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Mealey's Franchise - Class Claims Over Papa John's No-Poach Clause Survive Dismissal Motion
Posted on 23 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A federal judge in Kentucky on Oct. 21 declined to dismiss class claims accusing a pizza chain franchisor of violating the Sherman Act by coordinating no-poach agreements between its franchisees and let stand claims of fraudulent concealment... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Class Claims Tossed In Suit Over Accessibility Of Applebee's Franchises
Posted on 22 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

GREENBELT, Md. - A wheelchair bound man who claims that an Applebee's franchisee failed to make certain restaurant locations' parking lots accessible as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) hasn't shown commonality, a federal... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Fact Issue Exists On Whether Decision To Create New Auto Dealership Was Reasonable
Posted on 22 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

MOBILE, Ala. - In two separate rulings issued Oct. 17, an Alabama federal judge denied an auto dealership's motion to exclude expert testimony offered by the auto manufacturer after determining that the testimony is reliable and said that based on... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Franchisee Settles Allegations Of Discriminatory Policy To Verify Employment
Posted on 21 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The owner and operator of 78 Taco Bell restaurant franchises in six states agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by requiring that lawful permanent residents submit specific documents... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Dismissal Denied In Suit Over Realty Commission; U.S. Files Statements Of Interest
Posted on 17 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Missouri federal judge on Oct. 16 denied motions to dismiss filed in one of two class complaints pending in Missouri and Illinois accusing the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and certain real estate broker franchisors of conspiring... Read More

Mealey's Franchise - Burger King Franchisee's Suit Over Forum Selection Clause Dismissed With Prejudice
Posted on 16 Oct 2019 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Burger King franchisee when signing a franchise agreement also agreed to litigate any matters where there is federal jurisdiction within the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a Florida federal judge ruled on Oct. 11,... Read More

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