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Posts from October 2021 - Issue 270.
Posted in Employment

A federal court in California has recently ruled that a group of former 7-Eleven franchisees were not employees of 7-Eleven. Haitayan v. 7-Eleven, Inc., 2021 WL 4078727 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 8, 2021).

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Posted in Damages

A federal court in Georgia denied a franchisee’s motion to dismiss a franchisor’s claim for liquidated damages. Holiday Hosp. Franchising, LLC v. N. Riverfront Marina & Hotel, LLLP, 2021 WL 3798561 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 26, 2021).

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Posted in Trade Secrets

A federal court in Illinois denied a franchise developer’s motion for partial summary judgment seeking to dismiss a franchisor’s allegations that he misappropriated trade secrets. JTH Tax LLC v. Grabowski, 2021 WL 3857794 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2021).

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On October 28, 2021, Lathrop GPM will launch its Increasing Diversity in Franchising virtual educational speaker series with a presentation by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor, History and African American Studies, Georgetown, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Dr. Chatelain will discuss “Diversity in Franchising – Where Are We & How Can We Improve?” Click here to learn more and to register for this important discussion.

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A federal court in Indiana recently granted a motion by Steak N Shake to temporarily restrain a former franchisee from operating a competing business.

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Posted in Damages

After a two-day bench trial, a federal court in New Jersey found franchisees breached real estate franchise agreements and awarded the franchisor over $7 million in damages. Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. v. Bellmarc Group LLC, 2021 WL 4129492 (D.N.J. September 9, 2021).

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Posted in Employment

A divided panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that claims of improper wage deductions and unjust enrichment against a franchisor were properly dismissed because the plaintiffs agreed to deductions in exchange for valuable franchise rights.

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