State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, today testified before the House Commerce and Tourism Committee on his plan to protect restaurants from being taken advantage of by independent delivery services.
The measure would prohibit third-party distribution companies from using any likeness, trademark, or other intellectual property of a merchant without consent, Mueller said.
“Some delivery services are offering food from restaurants on their apps without first getting permission from the business, and it’s costing restaurants money,” Mueller said. “Our restaurant owners are already struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Now, to top it off, restaurants who do have active partnerships are being charged fees that are not expressively written in their contracts. My plan will protect our restaurant owners.”
Mueller also raised concerns about food quality. If a third-party service takes a long time to deliver food, for instance, it can reflect poorly on the restaurant by no fault of its own.
“I’m worried for our family-owned restaurants,” Mueller said. “While listing a restaurant on a delivery-service app might seem like a good advertising opportunity, it’s not the case when the company is unfairly subjected to service fees.”
House Bill 5770 remains under consideration by the committee.
State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, has announced House Republicans have unveiled a plan giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control in these challenging times – allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
Rep. Mueller talks about House passage Tuesday of his legislation that extends the validity of vehicle registrations, chauffeur licenses, and operator’s licenses that expired after March 1, 2020 to December 11, 2020
“People should not face late fees or penalties because of something that has been out of their control,” Mueller said. “I’ve heard from people throughout our communities who have voiced concerns about this issue. This extension offers needed clarity for Michigan residents and law enforcement.”
This year’s health crisis did a number on our state’s economy. It was damaged in such a way that just a few months ago, I feared for the possibility of funding cuts across the board for our fast-approaching Fiscal Year 2021 budget.