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|California: Withholding Voluntary Compliance Program Provides Benefits to Those with Past-Due Taxes|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 24, 2013, previously published on August 22, 2013The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently began a program to provide relief to those who qualify with past-due nonwage withholding taxes, called the Withholding Voluntary Compliance Program (WVCP).
|Attention Restaurant Operators: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act May Apply To You|
Scott N. Opincar; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 15, 2013, previously published on August 14, 2013Both sellers and buyers of perishable agricultural commodities need to be careful to comply with PACA’s rules and regulations. Directors and officers of buyers of perishable agricultural commodities subject to PACA must be aware of their fiduciary duties in order to avoid potential individual...
|Investing Your Way to a Green Card: Franchising May be the Avenue|
Irena Juras, Susan E. Wells; Jaburg & Wilk, P.C.;
August 15, 2013The global recession has been challenging for most of us. However, one of the silver linings of the global recession is that certain franchisors are focusing on immigrants as franchisees. If you have the funds, and you meet a franchisor’s criteria, you may be able to invest your way to...
|Auto Parts Distributor Avoids Liability In Robinson-Patman Suit|
Benjamin R. Dryden, Christopher H. Grigorian; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 14, 2013, previously published on August 12, 2013On July 19, 2013, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an award of summary judgment to an aftermarket auto parts distributor that had received better prices than a competitor. Gorlick Distribution Centers, LLC v. Car Sound Exhaust System, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 14635 (9th Cir. 2013). In rejecting the...
|Severe Consequences for Franchisor Executives: Personal Liability and Non-dischargeable Debt|
David L. Cahn, Katelyn P. Vu; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 24, 2013“Do not pass Go, do not collect $200” is a phrase we all remember from the childhood game Monopoly. Like Monopoly, state franchise sales laws have rules and regulations that must be followed. A franchisor’s failure to follow these basic procedural rules for selling franchises can...
|Another Court Ruling Shows Franchisors the Value of Providing an Item 19 FPR|
David L. Cahn; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 24, 2013Take-away: Franchisors cannot rely on disclaimers in the contracts and FDD to protect against claims of providing false financial information.
|Franchise Lessons to Be Learned From the Shopper’s Drug Mart Certification Decision|
Sarit E. Batner, Shanon O.N. Grauer, Tyler McAuley, Adam Ship, Thomas N.T. Sutton; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 24, 2013, previously published on July 22, 2013The Shoppers Drug Mart franchisees recently took another step forward in their class action lawsuit. Building on his earlier decision, Justice Perell for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (ONSC) certified a number of elements of the plaintiffs’ action as a class proceeding. In this...
|How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations|
Corby Cochran Anderson, John D. Cole, Dedria Harper Kolb; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 22, 2013, previously published on July 2013No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late - especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for roughly one-third of franchise systems. The Wage and Hour Division of...
|General Motors New Terms and Conditions Effective July 15, 2013|
Ryan S. Bewersdorf; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 16, 2013, previously published on July 11, 2013General Motors has announced that Effective July 15, 2013, its general terms and conditions for direct material, customer care & aftersales (CCA) and tooling purchases are changing. The new terms and conditions are part of GM’s implementation of its joint purchasing activities with PSA...
|Lawn Mowers and Wheelbarrows Are Now "Motor Vehicles" in New Hampshire|
Michael A. Bowen, Roberta F. Howell, Trent M. Johnson; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 11, 2013, previously published on July 8, 2013A statute just enacted in New Hampshire will subject tractors, farm implements, construction, industrial, and forestry equipment, and even lawn and garden equipment to the detailed regulatory regime applying to car dealerships.