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February 2018

Miranda Morgan to Discuss New Tax Bill with Business Owners as Part of Columbus CEO Event

February 15, 2018
Partner Miranda Morgan will be a panelist at the upcoming “Tax Talk for Businesses” panel, presented by Columbus CEO magazine and Clarus Partners.


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.  
 


The Franchise Industry Looks Forward to Big Growth in 2018

February 2, 2018 by Christina Laun Fugate, Partner
For the eighth year in a row, the International Franchise Association, the franchise industry’s largest trade group, released its 2018 Franchise Business Outlook, forecasting franchise industry growth.


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