11th Circuit Allows ADA Claims based on Franchisor Website

Visually impaired persons are filing lawsuits claiming that the failure of companies to make their websites compatible with screen reading software violates the ADA and similar state laws. The 11th Circuit recently reversed a dismissal of such a case against a franchisor, allowing it to proceed to district court.

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Are Your Franchisees Prepared for Disaster?

Disaster could strike at any moment. What measures should a franchised business take to prepare? We explore one important aspect of a disaster readiness plan—insurance — and three critical steps a franchisor should take to verify that its franchisees have proper insurance in place.

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February 01, 2019 | Legal News

Trends Emerge from Agreements to Discontinue “No-Poaching” Provisions

The Washington State Attorney General’s office has issued a press release describing the timeline on which prominent franchisors have entered into Agreements to Discontinue the use of “no-poaching” provisions in the franchise agreement.

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January 11, 2019 | Legal News

Supreme Court says Questions of Arbitrability will be Determined by Contract

The U.S. Supreme Court reinforces that the contract language is key in determining whether a dispute falls into the scope of an arbitration provision. Do your arbitration provisions measure up?

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January 01, 2019 | Recognitions

Cheng Cohen Names Gina Malandrino Partner

We are thrilled to announce that Gina Malandrino has been named a partner at the firm effective January 1, 2019.

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December 07, 2018 | Tips and Tools

Is Your Business Ready for FASB’s Revenue-Recognition Standards?

Privately held franchisors must begin adopting the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) new revenue-recognition standards in their 2019 reporting period. In this post we review FASB’s latest guidance to help you prepare.

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September 18, 2018 | Legal News

New Proposed Rule for Joint-Employer Liability

The NLRB issued a proposed rule that limits the scope of joint employment to cases where the franchisor has “substantial direct and immediate control” over the employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment. If this proposal is approved, it would unwind the stricter controls introduced in Browning-Ferris.

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August 09, 2018 | Recognitions

Amy Cheng Named as a 2018 Notable Woman Lawyer in Chicago

Amy Cheng is honored to be named as one of the 2018 Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers by Crain’s Custom Media.

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August 09, 2018 | Legal News

11th Circuit Allows ADA Claims based on Franchisor Website

Visually impaired persons are filing lawsuits claiming that the failure of companies to make their websites compatible with screen reading software violates the ADA and similar state laws. The 11th Circuit recently reversed a dismissal of such a case against a franchisor, allowing it to proceed to district court.

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August 03, 2018 | Legal News

Legislators and Employees target “No-Poaching” Provisions in Franchise Agreements

The FTC recently announced its intention to scrutinize no-poaching provisions in contracts, including franchise agreement provisions that prohibit franchisees from soliciting each others employees. A new wave of litigation and legislative actions are poised to address this issue.

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March 24, 2018 | Tips and Tools

ADA-Compliant Websites: Why are Franchisors Being Sued?

In recent years, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against companies, including franchisors, alleging that their websites do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We provide short answers to common questions these lawsuits raise.

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