Lewitt Hackman

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

FRANCHISOR 101: Liability as Certain as Death & Taxes

Structuring a franchise to reduce risk of joint employment and vicarious liability means limiting a franchisor's control over franchisees. This is a challenge in a professional services franchise, where the brand is intertwined…more
 /  Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

FRANCHISEE 101: To First Refuse, or Not to Refuse

A franchisee looking to transfer assets of a franchised business may be subject to the franchisor's right of first refusal, the franchisor's option to purchase the business, or both, depending on the language of a franchise or…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

Waste Water Discharge & Disposal: 9th Circuit Clarifies Permit Obligations

Call this one a case of misdirection, but an Appellate Opinion seems to simplify matters. If anything having to do with environmental law can be considered simple…more
 /  Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FRANCHISEE 101: Til Expiration Do Us Part

Though an individual owner and operator of a formerly franchised Church's Chicken restaurant in Texas was not a signer of the franchise agreement, a district court ruled the individual was subject to the agreement's…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property

FRANCHISOR 101: Finger Lickin’ Restrictions

Franchise agreements give franchisors nearly absolute, unfettered discretion to control advertising of their brands. Franchisors need not regard prior course of dealings with franchisees. An Illinois federal court dismissed a…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Franchise Law

Court Confirms Landlord’s Right To Seek Damages In Unlawful Detainer Action And Separate Civil Action

The Court of Appeal just confirmed that a landlord is not barred from recovering rent owed by a tenant in a civil action for breach of contract, even after obtaining a judgment for unlawful detainer against the tenant, so long…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

FRANCHISEE 101: Out of Time, Out of Gas

A California federal judge held that breach of contract claims brought by franchisees of two ARCO-branded gas stations against their franchisor BP West Coast Products were untimely, and declined to adopt the franchisees'…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Franchise Law

Franchisor 101: Copycat Restaurant Shutdown

A registered trademark is a valuable corporate asset and can be a significant part of a company's worth. A franchisor has an affirmative legal duty to police use of its mark by licensed franchisees and also third-party…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property

Su-PERFLUO-us? More Chemicals Added to Prop 65 List

Business owners manufacturing, buying, selling, or importing products in California already know about the state’s Prop 65 law. But do they also know every single chemical or substance that is on that list?…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Employment Defense: It’s Raining Complaints

If you missed recent news regarding the #MeToo movement – welcome back from outer space! The Me Too movement has been sweeping the U.S. and the world since October 2017, encouraging women and men to speak up about sexual…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Full Speed Ahead: SBA Directory May Hasten Franchisee Lending Process

As of January 1, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin implementing new rules that will affect franchisors, entrepreneurs wishing to join a franchise system, and lenders or CDCs (Certified Development…more
 /  Business Organizations, Franchise Law

FRANCHISEE 101: Offer Too Little Too Late

A Florida federal district court found that a doughnut franchisee's failure to pay royalties and other fees constituted a material breach of contract justifying termination, even though the franchisee expressed a willingness to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law

FRANCHISOR 101: NLRB: Out With the New

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd., 365 NLRB No. 156 (2017) expressly overruled the divisive joint-employer standard adopted by Browning-Ferris Industries,…more
 /  Administrative Law, Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

Divorce Planning: How Tax Reform Could Affect Your Decisions

Under the current tax law, individuals making spousal support payments may deduct the payments on their tax returns. Conversely, the individual receiving alimony must count those payments in his or her gross income…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Family Law, Taxation

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
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