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Who Decides the Issue of Class Arbitration?

Two districts of the California Court of Appeal recently issued significant decisions on arbitration agreements. In a published case, the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal held that if the...more

Court Holds that USCIS Should Consider “Life Experience” as Part of Specialized Knowledge Requirement for L-1B Visa

The L-1 visa is often used to facilitate intra-company transfers of foreign national employees to work in a U.S. facility. In order to be eligible for the L-1B visa, the sponsored employee must have been employed by the...more

SEC Files Settled Insider Trading Case In District Court

After bringing a series of insider trading cases as administrative proceedings in recent weeks, the Commission returned to its more traditional approach. The agency filed settled insider trading charges against a CEO and...more

Approved San Francisco Retail Workers Ordinance Means More Restrictions For Employers

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a city ordinance, which will create a number of obstacles for many businesses – including retail stores, restaurants, and banks. The ordinance, referred...more

Berkeley's Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley "Sugar Tax"

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America. Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution...more

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry... Wage and Hour Investigations on the Rise

A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s Wage and Hour Division recently warned that the payroll practices of some of this state's most active industries (including the oil and gas services industry) may be...more

Juries and the EEOC Take Aim at Pregnancy Discrimination

Back in the summer, we wrote about the Equal Opportunity Commission’s release of its updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Under the PDA, discrimination based...more

A “New World” of Fashion and Food

In a world of Instagram, Facebook and SMS text marketing, being fleet of foot in an ever-changing world of retail advertising and sales is the name of the game. As retailers and restaurateurs navigate the treacherous waters...more

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Ruling Allowing Restaurant Owner’s False Advertising Claims to Proceed Against Yelp

On November 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court denied review of the California Court of Appeals decision in Demetriades v. Yelp, Inc., 2014 WL 3661491 (Cal. App. July 24, 2014), which allowed a restaurant owner to proceed...more

EEOC Roundup: October 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Contaminated Oysters in Virginia Restaurant Enough for Jurisdiction Under "Stream of Commerce" Test

Contaminated oysters served at a Roanoke restaurant were placed in the "stream of commerce" by a Connecticut seafood supplier, and thus served as the basis for the Western District of Virginia to exercise personal...more

Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips...more

Summary Judgment Granted in “Known Condition” Premises Case

Federal District Court in Columbia Holds No Duty to Warn of Rainy Conditions - Retailers and hospitality-related entities doing business in South Carolina should be encouraged by a recent premises liability decision...more

Meal-Sharing Websites May Create Issues for Local Governments

Though companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Homeaway grab most of the headlines, the sharing economy is constantly expanding into new areas of daily life. At least four websites (EatWith, CookApp, Feastly , and Meal Sharing)...more

EEOC Sues Saginaw Restaurant for Pregnancy Discrimination

Crooked Creek Bar & Grille Refused to Hire Applicant Because She Was Expecting, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Crooked Creek Investment Company, doing business as Crooked Creek & Creekside Bar & Grille in Saginaw,...more

Pizza and the Edge of the Trademark Universe

Can you trademark a pizza flavor? A recent decision says no and offers a glimpse at the edge of the known trademark universe. The doctrines of functionality and inherent distinctiveness, like the force of gravity or tendrils...more

Court Holds that Restaurant Owner May Be Personally Liable for FLSA Violations

A new federal case out of Illinois demonstrates the extreme importance of complying with wage and hour laws, especially where the law provides for individual liability against those who control the terms and conditions of...more

The Largest Global Franchise Brands Are U.S. Restaurants

Franchising fared respectably in a recent rating of the most valuable worldwide brands across all industries. McDonald’s was rated among the ten most valuable worldwide brands in Interbrand’s 15th annual Best Global Brands...more

FAQs on Compliance With the Federal Tip Credit

Many employers in the hospitality industry employ individuals who receive customer tips or gratuities in the ordinary course of their work day. These tips may serve as an offset against an employer’s minimum wage obligations...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Illusory Arbitration Provisions Not Enforceable in Indiana

In 2010, Steak 'n Shake, a franchisor of hamburger restaurants, adopted new pricing and promotion policies that required all franchisees to follow company mandated pricing on every menu item and to participate in all...more

When is a Flavor/Taste Trademark Possible?

Are your intellectual taste buds craving more discussion of non-traditional trademarks? It’s not every day we have the opportunity to write about a restaurant’s claimed trademark protection for the flavor or taste of certain...more

DC Circuit Reverses Decision that Fogo de Chao Chef Lacks “Specialized Knowledge”

On October 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that it was reversible error for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS"), an agency of the Department of...more

P.F. Chang’s CGL Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgement on Data Breach Claim

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro made headlines when it recently reported that 33 of its restaurant locations spanning 18 states suffered a data breach in connection with the restaurant’s point-of-sale payment systems. While the...more

Brand Standards Are for Everyone

Now more than ever, it is important to understand brand standards: why they are set; how they affect franchisors, franchisees, and customers; and what the boundaries of brand enforcement policies should be....more

EEOC Sues Sushi at the Lake for Disability Discrimination

Cornelius Restaurant Unlawfully Refused to Hire Applicant Because of Amputated Arm, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Greenhouse Enterprise, Inc., dba Sushi at the Lake, which operates a restaurant in...more

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