Despite what some in the industry say, it’s neither illegal nor uncommon for franchisors to negotiate franchise agreements with prospective franchise buyers.
California Franchising Bills Vetoed by Governor Brown
California Assembly Bills 1782 and 2637, which would have improved the regulatory climate for franchises in the state, have been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown after being passed by an overwhelming majority of the legislature.
Report from California Franchising Day 2016
Today I attended the International Franchise Association's fourth annual California Franchising Day. During the course of the day, I had the opportunity to meet with
U.S. Small Business Administration Suggests Rule Changes for Franchisor Affiliates
The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”), in response to pressure by the International Franchise Association, recently changed its position regarding how it views franchise companies and their affiliates for purposes of determining loan worthiness.
Do You Have this Unfair and Illegal Provision in Your Franchise Agreement?
Last night I reviewed a franchise agreement and found a surprising, and illegal, provision buried deep in the contract. If ever there was a compelling case for being careful when you are choosing legal counsel, I just found the provision that makes it.
Are Minimum Wage Laws that Discriminate Against Franchises “Industry-Specific” for the Purposes of Item 1?
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?