Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey represent Fuddruckers franchisees in litigation against major real estate developer

Owners of the Fuddruckers location on International Drive are suing their landlord — President Donald Trump’s business partner Michael Dezer — over Dezer’s plan to convert the former Artegon Marketplace shopping mall into an auto museum and tourist attraction.

The mall and its former owners, Lightstone Group, attracted lawsuits when Lightstone abruptly threw most tenants out in January 2017. At least eight former tenants and Fuddruckers filed suit against Lightstone. The Fuddruckers franchisee, Blue Hills International, recently decided to add Dezer’s company, Dezer Orlando Center LLC, as a defendant. 

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Leon Hirzel, of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey PLLC, Awarded "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times Magazine

The Law Firm of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey is proud to announce that our own Leon Hirzel, Esq. has been selected by the prestigious "Franchise Times" in their annual selections of accomplished "Legal Eagles."

According to the Franchise Times: "People often ask what it takes to become a 'Legal Eagle.' Well, it’s not easy. It takes experience, smarts and the wisdom to connect the two.  All of the 2017 class of Legal Eagles share those three key attributes. They are intelligent attorneys who have chosen to specialize in the complex world of franchising with the experience needed to chart a path through murky legal waters."

The Franchise Times describes Leon Hirzel's practice, skills, and experience in the following manner:

Leon is a Miami-based franchise trial attorney that focuses on protecting and enforcing the rights of franchisees. He has represented franchisees in numerous different brands and industries in all phases of the franchise life cycle. Leon is fully fluent in Spanish and has represented individuals from all over Latin America seeking to purchase a franchise in the United States or to resolve an issue they are facing with their franchisor. He handles franchise litigation in courts and arbitration proceedings throughout the United States.

Source: The Franchise Times 2017


Stand in Support of Florida Small Business Owners

The Florida Legislature has the opportunity to pass fair legislation that evens the playing field for small business owners across the state. These policies would ensure basics for local businesses that are owned and operated by franchisees, including protections from unjust terminations and non-renewal of their agreements.

The attorneys of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey strongly support SB 750.  

Tell your state legislators how basic protections for franchisees will benefit thousands of small business owners and their hardworking employees here in Florida.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this link to make your voice heard!

Franchisor Blunders, No Wonder Buyers Don’t Read FDDs

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) should be seen by franchisors, their attorneys and state and federal regulators as the most valuable tool for perspective buyers prior to making their decision as to where they want to invest their money into a franchise. The 200-, 300-, or even 500-page document should contain pertinent data and financials about the system, and what protections are given to franchisees in making their investment of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When franchisors and their legal counsel get it wrong in the company's FDD, making errors, misrepresentations and omissions, it can cause turmoil, financial devastation, and costly litigation for franchisees.


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Video Coverage of CBS4 Miami Reporting on Burger & Beer Joint South Beach Location Being Forced to Close Because of Gay Nightclub

The lawyers of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey are happy to see CBS evening news in Miami covering the ongoing scandal involving our clients, the franchisee owners of the former Burger & Beer Joint in South Beach.  Our clients also are franchisee owners of the locations in Mary Brickell Village, the Dolphin Mall, and in San Juan.  

Our clients' South Beach location was forced to shut down after the parent Franchisor entity terminated the franchise agreement due to a gay bar called "The Mix" being allowed to operate after-hours on the second floor of our clients' premises.  The parent Franchisor entity informed our clients that the gay bar could negatively impact the B&B brand.

Our clients and our firm strongly oppose such discriminatory tactics and sentiments against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community from the parent Franchisor entity.

Video of CBS' Coverage of this Story:  http://cbsloc.al/2lgn94d  and also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0ljVAnRQqQ

The "Protect Florida Small Business Act” (SB 750) Introduced Into Florida Senate

Legislation that would protect small business owners who enter into franchise agreements was filed Tuesday in the Florida Legislature.

The attorneys at Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey strongly support SB 750's protections for franchisees.  SB 750 adds reasonable and necessary protections for franchisees against harsh and abusive mistreatment by franchisors.

Read more about SB 750 here.

Link to Text of SB 750 here.

South Beach Burger & Beer Joint Loses Franchise After Gay Bar Opens Upstairs

CBS4 News in Miami continues the coverage of the forced closure of the Burger & Beer Joint location on South Beach by the parent Franchisor entity because a gay nightclub was permitted on the second floor of the location (after-hours).

Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey represents the owners of the South Beach Burger & Beer Joint Location in fighting back against discrimination and against abusive franchisors.  Our clients also own the locations in Brickell, Dolphin Mall, and in other locations as well.

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A gay bar opens upstairs. Downstairs, Burger & Beer Joint loses its franchise.

The law firm of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey is representing franchisees who own multiple Burger & Beer Joint restaurant locations in Florida and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Our clients have recently had their franchise agreements terminated by the parent Franchisor company.  

The parent Franchisor company explicitly stated in a formal notice to our clients that the South Beach Burger & Beer Joint was being terminated solely because an after-hours gay nightclub was operating on the second level of the building.

We and our clients are shocked to have their restaurants placed at risk and their SoBe location forced to close.  Discrimination is not appropriate anywhere, but it is very surprising to find it on South Beach in 2017.  Our clients and the attorneys at the law firm of Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey oppose discrimination against the LGBT community and hope that the parent Franchisor company will admit what they did was wrong and unacceptable.

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Appeal in Multimillion-Dollar Franchisee Litigation against Nissan North America

Nissan North America's practice of providing millions of dollars in support to select dealers is at the heart of a court case in Florida.

In an appeal filed Feb. 11 in the First District Court of Appeal in Florida, South Motors Infiniti of Palmetto Bay, Fla., south of Miami, said Nissan must offer other Florida dealers the same cash the automaker is giving dealer Bernie Moreno to open an Infiniti point in Coral Gables, Fla.

Anything less violates Florida franchise law, the appeal said.

If the court agrees, it would conflict with Nissan's notion of providing money and help to select dealers and not others. The case could attract attention in other states where Nissan has been aggressively remaking its dealer network.

The appeal seeks to overturn a lower-court ruling by the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings that approved Nissan's awarding an open Infiniti point in Coral Gables, Fla., to Moreno.

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From Automotive News (by Jamie LaReau)