In Part 3 of DLA Piper's Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, partner John F. Verhey presented the topic for the eighth legal case with this question: What's the most effective way to enforce remodeling requirements against your franchisees?
Seattle march for $15 wage on ML King Day in 2014. Photo/pnwbot
WASHINGTON – The International Franchise Association announced yesterday that it had now taken its argument against Seattle's new $15 an hour minimum wage hike to the U.S. Supreme Court because it discriminates against franchise owners.
TACOMA – Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza chain is battling a lawswuit claiming violations of the Federal Communications Commission's anti-spam rules for sending hundreds of thousands of SMS (short message service) text message advertisements through an automatic telephone dialing system, without obtaining prior express written consent.
In a 5-4 ruling on April 27,2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Concepcion v. AT&T that corporations may in the fine print of their consumer contracts prohibit class action/group action arbitration, and that defrauded consumers cannot challenge such clauses on the grounds of unconscionability.
In a decision issued Wednesday morning in Williamson v Mazda, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that state-law damages claims seeking to hold an automaker accountable for its vehicle-design choices were not barred by federal regulation of motor vehicles.
Even prominent arbitrators agree: Decisions about whether arbitration clauses in the consumer and employment context are unconscionable shouldn't be left entirely in the hands of arbitrators themselves. Instead, courts must be able to step in and prevent abuses.