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Matt Kreutzer
Las Vegas, Nevada
Partner - Howard & Howard Attorneys at Las Vegas, Nevada
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Nevada's new law AB 276 provides comfort to franchisors seeking to enforce covenants not to compete in the state. Continue reading
The ADP National Franchise Report states that the franchise industry added 26,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in September 2016. Continue reading
California Assembly Bills 1782 and 2637, which would have improved the regulatory climate for franchises in the state, have been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown after being passed by an overwhelming majority of the legislature. Continue reading
Two bills are currently pending before the California legislature that can directly affect franchising in the state. Continue reading
Today I attended the International Franchise Association's fourth annual California Franchising Day. During the course of the day, I had the opportunity to meet with Assembly Members (or their representatives) Hadley, Bigelow, Brough, Miller, Baker, and Gipson, and Senator Nguyen. My group talked with them about the many issues facing franchisees and franchisors in California, including concerns about rising minimum wages, high workers' compensation premiums, and other regulatory issues facing industry members in California. We also talked to the Assembly members and Senator about Assembly Bills 1782 and 2637, and specifically about how those bills (if passed) will improve franchising... Continue reading
The International Franchise Association's (IFA) fourth annual California "Franchising Day" is set for March 8, 2016. The goal of Franchising Day is to inform California legislators about some of the key issues affecting the franchise industry. Continue reading
The U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA"), in response to pressure by the International Franchise Association, recently changed its position regarding how it views franchise companies and their affiliates for purposes of determining loan worthiness. Continue reading
This week, the California legislature nearly unanimously approved Assembly Bill 525, which would (if signed by Gov. Brown) amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act ("CFRA"). Continue reading
Last night I reviewed a franchise agreement and found a surprising, and illegal, provision buried deep in the contract. If ever there was a compelling case for being careful when you are choosing legal counsel, I just found the provision that makes it. Continue reading
Tomorrow (Monday, June 29, 2015), California State Assembly Bill (AB) 525 will be considered by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. If passed by the Senate, AB 525 will amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act by expanding protections for existing franchisees. Continue reading
On May 14, 2015, the California state Assembly passed AB 525, a bill that would amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act by expanding the protections for existing franchisees. The bill is now in the Senate for consideration. Continue reading
FRANData, the company that operates the Franchise Registry for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced last week that it adopted the standard franchise definitions used by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in the Multi-Unit Commentary that was issued in Fall 2014. Continue reading
A federal court in Seattle has denied the International Franchise Association's request to enjoin the portions of Seattle's minimum wage law that discriminate against franchisees. Continue reading
Franchisees and franchisors continue to fight new minimum wage laws by U.S. cities that discriminate unfairly against small business owners who are affiliated with franchise systems. Are these types of laws "industry specific" within the meaning of Item 1 of the Franchise Disclosure Document? Continue reading
The International Franchise Association's (IFA) third annual California "Franchising Day" is set for March 11, 2015. Continue reading
2014 was a challenging year for franchising, seeing two new broad-based forms of attack on the franchise model driven by labor unions. The International Franchise Association has created a coalition to fight back. Continue reading
The National Labor Relations Board's Office of the General Counsel announced today that it has issued 13 consolidated complaints against franchisor McDonald's USA, LLC and McDonald's franchisees naming them "joint employers." Continue reading
Entrepreneur Magazine released this week its "Top 500 Franchises" List for 2015. Continue reading
The website GreatBusinessSchools.org just published this infographic, entitled "Foray into Franchising." Although I don't necessarily agree with all of the opinions in the infographic, I think it's interesting and very informative so I thought I would share it here. To see the infographic, click here. It's a big one, so I am linking to it instead of reposting. Continue reading
The NLRB's General Counsel, Richard Griffin, recently explained his McDonald's "joint employer" opinion to a group of law students. His comments offer some hope for franchisors concerned with his determination. Continue reading
Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Nevada Las Vegas's William S. Boyd School of Law and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. Continue reading
The IFA has responded to the City of San Francisco's unanimously passing a new law called the "Retail Workers Bill of Rights." If it is signed by Mayor Edwin Lee, it would go into effect next summer. Continue reading
The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) recently announced updates to its electronic filing portal that franchisors and other companies use to file franchise registration documents in California. Continue reading
Last week's Wall Street Journal had a story about the franchise systems with the highest default rates for Small Business Administration-backed loans over the past decade. Continue reading
The second of a two-part piece examining why "dabbling" franchise attorneys -- that is, those who are inexperienced in franchising and franchise law but get involved with franchise transactions anyway -- can be harmful to their clients. Continue reading