CFA Readying Lobby Day and in the News

We’re just a little better than one month away from the Coalition of Franchisee Associations Lobby Day in Washington, DC., and if you haven’t yet done so, please sign up to attend and join your franchisee colleagues to speak with you representatives in Congress about the issues that most concern you and your business. On…

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Fair Franchising Legislation Survey

As we’ve advised in the past, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has worked hard for a number of years on fair franchising legislation at the state level and now on several issues pending in the Nation’s Capital, including the SBA Franchise Loan Default Disclosure Act (S.2162), SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act (S.1120), and the…

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Targeting FTC Franchise Rule

In a virtual meeting last week of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky set her sights on the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule. Chairwoman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Representative Schakowsky called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a formal study on the inadequacies…

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Default Disclosure Act Filed

Following through on her promise to keep a focus on greater transparency in the franchise industry, United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) this week filed the SBA Franchise Loan Default Disclosure Act.  S.2162 is a simple, straightforward, 12-line piece of legislation that would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to publish and update on…

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In The News

This week’s episode of Restaurant Business Podcast, A Deeper Dive, hosted by Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze featured DDIFO restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group speaking to the question of “Why are there so many big franchise disputes right now?” and addressing specifically current disputes within the McDonald’s, Subway and 7-Eleven systems.…

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Senator Targets Franchise Abuses

Inequity in the ‘franchise partnership’ between franchisors and the franchisee community has finally resonated with some in power – in particular, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). In an 87-page report entitled: “Strategies to Improve the Franchise Model: Preventing Unfair and Deceptive Franchise Practices” and released by her office this week, the first-term Senator from Nevada…

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Oregon Fair Franchising Hearing

With pandemic issues swirling around countless minimum wage ihke proposals, we could almost forget about the need for Fair Franchising Legislation in so many states around the country – but we haven’t forgotten. In fact, the Oregon legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, February 17 – via Zoom, of course – on House…

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Comments on FTC Franchise Rule Due Thursday

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently undertaking a formal review of the Franchise Rule, which you may recall, requires franchisors to publish a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) designed to provide material information to assist prospective franchisees in their decision whether or not to purchase the franchise. In its review, the FTC is looking at…

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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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