Franchisees and franchisors continue to fight new minimum wage laws by U.S. cities that discriminate unfairly against small business owners who are affiliated with franchise systems. Are these types of laws “industry specific” within the meaning of Item 1 of the Franchise Disclosure Document?
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued new guidance that will affect how franchisors disclose whether they grant exclusive territories to franchisees.
The Federal Trade Commission (the “Commission”) recently announced an amendment to its “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising” (16 C.F.R. Part 436) (the “Franchise Rule”) revising the monetary limits for three of the listed exemptions.
In a $3 million lawsuit, actor Jesse Eisenberg (star of The Social Network) claims that he was exploited by the producers of the direct-to-DVD movie, Camp Hell, when they overplayed his small role in the film by featuring his likeness on the DVD cover art. Franchising laws help to prevent this type of overstatement or puffery by requiring disclosure of important information to potential franchisees.
Over the past several months, the blog post that has consistently received the most attention is Awuah v. Coverall: Is The Franchising Model Really At Risk? This is no real surprise, as the Awuah decision has garnered much attention as an area of concern for franchisors. As I recently gave a presentation to the Nevada Franchise Business Network on this topic, I thought I could supplement that post with some of the material I covered in my presentation. This blog post is a summary of the material I covered.