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GNC Blindsided by Last-Minute Fox Cancellation of Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons was a game that will be long remembered, but another conflict that also may long be remembered had already begun off the field among would-be Super Bowl advertiser GNC, Fox Broadcast and the NFL.

Subway’s Late CEO Fred DeLuca Testifies at Trial via Videotape

The late co-founder/CEO of the Subway restaurant chain, Fred DeLuca, made the decision twelve years ago to partner with Anthony Pugliese III, a powerful real estate tycoon in Delray Beach, Florida to develop a green community south of Orlando under the trademark "America's First Eco-Sustainable City." Four years later the project crashed, resulting in "highly complex civil and criminal" lawsuits between the two powerful wealthy businessmen.

CorePower Yoga Founder’s Death Ruled Suspicious

San Diego homicide detectives are now investigating the suspicious death of CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice after police officers found his body in his upscale Sunset Cliffs home on Monday, responding to a request for a welfare check on the resident. News reports state he bought the home last January for $3 million.

Appeals Court Affirms Class Certification of Jani-King Franchisees-As-Employees Suit

In a lawsuit filed by two Jani-King franchisees, alleging they were wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of employees, an appeals court affirmed in September a ruling by the district court that the case could go forward as a class action against the world's largest commercial cleaning franchisor.

CFA Opposes Joint Employer while Addressing Franchisor Control

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an Advice Memorandum (“memo”) which would greatly expand liability for franchisees across the country.

Jared’s Ex-Wife Sues Subway Claiming Corporate Knew about Child Sex Abuse

Subway interior

After repeatedly denying it had received any complaints about celebrity pitchman Jared Fogle requesting sex with children while promoting its brand, Subway and its Franchisee Advertising Fund are now facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of Jared's former wife and children.

Volvo Truck Franchisee Asks Court to Uphold $6.5M Jury Award

Volvo 2016 VNL 670 Model (Photo: Thecohorts, CCBY-SA 4.0, wikimedia.org)

After a jury in Indiana district court awarded a truck dealership $6.5 million last year, finding Volvo Trucks North America breached its franchise agreement through price discrimination, the franchisee is now asking the federal appeals court to uphold the award while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago is hearing the appeal of the lawsuit.

Franchisee Termination Litigant Again Shattered by Esoteric Damages Rules

My article last month on franchise termination litigation set forth a somewhat detailed assessment of the law of damages in a franchise termination context, concluding in part that:

Workers File 15 EEOC Complaints against McDonald’s Claiming Sexual Harassment

(Photo from FightFor$15 Facebook page)

While McDonald's promotes its zero tolerance for workplace sexual harassment in its 14,000 restaurants across the country, 15 female workers claim the hamburger chain is not enforcing its policy. To prove it they have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, not only against the franchisor but also against franchisees.

Lawsuit Unsealed Accusing El Pollo Loco of Stock ‘Pump and Dump’ Tactics

El Pollo Loco HQ, Costa Mesa, Calif. (photo: El Pollo Loco website)

COSTA MESA, California – An investor lawsuit in Delaware was unsealed last month alleging that directors and officers of fast food chain El Pollo Loco concocted a "pump and dump" stock scheme in 2015, allowing them to pump up the value of stock through false public statements and financials, and then dumping over six million shares before the true dismal numbers were released.