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FRANCHISOR 101: Wins, Losses & Lessons in Joint Employer Liability

As joint employer liability continues to develop, plaintiffs seeking deep pockets continue to claim, with some success, that franchisors are joint employers, responsible for actions of their franchisees' employees. In April,...more

Franchisee Can’t Work Its Way Out of Trademark Infringement and Breach of Contract Litigation on Jurisdictional Grounds

An out-of-state franchisee sought to escape the reach of the Massachusetts District Court in a breach of contract and trademark infringement litigation filed by its Massachusetts-based franchisor. But, the parties quickly...more

Improving Franchise Laws

Will California’s recent overhaul of its franchise relationship law lead to a proliferation of state franchise relationship laws? I doubt it. As I’ve written elsewhere, my guess is that the California law represents a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Purposes and Limits of Non-Compete Clauses

Many franchise agreements have "non-compete clauses", which state that after termination or expiration of the franchise agreement, the ex-franchisee may not operate a business that is similar to or that would compete with the...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Protecting Interests in Preliminary Injunctions

A franchisor in a termination dispute with a franchisee may request a preliminary injunction to force the franchisee to immediately stop operating the franchised business and using the franchisor's trademarks and intellectual...more

Michigan Franchisors Not Joint Employers of Employees of Franchisees Absent Agreement

On March 22, 2016, Michigan joined Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee by amending its Franchise Investment Law to make it clear that unless otherwise specifically provided for in the franchise agreement, a franchisee...more

Franchising Update

While dispute resolution clauses may be straightforward for domestic franchise agreements as a result of the Franchising Code, dispute resolution clauses can be one of the most neglected provisions in international master...more

FRANCHISOR 101: The Importance of Arbitration Provisions

Though some of the more important terms may appear early in a franchise agreement, some key terms placed near the end - the portion of the agreement that is often called "boilerplate" - may determine who wins or loses a legal...more

Rulings Pose Obstacles to Franchisors Seeking to Stop Wrongful Trademark Use

A series of recent Circuit Court decisions has made it more difficult for a franchisor to enjoin a former franchisee from using the franchisor’s federally registered trademarks after the franchise agreement has been...more

Franchisor Protected from Unfair Competition, Not All Competition

The fine line between protecting your system's legitimate interests and trying to eliminate a competitor can be hard to define in advance. With social media so important for consumer businesses, the line is even more...more

FranCast: Good news for franchisors: Ontario Court of Appeal dismisses Pet Valu class action

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in 1250264 Ontario Inc. v Pet Valu Canada Inc.1 is good news for both Pet Valu Canada Inc. and Ontario franchisors....more

Adventures in Joint Employment: the Browning-Ferris Saga Continues with an Appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Last week, Browning-Ferris Industries, the California-based waste management company, appealed two decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board related to the definition of joint employer. Its appeal to the U.S....more

FRANCHISOR 101: Department of Labor Weighs in on Joint Employer Liability

Recently, some plaintiffs - employees of franchisees - have tried to hold franchisors responsible for unpaid overtime and other claimed violations by franchisees they work for. They use the theory that franchisors are their...more

Fast Facts for Franchisors: The Joint Employer Doctrine – How to Minimize Your Risk

Updating your Franchise Disclosure Document, Franchise Agreement and other system documents is more important than ever. In recent decisions, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor have increasingly...more

FRANCHISOR 101: 10 Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Vicarious Liability Risks

The U.S. Department of Labor says McDonald's is liable for actions of franchisees. In the last three months a California federal court said McDonald's could be liable for a franchisee's alleged failure to pay overtime and...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Pay Attention to Contractual Statutes of Limitation

Many franchise agreements include a contractual limitation period or time limit when parties can bring a claim for relief. Though the franchise agreement is often written by and for the franchisor, these limitations can help...more

Franchise POST: The Reformation of Financial Performance Representations; Has the Time Arrived?

Financial Performance Representations (“FPR’s), or earnings claims, have been an integral part of franchise sales process well before the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) began its supervision of the franchise model. The...more

New Law Requires Franchisors to Revise Agreement Forms Used in Australia

Australia recently enacted legislation that will extend an existing regime restricting “unfair contract terms” in consumer contracts to standard form small business contracts, which will include most franchise agreements and...more

California Toughens Its Franchise Relationship Law

California franchisees will soon have additional statutory protections against a franchisor’s termination or non-renewal of the franchise without good cause, and new protections against the franchisor’s refusal to approve the...more

Franchisors Operating in California Face New Challenges: The New California Franchise Relations Act

On January 1, 2016, the California Franchise Relations Act (“CFRA”) will be amended resulting in the expansion of franchisee rights when it comes to termination, renewal, and transfer of franchise agreements. The key terms of...more

Modern Slavery Act Guidance. Are you a supplier of goods or services in the UK with a turnover above £36m? If you are, this...

The UK Government has published guidance1 on the transparency in supply chains provision of the Modern Slavery Act. Starting with those with a year-end of 31 March 2016, all organisations with a turnover above £36m will be...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Catch-all Disclaimers No Substitute for Untrained Salespeople

How strong are "non-reliance disclaimers" or "integration" or "merger" provisions in franchise agreements at protecting a franchisor when it really matters? Only so much, a New York court recently decided....more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

FRANCHISEE 101: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

At one time or another, many people have occasion to be renters who feel mistreated by a landlord. This may be due to delays in repairs, responses, or just turning on the heat. A typical reaction is the temptation to...more

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