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Mealey's Franchise - Panel Reverses Finding That Hyundai Violated Texas Occupations Code
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

AUSTIN, Texas - A determination by the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles that Hyundai Motor America violated the Texas Occupations Code in its transactions with its franchised dealers did not comply with the Administrative Procedure Act... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Motel 6 Ups Settlement Payment, Expands Classes To End Guest List Lawsuit
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

PHOENIX - The parties in an Arizona class lawsuit over guest lists being voluntarily turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents by Motel 6 Operating L.P. and G6 Hospitality LLC, doing business as Motel 6, on June 28 filed a joint... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Rent-To-Own Firm Seeks Judgment, Witness Exclusion In Spyware Privacy Lawsuit
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

ERIE, Pa. - A rent-to-own (RTO) retailer and one of its franchisees on June 28 moved for summary judgment related to a couple's claims under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the plaintiffs... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judge Dismisses Mental Health Counseling Franchise's Claims Against Former Workers
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge in Arkansas on June 27 dismissed without prejudice a mental health counseling franchise's claims that four former employees who filed a False Claims Act suit against it breached the terms of noncompete agreements... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judge Sets Aside Default Judgment Against IHOP Franchisor In Nebraska
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

OMAHA, Neb. - A federal judge in Nebraska on June 21 granted a joint motion to set aside a clerk's entry of default judgment against IHOP Property LLC because its failure to answer a complaint alleging that its restaurant had inadequate parking and... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Motion To Add Plaintiffs Denied In Classification Suit By Jani-King Franchisees
Posted on 25 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 20 denied a motion for leave to amend a complaint in a nearly decade-old lawsuit to add current franchisees as plaintiffs alongside former franchisees to allow for adequate representation of a proposed... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judgment In Favor Of McDonald's Reversed By Indiana Court In Negligence Action
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

INDIANAPOLIS - Saying that generally "it is improper to grant summary judgment when requests for discovery are pending," the Indiana Court of Appeals on June 19 reversed a trial court's order granting summary judgment in favor of McDonald's... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - New Jersey Panel Again Affirms Ruling Invalidating Franchise's Arbitration Clause
Posted on 17 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

TRENTON, N.J. - On remand from the New Jersey Supreme Court, a state appeals panel on June 13 again affirmed an earlier decision that invalidated an arbitration clause in an agreement to participate at a trampoline park franchise, rejecting franchisor... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Franchisors Ask Florida Federal Court To Confirm $5.1M ICC Award
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

MIAMI - Franchisors of retail stores on June 11 filed a petition in a Florida federal court to confirm a $5,101,194.67 international arbitral award issued in their favor over the breach of a franchise agreement for the operation of retail stores in Panama... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Consignors Are Employees, Not Volunteers, D.C. Circuit Panel Determines
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 7 upheld a district court's ruling that a franchisor's consignors, who worked shifts at consignment sales, are employees rather than volunteers under the Fair Labor... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 7th Circuit Panel Revives Man's Age Discrimination Suit Against Former Employer
Posted on 11 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - A Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 7 reversed a ruling dismissing a man's age discrimination and retaliation suit against his former employer, holding that he sufficiently named his employer in his Equal Employment Opportunity... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Texas Panel Overturns Ruling Vacating Franchisor's Arbitration Award
Posted on 7 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

TEXARKANA, Texas - A Texas appeals panel on June 5 overturned a lower court's ruling vacating an arbitration award in favor of Choice Hotel International Inc., finding that there was no reason to vacate the award and order arbitration through a private... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judge Dismisses Gas Station Franchise's Claim For Violations Under PMPA
Posted on 7 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on June 4 dismissed claims for violations under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) because a gas station has not taken any steps to terminate the franchise and, thus, has no claim under the PMPA (Hopkinton... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Panel Affirms Confirmation Of $1.35M Arbitration Award In Favor Of Ford Motor Co.
Posted on 4 Jun 2019 by Mealeys

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 30 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that confirmed a $1.35 million arbitration award in favor of Ford Motor Co. in a Kuwaiti company's lawsuit alleging that it was not bound to... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judge Denies Request For Temporary Restraining Order In Suit Against Franchisor
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Mealeys

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on May 29 denied plaintiffs' request for a temporary restraining order in their lawsuit against a franchisor for cell phone and electronic device retail stores, finding that they failed to "clearly" demonstrate... Read More