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New AAHOA Chair on What’s Next for Franchising

Alkesh Patel, 2012-2013 chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Alkesh Patel address a room of thousands at Atlanta conference of AAHOA. He later sits and asks President George W. Bush questions. photo/aahoa

ATLANTA — Blue MauMau sat down on May 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center during the 2012 conference of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) to interview the group's incoming chairman Alkesh Patel.

Arguments For and Against California's Franchising Abuse Reform Bill

California franchisee attorney Peter Lagarias testifies of the need for AB 2305 to curb franchising abuse
Attorney Lagarias testifies on the need to curb California franchising abuse

SACRAMENTO — Below is an audio recording that Blue MauMau made of the arguments made on April 24 in front of California's Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee to ask lawmakers to vote for bill 2305.


5:12 minutes (2.38 MB)

California: Franchisees Receive Most Votes but Not Enough to Win

California State Capitol
California State Capitol (photo: Thomas Hawk)

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee members voted on Tuesday on a measure aimed at curbing abusive franchising practices with a surprising four votes in favor, three votes against and two abstentions.

California Chamber Supports IFA, Verbatim

SACRAMENTO — California's Chamber of Commerce has come out in opposition to the state's franchising abuse reform bill, Assembly Bill 2305.

Experts Tell Lawmakers to Empower Franchised Small Business Owners

Franchisee Keith Miller, chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations
Franchisee Miller urges lawmakers to pass fair franchising bill. (photo:Raja)

SACRAMENTO — Three witnesses gave testimony Tuesday to California's Judiciary Committee on behalf of franchisees. Assemblyman Huffman, attorney Peter Lagarias and franchisee Keith Miller each urged representatives to pass Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businessess Act.


12:19 minutes (4.94 MB)

IFA Quickly Ascertains It Doesn’t Like California Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blue MauMau learned that the International Franchise Association (IFA) had informed franchisee members of its stand almost a month after it publicly declared opposition to California's franchising abuse reform bill. Last week on April 11, six days before the public hearing on the bill, Franchisee Forum leaders of the IFA were told via conference about the association's opposition to the state bill.

Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chair Asks for Level Playing Field

Keith Miller, chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, a group representing franchisees among some of America's largest chains, was one of two individuals asked to give testimony on the need for Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. This is his statement given in front of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The ‘Real World’ of Franchising

It's interesting how the more things change the more things stay the same. Case in point is a recent blog post by an opponent to California's Assembly Bill 2305, "The Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act of 2012."

A Technical Look at Why California’s Franchising Abuse Laws Need an Update

On April 6, I faxed this support letter on California's need for the The Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act (AB2305) to the honorable Jared Huffman, assembly member of the California State Assembly. I was one of two experts invited to testify at the hearing of California's Judiciary Committee on the need for Assembly Bill 2305

California Assemblyman Pleased with Progress of Bill to Curb Franchising Abuse

Assemblymember Jared Huffman reads remarks to Judicial Committee for passage of fair franchise bill
Huffman  urges Committee to approve AB2305. It won a 6-3 vote. (photo/Raja)

SACRAMENTO — One of the two Assemblymembers who introduced California’s fair franchising bill spent a few minutes on the phone with Blue MauMau shortly after Bill 2305 was passed by the Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.