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DLA Piper’s Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, Part 3

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?

IFA Takes Fight against Seattle Wage Hike to U.S. Supreme Court

Seattle minimum wage
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.

Papa Murphy’s Fights Federal Anti-Spam Rule Violations

No spamTACOMA – 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.

Supreme Court Approves Obamacare!

President Obama talks with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to learn of SCOTUS passing heatlh care law
President speaks with Solicitor General Verrilli on the phone to learn that SCOTUS upheld health care law, photo/White House

WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court this morning upheld the legality of the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

SCOTUS Ruling Could Impact Franchisees

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.

SCOTUS Rejects Preemptions in Defects

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.

Can Contracts Strip Legal Rights?

Here's the video of the American Constitution Society's panel discussion on AT&T v. Concepcion held on Tuesday at the National Press Club.

Supreme Court Decides Rent-a-Center v. Jackson: Companies Delegate Unconscionability Challenges to Arbitrator

A divided Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to consumers and employees seeking to challenge arbitration agreements on the ground that they are unfair or unconscionable.

When Are Class Action Disputes Properly Submitted to Arbitration?

Michael Lockerby, a leading franchise law expert, expands on the Supreme Court’s April 27 decision, where Stolt-Nielsen v. AnimalFeeds represents the latest word, but Congress may have the final say.

Should A Franchisor's Hand-Picked Arbitrator Get to Decide Whether It's Fair for the Franchisor to Hand Pick the Arbitrator?

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.