Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed House Bill 548, a bill involving Georgia's franchise laws, after it passed both the Senate and House earlier this year. The law prohibits franchisees from being labeled as employees of their franchisors. This new legislation views the franchisor and franchisee relationship as a contractual agreement only, not employment. It could afford some significant clarification regarding franchise obligations for all parties involved.
Atlanta corporations should be on the lookout for solicitations from firms offering to complete corporate minutes for a fee. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a firm called Compliance Services is one that poses a potential threat for Georgia corporations. Kemp urges corporations to be diligent in assessing such solicitations, noting that they may lead to fraud and identity theft.
Atlanta ranked as America's fifth-friendliest city for small businesses recently, paving the way for entrepreneurs to roll up their sleeves and get the business formation ball rolling. Georgia was ranked the sixth-friendliest state in the nation for small businesses overall.
In a case of spam mail gone awry, Atlanta based American Home Services finds itself back in business litigation proceedings over 'junk faxes." After hiring a company located in Texas to fax advertisements to businesses throughout the Metro Atlanta area, American Home Services found themselves in the first round of business litigation proceedings after A Fast Sign Co. filed suit against them for unsolicited faxes. Sending these types of faxes goes against a federal consumer law forbidding the faxing of unsolicited advertisements. Fulton County courts ruled that the unsolicited faxes were in violation of federal consumer laws and ordered a $1,500 judgment for all 306,000 junk fax recipients, which totaled $459 million.
You may have heard the phrase "trade secret" before, but it is not a term that is just thrown around in regular conversations. The matter of trade secrets is at the center of a bakery's breach of contract suit against a former employee.