Barry Kurtz and Kurtz Law Group Featured in SFVBJ

Barry Kurtz and Kurtz Law Group’s new beer distribution law practice area were featured in an article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal on September 30, 2013.  The firm believes that this is an ideal addition to its franchise law practice because beer law is franchise law combined with alcohol control laws, brewers being the franchisors, […]

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Introduction of Three-Tier System of Beer Distribution Law

INTRODUCTION OF THE THREE-TIER SYSTEM Prior to the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919, brewers and producers of other alcoholic beverages sold directly to retailers and often held ownership interests in taverns, known as “tied houses”, which led to anti-competitive business practices and unscrupulous marketing tactics aimed at inducing excessive consumption. To combat that […]

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Personal Guarantee of Franchisee Fees and Costs Upheld

What potential liabilities may owners of a terminated entity franchisee face as a result of personally guaranteeing the entity franchisee’s obligations in favor of the franchisor? As Violet Spear, the sole shareholder of Vianna, Inc., a terminated 7-Eleven franchisee in Evanston, Illinois, painfully learned, guarantors should expect to be liable for the franchisor’s attorneys’ fees […]

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Franchise Relationships and Licensing Agreements

By Barry Kurtz Printed in San Fernando Business Journal What’s the difference between a franchise relationship and a licensing agreement? Both can spur growth, but there is a fine line between them. The unwary entrepreneur launching an expansion campaign can end up in a world of trouble if he or she doesn’t understand the difference.Indeed, […]

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