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The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: tax evasion implications for franchisors – action steps

by DLA Piper on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017, now in force in the United Kingdom, introduces two new criminal offenses in respect of the facilitation of tax evasion. The new offenses will be committed where a corporate entity or...more

Congressional Bill: Joint Employer Liability May Become More Limited

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The EPL industry rightfully has been concerned about the NLRB’s and courts’ expansion of liability from the seeming employer to those with relationships to that entity. Franchisors increasingly were exposed to liability for...more

4 Top Takeaways: Use of Investigators

Kilpatrick Townsend senior counsel Chris Bussert recently presented in a workshop with Jeremy Liebman, franchise counsel at Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, at the ABA Annual Forum on Franchising in Palm Springs,...more

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

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

Does Arbitration Make Sense For Franchisors? A Litigator’s Perspective

by Mulcahy LLP on

Let’s face it; arbitration is not always the quicker, cheaper forum for parties to resolve their differences. Although arbitration does have the potential to be more economical and efficient than court, in practice, these...more

New Australian employment law changes the game for Australian franchisors

by DLA Piper on

Australia has enacted a law with potentially far-reaching joint employer implications for both Australian and American franchisors. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 could cause many of the...more

Implied Covenant Of Good Faith Does Not Trump Express Terms

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a New Jersey district court’s decision that 7-Eleven did not violate the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act (NJFPA) after the franchisor terminated a New Jersey...more

Day 20 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Franchisor Liability

by Thomas Fox on

I am often asked about franchisor liability under the FCPA. Franchising has been a successful model in the US and now many corporations are looking at overseas expansion opportunities. Franchise law has become well developed...more

Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

by LeClairRyan on

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are...more

FRANCHISOR 101: A Clean Sweep

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

Federal Court Concludes Franchisor Was NOT Joint Employer

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Another case has been decided adding to the back and forth in the legal world on the issues of a joint employer relationship of a franchisor and its franchisee and vicarious liability and agency between a franchisor and...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Upgrade Your Metal

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

Before Franchising Your Business, First Consider These Factors

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

Workplace Relations Risks to Franchisors and Holding Companies Rise

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Parliament this week passed the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (the Act), with some last minute amendments agreed to by the Government. This new legislation marks a significant change...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Squeezed at the Pump

by Lewitt Hackman on

Most dealership and franchise agreements require the franchisor's prior written consent to the transfer of a business from one franchisee to another. The new franchisee is often required to sign the franchisor's then-current...more

Drafting Matters: When Non-Competes And Renewal Provisions Collide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If a franchisor waives the non-compete provision in its current franchise agreement, can it enforce a non-compete when the franchise agreement is renewed? According to a recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Selective Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Provisions

by Lewitt Hackman on

A franchisor's ability to set renewal terms can bind franchisees to terms in a later franchise agreement before the renewal agreement even exists. In a recent case, a franchisor could enforce a hypothetical non-compete...more

Gas Station Dealers: A Review of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act

by Lewitt Hackman on

So far in 2017 no federal or state court in California issued a published decision under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (“PMPA”) – despite the fact gasoline demand and consumption continue to rise. The reason for fewer...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Manual Overload

by Lewitt Hackman on

A franchisor's investment in brand standards, protection and control often comes at a cost when a consumer believing or claiming to believe the franchisor and franchisee are the same, seeks to hold a franchisor liable for a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Cold Brew Remedy

by Lewitt Hackman on

Beer distributors can be on common footing with their franchisee counterparts in bargaining with brewers or suppliers. Depending on the jurisdiction, distributors may have protection through beer distribution statutes...more

Is Everything “Settled” In Your Settlement Agreement? Not Quite!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A recent case involving the Whataburger franchise system reminds franchisors of the importance of the use of iron-clad language when granting future development rights. In Whataburger, Inc. et. al. (“Whataburger”) v....more

FRANCHISOR 101: Donut Franchise Relationship Dissected by Court

by Lewitt Hackman on

The parent of Dunkin' Donuts was named along with Starbucks and about 80 other coffee sellers, distributors and retailers in a 2010 lawsuit alleging violations of California's Proposition 65 and Safe Drinking Water and Toxic...more

District Court Protects Franchisor Against Anti-Contractual Competition in Frye

by Baker Donelson on

On Valentine's Day of 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland gave franchisors the legal equivalent of two dozen roses when it decided Frye v. Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc., 2017 WL 605285 (D....more

Federal Court Rules Against Yum! Brands in Third-Party Franchise Sale Case – What Franchisors Need to Know

by Baker Donelson on

A federal court in Kentucky recently denied a franchisor's request to dismiss its franchisee's claim for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Based on this ruling, franchisors should proceed with...more

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