News Alerts from PK

2017

Wed 11/29

Plave Koch ranks among top in “Best Lawyers” and “Who’s Who Legal”

Our firm is honored to continue its string of "Tier 1" national and regional rankings for Franchise Law in the 2018 U.S.News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" results. The rankings are determined... More

2016

Fri 12/16

SBA Announces Changes to Franchise Financing

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced a significant change in their process for reviewing applications by franchisees for SBA-backed financing. The changes are the result of a... More

Wed 11/2

McDonald’s Settles Claim by Franchisee’s Employees

You may have read the news reports that McDonald’s Corp. settled a case involving a claim that it was a joint employer along with one of its franchisees. That settlement was announced on October 31... More

2015

Mon 5/18

Two Appeals Court Victories for PK Clients – Plus Another Important Decision

Three appeals court rulings in April will help franchisors enforce their franchise agreements and system standards. We are pleased that Plave Koch litigators brought home two of those... More

2014

Tue 9/23

Domino’s Falls the Right Way, but FedEx Fails to Deliver

California Supreme Court Rejects Vicarious Liability Claim by Franchisee’s Employee against Franchisor While Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Delivery Drivers Are Employees not Independent... More

Fri 8/8

Worry But Don’t Hyperventilate (Yet): What the “NLRB Action” Means for Franchisors + Action Items

Client Alert on the NLRB General Counsel’s Statement Concerning McDonald's USA LLC with Practical Tips for Actions Items to Consider Download PDF There have been many reports that the... More

2013

Tue 12/3

Supreme Court Decision on Forum Selection Clauses

The Supreme Court’s decision in Atlantic Marine Construction Co., Inc. v. US District Court for the Western District of Texas, No. 12-929, had several holdings of import for franchise companies.... More

2012

Sat 6/16

Reminder: File Your New York “Information Returns for Franchisors” by June 20th

If you have any franchisees in New York, then don’t forget to submit your New York “Information Returns for Franchisors” by June 20th. Not sure what you have to do? We’ve provided a brief... More

Tue 5/15

Plave Koch urges state franchise regulators to expand number and scope of exemptions from registration requirements

On May 15, 2012, we submitted comments on the Model Franchise Exemptions proposed by the Franchise and Business Opportunity Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association... More

Mon 3/12

Plave Koch asks FTC to ease restrictions on providing financial performance information about company-owned units

On March 12, 2012 we submitted a letter to Lois Greisman, Associate Director for Marketing Practices at the Federal Trade Commission, requesting that the FTC revise its guidance on disclosure of... More

Mon 2/27

Franchisors and Facebook

If you attended the Technology Summit at this year’s IFA Convention, you heard Facebook announce that IFA members would be given access to FB’s new parent/child tool to control how franchisees... More

2011

Fri 12/9

Red Lion Hotels decision

On December 7th, the US Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit handed down an opinion in Red Lion Hotels Franchising, Inc. v. MAK, LLC, 2011 WL 6061516 (9th Cir., Dec. 7, 2011). Of particular note is the... More

Fri 5/6

Chinese Franchise Regulation

The current Chinese Franchise Regulations, which took effect on May 1, 2007, require franchisors to complete a regulatory filing and to provide disclosure before they may offer franchises in the PRC.... More

2010

Wed 7/14

Domino’s Pizza not liable for delivery car accident, rules Maine Supreme Court

Domino’s Pizza is not vicariously liable for an automobile accident caused by a pizza deliveryman, the Maine Supreme Court has ruled. A pizza deliveryman was in a car accident with a man on a... More

Thu 4/29

La Quinta decision on enforcing system changes

We wanted to pass along the attached decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday involving La Quinta Inns and a former franchisee that we thought might be of interest to you. The Sixth... More

Sat 2/27

Supreme Court decision on federal court jurisdiction

Last week, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that for the purpose of federal court jurisdiction, a corporation’s “principal place of business” is limited to where its... More

2009

Mon 11/30

Nutrition Labeling Standards

Tucked into the health insurance reform bill that recently passed in the House of Representatives was a provision labeled “NUTRITION LABELING OF STANDARD MENU ITEMS AT CHAIN RESTAURANTS AND OF... More