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Franchise Agreements’ Arbitration Clauses Are Enforced Over Forum Selection Clauses in Subsequent Agreements with Franchisor

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Franchise agreements’ arbitration clauses are enforceable even when subsequent agreements between the same parties contain forum selection clauses requiring litigation in different forums. Additionally, a trial court’s...more


Impact of the Texas Federal Judge Partially Blocking FTC Ban on Non-Competes for Franchisors and Franchisees

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As reported on July 3 by the Polsinelli Labor & Employment practice group alert, by order dated July 3, 2024 the Northern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction preventing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from...more


What Franchisors and Franchisees Need to Know About the Corporate Transparency Act

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A federal law requires franchisor and franchisee business entities to disclose personal information and photographs of persons with ownership and control over their business....more

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A Tax(ing) Return: Sale of Prep Franchises Fails and Remaining Assets Come Back

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In a dispute about tax preparation businesses that one member of Compass Tax Services LLC was selling to the entity, precious little was for certain. Even the parties’ agreement lacked clarity about whether Compass Tax, or...more

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New York Federal Court Concludes Interim Arbitration Order Is Final and Confirms the Order Requiring Franchisor’s Payments to...

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A federal court in New York recently ruled that an interim arbitration order was final and granted a developer’s petition to confirm the order which required the franchisor to make payments to the developer while the...more

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California Federal Court Grants Franchisor’s Motion to Dismiss Non-Dairy Alternative Surcharge Class Action Suit

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A federal court in California recently granted a franchisor’s motion to dismiss a class action suit alleging discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Garland v. Dunkin’ Donuts, LLC, 2024 WL...more

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Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Certain Franchisee Claims Against Franchisor Due to Release of Liability and...

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The Michigan Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of certain claims by franchisees Red Fit, LLC and Cali Red, LLC against franchisor Red Effect International Franchise, LLC based on a release of...more

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Minnesota State Court Grants Franchisor’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Enjoining Franchisee from Violating Post-Termination...

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A state trial court in Minnesota granted Renters Warehouse USA, LLC’s motion for a temporary injunction, and enjoined Life Property Managers, LLC (LPM) from violating its post-termination obligations and a covenant not to...more

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California Federal Court Dismisses Discrimination and Tortious Interference Claims Brought Against Car Manufacturer and Its...

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A federal court in California granted two motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim in an action asserting discrimination and tortious interference claims against Volvo Car USA and its franchisee Haron Motor Sales, Inc....more

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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Disgorgement Damages Issue in Trademark Dispute

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Dewberry Engineers Inc. (“Dewberry Engineers”), a prominent engineering firm, has been locked in an on-again, off-again trademark dispute with a real estate development firm called Dewberry Group, Inc. (“Dewberry Group”) for...more

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Franchisee 101: Extra Cheesed Franchisee

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A federal district court in Texas denied a preliminary injunction filed by a franchisee (“EYM”) after Pizza Hut, as franchisor, terminated the franchise agreements....more

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Franchisor 101: Delivering Timely Terminations

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A trial judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Illinois denied a franchisee’s motion to enforce an automatic stay against The UPS Store (“TUPSS”), concluding that TUPSS’ termination of the franchise agreement was...more


3 Key Takeaways | Is Franchising Doomed? The 2024 Version

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On June 12, Kilpatrick’s Marc Lieberstein, Franchise and Licensing Partner, and Chris Caiaccio, Labor and Employment Counsel, spoke for Celesq, a leading provider of legal education, on the topic of whether franchising was...more

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Federal Court Denies Attempt to Broaden Interpretation of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act

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The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey refused a franchisee’s attempt to broaden the protections of the New Jersey Franchise Protection Act. William Minnebo and Philly Metal Supply LLC entered into a franchise...more

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California Court of Appeals Rejects “Constructive Termination” as a Viable Theory of Contractual Recovery

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Here’s an interesting case from the California Court of Appeals dealing with a unique issue that can arise in beverage distribution contracts – can a supplier “constructively terminate” a distribution agreement through its...more


Investment Models for Operational Real Estate Assets

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The growth of operational real estate (OpRE) is one of the most significant recent trends in global real estate markets. OpRE is relevant to a wide range of real estate asset classes and subsectors, and an increasing number...more


3 Key Takeaways | Is Franchising Doomed (2024 Version)?

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On June 12, Kilpatrick’s Marc Lieberstein, Franchise and Licensing Partner, and Chris Caiaccio, Labor and Employment Counsel, spoke for Celesq, a leading provider of legal education, on the topic of whether franchising was...more

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Illinois Federal Court Denies Cross Motions for Summary Judgment on Breach of Contract and Guaranty Claims Due to Ambiguity in the...

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A federal court in Illinois recently denied cross motions for partial summary judgment as to franchisor 360 Painting, LLC’s claims for breach of contract by painting franchisee R. Sterling Enterprises, Inc. (RSE), and breach...more

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California Federal Court Grants Retail Franchisor’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Dismisses Action

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A federal court in California recently granted a motion brought by a franchisor and two of its employees to compel arbitration and dismiss an action alleging violations of the California Franchise Investment Law, breach of...more

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Colorado Federal Court Denies Franchisee’s Motion to Dismiss on the Basis of Forum Non Conveniens Based on Forum Selection Clause...

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A federal court in Colorado denied WD Ventures, LLC’s motion to dismiss for forum non conveniens pursuant to the forum selection clause in the parties’ franchise agreement indicating that the parties contemplated federal...more

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North Carolina Federal Court Rejects Hotel Franchisor’s Motion to Dismiss Customer’s Breach of Contract Claim

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A federal court in North Carolina denied a hotel franchisor’s motion to dismiss a customer’s breach of contract claim. Brittian v. Extended Stay America, 2024 WL 1841600 (W.D. N.C. Apr. 26, 2024)....more

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New Jersey Federal Court Denies Motion for Reconsideration and Alternative Motion for Leave to File an Interlocutory Appeal

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A federal court in New Jersey denied plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration or leave to file an interlocutory appeal challenging the court’s decision to grant defendants’ motion to transfer the case to the Western District of...more

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Decoding Franchise Tax Board’s Hot Button Areas: Drops and Swaps and Post-Closing Refinancing

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Those of us in California who give advice regarding the structuring of IRC Section 1031 like-kind tax-deferred exchanges of real property are well aware that the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has an active program of...more

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Surviving Rejection: Noncompete and Confidentiality Provisions and Stand-Alone Agreement Survive Rejection of Franchise Agreement

The rejection of agreements under 11 U.S.C. § 365 isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. In an opinion issued in In re Empower Cent. Michigan, Inc., No. 23-31281-JDA, 2024 WL 1848504, (Bankr. E.D. Mich. Apr. 26,...more

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New York Federal Court Grants Hotel Franchisors’ Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction on Negligence Claims

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A federal court in New York recently granted a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in an action asserting claims that franchisor Hyatt Corporation acted with negligence in connection with assaults to guests...more

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