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Ten Worst Provisions in a Franchise Contract

If you are in the process of performing your due diligence on a franchise opportunity, you are probably struggling to comprehend the seemingly-unending legalese in the franchise agreement. Indeed, even the best franchise lawyer struggles to interpret what the drafters intended when they wrote some of the language in many of these agreement templates that, frankly, should have been overhauled long, long ago.

Franchisees Want Private Right of Action to Pursue Franchisor Lies in Disclosure Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Franchise Rule is the guideline that franchisors follow in disclosing the risks and benefits of a franchise investment. It is a rule that the Federal Trade Commission says it strives to update every ten years.

Survey: Affordability Does Not Equal Discounting

Despite a return to promoting value, with various versions of “McPick2,” a new consumer survey ranks McDonald’s only sixth on affordability among 12 major burger/sandwich chains.

Expanding All-Day Breakfast Strains McDonald's Franchisees

In a move franchisees fear will create even more operational headaches, McDonald’s is now offering its full breakfast menu all day at over 150 locations in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area and the Triad region of North Carolina, and is adding McGriddles to the all-day menu at 1,000 additional stores throughout the South.

Most States Lack Protections for Franchisees

There are 32 states that do not have laws that protect small-business franchisees from abusive franchisor practices.

Why Aren't More Franchisees on Company Boards?

A blog post on the Nation’s Restaurant News site has raised a great question: “Franchisees spend a lot of time and energy, and their own money, investing in a brand. So why aren’t more of them on company boards?”

McDonald's Ever-Changing Customization Plans

In the latest of a series of customization reversals, McDonald’s launched “Taste Crafted” burgers in over 600 Southern California restaurants in December. The move comes barely two months after the company announced it would retool and rename the program “Chef Crafted” because “the original name ‘TasteCrafted’ did not resonate with consumers.”

McDonald's Pushes New Dollar Menu

McDonald’s is bringing back a version of the dollar menu, which the company abandoned in 2013 after years of franchisee complaints that it was unprofitable. McDonald’s says franchisees “voted” to approve the new McPick 2 promotion, which starts January 4 and offers any two of a selection of four menu items for $2.

AB-525, California Franchise Law of 2015

Signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday, October 11 to become law, effe