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  • Patent Infringement Cases Will be Closer to Home

    06/14/2017 / Craig Lervick

    As has been widely observed over the past several years, certain locations have become preferred venues for patent infringement suits. Naturally, any plaintiff looking to file such a suit will seek a venue that is most likely to produce a favorable result. Based on a recent Supreme Court decision, infringement cases will likely spread out across the country.

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  • Patent Owners Cannot Use Patent law to Enforce Post-Sale Restrictions on Purchasers

    06/14/2017 / Katie Muller

    A patent owner generally has the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing the patented invention. However, these rights cease to exist with respect to a patented product when the "patentee" sells the product to a purchaser. This same understanding was recently confirmed by the US Supreme Court in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, Inc.

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  • What the DOL’s Rescission of Obama Administration Guidance Means for Employers

    06/11/2017 / Phyllis Karasov

    On June 7, 2017, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announced that the DOL would withdraw two significant guidance documents issued by the DOL.

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  • Art that Stands Alone

    05/31/2017 / James Quinn

    On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court handed down a decision about a potentially significant copyright issue. In the Varsity Brands case the court said that various designs consisting of things like stripes and chevrons on a cheerleading uniform were eligible for copyright protection.

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  • Enforcing Data Security Policies With External Service Providers

    05/31/2017 / James Quinn

    In an article published in the May 7 edition of The New York Times, Nicole Perlroth reported on data security breaches that affected big names like Lady GaGa, Netflix, and Lockheed Martin. In the case of Lady GaGa and Netflix, pre-release copies of songs and TV episodes were taken and distributed by hackers.

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  • Are You Considering the Legal Issues of your 2017 Digital Transformation?

    05/31/2017 / Amanda Matchett

    If you are considering a digital transformation in 2017, you are not alone. Every industry, including the legal industry, has felt the pull to complete varying degrees of digital transformation. Such an undertaking can include moving storage to a cloud service, the addition of mobile applications, going paperless or using an e-signature platform.

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  • NASAA Adopts New Rules on Financial Performance Representations

    05/17/2017 / Chuck Modell, Joe Fittante and Sawan Patel

    On May 8, 2017, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) formally issued new guidance, the NASAA FPR Commentary (the “Commentary”), to clarify what constitutes a reasonable basis in making a financial performance representation (“FPR”)—with specific guidance for a variety of common FPRs that are made in Item 19 of Franchise Disclosure Documents (“FDDs”). The Commentary provides welcome guidance to franchisors that have been reluctant to include FPRs in their FDDs, or whose efforts to include FPRs have been rebuffed by state franchise examiners, but it will ultimately require all franchisors that currently include an FPR in their FDD to revise their FPR.

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  • Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Cause Concern in the Franchise Community

    05/03/2017 / Susan Tegt

    State and local governments around the country are passing legislation that continues to attack the franchise business model.

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  • Eighth Circuit Holds That Franchisor Failed to Establish Willful Infringement

    05/03/2017 / Nic Puechner

    Franchisors must demonstrate at least minimal willful infringement when seeking to recover monetary damages under the Lanham Act, even when the defendants fail to defend the claim.

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  • Minneapolis, St. Paul Issue Sick and Safe Time Rules

    04/18/2017 / Phyllis Karasov and Nic Puechner

    Minneapolis and St. Paul each issued rules and a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) April 1, further clarifying the implementation of each city’s sick and safe time ordinance. The ordinances, which guarantee paid earned sick and safe time for employees working within the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017.

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  • Exemptions and Exclusions Under Federal and State Franchise Laws

    04/04/2017 / Sawan Patel

    Sawan Patel co-authored the Minnesota chapter in the American Bar Association’s book on franchise registration and disclosure exemptions, “Exemptions and Exclusions Under Federal and State Franchise Laws,” published in 2017.

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  • Do Your Commercial Real Estate Taxes Seem Too High?

    04/03/2017 / Tim Rye

    Minnesota's deadline to file an appeal for taxes payable in 2017 is April 30, 2017, which means it's time for commercial property owners, tenants, managers, etc., to decide if a tax appeal is appropriate. Here are a few frequently asked questions.

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  • Individuals, Businesses Must be Justly Compensated When Property is Taken for Public Projects

    04/03/2017 / Gary Van Cleve

    When the government takes private property for a public project, both the United States and the Minnesota Constitutions require that just compensation be paid for the taking.

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  • SBA Announces Valentine’s Day Changes to SBA Loan Program for Franchises

    02/15/2017 / Charles Modell and Sawan Patel

    Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced temporary changes to the recently revised franchise review process for its 7(a) and 504 loan programs. The changes are intended to facilitate SBA loans for franchisees of franchise systems who have previously been on the SBA’s Franchise Registry or otherwise negotiated an SBA Addendum to their franchise agreements.

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  • 2017 Checklist for Franchisors: Updating Your FDD

    01/30/2017

    Chuck Modell's article, "2017 Checklist for Franchisors: Updating Your FDD" was published by the International Franchise Association on Jan. 29, 2017.

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  • Judge Limits Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

    01/30/2017 / Alexander Beeby

    The Minneapolis sick and safe time ordinance will only apply to Minneapolis businesses – for now.

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  • Franchisees Are Not Off the Hook Just Because They Invoke Cancellation Language in the Franchise Agreement

    01/25/2017 / Inga Schuchard

    A federal district court in Florida made exceedingly clear in an October 2016 decision that even if a franchise agreement is cancelled and rescinded, its non-disclosure and non-competition obligations can still tie the franchisee’s hands. In other words, franchisors may enforce these obligations even when the franchisee never opens the franchise.

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  • The Risk of Failing to Consider Disclosure Obligations in Confidential Settlements

    01/25/2017 / Henry Pfutzenreuter

    Franchisors who enter into settlement agreements requiring that they keep their terms confidential put themselves in jeopardy if they fail to first consider their disclosure obligations.

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  • Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

    01/25/2017 / Henry Pfutzenreuter

    As evidenced by recent court decisions and regulatory actions there is a trending interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that a website is a “place of public accommodation.”

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  • Get it in Writing, so a Deal Doesn’t end in Buyer Beware

    01/02/2017 / Chuck Modell

    Chuck Modell contributed the article, "Get it in Writing, so a Deal Doesn’t end in Buyer Beware" to the Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 edition of Upsize Magazine.

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