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Yesterday, I noted that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had issued an order directing all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in the Commonwealth to close at 8 p.m. yesterday. His stated goal is to “manage the crisis as we see the full brutality of the virus in the coming

As you may be aware, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order late on Thursday prohibiting the operation of a business that is not life-sustaining.  The order went into effect at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  Enforcement is scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020.  A comprehensive list of

It’s the holiday season, but franchise lawyers may find little in recent events to celebrate. The challenges just keep on coming!

Most recently, we’ve been challenged by California’s AB5 legislation and Dynamex decision, the DOJ’s brief foray into challenging “no poach” provisions and the State of Washington’s energetic embrace of that campaign. Unfortunately, recent developments

In my recent experience, most franchise start-ups and emerging systems typically charge a technology fee or, at a minimum, reserve the right to charge a technology fee in the future.   These fees are easily justifiable.  Franchisors are routinely creating, developing, managing, and upgrading software programs, websites, phone systems, online platforms and similar technology solutions used

The first step in creating or renegotiating a supply chain is understanding its component parts, and the roles each part plays: Producers, Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, and Consumers. These roles are not exclusive. For instance, the producer of a raw good, such as milk or software code, may also be the manufacturer of the finished good

The recent antitrust attacks on no-poach clauses encourage insomnia among franchise lawyers. But is the attack serious or just a flash in the pan, soon to be extinguished?

The insomnia began in the tech industry, where front-line players with huge market shares agreed not to poach each other’s employees. No-poach agreements among dominant market players,

Before signing an agreement with a new franchisee, franchisors often want to make sure the franchisee has the knowledge, skill, and investment necessary to be successful. While many people are interested in buying franchises, not everyone qualifies for every type of franchise. A franchise application is one tool that can help franchisors weed out potential