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Francine Lafontaine Appointed as Director of FTC’s Bureau of Economics

WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission has appointed Francine Lafontaine as Director of the FTC's Bureau of Economics, succeeding Martin Gaynor, who is returning to Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. The Director supervises economic analysis at the Commission and advises the agency on economic policy matters.

Are Franchisees Agents of Franchisors?

Did you read that a federal district court in Utah recently found evidence that a Best Western franchisee was actually the "agent" of the franchisor? The evidence was based on the fact that Best Western had strict requirements for its franchisees, showing its ultimate authority.

ColorTyme Sued for Using PC Rentals to Spy on Customers' Private Lives

Franchisor Colortyme is alleged to have spied on its customers via computer cameras

A class action is being sought against ColorTyme and its franchisees for using DesignerWare spyware on people who rented or bought computers from them. The spying included taking web cam photos while customers were in the privacy of their homes, accessing communications and recording key strokes.

Ohio Passes Law to Protect Franchisees

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has passed a law that goes beyond many other states in its attempt to curb abusive franchising practices. The revised Ohio Business Opportunity Law protects the state's franchisees' right to sue a franchisor for false or untimely disclosure, ensures that Ohio law reigns supreme and attempts to safeguard that disputes be resolved in Ohio, not elsewhere.

Remembering Pioneer Tom Murphy of Continental Franchise Review

Franchise consultant and founder of the Continental Franchise Review newsletter Tom Murphy died a week ago last Saturday at age 93, after a short illness. Having known Tom for almost 30 years, I seldom imagined a time that he would no longer be a part of my life in franchising.

Real World Roadblocks to Regulation Change

There is no doubt in my mind that if none of the states required close scrutiny of initial registration disclosure documents, and some review of annual filings was not done [It's not.], the quality of disclosure to franchisees would deteriorate from pretty good to very bad.

FTC Sues Wyndham over Massive Credit Card Breaches

Credit card use

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Last week the Federal Trade Commission announced it had filed a lawsuit against hotel chain Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) and three of its subsidiaries for gross negligence in handling their guests' personal card information. 

Does Your State Have Disclosure Laws?

In addition to the Federal Trade Commission's laws regarding the sale of franchises, fifteen states have franchise investment laws that require franchisors to provide pre-sale disclosures, known as "offering circulars," or "franchise disclosure documents," to potential purchasers: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland,

Franchising, Evolution of

The word "franchise" is derived from the Anglo-French word meaning “liberty.” In Middle French, it is “franchir”– to free. In Old French, it is “franc,” signifying free. The French term “francis” means granting rights or power to a peasant or serf. The English term “enfranchise” is defined as empowering those who have no rights.

The Cleaning Authority Cleans Out Franchisee Retirement Fund

You can't kickback money to yourself, a court tells Cleaning Authority zees.