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Despite Leegin, the FTC’s narrow view of markets should worry franchisors
  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • USA
  • July 6 2007

On June 6, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) moved to block the acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc. by Whole Foods Market, Inc

Prevailing franchisor awarded attorneys’ fees
  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • USA
  • July 30 2007

In a recently concluded case, AFC Enterprises, Inc., the franchisor of the POPEYES franchise system, obtained the dismissal of claims filed by a former franchisee, as well as nearly $200,000 in attorneys' fees

PUCO rules in support of municipal control of electric services within municipal boundaries
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • USA
  • August 13 2007

On July 25, 2007, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO” or “Commission”) adopted its Opinion and Order in Case No. 06-890-EL-CSS involving a complaint brought by Ohio Power Company (“Ohio Power”) against Consolidated Electric Cooperative (“Consolidated”

Franchising: time to explore the opportunities?
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 22 2007

The UK franchise sector has a turnover of £10.3bn, employs more than 364,000 people and is responsible for introducing approximately 3,000 new small businesses into the UK each year

Federal district courts
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • September 13 2007

A federal court has applied the gist of the action doctrine and the parol evidence rule to grant summary judgment on counterclaims asserted by a defendantfranchisee against a plaintifffranchisor

Increased small business exemption in new Texas Margin Tax statutes
  • Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
  • USA
  • September 4 2007

House Bill 3928 was a clean-up bill that corrected some technical issues found in the statutes of Texas’ new Margin Tax, a tax that will replace the old franchise tax system

IRS rules that “image upgrade” payments by manufacturers to franchisees are taxable
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • USA
  • May 20 2014

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has informally ruled (General Legal Advice Memorandum 2014-004; the "GLAM") that payments made by manufacturers to

Amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct
  • Piper Alderman
  • Australia
  • April 17 2014

The Government has released for public consultation an exposure draft of amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct. On 2 April 2014, the

B.C. even closer to enacting franchise legislation
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Canada
  • April 3 2014

British Columbia has no special franchise legislation - franchise relationships are governed by the terms of franchise agreements and the common law

Would you like fries with that Picasso? The international franchising of world class museums
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Global, USA
  • January 29 2009

Decades ago, profit-driven business ventures such as McDonald's paved the way for international franchising bringing the Big Mac to over 119 countries worldwide