Big News from the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf today! While there does not yet seem to be an Order, the Governor’s Office issued a press release today outlining significant changes to targeted COVID-19 business restrictions in Pennsylvania.

On April 4, 2021, the following changes will be implemented:

  • Restaurants
    • May resume bar service for the

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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

For over 40 years, Amzi Takiedine had been a 7-Eleven franchisee when he sued his franchisor in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The case, Azmi Takedine v. 7-Eleven, Inc. has two published decisions. The case presents an explanation of the state of the law in Pennsylvania regarding the elements

The interpretation and enforcement of non-competition covenants is always a hot button issue and varies from state to state. In Our Town v. Michael Rousseau and Jennifer Rousseau, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (“Court”) granted a temporary restraining order filed by a franchisor, Our Town, against its former

Is a franchisor liable as a “statutory employer” under Pennsylvania law if its franchisee fails to obtain workers’ compensation insurance?  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently answered “no” under the facts of Saladworks, LLC v. W.C.A.B. (Gaudioso). The decision is a victory for franchisor Saladworks on a narrow legal issue.  But it is a bigger win

Congratulations! Your franchise system has opened multiple locations across the state, region or maybe even country.  Now, how can you protect against a former franchisee competing with your other locations (besides the franchisee’s old location)?

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Copyright: andreyuu / 123RF Stock Photo

In a recent case, AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. v. Romano

40560580_sIf you follow this blog, you know that a very interesting case involving restrictive covenants has been winding its way through the Pennsylvania courts. The facts of the case are pretty simple. David M. Socko is a salesman, generally working in the commercial waterproofing industry. In December 2010, while already employed, Socko signed a new

question markBack in May 2014, I reported on a significant case from the Pennsylvania Superior Court regarding restrictive covenants.  Specifically,the Superior Court held that the Pennsylvania Uniform Written Obligations Act (the “UWOA”) would not supply consideration for a restrictive covenant.  Instead, the Superior Court reiterated that, under Pennsylvania law, some additional consideration was necessary for restrictive