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State Regulators Order Dine In 2Nite Delivery Meals to Stop Violating Franchise Laws

SAN DIEGO – Dine In 2Nite North America, LLC, described by the franchise company as "the first subscription based catering franchise, delivering freshly prepared gourmet meals for $10 per day," has now been caught by two state regulators, Washington and California, of selling franchises without being registered and other violations.

U.S. Lawns Not Liable as Joint Employer under Title VII

ROANOKE - A federal court in Virginia ruled last March that franchisor U.S. Lawns was not a joint employer of its franchisee after an employee of the gg franchise owner sued both companies for gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

LearningRx Objects to Blue MauMau Article

LearningRx pamphlet given out on Thurs 5/26/2016
Image from LearningRx pamphlet given out on May 26

COLORADO SPRINGS - Tanya Mitchell, LearningRx's vice president of franchise development for the past 11 years, and daughter of CEO Dr. Ken Gibson, took issue with Blue MauMau's recent article and its title, "LearningRx 'Brain Training' Franchise Settles with FTC for False Claims."

LearningRx 'Brain Training' Franchise Settles with FTC for Alleged False Claims

Federal Trade Commission building, Washington, D.C.
FTC building, Washington, D.C. (Photo by BMM)

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with LearningRx and its chief executive officer, Dr. Ken Gibson. The action stops the franchisor from making false and unsubstantiated claims that it can improve serious health conditions such as ADHD, autism, concussions and Alzheimer's disease. The FTC requires the firm pay a $200,000 fine.

Uber Agrees to $100M to Settle Class Action Lawsuits with Drivers

Uber protest in Portland (photo/Aaron Parecki)

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber agreed last week to settle two class action lawsuits for $100 million. The legal actions were filed by drivers in California and Massachusetts to determine if they could be reclassified as employees instead of independent contractors, to receive benefits they lack now. Had the lawsuits proceeded to trial and Uber had lost, the outcome could have cost the firm billions in employee expenses.

Meineke Franchisee Jailed for Not Paying Royalties

jailed
(Photo:D Sniegowski)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After terminated Meineke franchisees ignored a court default judgment that directed them to "cease and refrain" from operating their auto shop in Nevada, after bragging to customers that corporate "can't do anything about it," a district judge determined that contempt sanctions of imprisonment and fines of $1,000 a day were necessary.

DLA Piper’s Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, Part 2

In this second segment of the DLA Piper Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, John Dwyer, of counsel at the firm, (pictured below) introduces the next important topic: Can a franchisee be terminated for failing to follow the franchisor's pricing?

DLA Piper’s Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015

DLA Piper Franchise division, a leader in national and international franchise law, presented its Top 10 Franchise Cases for 2015 in a webinar session last month, providing franchisor clients with guidance as to "business considerations" and "rapidly growing trends."

Subway Franchisee Settles EEOC Claims over Firing HIV-Positive Worker

Image: EEOC

INDIANAPOLIS - A Subway franchisee has now settled a 2015 discrimination lawsut brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for firing a worker who was HIV positive. 

Subway Ex-Pitchman Jared No Longer Living the Good Life

Photo: Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood, CO.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – After a federal judge sentenced Jared Fogle on November 19, 2015 to 15 years, 8 months on charges of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to pay for sex with minors, the former Subway pitchman is finding life in prison not so easy.