The International Franchise Association (IFA), which filed suit in 2014 against the City of Seattle after it passed a $15 minimum wage law that discriminates against the franchise business model, has appealed the dismissal of the case, subsequently upheld by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  The local law provides an accelerated schedule of wage increases for large employers, which it defines as businesses with 500 or more employees, either in Seattle or nationally.  Clearly, such an expansive definition captures most businesses utilizing the franchise business model.  Seattle has 30 days to file its response and the Court is expected to decide whether it will hear the appeal sometime this spring.