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Maine Senate Kills Franchise Protection Bill

Maine State Senator John Patrick and Senate President
Maine Sen. John Patrick (D-Rumford), LD1458 co-sponsor, & state Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Hampden), opponent, pose for Blue MauMau on day of LD1458 vote

AUGUSTA, Maine – On Wednesday Maine's state senate voted against Legislative Document 1458, the Small Business Investment Protection Act. In a vote of 24 against and only 10 supporting, the senators essentially killed the current form of the bill.

Maine's House Approves Franchisee Protections!

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's House of Representatives on Monday passed the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD 1458 by a vote of 75 in support and 60 against.

Blindly Following the IFA: Is the Risk Worth It?

The International Franchise Association (IFA) published a webpage entitled: “Protecting Small Business.” The title is misleading because the International Franchise Association mostly seeks to protect large franchisors (IFA memberships fees are based on number of franchisees in that brand).

Maine Franchise Protection Bill Moves to House Floor!

The Rotunda, Maine State Capitol Building
Maine State Capitol Building Rotunda. Photo by J Stephen Conn

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine state legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development approved on Thursday the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD1458, which passed on to the House floor for debate.

Franchisees, Franchisors Declare Victory over NLRB Poster Rule

WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandoned its appeal to require all employers to post an 11 x 17-inch poster containing information about workers rights to organize labor unions. Franchisee, franchisor and other trade groups are declaring a legal victory against the NLRB.

A Look Back…IFA's 2013 Public Affairs Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the franchisee community marches forward in 2014 in its quest for state legislation, it may be wise to once again review the direction and tactics the franchisor community is taking to defeat such bills.

Association Praises Member Efforts in Hiring Veterans

The International Franchise Association is praising itself and its members for selling franchises to veterans and hiring them.

Franchisors and Franchisees Face Off in November on Pennsylvania’s Franchise Protection Bill

Inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda by Elizabeth Thomsen
Pennsylvania State Capitol rotunda by Elizabeth Thomsen

HARRISBURG, Penn.—An investment protection act for franchise owners, House Bill 1620, is being proposed in Pennsylvania. Franchisee associations are asking for support from Pennsylvania's franchise owners.

Avis Lawsuit Represents What's Bad in Franchising

The actions of Avis, in my opinion, represent everything that is bad in franchising. 

I was the expert witness for Robert Halcro and Alaska Rent A Car.