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Conner Says Legal Nightmare Story False; Will Exhibit at IFA Event

Chris Conner at an expo / conference
Chris Conner, Franchise Marketing Systems, exhibiting at conference.
Snapshot taken from YouTube video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Franchise Association kicks off its 2016 Convention this weekend, promising nearly 4,000 attendees in four days. The trade association urges them to spend time in its Exhibit Hall to connect with 1,400 suppliers. Promotions state, "You might meet your next business partner!"

Australia's Contract Law Change Leaves Franchisees Vulnerable

Recent amendments to Australia's laws that extend individual protections against unfair contracts to cover small business activity may miss the mark in protecting potentially vulnerable franchisees.

Man on 'Most Wanted' List Caught Working at a UK Subway Sandwich Shop

A Polish man on Interpol's most wanted list was found by police working in a United Kingdom Subway sandwich shop and caught.

Firm Warns California’s Franchise Law Could Change Landscape of Franchising

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In Gray Plant Mooty's recent webcast, the moderator began the session stating that they would advise franchisors how they should deal with California's Assembly Bill 525, passed into law last year, and what the requirements and issues would be. More importantly, they would recommend what franchisors must do now to avoid costly mistakes.

Battle over the Franchisor Business Judgment Rule and a Path to Peace

In successful franchise systems, both the franchisor and the franchisees obsess over the franchisees’ bottom line. Healthy franchise systems also see the franchisor properly balancing its own interests with the interests of the franchisees and the system as a whole.

EEOC: New Religious Observance by Employee Counts

Should an employer be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 if they do not have actual knowledge of the need to accommodate a religious practice? Under a heightened standard imposed on employers by the United States Supreme Court in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the answer is "yes."

Is It Illegal for a Franchisor to Mandate Arbitration?

From a franchiser's perspective, the reasons for offering products or services through franchisees may include increased protection from legal liability and reduced infrastructure or capital investment costs. Although the franchise agreement will delineate the exact contractual division of duties and liabilities, franchise law offers great flexibility.

California Woman Suing Chipotle over Its GMO-Free Claims

Chipotle Mexican Grill, not a franchisor, announced back in April that it was eliminating GMO from its menu items.

Will Joint Liability Result in Less Franchisee Freedom? Really?

A franchise can be a great small business opportunity for entrepreneurs. For a first-time business owner, a franchise may avoid some of the risks associated with a start-up. Instead of starting from scratch, a franchisee can rely on an established brand name and business model. At the same time, a franchisee also has some independence over the daily operations of his or her business.

California Bar Announces Franchise Specialty Exam

SAN FRANCISCO – The state bar of California wants attorneys to know that they can now register for the state bar exam for franchise and distribution law. California is the first and so far only state to certify specialists in the area of franchise and distribution law.