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Arizona Federal Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction Against Former Franchisee for Violation of...

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A federal court in Arizona recently granted franchisor LeTip World Franchise’s motion to temporarily restrain and preliminarily enjoin a former franchisee from operating a competing business. LeTip World Franchise, LLC v....more

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Illinois Federal Court Grants Franchisor Summary Judgment on Claim Under the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act

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A federal court in Illinois recently granted partial summary judgment to LMLC Franchising, LLC (LMLC-F), LMLC Management, LLC (LMLC-M), and Todd Barnhardt on claims brought by John Doe and Aylin & Ramtin, LLC (A&R) for breach...more

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Connecticut Federal Court Awards Prevailing Sales Representative Less than Half of Requested Attorneys’ Fees

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A federal court in Connecticut reduced attorneys’ fees and costs sought by a sales representative after the court raised concerns about several issues with the sales representative’s trial strategy. Trade Links, LLC v. Bi-Qem...more

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Franchisor Settles Antitrust Claims in Broker Commission Antitrust Litigation

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Real estate brokerage franchisor Keller Williams has agreed to a settle claims related to the ongoing broker commission antitrust litigation. Burnett v. National Ass’n of Realtors, Case No. 4:19-CV-00332 (W.D. Mo.), which has...more

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Go Franchise Broker or Bust?

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One of the most hotly debated and discussed questions among franchise system owners and operators is whether to engage outside franchise sales agents, brokers, franchise sales outsource companies (FSOs), or all of the above,...more

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Corporate Transparency Act Alert

Enacted as part of the federal Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) requires all entities formed or operating in the United States, with limited exemptions, to disclose certain information...more

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Be Careful with Your Demands When Converting Existing Licensees to Franchisees!

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A recent case decided by the Ohio Court of Appeals reminds new franchisors to tread carefully when converting existing licensees to future franchisees. In the case of Okolish v. Town Money Saver, Inc., a coupon clipper...more

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Franchisee 101: Leaky Forum Selection for Roofing Franchisor

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A federal district court in Indiana held that a forum selection clause in the franchise agreement prevailed over a competing forum selection clause in the personal guaranty....more

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Franchisor 101: Hunka, Hunka Confusion

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A federal district court in Florida denied a former moving and junk hauling franchisee’s motion to dismiss claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition by franchisor College Hunks Hauling Junk (“CHHJ”)....more

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Not All Payments Qualify as “Fees” under State and Federal Definitions of a Franchise

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A recent court case (Cognex Corporation v. Air Hydro Power LLC) between a distributor and manufacturer is a reminder to franchise attorneys that not all amounts paid by a licensee to a licensor qualify as a “franchise fee”...more

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10 For 10: Top Compliance Stories For The Week Ending January 27, 2024

Welcome to 10 For 10, the podcast that brings you the week’s Top 10 compliance stories in one podcast each week. Tom Fox, the Voice of Compliance, brings to you, the compliance professional, the compliance stories you need to...more

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California Appellate Court Rules that Customer Agreed to Franchisor’s Arbitration Requirement in “Clickwrap” Agreement

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A state appellate court in California reversed a superior court’s denial of a massage franchisor’s motion to compel arbitration. Jane Doe #1 (I.G.) v. Massage Envy Franchising, LLC, 2023 WL 8801517 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 20,...more

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Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Human Trafficking Claims Against Franchisor

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A federal court in Georgia recently dismissed the claims of an alleged human trafficking victim against hotel franchisor G6 Hospitality, while allowing some claims to proceed against the hotel franchisee. Doe (K.B.) v. G6...more

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms in Part, Reverses in Part, District Court Determination to Blue Pencil and Enforce Noncompete Agreement

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The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed in part, and vacated in part, a district court’s issuance of an injunction preventing a franchisor’s enforcement of a noncompete covenant as written but allowing...more

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California Federal Court Denies Franchisor’s Motion to Dismiss Consumer’s Claims Alleging Violation Under the Unfair Practices...

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A federal court in California denied a franchisor’s motion to dismiss a consumer’s claims for a violation of the unfair-practices prong of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and unjust enrichment. Torres v. Botanic...more

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Maryland Federal Court Recertifies Class Action Against Hotel Franchisor for Claims Related to Data Breach

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A federal court in Maryland recently granted a motion for class certification by consumers who brought negligence, breach of contract, and consumer protection claims against hotel franchisor Marriott International and data...more

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Focus on Franchisors: Keller Williams Realty

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As part of Lathrop GPM’s Increasing Diversity in Franchising initiative, we have explored various facets of increasing diversity in franchising, including access to capital, educational initiatives that focus on business in...more

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FCA Continues Winning Streak For OEMs On Claims For “Unfair Profit” In Destination Charges

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On Friday, December 22, 2023, FCA US LLC, the manufacturer of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram vehicles, among others, scored the latest in a series of victories for automakers over claims by consumers that “destination charges”...more

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Franchisee 101: Lack of Personal Training and Personal Jurisdiction

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A Michigan federal district court dismissed a franchisee’s claims against its franchisor's CEO and several individuals responsible for negotiating its franchise agreements, for lack of personal jurisdiction....more

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Texas Franchise Tax Updates for 2024

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The calendar year 2024 will bring multiple changes to the Texas franchise tax. Taxpayers responsible for entities operating in Texas should be aware of these rules as they plan for their filing and payment obligations in the...more

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Franchisor 101: Court Holds Joint Liability is Fashionable

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A California federal district court held that judgment entered against individual owners of a franchisor entity, KEP Fortune, LLC, finding them jointly and severally liable with the franchisor entity, was not erroneous or a...more

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New York adopts final business corporation franchise tax regulations

On December 27, 2023, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) officially adopted the business corporation franchise tax regulations it submitted to the State Register on August 9, 2023 – marking the...more

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Speak no evil - no fraud by silence in Jersey law?

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It has been an open question for almost 20 years whether a misrepresentation constituting dol (essentially, fraud) could be made by silence alone in Jersey law. The issue has now been laid to rest following the Royal Court...more

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The Challenge of Transparency in Preventing Financial Crime: Navigating Financial Integrity in a Changing Risk Landscape

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The landscape of financial crimes is constantly evolving, and the concept of transparency is being fundamentally challenged. A dynamic, innovative approach is imperative to preserve and shape the future of financial...more

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Truck Dealers: The Forgotten Child - Why Encroachment Protection Is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Proposition

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Franchise laws, indeed, the entire automotive industry, are focused primarily on the passenger motor vehicle market – and nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of encroachment protection. The commercial truck...more

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