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Commissioner Denies Registration for Media360, Orders Cease and Desist

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Business Oversight Commissioner issued a cease and desist order in June against Media360 and its sole managing partner Reid S. Johnson for failing to disclose in its franchise registration document previous enforcement action against the franchisor from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Maryland Finalizes Enforcement Action against Chris Conner, RedRhino

Chris Conner Image from YouTube video

BALTIMORE – As an update to the saga of Christopher J. Conner, the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland has finalized its consent order against the franchise consultant, his firm Franchise Marketing Systems, and client RedRhino epoxy floor company and its owner Michael Kenealy.

400 McDonald’s Workers Granted Class Status in Labor Violation Suit

McDonald's worker serving a customer (photo/bmm)

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in California has granted class action certification for employees who worked at restaurants owned by a five-unit McDonald's franchisee, in a case alleging the company violated various labor laws.

McDonald’s Wins Trademark Dispute with Rival MacCoffee

STRASBOUG, France – A European court ruled on Tuesday that a Singapore company could no longer use its MacCoffee trademark or, for that matter, any other food or drink products with the prefix of "Mac" or "Mc."

Fifth Circuit Slams the Door on Criminal Record Discrimination Lawsuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rejected an unsuccessful job applicant’s claim that he was denied employment because of his criminal record. The Plaintiff in Noris Rogers v. Pearland School District unsuccessfully argued that his history of felony convictions for drug offenses, including the sale of heroin, amounted to race discrimination under a disparate impact theory of liability.

Lyft Gets Green Light on $27M Settlement with Drivers

Lyft car in Santa Monica with former grill-stache. Photo/Praiselightmedia

Lyft Inc., a ridesharing franchise company, received a favorable ruling last week from a California federal court allowing its drivers to remain as independent contractors instead of employees.

New York AG Settles with Jimmy John’s to Stop Non-Compete Clause in Hiring Packets

New York's attorney generalNEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced last Wednesday that Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches agreed to stop including sample non-compete agreements in the employment material it sends to its franchisees in hiring workers. As part of the agreement, Jimmy John's has also agreed to inform its franchisees that the Attorney General has concluded that the non-compete agreements are unlawful and should be voided.

Exxon's Zone Pricing Exerts Too Much Control over Franchisees

A recent case decided by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey may breathe new life into the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act and the Robinson-Patman Act. South Gas, Inc. v. Exxonmobil Oil Corp., 2016 WL 816748 (D.N.J. February 29, 2016).

Failed Subway Pitchman ‘Jared’ Loses Appeal for Lesser Sentence for Child Sex Charges

Jared Fogle serves Subway Photo: cc Anna Hanks, Sept. 30, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court today upheld the 15-year 8-month prison sentence handed down to former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle last year on charges of child pornography and illicit sexual conduct with a child.

Subway Franchisee Freed from United Arab Emirates Prison on Charges of Supporting Terrorists

Photo: UAE-US Relations

WASHINGTON – After being imprisoned for almost two years, a successful real estate developer and his son, a Subway franchisee, both citizens of the United States, have been freed from a prison in the United Arab Emirates.