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Frequently Asked Questions about Franchising

By R. Scott Caulkins What is a franchise, and how does a franchise work? A franchise is a business relationship that is created so that goods and services can be distributed by way of a proven business model. Federal and state laws vary in the way the word “franchise” is defined, but generally a franchise Read More

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Withholding Rent for an Unsafe or Unhealthy Property in Virginia

Under Virginia law, a Landlord has an obligation to maintain a residential rental property in a habitable and sanitary condition, regardless of any language in the residential lease shifting maintenance responsibilities to the Tenant. It is generally true that a Tenant cannot unilaterally withhold rent in Virginia because of unsafe of unhealthy property conditions unless Read More

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Representative Matters
  • "Obtained a judgment for condominium association in excess of $1 million against developer of condominium in Fairfax County."

  • "Defended an officer of a government contractor in a case involving enforcement of a non-competition agreement."

  • "Defended and achieved favorable settlement of wrongful termination and discrimination claims brought in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia."

  • "Served as outside counsel to several franchisors, prepared franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents and state franchise registrations, and counseled franchisors regarding franchise compliance issues."

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