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Would You Like Fries with that Sweater? Retailer and Restaurant Pairings

As retailers continue to embrace the omni channel retail experience, our blogging team explores consumer behavior behind the new trends. One topic we have followed lately is the convergence of retail and restaurants. For...more

Would You Feel Friendly Toward Freddy?

As the brand manager or trademark counsel for Friendly’s, would you be friendly toward Freddy’s? I remember the Friendly’s restaurant chain when we lived in Columbia, Maryland, back in the days when I clerked for a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Complying with the FDA's New Menu Labeling Requirement

On November 25, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final rules governing menu and vending machine labeling to implement some of the Affordable Care Act's nutrition labeling requirements. The final...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Accidental Franchises in Industries Not Typically Associated With Franchising

Almost everyone recognizes the nation's most prominent franchises: McDonald's, Domino's, Hilton or 7-Eleven, to name a few. And business people are becoming aware that arrangements that look like franchises, but are...more

Ruby Tuesday Sued by EEOC for Sex Discrimination

Chain Restricted Coveted Resort Assignments to Females-Only, Federal Agency Charges - EUGENE, Ore. - International restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. discriminated against male employees for temporary assignments to a...more

Latest Scoop From New Jersey on Independent Contractor Misclassification May Cause Employers Brain Freeze

An ice cream parlor in Dania Beach, Florida, features The Original Kitchen Sink Sundae, which contains up to 30 scoops, plus chocolate syrup, marshmallows, nuts, whipped cream, and a variety of berries. Customers can choose...more

On the Menu in 2015: Final Menu Labeling Regulations

After waiting more than three years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the long anticipated final Menu Labeling Regulations on December 1, 2014. These regulations bring the requirements imposed upon restaurants...more

When To Use Letters of Intent In Buying a Restaurant

Letters of intent can be confusing. Are they contracts? Are they binding? When should they be used? It’s important to know when to use letters of intent because they can be valuable tools that can save time and money. We...more

Some Multi-Unit Franchisees are Public Companies

While most of the private equity and public offering activity of franchise companies focuses on franchise brands and systems, every now and then a large, multi-unit franchisee will go public or seek private equity financing....more

More Tax Money for the City of Chicago in 2015: Broader Bases, Increased Rates and Lesser Credit

The City of Chicago’s (City’s) 2015 budget includes a number of changes to taxing ordinances found in titles 3 and 4 of the Chicago Municipal Code. The City of Chicago Department of Finance has notified taxpayers and tax...more

A Franchise Chain's Non-compete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

Tremors were felt throughout the franchise community when a recent article in The Huffington Post reported that the Jimmy Johns sandwich franchise is under Congressional scrutiny for its franchisees’ practice of requiring...more

CA Supreme Court: New Duties for Businesses Regarding Having Defibrillators on-site; and Whether Anti-Discrimination Statutes Also...

California Rule of Court 8.548 permits the Ninth Circuit to certify questions of California state law to the California Supreme Court. On average, this happens a handful of times per year. Over the past five years, the...more

The Beginning of the End for Class Action Litigation? Why Justice Scalia and the Current Supreme Court Are Good for Business

In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Supreme Court confirmed what it had only hinted at two years earlier in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion. In a holding authored by Justice Scalia, the Court made plain...more

The Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Issues Cybersecurity Recommendations

The Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (“the Partnership”) recently released eight recommendations aimed at enhancing the data security of the payments system across the merchant and financial industries. The Partnership...more

Chinese Takeaway for the New Year: Grace in Lieu of Shaming

As soon as the story emerged earlier this month about the Harvard Business School professor who berated a Boston-area Chinese restaurant over his takeout bill, I was champing at the bit to get on the DuetsBlog to pen my own...more

Backlash Against Jimmy John’s Non-Compete Agreement Highlights Risks of Overzealous Business Protection Measures

The submarine sandwich franchise Jimmy John’s has come under fire recently following the publication of a broad non-compete agreement that it has allegedly required rank-and-file employees to sign. The non-competition...more

Franchisor IPOs Were Strong in 2014

While private equity activity continued in strength in 2014, franchisors also launched initial public offerings (IPOs) in the last year. Recent IPOs of franchise companies include the following: ?Habit Restaurants Inc....more

Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Allegations Against P.F. Chang’s

In a seven-page opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted P.F. Chang’s motion to dismiss claims brought by two of its customers alleging that P.F. Chang’s failed to comply with reasonable...more

Restaurant Franchisors: Prepare to Comply With New FDA Menu Labeling Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final rules for menu labeling on November 25, 2014. The long-awaited rules stem from provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the comprehensive health care reform...more

Reminder: Florida Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 2015

Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Also effective January 1, minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $4.91 to $5.03 per hour, plus tips (keeping the tip...more

Tip-Related Claims Will Continue to Be Served Up as the Lawsuit du Jour Against the Hospitality Industry in 2015

The hospitality industry is particularly fertile ground for a wide variety of wage and hour issues, which continue to plague management through steadily increasing federal and state department of labor investigations and...more

Private Equity Was Active in Franchising in 2014

In the last year, private equity continued to play an important role in franchising. Private equity offers a franchisor with a growing franchise system a promising pathway to rapid growth. An investment group can assist a...more

Oakland Employers Need to Prepare for Increases in Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

The voters in Oakland recently passed Measure FF, which effective as of March 2, 2015, increases the minimum wage to $12.25, mandates up to 72 hours (equivalent to 9 days) of paid sick leave, and restricts hospitality...more

Chicago Approves Ordinance to Increase the Minimum Wage

The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance (“Ordinance”) to increase the city’s minimum wage to $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, with successive increases to $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016; $11.00 per hour on July 1,...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

We are now more than two weeks into the Affordable Care Act (ACA’s) second open enrollment period, and 765,000 individuals have obtained coverage through HealthCare.gov. On Capitol Hill, House lawmakers filed a lawsuit...more

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