Hinkle, Jenine E.
July 2013
International Journal of Franchising Law;2013, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p32
Academic Journal
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of franchise-related disputes challenging a franchisee's status as an independent contractor in the case of claims by a franchisee or third party against a franchisor. This article analyses how US courts have assessed the franchisor-franchisee relationship on the basis of statute and common law, in particular in the context of master franchise systems. The author concludes that recent case law has opened the door to vicarious liability claims by subfranchisees against master franchisors.


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