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HTMLThe Franchise, the FTC, Deception, and Data Protection
Alan M. Burger; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2015, previously published on August 26, 2015
On Monday of this week the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion in a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission against the franchisor of Wyndham hotels. The Court ruled that, for now, the FTC has stated valid unfair and deceptive claims against...


HTMLFranchise: Damages Claims by Franchisees
Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 24, 2015, previously published on September 22, 2015
Franchisees can assert claims for damages if they were knowingly forecast unrealistic turnover figures when everything was being explained to them prior to the conclusion of the agreement.


HTMLLooking Forward by Looking Back: China’s Franchise Regulations after Eight Years
Tao Xu; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015
On July 1 and 2, we, representing the International Franchise Association, met with China’s franchise regulators in Beijing and Shanghai. The conversation would be familiar to anyone who has been closely following the development of the franchise regulatory regime in China in the last eight...


HTMLBeyond the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision: What Does It Mean for Franchising?
Kevin Harlow, Harriet A. Lipkin, Erik B. Wulff; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2015, previously published on September 10, 2015
The new, expanded concept of “joint employer” is inexorably taking hold. Proponents of this new outlook are striving to apply it to franchising - part of a broader initiative to overcome the so-called “fissured employment” landscape in the US.


HTMLIs There a Lesson from Dunkin’ Donuts for Franchisors Outside Quebec?
M. Sandra Appel; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2015, previously published on August 21, 2015
The Quebec Court of Appeal has recently upheld the 2012 decision of the Superior Court awarding substantial damages - CA$10.9 million - to former franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts.1 Application for leave to appeal was filed with the Supreme Court of Canada on June 15, 2015; a decision is expected...


HTMLCalifornia: Franchise Tax Board Responds to Issues With Its Web Portal
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 30, 2015
On July 23, 2015, in response to ongoing security and privacy concerns, the California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB) announced that it was delaying the launch of its enhanced web portal, MyFTB, until January 2016, so it has more time to implement additional identity verification during the...


HTMLRoom for Sale: Rent-to-Own Is a Retail Trade Under the Texas Franchise Tax
Madison J. Barnett, Olga Jane Goldberg; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2015, previously published on July 31, 2015
The Texas Court of Appeals ruled that Rent-A-Center is primarily engaged in retail trade and thus qualifies for the lower 0.5% franchise tax rate available to retailers and wholesalers. The Comptroller argued that the rent-to-own business is a rental service rather than the sale of merchandise in a...


HTMLHow Foreign Franchisors Can Expand into the United States Using Foreign Franchisees
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015
Foreign-based franchisors may wonder how difficult it would be to expand their businesses into the United States. Although ensuring compliance with local franchising laws is essential, it is not the only challenge that foreign-based franchisors will face when attempting to establish a presence in...


HTMLFast food and franchise
Michael Rainer, Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2015, previously published on May,06,2015
A well-known fast food chain has terminated the contract with one of its franchisees in Germany, but the latter is fighting back. There are several pitfalls that one needs to be mindful of regarding franchise agreements.


HTMLWhat Happens When a Franchise Agreement Ends, Part Two: Cancellation
Richard Stobbe; Field Law;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
In some cases, a franchise relationship ends after many years of business. At the point of termination, the parties must wrestle with a number of issues, including customers, inventory, and (as we reviewed in Part 1) the impact of any post-termination restrictive covenants.


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