Periodically, we see significant trade secrets issues arising in the franchise context. As counsel, we regularly advise clients on these issues. Given the significance of trade secrets in the franchise organization, we thought it might be helpful to get the perspective of the President of Franchise Opportunities Network, W.C. Garth Snider, on the role of trade secrets in the franchise

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In a battle of competing noodle franchises, a federal district court in Arizona recently granted a franchisee’s motion to compel arbitration in a trade secret and breach of contract dispute with its franchisor.   

Apart from its colorful facts, the court’s ruling is significant.  First, it demonstrates that franchisors that include arbitration provisions in their franchise agreements may be precluded

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