Senate Confirms Bedoya to FTC

On Wednesday of this week by a vote of 51-50 with the Vice President breaking the tie, the U.S. Senate formally confirmed Alvaro Bedoya as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Bedoya, who is the Founding Director of Georgetown University’s Center of Privacy and Technology as well as a Visiting Professor at the…

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CFA Meets with FTC Nominee

Although his nomination is not yet a fait accompli, Federal Trade Commission nominee Alvaro Bedoya is wasting no time getting up to speed on the FTC Franchise Rule and all its implications. Aside from “studying up” on the rule as he described his efforts, he also this week met with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations…

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FTC Nominee Deadlocks Committee

In the highly charged and partisan US Congress, another nominee of President Biden has been deadlocked in committee, necessitating additional votes in the Senate to move the nomination forward. The Founding Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University School of Law as well as a Visiting Professor there, Alvaro Bedoya was…

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FTC Stepping to the Plate

With a renewed focus on bad actors within the franchise industry, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a significant step this week when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against franchisor Burgerim alleging in a four-count lawsuit that the company violated Section 5 of the FTC with false and misleading representations to potential…

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FTC Adds Fraud Page to Website

When Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) became aware of the lopsided playing field with which franchisees have had to contend, she set about seeking solutions. She subsequently produced an 87-page report on franchising, filed legislation to mandate more transparency and pushed for more diligent enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Well, we are now…

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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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He’s Not Fired, But He’s Still Gone

It is a different process but the same outcome over at the Federal Trade Commission offices where FTC Chairman Joseph Simmons announced he will be resigning from the FTC to allow President Biden appoint his own people. His resignation will be effective January 29. He also announced the pending departure of another eight senior level…

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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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Miscellaneous

We’re aware of a number of upcoming events you may want to put on your calendar for the early part of November. No doubt overshadowed by the Presidential election on November 3, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will be celebrating veteran owned businesses across the country with the National Veterans Small Business Week from…

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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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