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General Counsel of the NLRB Opens the Door for Franchisors to be Liable for the Actions of their Franchisees

In a directive that has rocked the franchise world, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) Office of the General Counsel determined that McDonald’s USA, LLC, as the franchisor, could potentially be held liable...more

Injured in a Car Accident When Your Friend Was Driving?

Personal injuries, especially those suffered in auto accidents, can expensive, debilitating, and life changing. Remember the McDonald's hot coffee case? The 79-year old victim suffered painful third-degree burns, required...more

Food fraud in China endangers McDonald's and KFC products

When fraud and wrongdoing occur in the workplace, it could result in the loss of resources, to clients, to even your job. But when fraud and wrongdoing occur in the food industry, it could result in the loss of countless...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2014

EEOC Position Statement Comes Back to Bite Employer in Civil Lawsuit - In Kwan v. Andalex Group, LLC, the Second Circuit (covering New York, Connecticut and Vermont) considered the impact of prior inconsistent...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - December 2013: SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Supersize victory: Shift leader isn’t supervisor under Title VII

Harassment is a word employers never want to hear. A long-standing question for many employers has been the extent of their potential liability for workplace harassment. An employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII...more

McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc. Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Muslim Trainer Was Constructively Discharged for Not Shaving Beard - FRESNO, Calif. - McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc. will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious...more

A Fluid Family of Trademarks?

John Welch over at the TTABlog recently reported that oral argument will be heard by the TTAB later this month in McDonald’s opposition of McSweet LLC’s application to federally register McSweet for pickled vegetable...more

Trade-marks: The McDonald’s McAdvantage

While “famous” marks are handled differently in Canada than they are in the US, there is nevertheless a great advantage for marks such as the well-known McDonald’s “family” of marks when it comes to effective trade-mark...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Employee Pay Cards

The use of pay cards (i.e. prepaid payroll debit cards) to pay employee wages has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks. One current controversy over pay cards stems from a class action lawsuit filed against a...more

This Mac Needs a Knife Too

Louis Armstrong first performed “Mack the Knife” in 1956, a year later McDonald’s introduced the Big Mac, and then, Bobby Darin’s version of ”Mack the Knife” became a chart-topper in 1959....more

McDonald’s Trade Dress? State Farm is There.

Passing by a roadside billboard recently (below is a miniature version I found in the Minneapolis skyway system), my first thought was, wow, McDonald’s is getting into the juicy lucy business...more

Franchising Update - Febuary, 2013

This edition of our Franchising Update includes the following articles: - The recently announced review of the Franchising Code. - The Pie Face dispute – misleading information or inadequate due...more

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