FTC Getting Active on Franchise Issues

Well, if they’re not, they certainly could be! As we know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the only agency of the federal government with any direct charge relating to the franchising industry. As such, it is welcome news to report that the FTC will be holding a virtual workshop on November 10 as part…

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Senate Committee Hears from FTC Commissioners

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing this week specifically on the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency charged with oversight of franchising across the country. The panel of witnesses at the August 5 hearing included all five of the FTC Commissioners, including Commissioner Rohit Chopra, who specifically highlighted some…

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Indiana Franchise Law Changed On July 1

Easy to miss in the tsunami of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of changes were recently made – effective two weeks ago on July 1 – to the Indiana Franchise Law. Of greatest import, franchisors registered in Indiana are now required to file an amended disclosure document within 30 days of any “material change” as…

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California Looks To Update Franchise Law

Back in 2015, California unanimously adopted the Franchise Relations Act (AB-525), legislation that significantly improved the franchise landscape in the Golden State. Now this session, Assemblyman Chris Holden has authored and filed AB-2672, legislation that will update the 2015 law in 3 significant ways. First, AB-2672 will make existing law enforceable on all franchise agreements…

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Fair Franchising in Play in Vermont

Fair franchising legislation has been filed for consideration this year in the Vermont legislature. Several weeks ago, 10 state legislators co-sponsored House bill 890, An Act Related to Regulating Franchise Agreements. The bill seeks to restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee – franchisor relationship and focuses on a number of specific points raised…

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Cortez Masto Files SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Bill

The ranking minority member on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) filed legislation last week to protect entrepreneurs who are considering purchasing a franchise.  The SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act of 2019 (SB 2383) would require that before a lender could make a government-backed loan to a franchise, the franchisee…

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Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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Clock Runs Out on Alabama Fair Franchising

As the Alabama legislative session expires this week, so too do any chances of passing SB 129, the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act. Despite outstanding efforts by the Alabama Franchisee Association to get the bill to the brink of going to the Governor’s desk, last minute scare tactics and misinformation from the IFA and its…

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Alabama House Delays Fair Franchising Vote

Notwithstanding the momentum that the Alabama Franchisee Association and local franchise owners across the state have generated in support of the Protect Alabama Small Business Act (SB 129/HB 352), the Alabama House has postponed a final vote on the bill that was expected to happen this week. There is still a strong possibility that the…

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Alabama Senate Approves Franchising Bill

The Alabama state senate this week approved the Protect Alabama Small Business Act by an overwhelming vote of 26 -2! The bill now moves to the Alabama house where it has an equally encouraging chance of passage and could be brought for a final vote as early as next week. The Protect Alabama Small Business…

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