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Why Franchise Legislation? The Need for Statutory Duty of Franchisor Competency

One would think that franchisors should owe a duty of competency to their franchisees. After all, franchises are sold on the very idea that their franchise system excels in its particular business.

Regulating Franchising, Part 2

Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Capitol Building from Pennsylvania Avenue. photo/bmm

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Associate Professor Elizabeth Crawford Spencer discusses why a revision of franchise regulation is necessary in this final part of her two-part interview. Spencer's timely book comes out as major legislation to curb franchising abuse has emerged from New England to California, from Canada's Manitoba to South Australia.

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.

Judge Rules for BP Despite Fraud against Franchisees

A BP station in Midwest U.S.
Judge rules bad faith by franchisor in deceiving BP franchisees is irrelevant

CHICAGO – A Cook County circuit judge ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc on all counts brought by two franchisees claiming the oil giant defrauded them. But the judge’s ruling came in spite of finding BP intended to deceive the owners when they purchased their stations by concealing its fuel margins.

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 Consumer Committee Up Next to Hear Franchising Abuse Reform Bill

Franchisee advocates for fairer franchising fill committee room
Franchisees for AB 2305 fill the Judicial Committee hearing Apr 17. (photo/Gordon)

SACRAMENTO — California's fair franchising bill now heads to a second committee for approval on Tuesday, April 24.  The Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee of six Democrats and three Republicans will panel a public hearing on several bills, including Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Business Act.