The discourse around equal pay has reverberated through the media and made its way to a new federal regulation that seeks to identify and address instances in which persons of different sex, race, and ethnicity
May 2019 Franchisor 101: Franchisor Can Be “Employer” The Ninth Circuit sent shockwaves through the franchise industry in ruling that last year’s California Supreme Court decision broadening who may bring wage misclassification claims (Dynamex v.
April 2019 Franchisor 101: Lesson in License Agreements The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment for franchisor Buffalo Wild Wings (“BWW”) rejecting a restaurant operator’s counterclaims for wrongful termination, malicious prosecution, and
March 2019 Franchisor 101: Termination Is Not Enforcement A federal district court upheld an arbitration panel’s decision to deny attorneys’ fees to Benihana, even though Benihana won a dispute with its licensee. The licensee started
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeks public comment regarding its Trade Regulation Rule entitled, “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising” (the “Rule”). The Rule has been in effect since 1979, and was last amended in
The wheels of government turn slowly to the detriment of copyright owners, according to a unanimous opinion delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com. Petitioner
February 2019 Franchisor 101: Hot Doggin’ Franchisee Sales Pitches Hot dog franchisor, Charlie Graingers, was unable to obtain dismissal of a federal lawsuit brought by franchisees alleging fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. The
January 2019 Franchisor 101: No Need for Good Cause A Wisconsin federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of a food service and cleaning equipment maker (“Stoelting”), ruling that minimum purchase requirements under two dealer agreements were not a