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  • Posts by Samuel A. Butler

    Samuel Butler works with clients to analyze and manage risk related to product labeling and marketing, with a particular focus on health, nutrition, and environmental advertising in the supplement and consumer product spaces ...

Posted in Advertising

Towards the end of December, without conducting any outreach to industry groups or consumer organizations, the Federal Trade Commission issued a new guidance document, Health Products Compliance Guidance.

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a retailer’s complaint that a manufacturer violated the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law by terminating it as an authorized retailer without cause or sufficient notice. Watch Co., Inc. v. Citizen Watch Co. of Am., Inc., 2022 WL 1535262 (7th Cir. May 16, 2022).

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Posted in Noncompetes

A federal court in Maryland recently entered an order requiring a former franchisee to comply with the post-term covenant against competition and awarding liquidated damages to the franchisor following the termination of the franchise agreement. The Cleaning Authority v. Hunsberger Enters., 2022 WL 2344169 (D. Md. June 29, 2022).

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A federal court in California enjoined the brother of a former franchisee from continuing to use marks similar to the franchisor’s—even though the franchisor’s application to register the mark was denied, and even though the restaurant was in Miami while the franchisor’s system otherwise consists of a single forthcoming restaurant in California. Shawarma Stackz LLC v. Jawad, 2021 WL 5827066 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 8, 2021).

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Posted in Contracts

A federal court in Michigan stuck to the explicit contractual requirements in deciding whether purchase order agreements were formed between a boat manufacturer and its dealer. S2 Yachts, Inc. v. ERH Marine Corp., No. 1:18-CV-389 (W.D. Mich. Nov. 16, 2021).

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A federal court in Illinois granted summary judgment to McDonald’s on an ADA claim, finding the franchisor did not “operate” the franchised restaurants. Magee v. McDonald’s USA, LLC, 2021 WL 4552411 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 5, 2021).

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The Franchise Memorandum is a collection of postings on summaries of recent legal developments of interest to franchisors brought to you by Lathrop GPM LLP. 

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