Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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Aloha, Dunkin’!

Having made its mark up and down the California coast, Dunkin’ Donuts is readying its return to Hawaii. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper, “Hawaii’s first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in more than a decade will be near the Honolulu Airport as part of a development project that includes an IHOP restaurant, a Shell gas…

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Aloha to Another Court Rebuke

It seemingly has been one court after another ensuring that government not be allowed to just do as it wishes without regard to its legal authority!  Another case in point comes from the Aloha state last week over the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Three local communities in the state of Hawaii had decided…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Soon enough, you’ll be able to enjoy a cool (or hot!) Dunkin’ beverage after ‘hanging ten’ off the beach at Waikiki as Dunkin announced a development agreement for some 15 new stores to be developed on 4 of the Hawaiian Islands Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.  The first of the new…

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Hawaii Franchising Legislation Filed

Legislation amending Hawaiian law on franchising was filed last week and will be considered again this session by the Hawaii House of Representatives.  HB2192 would make pre-dispute forum selection clauses in franchise agreements voidable under Hawaiian law.  Currently, franchise provisions can require adjudication of disputes in out-of-state jurisdictions, thousands of miles away.  This makes judicial…

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Hawaii Plans Its Own Changes

Notwithstanding amendments to the SHOP by PACE (above), the state of Hawaii is moving forward with its own Affordable Care Act waiver application to the federal government.  The Aloha State has had its own comprehensive health care law on the books since 1974.  The Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act requires that any employee who works…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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Hawaii Fair Franchising “Deferred” in Senate

House Bill 2041, the initiative of the past several months in Hawaii to mandate that franchise disputes initiating in the Aloha State would have to be adjudicated in Hawaiian Courts has been deferred by the Hawaiian State Senate, meaning that the bill is dead for this year. The bill would have voided the use of…

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Hawaii Fair Franchising Hearing Set For Tuesday

Half a world away, the Hawaii State Senate’s Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Judiciary and Labor will hear the Aloha State’s pending fair franchising legislation at a public hearing next Tuesday morning, February 11.  Hawaii Senate Bill 2623 voids the use of pre-dispute forum selection clauses in franchise agreements.  If passed, the law…

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Aloha To More Fair Franchising Initiatives

Yes, you read that correctly, Hawaii is considering entering the fair franchising debate soon through the work of Attorney Thomas Bush.  Currently, Hawaii has one of the best franchise bodies of law on its books, but franchisors avoid them completely through a loophole that allows franchisors in the franchise agreement to define the rule of…

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