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Mealey's Franchise - Jan-Pro Seeks 9th Circuit Rehearing In Franchisee Classification Lawsuit
Posted on 11 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A cleaning service franchisor filed a petition on Oct. 8 seeking a panel rehearing or rehearing en banc after a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 24 ruled that franchisees may proceed with claims that they are employees... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Plaintiffs, Franchisor Oppose Production Of Confidential Spyware Suit Settlement
Posted on 9 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

ERIE, Pa. - On Oct. 4, a Wyoming couple who sued a rent-to-own (RTO) franchisor and franchisee over the installation of spyware on their laptop jointly filed a brief with the franchisor, with whom they recently settled their claims, opposing the franchisee's... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Domino's Pizza's Petition Over Website Accessibility Denied By Supreme Court
Posted on 7 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Oct. 7 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to enter the debate over what obligations the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) imposes upon a website operator in terms of making a website accessible to people with disabilities... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Estate: Domino's Franchise Operators Violated Labor Act With Delivery Drivers
Posted on 30 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

DAYTON, Ohio - A day after a ruling ordering the original plaintiff to arbitrate her claims, the executor of an estate filed a first amended complaint on Sept. 25 in an Ohio federal court, seeking to represent the estate and former delivery drivers over... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 9th Circuit Certifies Retroactivity Question To California High Court
Posted on 25 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 24 issued an order certifying a question to the California Supreme Court regarding the application of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court retroactivity and issued an opinion... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Settlement In 1 Wage Case Against Franchisors Won't Stop 2nd Case From Proceeding
Posted on 25 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A settlement reached in one wage complaint against Jack In The Box franchisees brought under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) doesn't bar another putative class complaint alleging similar claims under wage-and... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 8th Circuit: Suit Over Length Of Franchisor's Massages Belongs In Federal Court
Posted on 19 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

ST. LOUIS - An Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 17 vacated a District Court's remand of a class complaint over the advertised length of massages offered by a massage and skincare franchisor, ruling that the franchisor needed to... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Rent-To-Own Franchisor Defends Exit From Spyware Row Over Franchisee's Objection
Posted on 16 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

ERIE, Pa. - Six days after a Wyoming couple announced their intention to dismiss Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) claims against a rent-to-own (RTO) franchisor over computer spyware, the plaintiffs and the franchisor on Sept. 16 jointly responded... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - 10th Circuit Upholds Denial Of Barbecue Franchisor's Motion To Compel Arbitration
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Mealeys

DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 6 upheld the denial of a motion filed by Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. to compel arbitration of a franchisee's breach of contract dispute because the parties never executed a franchise... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Domino's Says Rampant Litigation Supports High Court Review Of Website ADA Suit
Posted on 30 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Aug. 28 reply brief supporting its petition for certiorari, Domino's Pizza LLC tells the U.S. Supreme Court that a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling over the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Panel: Claims Are Potentially Subject To Employment Practices Liability Coverage
Posted on 29 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California appeals panel on Aug. 27 held that a lower court erred in finding that an employment practices liability insurance policy's wage-and-hour exclusion bars coverage for an underlying lawsuit brought against the owner... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Jani-King Franchisee Class Settlement Granted Final Approval By Federal Judge
Posted on 29 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Aug. 26 granted final approval of a $3.7 million settlement to be paid by Jani-King of Philadelphia Inc., Jani-King Inc. and Jani-King International Inc. (collectively, Jani-King), ending more than a decade... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Burger King Franchisees Will Pay $30,000 To End Intellectual Disability Bias Suit
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

OKLAHOMA CITY - The operators of a Burger King in Oklahoma will pay $30,000 to end a complaint by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for withdrawing a job offer for an applicant with... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - High Court Seeks Response To Petition Seeking Review Of Maryland Taxation Ruling
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 21 requested a response to a petition seeking clarification of whether a state may treat franchise fees, royalty fees and similar payments from in-state businesses to out-of-state businesses as income... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Hotel Franchisees Seek Rehearing After 11th Circuit Found Faxes Were Solicited
Posted on 21 Aug 2019 by Mealeys

ATLANTA - Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) franchisees filed a petition for rehearing en banc on Aug. 16, approximately three weeks after an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled that sales faxes sent to the hotels were solicited (Gorss Motels, Inc... Read More