In Aamco Transmissions, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Robert V. Romano and Linda Romano, Defendants, 2016 WL 792498, AAMCO sued their former franchisees for violation of their franchise non-compete provision and sought a permanent injunction to enforce the non-compete, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees.

D ROBIN INTERNATIONAL, INC., Plaintiff, v. LEHIGH VALLEY RESTAURANT GROUP, INC., JAMES W. RYAN, LUCINDA C. LOBACH, and JOSEPH J. FUSCO, JR., Defendants, 2016 WL 397559, a Red Robin franchisee group filed a motion to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction by the state of Colorado.

In Brian Lofgren v. Airtrona Canada and Sam Barberio, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2016 WL 25977, addressed among other issues, whether the business relationship between the Plaintiff and Defendants constituted a “franchise” agreement under the Michigan Franchise Investment Law. Read the CA FLC January 2016 Case Report

In Amy Meadows, et al., v. Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., 2015 WL 7015396, a class of current and former Dickey’s Barbeque Pit franchise owners challenged Dickey’s Motion to Compel Arbitration in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. Read the CA FLC December 2015 Case Report

In SEDAKER GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INC., ANCJ, LLC, Capire, LLC, and Tayden Enterprises, LP v. DIRECTBUY INC., 2015 WL 6610212, four California DirectBuy franchisees sued DirectBuy for breaching the franchise agreement by charging its franchisees fees that were unreasonable and not authorized by their respective franchise agreements. The court denied DirectBuy’s motion to dismiss…

The Obama administration announced changes to the United States (“US”) relations with Cuba earlier this month in what could be significant change in policy and represent new opportunities for many US industries. Although many details still need to be worked out, including domestic challenges to the change in policy seen by some as a violation…