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New Jersey Franchisees Claim that they are Employees of Franchisor

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In Naik v. 7-Eleven, Inc., (U.S. District Court. D.N.J., Civil No. 13-4578), certain 7-Eleven franchisees in New Jersey alleged that they are employees, not independent contractors, of the franchisor, and that the franchisor violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other New Jersey statutes.  7-Eleven made a motion to dismiss, which was denied… Continue Reading

Franchisee’s Fraud Claim Rejected Under New Jersey Law

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We have discussed the court’s enforcement of the arbitration provision contained in the franchise agreement and the court’s re-affirmation that the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act does not apply to the sale of franchises. Another noteworthy aspect of the court’s decision is the discussion of the heightened standard under New Jersey law to successfully assert a fraud claim.

Are Fines an Effective Tool for Franchisors?

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A common question that we receive from our franchisor clients is, “Can we update our FDD and franchise agreement permitting the franchisor to impose fines on franchisees for non-compliance?” The simple answer is that while you can update your documents to permit the imposition of fines, the real question franchisors should be asking is, “Are fines an effective tool to minimize instances of non-compliance with System standards?”

NLRB Finds McDonald’s and its Franchisees are a Joint Employer

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The National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel has created a firestorm in the franchise community with its recent decision that McDonald’s and its franchisees will be treated as joint employers with respect to allegations that they violated the rights of employees. The NLRB’s decision strikes at the heart of the franchising business model, which is based on franchises being independently owned and operated businesses.

New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act does not Apply to Sale of Franchises

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In last week’s blog posting we discussed the recent decision of Yogo Factory Franchising, Inc. v. Edmond Ying, et al., US District Court D. New Jersey 2014), in which the court enforced the arbitration clause contained in the franchise agreement. Also notable in this case was the court’s decision reaffirming that the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act did not apply to the sale of franchises.

When is a Franchisor Vicariously Liable for the Actions of its Franchisees?

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In the Matter of the Estate of Stephanie Anderson v. Denny’s Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court, D. New Mexico, November, 2013), an employee was killed during a robbery at the restaurant. The court denied Denny’s motion for summary judgment and held that the issue of whether Denny’s, as the franchisor, was vicariously liable for the franchisee’s failure to provide a safe working environment would be submitted to the jury to determine.