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Posted on Blog October 27, 2015

In a recent decision by Judge Patricia A. Seitz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Court found that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act does not apply to warranties that arise outside of the United States. Stein v. Marquis Yachts, LLC, No. 14-24756-CIV, 2015 WL 3440163, at *3 (S.D. Fla. May Read more →

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Posted on Blog October 22, 2015

Typically, franchisors insist on including arbitration provisions in their franchise agreements with the franchisees for various reasons including, but not limited, having more control over the litigation process to resolve their disputes. The arbitration clauses in most franchise agreements are broadly worded to include all disputes arising out of or relating to the franchise agreement. Read more →

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Posted on Blog October 8, 2015

I appreciate and am thankful for the kind and complimentary words received from Ed Shanahan, Executive Director of the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners Association (DDIFO), after my having given a speech at the DDIFO National Conference in Las Vegas, NV on September 22nd, 2015. The presentation was on the legal implications of the recent Read more →

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Posted on Blog September 21, 2015

On July 23, 2015, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota introduced two related bills to improve franchising in the United States: the Small Business Administrative (SBA) Franchise Loan Transparency Act of 2015 (H.R. 3195) and the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.R. 3196). Franchising is the sector of the retail and business industry that has experienced Read more →

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Posted on Blog September 16, 2015

A Florida federal judge has ruled that Hard Rock Cafe International must face a Bahamas-based franchisee’s suit claiming it exaggerated its profitability and demanded exorbitant royalties, finding the court has jurisdiction although the franchise agreement was executed by a foreign Hard Rock affiliate located in the Isle of Jersey, a known tax haven. Although the Read more →

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