Lewitt Hackman

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16633 Ventura Boulevard
Eleventh Floor
Encino, California 91436, United States
Phone: (818) 990-2120
Fax: (818) 981-4764
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

FRANCHISEE 101: All in the Family

Some creativity can help in passing a former franchised business to the next generation, particularly if the franchisor has no part in the franchisee's succession plan. A federal court in Nebraska preliminarily enjoined two…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: Trust & Estate Planning Considerations

This week was supposed to be the week Republicans passed a tax bill. It’s unclear what exactly will happen in the immediate future, or if we’ll have to wait for the New Year to see any type of tax reform. If or when we do get…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

FRANCHISOR 101: Injunction Bottleneck

A restaurant franchisor, World of Beer Franchising ("WOB"), recently lost an appeal to enforce a post-termination restriction against a franchisee launching a competing business. Both the trial and appellate court ruled against…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

The Tax Reform Bills: Home Ownership, Purchases & Sales

Congressional efforts to enact tax reform are now in the home stretch. While there is no assurance that any legislation will be enacted, or what the form of a final bill would look like, it is likely that something will pass and…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Restaurant Industry Gets Another Chance To Chime In On Menu Labeling

Franchisors in the food service industry have until January 18, 2018 to comment on the latest version of the Food & Drug Administration’s Menu Labeling Guidance. The FDA released the draft November 7th. This version includes…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Thirty-one Flavors of Fees (Or Just One)

Baskin-Robbins charges a dairy supplier a so-called "commercial factor" fee for the right to make and sell Baskin-Robbins proprietary ice cream to franchisees. The supplier's pricing to franchisees includes an amount equal to…more
 /  Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

A federal court in New Jersey granted a franchisor's motion to compel arbitration of disputes involving seven frozen yogurt franchises, even though the claims were subject to different arbitration provisions in different…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Franchise Law

Beep: Your Hamburger is Ready

Analysts predict robots may take nearly 40 percent of U.S. jobs – particularly the ones that require lower education levels – in the next 15-20 years. The study was released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was based on…more
 /  Franchise Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Employers: Governor Brown Signs Important New Legislation Re Parental Leave And Hiring

You can like it. You can hate it. But one thing is certain: California is a trend-setter when it comes to employees’ rights. Maintaining that tradition, Governor Brown just signed Senate Bill 63 and Assembly Bill 168 into law…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Accidental Franchise = Potential Lawsuits, Fines + Other Penalties

Business owners looking to expand may leave themselves vulnerable to several obvious losses, including those related to finance, brand identity, and customer loyalty. Resources, including exemplary human resources, are sometimes…more
 /  Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: A Clean Sweep

A federal court recently held that under California law, cleaning services franchisor Jan-Pro Franchising International (Jan-Pro) was not the employer of its unit franchisees. The franchisee plaintiffs failed to show that…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Executives Behaving Badly: Can CEO Be Fired For Kathy Griffin Hate Speech?

Neighbors don’t always get along – not even affluent neighbors living in exclusive gated communities in Bel-Air. This was proven most recently, when the Huffington Post released security camera audio of Jeffrey Mezger yelling…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Upgrade Your Metal

A federal court in New York denied a franchisee's motion for preliminary injunction that would have prevented its franchisor Metal Supermarkets Franchising America (MSFA) from installing technology upgrades in its stores…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Lighting Up Legislation: Regulating Recreational Marijuana in California

California voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana under Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) last November is just the beginning. Deciding how cannabis will be grown, sold and consumed…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

Before Franchising Your Business, First Consider These Factors

Franchising is so much more than casual burger chains with drive through windows and dollar menus. It’s an industry that incorporates a wealth of blue and white collar services; distributes both high- and low-end products…more
 /  Franchise Law
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