicans,...more

Will Florida Cease to be the “Sunshine State” for Franchising? (Part 2/2)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, we continue our look at proposed changes to Florida’s franchise laws, including proposed changes in transferring franchised businesses, franchisor repurchase obligations and other miscellaneous changes...more

Will Florida Cease to be the “Sunshine State” For Franchising? 1/2

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Two state legislators from Florida recently introduced a bill entitled “Protect Florida Small Business Act” (the “Act”), which could actually have the exact opposite effect on franchise relationships in Florida. While many...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Technical Disclosure Violations

by Lewitt Hackman on

The consequences to an unwitting franchisor can be severe when it fails to provide disclosure documents required by franchise law. Most franchise laws provide for rescission of the franchise agreement, allowing the franchisee...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Ostensible Agency Victory

by Lewitt Hackman on

A California federal judge dealt a major blow to employees of a Bay Area McDonald's in their effort to hold the franchisor responsible for its franchisee's alleged failure to pay wages and provide meal and rest breaks. The...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

by Jones Day on

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Good news for franchisors from the U.S. Department of Labor?

We write to alert our clients and contacts about some positive comments made by the acting Solicitor General pertinent to franchise entities. Specifically, as reported today in Law 360, acting Solicitor General Nicholas Geale...more

Superior Court of Québec Confirms Validity of Percentage Royalties Paid by Pharmacist-Owners to Franchisor

The Superior Court of Québec (Court), presided by Justice M. Monast, recently ruled on an important point of contention for franchise pharmacies, by confirming the validity of a percentage royalty clause contained in a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: A Perpetual Franchise

by Lewitt Hackman on

When a franchisee "buys into" a franchise system by paying an "initial franchise fee," the franchisee is typically purchasing the right to use the franchisor's trademarks and business system for an initial term that lasts a...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

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