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|Determination of the Validity of Non-Competition Clauses in a Franchise Agreement|
Erica Chiu; Lee Tsai Partners Attorneys-at-Law;
September 30, 2014Pursuant to the Explanation of the Fair Trade Commission on the Regulation of the Operating Behavior of Franchisors (hereinafter, the "Explanation"), the so-called "franchisor" refers to an enterprise that licenses its trademark or operating techniques, assists or guides the...
|Associated Wholesalers, Inc. Lands in Bankruptcy Court|
Morris James LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014Robesonia, Pennsylvania-based Associated Wholesalers, Inc. (“AWI”) and ten associated debtors (collectively, the “Debtors”) filed Chapter 11 petition in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. A copy of the AWI petition is linked here: Voluntary Petition...
|Out of Africa: Business Summit Focuses On Renewal of AGOA|
September 5, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014The United States government in conjunction with the Bloomberg Philanthropies held the first ever US-Africa Business Summit on August 4-6, 2014 to discuss trade opportunities in Africa. A primary focus of discussion at the summit was the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a regulation passed...
|NLRB Deems Micro-Unit an Appropriate Bargaining Unit in Retail Industry|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 4, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014The National Labor Relations Board (the "Board" or NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions applying its Specialty Healthcare test to determine if petitioned-for units in two large department stores were appropriate for bargaining purposes. The Board reached different outcomes in these...
|The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product liability|
Agus Ahadi Deradjat, Hans Adiputra Kurniawan; Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR);
August 1, 2014, previously published by Global Legal Group as part of its cross border guide to Product Liability. on May 2014This article examines the product liability laws in Indonesia.
|Connecticut’s Supreme Court Clarifies Applicable Forfeiture Standards When Tenant Exercises Option to Purchase Leased Property|
Noble F. Allen; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014Commercial leases often contain provisions that provide the tenant with an option to purchase the leased property upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. The issue of what constitutes the forfeiture of a tenant’s right to exercise an option to purchase a leased property was recently...
|Tax Increment Financing in New England|
John H. Sokul; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014As we all know, the easy sites in New England are gone. The large, square, flat, clean, dry sites with highway access close to large, affluent population centers have been developed. However, there are still plenty of great development (and redevelopment) opportunities. Each presents various...
|Redbox Collection of ZIP Codes Does Not Violate Song-Beverly Privacy Rights|
Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (“Redbox”), provider of the popular self-service kiosks that rent movies and video games in airports and other locations, received confirmation last month from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that it can continue requiring customers to provide their ZIP...
|Too much of a “Good Thing”? Exclusivity and Enforcement in Licensing Agreements|
Elder C. Marques; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014Exclusive product or manufacturing licenses allow retailers to leverage a partnering business’s strengths, such as a strong brand name, loyal customer base, or state-of-the-art operations and supply chain management. With these benefits, retailers might be tempted to find multiple strategic...
|FSIS Proposes New Recordkeeping Requirements for Ground Beef Processors & Retailers|
Leslie T. Krasny, Manesh K. Rath, David G. Sarvadi, Brian P. Sylvester; Keller and Heckman LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014 USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to propose a rule, in the coming days, that imposes new recordkeeping requirements on ground beef processor establishments and retail facilities.