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Franchise Compliance: Franchising infringement notices and pizza

by Dentons on

A recent decision by the ACCC to issue infringement notices to a franchisor demonstrates the need for franchisors to comply with the ongoing disclosure requirements to franchisees under the Franchising Code of Conduct....more

New Arizona Law Releases Chokehold on Franchise Employment Status Dilemma

by Dickinson Wright on

On March 21, 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill 2322 which is Arizona’s response to the legal controversy plaguing many franchisors relative to imputed joint employment. The law holds that no...more

Commonwealth Court Unanimously Holds that Local Business Privilege Tax Must be Fairly Apportioned

by Cozen O'Connor on

A panel of the Commonwealth Court unanimously held that a local Business Privilege Tax (BPT) imposed on fees paid by Pennsylvania 7-Eleven franchisees to 7-Eleven’s regional office in the township was unconstitutional because...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

Dutch Franchise Code will become legally enforceable (Dutch)

by Dentons on

The Dutch Franchise Code (NFC) is given legal basis In the Netherlands, retail, catering and service offices are widely operated by means of a franchise. We know about 750 different franchise formulas, and more than 30,000...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

FRANCHISOR 101: Not Your Neighborhood Tesla Dealer

by Lewitt Hackman on

Among the many differences between Tesla and traditional automakers, Tesla does not sell or service its electric cars through franchised dealers; it sells direct to consumers. Recent legal challenges to Tesla's...more

Accidental Franchisor in Hot Water

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. (“Safe Step”) failed to take the requisite “safe steps” before potentially becoming an accidental franchisor. In Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. v. CKH Industries, Inc., Safe Step filed an action against a...more

Debit Card Swipe Fees Only Hurdle to Dodd-Frank Repeal?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Respecting a issue of great importance to the franchise community, Bloomberg Law this morning is reporting that repealing a cap on debit card transaction fees is the only issue holding up an otherwise unified Republican bill...more

Enforcement Is On The Menu: May 5, 2017 Is The Deadline To Comply With Menu Labeling Rules

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Over two years ago, on December 1, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a food labeling rule requiring “chain” restaurants and similar retail food establishments to list calorie information on menus...more

Question: When Is a $3 Million Attorney Fee Award Painful?

by Benesch on

Answer: When your fee request was $25 million higher. And so it was in In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, pending in federal court in San Francisco. ...more

Open access rail operators: change ahead?

by Dentons on

Open access still has a low market share - ORR has calculated that open access operators run just 1% of passenger rail miles in the United Kingdom, the rest being worked under passenger rail franchises. No open access...more

A "reasonable basis" for FPRs: what to expect this renewal season from state franchise examiners in light of the proposed NASAA...

by DLA Piper on

Last fall, the North American Securities Administrators Association Inc. (NASAA) issued a notice of request seeking public comment on an updated proposed financial performance representations (or FPR) Commentary. The Federal...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

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA...more

Franchise Industry Victory: McDonald's Defeats Joint Employment Claim Based on Ostensible Agency Theory

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 10, 2017, a federal court in California granted summary judgment in favor of McDonald’s and dismissed joint employment claims that had been brought against it by employees of one of its franchisees. In Salazar v....more

Franchising and virtual reality and augmented reality – what legal issues you need to be considering now

by Dentons on

With predictions that Virtual Reality arcades may be a new trend, the time has come for franchisors to seriously consider the impact on franchising of the growth in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Although...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

Australian competition and consumer law update for food & beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2017. The compliance and enforcement priorities that are likely to be most relevant to businesses in the...more

Getting to know British Columbia’s new franchise legislation

by DLA Piper on

After years in development, the British Columbia Franchises Act and its regulations came into force on February 1, 2017. British Columbia is now one of six Canadian provinces to enact franchise legislation, following...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms California District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

In this matter, a California district court confirmed an arbitration award in favor of D.A.R.E. America, and denied a motion to vacate the arbitration award by D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Inc. appealed to...more

Now in Effect: British Columbia’s Franchises Act

On February 1, 2017, British Columbia’s Franchises Act (B.C. Act) and Franchises Regulation (Regulation) came into force. Although the B.C. Act follows other provincial franchise legislation closely, including with respect to...more

Franchising of Restaurants in the Gulf Cooperation Council

by King & Spalding on

A number of food and beverage groups (particularly restaurant groups) access the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets through franchising arrangements. With a young and fast-growing population (many of whom spent time...more

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