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HTMLDeep-Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al.
Craig A. Cowart; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013
The whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen was roasted over the lawsuit filed by a former general manager of a Deen-affiliated restaurant. Now that the media storm is starting to fade, what lessons can employers and human resources professionals learn from what happened? Keep reading...


HTMLWhat's On Tap? A Look at Michigan's New Craft Beer Regulations
Alexander M. Leonowicz; Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2013, previously published on November 15, 2013
While the Michigan craft beer industry continues to BOOM, state lawmakers are continuing to brew over several new regulations that would loosen the proverbial belt buckle and allow for future growth in the industry. Michigan ranked fifth in the nation in the number of breweries in 2012, and the...


HTMLHotels, Motels Still Drawing USDOL Attention (Updated 11 21 13)
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 25, 2013, previously published on November 20, 2013
One of the U.S. Labor Department's continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels. Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as presenting a "high risk" for non-compliance.


HTMLNJ Appellate Division Upholds Beachfront Property Owners Right to Compensation in Pre-Sandy Breach of Easement Agreement Suits
John J. Reilly; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2013, previously published on November 2013
The New Jersey Appellate Division issued a published decision on October 28, 2013 in Petrozzi v. City of Ocean City, a consolidated appeal involving pre-Superstorm Sandy circumstances in which beachfront property owners claimed damages for breach of dune easement agreements and inverse condemnation...


HTMLThe Supreme Court Decision Confirming that Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers are Enforceable
Kathleen Hopkins Alsina, Jane R. Goldsmith; Phelps Dunbar LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2013, previously published on November 2013
In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133 (U.S. June 20, 2013), merchants filed a class action suit against American Express under the antitrust laws. The American Express motion to compel arbitration was granted and the underlying claims were dismissed. The plaintiff...


HTMLClean-Up in Aisle 9: Ninth Circuit Finds Ralphs Grocery Company’s Arbitration Policy Unconscionable Under State Law Not Preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act
Theodore T. Eidukas; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 4, 2013
As we have reported on several occasions, a string of United States Supreme Court cases over the past few years has strengthened the use and applicability of arbitration provisions in contracts. For example, in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court held that a rule making class waivers...


HTMLThe Bellagio Gambles on “Use” Under Canadian Trade-mark Law and Loses
Paul W. Donovan; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013
An administrative decision of the Trade-marks Opposition Board confirms that a trade-mark owner will not be able to prove use of a trade-mark in association with services unless the owner performs or is prepared to perform those services in Canada.


HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court Follows Concepcion But Allows Courts to Strike Down Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements
Robert R. Roginson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2013, previously published on October 25, 2013
Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, No. S174475, (October 17, 2013): As expected following the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the California Supreme Court struck down its own rule on arbitration agreements. In Sonic-Calabasas...


HTMLAlberta Liquor Licensees and Suppliers Beware
Roland Hung, Kara L. Smyth; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2013, previously published on October 25, 2013
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (“AGLC”) has recently increased enforcement to ensure that Liquor Agents, Liquor Suppliers and Liquor Licensees are complying with provisions respecting inducements. The industry should be aware that years of adopted practices and interpretations...


HTMLOntario Court Rules there is No “Material Change” Where the Franchisee Had Knowledge of Changes
Stefanie Holland; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2013, previously published on October 2013
In 1201059 Ontario Inc. and Pizza Pizza Limited, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressed the disclosure obligations of a franchisor in the context of the renewal of a franchise agreement when the franchisee is required to incur substantial renovation costs to its business premises. In this...


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