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Megan is among the contributors to 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

  • (UPDATED) Are State Registration Deadlines Changing under COVID-19? Yes and No (a survey) This was updated on April 15, 2020, to reflect changes issued by Illinois and Indiana. This was updated on April 6, 2020, to reflect changes issued by Virginia. This has been updated to reflect changes issued by Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Washington. Good things come to those who wait … except when you are referring to state franchise registration timelines.  This is one of the busiest times of year for franchisors with fiscal year ends that coincide with the calendar... More
  • NJFPA Refresher – Community of Interest As many readers may know, the FTC Rule on Franchising’s definition of franchise contains three basic definitional elements: (1) license of a trademark, (2) payment of a fee, and (3) provision of assistance or exertion of control. Additionally, twenty-six states regulate the offer and sale of franchises. Of those twenty-six states, eight define a franchise by incorporating a requirement that a “community of interest” exist between the parties, instead of the assistance/control element of the FTC Rule. This blog post... More
  • Did the D.C. Circuit Overrule or Uphold Browning-Ferris? Yes. On December 28, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the Browning-Ferris case. In this much anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals concluded that the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to enumerate a new joint employer test was a valid exercise of its authority. The Court of Appeals held, however, the NLRB failed to properly apply the newly created test. Consequently, while the Court of Appeals didn’t completely abrogate the NLRB’s ruling, the opinion frankly raises... More
  • Ample Planning Cannot Always Save Franchisors from Taxes Out-of-state franchisors beware of opening a franchise in New Mexico due to the recent decision in A&W Restaurants, Inc. v. Taxation and Revenue Department of the State of New Mexico and the potential for tax liability. The Taxation and Revenue Department of the State of New Mexico (“Dept.”) assessed over $29,000 in unpaid taxes against A&W Restaurants, Inc. (“A&W”) arising from its collection of royalty fees from several New Mexico franchisees. In 2007, the New Mexico legislature amended the definition of... More
  • What “Never” To Negotiate in Franchise Agreements – Part 4 The Fox Rothschild associate team of Megan Center and Alex Radus recently gave a presentation at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on the “Top Ten Provisions to ‘Never’ Negotiate in a Franchise Agreement”.  We have prepared a summary of this presentation in four separate blog posts.  The first post focused on central themes of franchise negotiation, the second post addressed protecting the confidentiality of franchise negotiations, and the third post addressed the first five of our top... More
  • What “Never” to Negotiate in Franchise Agreements – Part 3 The Fox Rothschild associate team of Megan Center and Alex Radus recently gave a presentation at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on the “Top Ten Provisions to ‘Never’ Negotiate in a Franchise Agreement”. A summary of this presentation will be prepared in four separate blog posts. The first post focused on central themes of franchise negotiation, and the second post addressed protecting the confidentiality of franchise negotiations. This installment details the first five of our top ten provisions... More
  • Time to Reconsider No Poaching Agreements? Yes, Emphatically. Renewed Efforts to End No Poaching Provisions Franchisors need to review their franchise agreements and take immediate action in response to the recent onslaught of legal action over “naked no poaching” provisions in franchise agreements. In a typical franchise agreement, a franchisor will prohibit a franchisee from poaching its or its other franchisees’ employees during the term of the franchise agreement and for a period of time after the franchise agreement ends. Until now, these provisions were fairly commonplace. Franchisors argue these provisions... More
  • Protecting the Confidentiality of Franchise Negotiations The Fox Rothschild team of Megan Center and Alex Radus recently gave a presentation at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on the “Top Ten Provisions to ‘Never’ Negotiate in a Franchise Agreement.” A summary of this presentation is being presented in four separate blog posts.  The first post focused on the central theme of franchise negotiation from the perspective of the franchisor and franchisee. This installment highlights a few practice pointers that can save time and money during... More
  • What “Never” to Negotiate in Franchise Agreements We, Megan Center and Alex Radus, recently gave a presentation at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on the “Top Ten Provisions to ‘Never’ Negotiate in a Franchise Agreement” and want to share the highlights of that presentation here.  This first of four blog posts will focus on central themes of franchise negotiation from the perspective of both the franchisor and franchisee. With that, before we jump into the theme of negotiation, we want to briefly touch on the... More
  • NASAA’s Proposed FDD Cover Page Changes: Helpful or Misleading? The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) is proposing to revise the instructions in the NASAA Franchise Registration and Disclosure Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) that outline policies and procedures regarding the preparation of a franchise disclosure document (“FDD”). Specifically, NASAA has set forth a proposal for public comment that replaces the “State Cover Page”  to the FDD with three separate pages titled “How to Use this Franchise Disclosure Document”, “What You Need to Know About Franchising, Generally”, and “Special Risks... More