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Posts from May 2024 - Issue 301.
Posted in Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court recently determined that an exemption to the Federal Arbitration Act excluding workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce from coverage under the Act includes a transportation worker employed by a company outside of the transportation industry. Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries Park St., LLC, 601 U.S. 246 (2024).

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A federal court in Ohio recently granted summary judgment in favor of multiple hotel franchisors on sex trafficking claims brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). S.C. v. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc., 2024 WL 1429114 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 2, 2024).

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Posted in Bankruptcy

A Michigan bankruptcy court recently granted debtor/franchisee Empower Central Michigan Inc.’s motion to reject a franchise agreement as an executory contract but found that a non-compete clause and a related confidentiality agreement remained enforceable. In re: Empower Cent. Michigan, Inc., 2024 WL 1848504 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. Apr. 26, 2024).

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A federal court in New Jersey recently granted a franchisor’s motion for a preliminary injunction, enjoining the former franchisee from using the franchisor’s marks and violating the franchise agreement’s noncompete clause, as narrowed by the court. GPI, LLC v. Patriot Goose Control Inc., 2024 WL 1704731 (D.N.J. Apr. 18, 2024).

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A federal court in Texas has denied an individual owner’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction despite the fact that he had not signed the relevant franchise agreement or corporate guaranty in his individual capacity. Alamo Intermediate II Holdings, LLC v. Birmingham Alamo Movies, LLC, 2024 WL 1813449 (W.D. Tex. Apr. 25, 2024).

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A New Jersey appellate court, reversing a summary judgment decision, recently held that the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, Inc. (the Coalition) had associational standing to bring an action against Ford Motor Company for declaratory and injunctive relief. N.J. Coal. of Auto. Retailers, Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 2024 WL 1461817 (N.J. Sup. Ct. App. Div. Apr. 4, 2024).

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