DDIFO at the CFA Franchisee Forum in Washington DC July 2010

The Coalition of Franchisee Association held their Capital Hill Forum in Washington DC, July 15th – 17th attracting franchisee leaders from the Meineke, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Super Cuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise systems. Watch the slide show.

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Ten Most Powerful Franchise Associations

Franchise associations run the gambit from representing franchising firms, like the International Franchise Association largely does, to those who solely represent franchisees. Blue MauMau attempts to rank the ten best-known and influential franchise associations. When it comes to industrial might and lobbying power, the franchise industry is lopsided. A few big groups have the lion’s share.

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Support the Arbitration Fairness Act

Binding arbitration clauses are increasingly being inserted by businesses when entering into contacts with other parties. These clauses, which often provide businesses with an advantage and go unnoticed by the signer, drastically limit the legal options available to the signing party. The Arbitration Fairness Act bans mandatory binding arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts, including franchise agreements. Specifically acknowledging the disparate economic power between the parties, the bill invalidates the enforceability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in franchise disputes

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Franchisor Retaliation: A thing of the past?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines retaliate as, “To return like for like, especially evil for evil.” In life we are taught that one good turn deserves another. In franchising, many believe there is evil lurking when a franchisor decides it does not agree with the words or actions of one of its franchisees. This is especially so when the actions of the franchisor are based on that franchisee’s membership in or leadership of a franchisee association.

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Join Fellow Franchisees in our Nation’s Capital

Launched in 2007, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations ( CFA) works, “to leverage the collective strengths of franchisee associations for the benefit of the franchisee community.” At the CFA, we have been promoting our Second Annual CFA Day Forum. The Forum is a three-day event in Washington, DC that brings franchisees across many different brands and their vendor business partners together to network; discuss business tactics and best practices; and to actively participate in government relations through meetings with members of Congress.

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Policing Private Equity

The private equity business is one of a handful of segments of the financial markets that isn’t emerging as a major focus for reform among Washington policymakers. True, there has been some discussion about taxing the industry’s profits at a higher rate, which is moving forward in the House in a proposal by Senator Carl Levin and Senator Max Baucus. But compared with the historic bank regulation that the Senate passed on Thursday, private equity funds and their managers have escaped the populist storm relatively unscathed, even if they will spend much of the next five years trying to refinance hundreds of billions of dollars of debt in a more difficult environment.

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Retailers Poised for Victory in Debit Card Fee Fight

CNN Money reports that retailers are poised for a major victory in the Wall Street reform bill currently pending in Congress. The Senate adopted an amendment late Thursday that will slap sharp restrictions on the fees issuers levy every time a buyer pays with a debit card. Take Action and tell your congressman and Senator to put a stop to high credit card interchange fees.

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Employment Law Updates

This Employment Law Update was furnished by Masterman, Culbert & Tully LLP, One Lewis Wharf, Boston 02110, (617) 722-8100, www.mctlaw.com and addresses a range of issues from statutory amendments to recent cases to help keep you informed of relevant changes in the employment law field and to assist you in managing your workforce. DDIFO Members read more….

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Concern grows over Arizona immigration law

Nation’s Restaurant News reports thet Arizona’s strict anti-illegal immigration legislation that was signed into law last month has provoked a growing number of boycotts and concerns among hospitality operators in the state.

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Freedom is Not Free!

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views and opinions of the contributor and are not neccessarily the opinons of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is an article written and submitted by Richard Solomon titled Freedom is Not Free! Attorney Richard Solomon, 11502 Overbrook, Houston, TX 77077, 281-584-0519

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