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Reena Bajowala Wins Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow Alumni Award

December 13, 2018

Ice Miller partner Reena Bajowala won the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow Alumni Award on Dec. 5. The PILI Fellow Alumni Award recognizes one former PILI Fellow for outstanding contributions to public interest or pro bono work.



Partner Reena Bajowala to Moderate Panel at Hub88's Steamfest

October 26, 2018
Reena Bajowala, a partner in Ice Miller's Litigation Group, will moderate a panel at hub88's Steamfest: Exploring Endless Possibilities event in Naperville, Ill. on Nov. 9. 


Franchisors – Are your Non-Solicitation Agreements Enforceable?

February 12, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
In late January, a class action was filed against Jimmy John’s in the Southern District of Illinois by current and former franchisee employees who are challenging Jimmy John’s enforcement of non-solicitation agreements. These agreements prohibit franchisees from recruiting or poaching employees from other Jimmy John’s restaurants. If poaching or recruiting does occur, Jimmy John’s has the right to terminate the franchise agreement and issue a $50,000 penalty. The plaintiffs are arguing that 98 percent of Jimmy John’s are franchises, and therefore, these agreements give employees little opportunity for competitive wages. Although this class action is pending in Illinois, this case begs the question whether a non-solicitation agreement, such as the Jimmy John’s agreement, is enforceable in Indiana.  
 


A Franchise Dispute is Brewing

A flurry of litigation is brewing over the Ohio Alcoholic Beverages Franchise Act (the Act) as Great Lakes Brewing Company seeks to require its distributor to obtain Great Lakes’ approval before changing ownership. The case is currently taking a second lap before the Sixth Circuit to determine whether Great Lakes violated the Act.



Franchisors – Don’t Delay!

“Act now, don’t delay.” That was the important lesson that a federal court recently handed down to franchisors when the court denied Noble Roman’s claim that its franchisee violated the federal Lanham Act. This decision is an important reminder to franchisors that they must be diligent in their efforts to discover violations of the franchise agreement, and to the extent they find any violations, to promptly preserve their right to pursue enforcement and damages.


Brent Huber presents at Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

March 8, 2017
Brent Huber recently returned from one of the American Bar Association’s largest Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conferences, the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Brent was a panel speaker.


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