Franchise Law Update Blog

John is the editor of the firm's Franchise Law Update blog, which highlights not only the regulatory aspects of franchising but also diverse topics such as business finance, employment, litigation and the protection of intellectual property including trademarks and copyrights.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Worried about GDPR? We have an App for That Fox Rothschild LLP has deployed a new mobile app to assist companies, including franchisors, as they rush to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – a complex set of new data privacy rules with major implications for businesses.  The app – GDPR Check – helps businesses catalog their data management practices and policies to determine necessary steps to comply with GDPR when it takes effect in May. “The pending implementation of GDPR will impact all companies that process... More
  • Coming Attractions: NY Proposes Regulations on Employee On-Call and Call-In Pay The New York State Department of Labor published proposed regulations to the Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations Wage Order in the New York State Register addressing so-called “just in time,” “call-in” or “on-call” scheduling demands facing employees. The proposed regulations, published on November 22, are subject to a 45-day comment period. According to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYSDOL, employers sometimes schedule or cancel a worker’s shift a few hours before the shift begins, or just after it starts, which “often leave[s] workers... More
  • What Restaurant Franchising Tells Us About the Future Restaurant operators and their financiers often need to predict the future. The operators, mostly from franchised brands, need to adapt to changing tastes and fashion. The financiers need to assess risk before making commitments or investments. Experts in these fields met together in November 2017 to test their assumptions. Kevin Burke, Managing Director of Trinity Capital LLC, delivered a report which he summarized the economy for restaurants “As Good as it Gets.” The formal title was a very analytical “A Reversion... More
  • If You Operate a Website, Don’t Miss the 12/31 Deadline To Update Your DMCA Notice If your franchise–or your franchisees–operate a website that accepts user-generated content, NOW is the time to contact the Copyright Office. Whether you realize it or not, your website probably accepts user-generated content. Examples of such content include e-commerce websites that accept product reviews, franchise-sponsored blogs that publish user comments on posted articles, and brand fandom sites that permit users to share photos or videos. It can be very difficult for you to determine whether user-generated content posted to your brand’s website was created by... More
  • Happy Thanksgiving! From our Family to Yours, all of the Franchise and Distribution attorneys of Fox Rothschild send to you the warmest Thanksgiving wishes. We are most thankful for our franchise friends and clients, and wish them every continued success. The post Happy Thanksgiving! appeared first on Franchise Law Update.... More
  • Court: Philadelphia Beverage Tax Is Constitutional Updating our blog posts of March 29, July 7 and December 26 of 2016, an appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania seeking to invalidate the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages (the “PBT”) failed.  In a majority opinion filed on June 14, 2017, Judge Michael Wojcik, joined by 5 of the 7 judges hearing the appeal, affirmed the judgement of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas that the tax is constitutional and consequently agreed that an injunction against... More
  • Ransomware: How Can You Fight Back? Ransomware is back in the news. Yet again, massive and not-so-massive corporate enterprises find themselves at risk of having their computer systems and records held hostage to internet raiders. And, in an added twist, this time systems are not necessarily unlocked even after the ransom is paid. Copyright: tonsnoei / 123RF Stock Photo What can you do? The key is advance preventative measures. Over at Fox Rothschild’s Privacy Compliance and Data Security blog, we follow these issues regularly. There, we have noted... More
  • The Next Frontier in ADA Access Litigation: Online Copyright: byzonda / 123RF Stock Photo Are you ready for the next frontier in ADA Access Litigation? We invite you to read Part 1 and Part 2 in a series of posts by Fox partner Dori K. Stibolt, regarding the new trend in ADA Title III litigation involving access to the internet for the visually impaired. Many of these cases have focused on travel, hospitality, restaurant and service companies which necessarily include many companies in the franchise community.  Additionally, claims related to web access for... More
  • Massive Ransomware Attack WannaCry Spreads Worldwide Copyright: mikkolem / 123RF Stock Photo This past Friday, May 12th, ransomware known as WannaCry (also known as WannaCrypt or WCry) spread throughout the world, affecting more than 100,000 systems in 150 countries. Victims of the massive cyberattack included the NHS in the UK, cellular networks in Spain, universities in China and many other large organizations worldwide. For both franchisors and franchisees who are dependent on Windows systems, the attack highlights the significant risks and high costs associated with keeping cybersecurity... More
  • Tesla “Franchisee” Thwarted in Utah Tesla, the electric vehicle automaker, recently lost a round in the Supreme Court of Utah. Tesla set up a wholly-owned subsidiary called “Tesla UT” that was to hold a license to sell Tesla’s cars to the public. The Utah Supreme Court, in a narrow but unanimous decision, held that the arrangement between Tesla and Tesla UT amounted to an illegal automobile franchise under Utah law. The case turned on a relatively straightforward point of Utah law. To wit, in Utah, automobile... More