California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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California Fair Franchising Sent to Full Assembly

AB 525, California’s pending legislation that will amend the California Franchise Relations Act and restore a small semblance of balance to the franchisor/franchisee relationship, has now been sent to the floor of the Assembly for the first vote by the full body, a vote that may be called as early as this coming week.  The…

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California Fair Franchising Clears First Hurdle

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act which was vetoed last year by Governor Brown, was heard before the Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary and passed favorably on to the Committee on Business and Professions.  The bill still has a long way to go, but it was refined from last year’s version to address concerns the…

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Quebec Court Finds For Dunkin’ Franchisees

In a long-awaited decision, the Quebec Court of Appeals has found in favor of a group of 21 Dunkin’ franchisees in a suit that was initiated back in 2005.  The judgement by the appellate court affirms the lower court decision holding a franchisor responsible for maintaining the strength of the brand and supporting the brand’s…

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California Fair Franchising Up For Hearing

The California legislature is prepared to again move forward with franchise relations legislation that will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the Golden State.  AB 525, filed jointly by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the state capitol in…

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Post-California Moving Fair Franchising Forward

It’s easy to see why backers of California’s historic Fair Franchising Bill feel a bit like the 2007 New England Patriots. You may remember that team that went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, which counts as its members franchisee associations from Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway,…

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Governor Brown Kills Franchisee Relief With SB610 Veto

California Governor Jerry Brown waited until the last day to kill the hope of restoring some semblance balance and equity to the franchise relationship in the Golden State, vetoing the California Franchise Relations Act on the 29th of September.  Had he not taken action by the 30th, the bill would have become law without his…

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Franchise Relations Act Down To The Wire

Speaking of next Wednesday, that’s when we will know whether the California Franchise Relations Act (SB 610) has been signed into law, allowed to become law without the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, or vetoed by him.  You will recall the legislature passed the bill in the latter part of August and the Governor has…

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Still Awaiting Action on California Franchise Relations Act

 California Governor Jerry Brown has still not given any indication whether he will or will not sign the California Franchise Relations Act into law.  The bill was enacted by both branches and has been on the Governor’s desk for a number of weeks now.  He has until September 30 to take action on the legislation…

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California Supreme Court Counters NLRB

In an important decision in the case of Taylor Patterson v Dominos Pizza rendered last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that Domino’s Pizza could not be held liable for sexual harassment that was alleged to have been perpetrated by a store manager.  The decision is the polar opposite of the ruling issued by the…

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