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HTMLSioux City Approves Franchise Fee Settlement
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
As cities across Iowa face lawsuits over allegedly excessive franchise fees, Sioux City, Iowa, has agreed to settle and absorb the cost of nearly $6.5 million in refunds to be paid to residents who were overcharged for franchise fees on their utility bills.


HTMLB.C. Even Closer to Enacting Franchise Legislation
Jordanna Cytrynbaum, Miriam Isman, Adam Ship; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014
British Columbia has no special franchise legislation - franchise relationships are governed by the terms of franchise agreements and the common law of contracts. However, a new report reveals that interested parties are largely in favour of changing this regime through the introduction of...


HTMLNew York Tax Reform Made Easy: Business Income Base and Tax Rate
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014
The New York State Governor and Legislature recently enacted the 2014-2015 New York State Budget, Senate Bill 6359-D and Assembly Bill 8559-D (Budget), which results in the most significant overhaul of New York’s franchise tax on corporations in decades. In this edition of New York Tax Reform...


HTMLTeaching Old Dogs New Tricks - Changes to The Canada Small Business Financing Regulations
Jonathan Fleisher, Kerian Wallace; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014
The Canada Small Business Financing Program (“CFBFP”) was first introduced over 40 years ago by the Federal Government to provide small and medium sized businesses greater access to financing, through this government guaranteed loan program. When initially introduced, banks readily...


HTMLThe British Columbia Law Institute Recommends Franchise Legislation in that Province
Frank Robinson, Derek Ronde, Geoffrey B. Shaw, Rebecca Valo, Larry M. Weinberg; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014
After months of consultation with industry stakeholders, the British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) has issued its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (the “Report”), which makes a recommendation to the Government of the Province of British Columbia to enact...


HTMLIncorrect Turnover Projections Can Justify Damages Claims - Franchise Law
Michael Rainer, Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 4, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014
If a franchisee is not informed that turnover projections are based merely upon estimations then it is entitled to damages claims with respect to the turnover figures that have not been achieved.


HTMLTesla Disrupts Old School Dealer Model
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014
The staggering pace of innovation has led to a number of industries being disrupted by upstarts providing similar services or products outside of the established model. Want a taxi? Use Uber. Need a hotel? Try Airbnb. Looking to watch television or a movie? The choices are almost already endless:...


Adobe PDFAre You An Accidental Franchisee?
Houser Henry Syron LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2014
Think “Franchise”, and some of the major restaurant and retail chain logos likely spring to mind. While this is correct, the types of businesses that qualify as a franchise extend far beyond what you might imagine. In reality, many different types of business relationships can result...


Adobe PDFFranchisor Issues in a Lease to a Franchisee: How to Avoid Allowing the Franchisor to Crash the Party
David J. Tracy; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014
This article will address issues which arise in the context of a lease by a landlord to a franchisee and the issues raised by a franchisor in a proposed addendum to the lease. The franchisor has legitimate interests it desires to protect. A well-structured document will allow those interests to be...


HTMLLease Considerations for Franchised Businesses
Renee Gerstman, Susan E. Wells; Jaburg Wilk;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014
Franchised businesses pose unique leasing issues that the broker or agent should be aware of at the outset of the representation. The primary difference is that in the franchise context, you will need to satisfy your client, the franchisee, and the franchisor. Ask your franchisee client for any...


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