This post originally appeared on the Workplace Class Action blog.

Seyfarth Synopsis: There are currently pending at least four class actions claiming that provisions contained in franchise agreements prohibiting the hiring of employees of other intrabrand franchisees without the consent of their employer violate the antitrust laws.  That being said, in 1993 the Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of a franchisor in a similar “no-hire” case.  It reasoned that due to the control the franchisor exercised over its franchisees, the franchisor and its franchisees were incapable of conspiring in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. While the so-called “single enterprise” defense is potentially available, franchisors should be cognizant that in developing that defense, they may create evidence or admissions that would support a subsequent claim that the franchisors are joint employers of their franchisees’ employees.  In light of the availability of other defenses, franchisor employers should assess whether the joint employer risk is worth accepting in order to pursue the single enterprise defense. 
Continue Reading Franchise “No-Hire” Agreement Class Actions And The Single Enterprise Defense

shutterstock_164426618We are pleased to announce the webinar “Information Security Policies and Data Breach Response Plans” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

With the recent uptick of high-profile data breaches and lawsuits being filed as a result by both employees and consumers as a result, every business should take a fresh look at its information security policies
Continue Reading Information Security Policies and Data Breach Response Plans Webinar Now Available!

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorneys Bart A. Lazar, Robert B. Milligan and John P. Tomaszewski will present the third installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets and Data Protection Webinar series.  Please join us for a high level discussion as we take a closer look at avoidance and mitigation techniques for data breaches, including where
Continue Reading Upcoming Client Webinar: Barbarians at the Gate: Class Action Avoidance and Mitigation for Data Breach

On August 7, 2008, in Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP, No. S147190, the California Supreme Court seemingly ruled that Section 16600 of the Business and Professions Code prohibits every attempt by an employer to enforce a non-competition agreement. The court indicated that the only exceptions are those expressly set forth in the statute (agreements in connection with the sale or

Continue Reading The first post-Edwards case is filed, and it is a class action suit too.