The Franchise Law Update blog, published by the attorneys at Fox Rothschild LLP, focuses on the business and legal issues of franchising. Edited by John R. Gotaskie, Jr., the blog draws upon the unique experiences of seven different attorneys whose practices are focused on complex commercial litigation and other corporate business law concerns. The Franchise Law Update blog is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in franchising, or is directly involved with a franchise themselves.
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Unlike many recent franchisee-friendly decisions relating to the employee/employer relationship, the District Court of Northern California recently ruled in favor of a janitorial and cleaning maintenance franchise system. The franchisees of Jani-King of California, Inc. in Juarez v....
It is a special business where, in this economy, same-store global sales are up 7.5% percent, but the stock price still falls 3.3% on the news. But that is what happened to McDonald's yesterday. Reuters reports that the cold winter in Europe combined with continuing concerns for the health of...
California Dreamin' on Such a Winter's Day: Is Proposed California Franchise Legislation a Dream or a Nightmare?
Contributed by Tom Kent Legislation has been introduced in California that would significantly expand the protections afforded to franchisees under California’s Franchise Relations Act and California’s Franchise Investment Law. Assembly Bill No. 2305 known as “The Level...
The FTC requires a franchisor to update its franchise disclosure document (FDD) within 120 days of the close of its fiscal year. The April 30th deadline is fast approaching for franchisors who completed their fiscal year on December...
We, like many of you, were just at the IFA Convention in Orlando earlier this month. There we all saw many great franchise growth opportunities. We also discussed and debated the continuing travails of getting funded in "This Economy" when credit remains extremely tight. As you might...
Compliance with online privacy rules just got a little more complicated. The Wall Street Journal is reporting late this afternoon that California Attorney General Kamala Harris has reached an agreement with six leading mobile device companies regarding privacy policies for apps. The companies...
When I am traveling, I use the time--like I suspect most people do as well--to catch-up on my reading. Coming back from the IFA Convention in Orlando allowed me to read the February issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. Many of you know that Entrepreneur is a favorite of mine because it provides a fair...
For many people, insurance coverage issues trigger instant narcolepsy. Insurance policies are long and dull and extraordinarily confusing. For those and other reasons, businesses don’t often think about their coverage and what types of perils are excluded from their...
On this blog, we recently discussed the fact that some franchise systems, franchisors and franchisees are experimenting with table-side or other hand-held credit card swipe equipment. One advantage to such equipment is that the credit card never leaves the possession of the customer, thereby...
Contributed by Christopher R. Kinkade Trademarks are an essential part of building a franchise brand. Trademark owners who have not yet used a mark but have an intent to use the mark in commerce may file a registration application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office under...