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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

Attention to Detail is Critical for Franchise Startups

Starting a new franchised business can be an exhilarating experience, combining the thrill of engaging in a new business with the confidence that comes from having the backing of a successful brand. New franchisees, however,...more

The Franchise Disclosure Document – A Brief Primer

The scenario: You operate a prosperous business and believe that the concept can be successful in other markets. But given financial constraints or otherwise, you determine that franchising the business will likely result in...more

Franchise Issues in Commercial Leases

Commercial landlords and tenants are already faced with many issues during the course of negotiating a commercial lease agreement. When the tenant is a franchisee, the franchisor’s requirements (as outlined in the franchise...more

Be Aware of Possible Joint Employer Status with Franchisor

The franchise model is built upon the idea that a franchisee pays for the right to use a franchisor’s brand, marketing and goodwill in launching and operating the franchisee’s business. The franchisee is generally responsible...more

First Steps Toward a Successful Franchise Acquisition

Owning a franchised business can present a lucrative opportunity, and this is especially true when acquiring a franchise with a history of success and/or an opportunity for growth. While each franchise system is different and...more

Must A False Statement To A Franchisee Be Made “In this state”?

by Allen Matkins on

The list of instruments and interests included within the definition of a “security” in California Corporations Code Section 25019 is long. A franchise, however, is not to be found amongst the named. In fact, the statute...more

Regulation A+: A Capital-Rising Method that is Ready for Franchising

by Baker Donelson on

In a prior article published in Franchising Today, we addressed the intersection of franchises and crowdfunding, a method of business financing which was made legal through rulemaking on the part of the Securities and...more

SBA Changes the Game

by Baker Donelson on

On November 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration released SOP 50 10 5(I) (the "SOP"), which is administrative speak for new standard operating procedures affecting loans to businesses involved in franchising. The...more

Requiring Non-Competes for Low Level Employees Raises Increasing Risks for Employers

A client recently asked us to draft a non-competition agreement that would prevent entry level machinists from working for a competitor for one year following their departure from employment. When we asked the client about...more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a...more

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412...more

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