Franchisor Liberty Tax Service was ruled vicariously liable by a California state appellate court for its franchisees' illegal advertising.
Buying hotels usually means obtaining financing. Jeffrey Steiner, a hotel attorney, says there are ten things that a hotel buyer may not know about loans.
Franchisees and other employers get a short extension of time before they have to comply with the controversial new rule.
Modern franchisees can have their franchise terminated for failure to "obey all laws" and be forced to take down their trade dress (brand signs). It turns out that old-style was not much different.
Looking back, 2010 was a year of significant changes in franchise law, and surprising results in litigation. In our view, here are the most important cases.
The automobile dealer arbitrations for GM and Chrysler are finished, and I believe they offer insight into how powerful a tool arbitration can be for franchisees (and franchisors).
Mediation is often touted as the panacea for dispute resolution. It's not, and it suffers a bit from idol worship. I'm a mediation evangelist myself, but it's just a tool and it has many limits.
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Bombthrowers and lapdogs are the perjoratives usually flung in a fight among franchisees like that described in today's article on the Choice Hotel Advisory Council.
So if the dispute resolution system is broke in terms of serving franchise businesses, why can't we make it faster and cheaper? One easy target is lawyers.