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No-Poach Agreements Targeted by Plaintiffs, Enforcement Agencies and Senators

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Agreements among companies to not hire each other’s workers are more risky than ever. The DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, stated on January 19 that the division has criminal cases...more

An End to the McDonald’s Joint Employer NLRB Litigation

by Polsinelli on

The new General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“Labor Board”), Peter Robb, continues to reshape the agency with his vision. Consistent with his January 2018 promise to consider “settlements of any kind that...more

EU Retail News - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

It's Not Too Late to Get Ready for the GDPR Caution When Exporting Luxury Goods French Supreme Court Upholds Exclusive Supply Obligation where Necessary to Franchise Network Guest interview with Beth Butterwick, CEO of Karen...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (North America), Issue 37, Q1 2018

by DLA Piper on

In this issue, we also take a look at some of 2017’s top franchise cases, provide an overview of the European Union’s trade secret directive and give a preview of our latest handbook, “Private LTE Networks: A New User’s...more

State Regulatory Roundup (ABA Franchise Forum Retrospective)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Each year the ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting offers a regulatory roundup on state disclosure and registration issues consisting of a panel of franchise examiners from some of the most difficult registration states....more

How to Ensure Your Franchise Application Process Is Airtight–No Matter Your System’s Size

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last year at the ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting, the programming included a seminar entitled “Between You and Me: A Toolkit to Counsel in and to Smaller Systems.” The purpose of the session was to provide new...more

Succession Plans That Succeed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Succession plans ask what will happen when the principal owner/operator is not available. A succession plan may be coordinated with an estate plan, which contemplates dispositive transfers through sale, and other means....more

Are Franchisees Employees? California Court Says No

In October 2017, four franchisees filed a federal complaint against the global convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, seeking to represent a purported class of over 1,000 similarly situated 7-Eleven franchisees in California. The...more

Oh Thank Heaven, Franchisees Not Employees of 7-Eleven!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Earlier this month, a California federal court dismissed the misclassification claims of 7-Eleven franchisees on the pleadings, finding they did not and could not plead facts sufficient to show that they...more

McDonald’s & The NLRB to Settle a Nearly Four-Year Battle Involving Joint-Employer Status

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On March 19, 2018, McDonald’s reached a proposed settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) to resolve the outstanding litigation concerning alleged labor law violations by McDonald’s franchisees. ...more

Malaysia case provides guidance on franchise law

by Dentons on

A recent interlocutory case in Malaysia, (the “La Kaffa decision”) has provided some helpful guidance on when an interlocutory injunction will be granted to restrain a franchisee from operating a competing business after...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration Of Dispute Between Two Non-Signatories To Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that state law governs whether a contract’s arbitration clause is binding on non-signatories. The dispute arises from a consumer protection action filed by the...more

Proving A Franchisor’s Irreparable Injury To Obtain A Preliminary Injunction

by Mulcahy LLP on

When a franchisor grants a franchise, it licenses, among other things, its trade name and business operating system. By doing this, the franchisor trusts its franchisees, area representatives, and sub-franchisors with its...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ is expanding its Wells Fargo sales probe into the bank’s wealth management division, a troubling move for an organization still trying to right the ship in its retail-banking unit where the sham-account scandal...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #3

USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule withdrawing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, leaving existing organic regulations in...more

March Misclassification Madness: Misclassification Updates in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Many of you likely have filled out your March Madness bracket, and are eagerly watching game after game hoping your bracket doesn’t bust. The gig misclassification game is experiencing a March Madness of its own. The debate...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Early attention to the antitrust considerations of a given transaction can go a long way towards promoting the chances of timely or even early clearance of a transaction. As an initial matter, parties should focus their...more

ICE Storm: Immigration Compliance Threats To The Hospitality Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s no secret that immigration compliance is a priority to the Trump administration, so the recent announcement that it expects the number of worksite investigations to quadruple in coming years should come as no surprise....more

Joint Employer Standard: Whiplash!

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

In a surprising move, the National Labor Relations Board has overturned its recent decision that had overruled an expansive joint employer standard set forth by the previous Obama-era Board. So, at least for the time being,...more

NLRB Asks D.C. Circuit to Revive Review of Joint Employer Standard Under BFI; Hy-Brand Decision Vacated Following NLRB Ethics...

On March 1, 2018, the Deputy Associate General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) asked the D.C. Circuit to revive its review of the Obama-era Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015) (“BFI”)...more

NLRB Vacates Recent Decision Narrowing Joint-Employer Standard; Broad Browning-Ferris Test Back in Play For Now

by Hogan Lovells on

As we previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) on December 14, 2017 issued a decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors scrapping a broad and controversial “joint employer” standard in favor of a...more

NLRB Gives Browning-Ferris a Stay of Execution

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On Monday February 26, 2018, the NLRB unanimously vacated its recent Hy-Brand decision from December 14, 2017, effectively reinstating the Obama-era Browning-Ferris test for determining joint-employer status established in...more

NLRB Flip Flops On Browning Ferris Standard For Joint Employment (Again)

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. What is the standard for determining whether two companies are joint employers? A. On February 26, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided unanimously to vacate its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial...more

NLRB Joint Employer Whiplash

by FordHarrison on

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has vacated its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd., (“Hy-Brand”), thereby reinstating the joint employer standard created by the Obama Board in the...more

One Minute You’re In, the Next, You’re Out: NLRB Vacates the Short-Lived Hy-Brand Decision and Reinstates the Browning-Ferris’...

by Dickinson Wright on

As we reported just last December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board), issued Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co., which overturned the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries case that...more

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