In a clear blow to franchise industry interests, the International Franchise Association’s lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Seattle Minimum Wage law from taking effect as scheduled on April 1 was denied by the Federal Court in Seattle.  In its decision, the court rejected every IFA argument that allowing certain provisions of the law to take effect would lead to irreparable harm to some franchises.  The court disagreed and declined to issue an injunction on the provisions of the $15/hour minimum wage law that will take effect on April Fool’s Day (Coincidence?).  The IFA alleges they don’t challenge the increased wage, just those provisions that treat franchised businesses differently and more harshly than non-franchised businesses.