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Mealey's Franchise - Federal Judge: McDonald's Has Right To 1st Option To Buy Back Franchises
Posted on 21 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - Pursuant to its franchise agreements, McDonald's USA LLC had the first option to purchase eight California franchises for the price set out in a purchase and sale agreement (PSA), even though the franchisor declined to purchase other assets... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Blind Domino's Patron Opposes Certiorari In Website ADA Accessibility Suit
Posted on 19 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites and mobile apps was a matter of first impression that did not create a circuit split, a blind man tells the U... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Arbitration Of Vendor Negotiating Practices Granted In 7-Eleven Suit
Posted on 19 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

CAMDEN, N.J. - A franchisee who sued 7-Eleven for breaching his franchise agreement must arbitrate claims related to vendor negotiating practices, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled Aug. 14, staying those claims and dismissing the others (Bassel Khorchid... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 2nd Circuit Finds Valid Arbitration Agreement Between Applicant, Franchisor
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - A franchisee application that contained an arbitration agreement and the franchisor's consideration of that application constituted "sufficient consideration to support the agreement to arbitrate," a Second Circuit U.S. Court... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 8th Circuit: Adult Toy Franchisee Has No Free Speech Claim In Zoning Dispute
Posted on 14 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

ST. LOUIS - An adult toy franchisee barred from opening in its chosen location in Jonesboro, Ark., due to its proximity to places of worship and day cares failed to show that the Arkansas law controlling its business location violated the First Amendment... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Interlocutory Appeal Denied In Suit Over Jimmy John's No-Hire Contracts
Posted on 8 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Aug. 6 rejected a sandwich shop franchisor's motion for interlocutory appeal of a dismissal denial in a putative Sherman Act class suit over no-hire contracts with franchisees, noting that bringing the matter... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - H&R Block Seeks Arbitration Ruling From 8th Circuit In Employee's Class Suit
Posted on 5 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

ST. LOUIS - Franchisors H&R Block Inc. and H&R Block Tax Services LLC (collectively, H&R Block) filed an appellant brief on July 31 in the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking reversal of a trial court's denial of a motion to compel... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Counterclaims Against Best Western Dismissed, In Part, In Arizona
Posted on 5 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

PHOENIX - Best Western International Inc. on July 30 succeeded in its effort to obtain dismissal of allegations by a former franchisee that the hotel chain engaged in discrimination, when a federal judge in Arizona deemed the claim conclusory and inadequately... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Injunctive Relief Class Added To Proposed Motel 6 Guest List Turnover Settlement
Posted on 1 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

PHOENIX - An amended settlement agreement and proposed order were filed July 31 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... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Sherman Act Suit Over Little Caesar's No-Poach Clause Tossed With Prejudice
Posted on 1 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

DETROIT - A former pizza franchisee manager who sued the franchisor over its no-poach agreement under the Sherman Act failed to make "a serious effort to state a case under a rule-of-reason antitrust theory," a federal judge in Michigan ruled... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Panera Franchisee Agrees To Pay Up To $4.6M To End Wage Collective, Class Claims
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A settlement proposal under which an Ohio-based Panera Bread franchisee will pay up to $4,625,000 to end collective and class wage claims brought by assistant managers was granted preliminary approval by a federal judge in Ohio on July... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 11th Circuit Affirms Ruling That Safe Sales Faxes Were Solicited By Hotels
Posted on 30 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

ATLANTA - A trial court correctly ruled that opt-out notices required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as amended by the Junk Fax Prevention Act (TCPA) were not necessary on sales faxes for hotel safes sent to hotel franchisees as the faxes were... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Suit Against Franchisor Dismissed; Kingdom Of Jordan Is Proper Venue
Posted on 30 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

ST. LOUIS. - A Missouri federal judge on July 26 granted a motion to dismiss filed by a franchisor and its parent corporation after determining that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the proper forum for the plaintiffs to pursue their claims arising... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 9th Circuit Panel Orders Rehearing In Franchise Wage-And-Hour Case
Posted on 25 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 22 withdrew its May holding that a franchisor violated wage-and-hour laws by misclassifying franchisees as independent contractors, granted the franchisor's request for a panel rehearing... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Judge Awards Howard Johnson $583K After Breach Of Franchise Agreement In Florida
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Mealeys

NEWARK, N.J. - A former hotel franchisee must pay Howard Johnson International Inc. approximately $583,000 after breaching its franchise agreement, a federal judge in New Jersey said in an opinion and accompanying order, both not for publication, filed... Read More