Franchise 101: Pizza Franchisor’s Overcooked; and Court Taxes Franchisor’s Restrictive Covenants
Franchisor 101: Pizza Franchisor’s Overcooked A federal district court denied a pizza franchisor’s motion to dismiss a former franchisee’s complaint, finding the former franchisee sufficiently pleaded the franchisor coerced the franchisee into signing a general
Franchise 101: Court Hits Brakes on Former Franchisees; and Pandemic No Excuse for Non-Payment
Franchisor 101: Court Hits Brakes on Former Franchisees An Ohio appellate court upheld the state trial court’s decision to grant a permanent injunction against two former franchisees of an auto body shop franchise working for
California Fast Food Franchisors Targeted Again
California Assembly Bill 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (the “FAST Act” enacted in 2022), was to become effective January 1, 2023. The FAST Act established a 10-member Fast Food Sector Council
Franchise 101: Promises to Prospectives; and Default! Default!
Franchisor 101: Promises to Prospectives A federal district court in New Jersey denied Travelodge Hotels’ motion for partial summary judgment against a former franchisee, holding there are genuine issues of fact as to Travelodge’s breach
COVID-19: California Nixes Negative Test Requirement to End Isolation Early
On March 3, 2023, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced changes to its COVID-19 guidelines. A few days later, the County of Los Angeles announced it will align a few of its guidelines
Franchise 101: Greener Grass in a Foreign Forum; and The Ties That Won’t Bind
Franchisor 101: Greener Grass in a Foreign Forum A federal court in Maryland denied Marriott International, Inc.’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ action based on forum non conveniens. Plaintiffs sued Marriott and the JW Marriott hotel
New COVID-19 Prevention Regulations Are Now in Effect: The End of Exclusion Pay
California employers face new slate of legislation in 2023.
Employer Cost Increases: Los Angeles Minimum Wage, Federal Mileage Rate
The City of Los Angeles announced its new minimum wage which rises to $16.78 per hour (an increase of $0.74 from the current minimum wage of $16.04), on July 1, 2023. The increase is based
Franchise 101: A Tasty Appeal; and A Window into Dispute Resolution
Franchisor 101: A Tasty Appeal The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s summary judgement order, granting a chocolate shop franchisor’s breach of contract and unfair competition claims. The appellate court concluded there
What Is A Living Trust?
A living trust is a way of holding title to your assets so they will not have to go through probate (a Court supervised estate administration) upon your death. The trust states what happens to