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Auto Dealer Protection Laws Show Power of Franchisee Association

Through effective trade associations and lobbying efforts, during the last century automobile dealer franchises in the United States convinced state governments to give them significant protection against commercial abuse or unfair dealing by the manufacturer or supplier franchisors. Franchisees in other industries could learn from that example.

Zee Association Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

On July 19, 2011, the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, Warren W. Eginton, Senior District Judge ruled that EA Independent Franchisee Association, LLC ("plaintiff") could proceed with its lawsuit against Edible Arrangements International, Inc. ("EA") , and certain affiliates thereof (collectively, "defendants").

Independent Franchisee Associations Grow

Experts estimate that there are 300 to 400 independent organized groups of franchisees, which are increasing.

Balance in Franchise Relationships

No relationship is perfect. Whether the relationship is personal, business or institutional, misunderstandings, unfair practices and general acrimony can lead two closely aligned parties to break apart. In any relationship, the belief that one party is taking advantage of the other can tear at the fabric that holds them together.

A Whopper of a Decision: Franchisee Association Has Standing to Challenge Franchisor Burger King Corp

Following the Supreme Court's holding in State Oil Co. v. Khan, 522 U.S. 3 (1997) that maximum price fixing was no longer a per se antitrust violation, some franchisors have imposed deep discounting on their  franchisees through resale price caps.

Franchisee Training and Support

The intention of this blog is to open a conversation amongst franchisees, lawyers, consultants, franchisors and other industry participants to challenge prospective investors to more easily identify and eliminate problematic franchise offerings to encourage investment in thorough investigation of more feasible franchises.  

Morphing from Good to Elite Franchise Brand

There are many potentially good franchise models in the market that require basic fine tuning to reach their optimum performance.