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Legal Risk Management in Franchise System Change

  • January 14, 2014
  • Adam Ship, Thomas N.T. Sutton and Katie Szilagyi

In business, evolution and adaptability are absolute prerequisites to success. Shifting consumer preferences, aggressive competitors, and new technologies require that businesses improve and adapt their products and services, as well as their supply chains and internal operations...

Franchise Law

The Case for Electronic Disclosure (in Ontario)

  • July 08, 2013
  • Richard Leblanc

One unanimous criticism of Ontario’s Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 relates to the obsolete methods prescribed for delivery of a disclosure document to a prospective franchisee.

Springdale Pizza: More than 2 for 1…

  • July 08, 2013
  • Geoffrey B. Shaw, Jonathan Wansbrough

Should franchisees be able to get something for nothing? One would think not but in the recent decision in 2189205 Ontario Inc. et al. v. Springdale Pizza Depot Ltd. et al., 2013 ONSC 1232, 2013 CarswellOnt 2630 (Springdale Pizza)...

Franchisor or Franchisee: Who is the Employer?

  • April 24, 2012
  • Nadine Cote

Courts and administrative tribunals are generally sensitive to the vulnerability of employees in employment relationships due to the often unequal bargaining power between employers and most employees.

The Case for Mediation and Arbitration of Franchise Disputes

  • April 17, 2012
  • Frank Zaid

Franchising has become big business in Canada. According to the Canadian Franchise Association website, franchise businesses account for 40% of all retail sales in Canada and there are over 78,000 franchise units across Canada...