The Franchise Owner's most trusted news source


Log In / Register | Apr 25, 2014

Jack Cowin vs Yum! Brands

KFCIn a 9 year battle Australia’s largest franchisor of restaurants, Jack Cowin’s Competitive Foods is taking US giant Yum! Brands to Court claiming unconscionable conduct.

All Or Nothing At The Cheesecake Shop

South Australia franchisor The Cheesecake Shop apparently sees itself as immune from anything remotely resembling good faith franchising. Here I can see no agenda other than to churn franchisees and take back their businesses when they cannot comply with inflated rebranding costs.

Auto Masters Franchisee Case Wins Nothing

Auto MastersAustralian ex-franchisee David Coombes won his case against the Auto Masters franchisor on clear and undeniable merit, lost everything after 12 years of battle and now seeks $1.8M from the federal; government on the basis that the franchising regulator, the ACCC, repeatedly slammed the door on his legitimate complaints.

Franchise Agreement Renewals & Unconscionable Conduct

The Franchising Australia 2008 survey found the average age of Franchised Businesses was 15 years, 9 years of which were operated as Franchises.

Eagle Boys Makeover & Cheesecake Shop Refresh

There are times when franchisors have an obligation to enforce standards and there are times when the market or the brand image justifies revitalization.

Allphones To Pay $3 Million for Breach of Trade Practices Act

Justice Foster of Australia's Federal Court declared today that Allphones and its executives are to pay a total of A$3 million in damages for engaging in the following practices with current and past franchisees:

Franchising Code Changes Finalised

MP Craig EmersonCANBERRA: The Minister for Small Business in Australia has released an outline of changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct.  Franchisees will be denied reviewing the detailed amendments until they are published by the ACCC. 

Battery World: Expires and Terminates?

BRISBANE Australia: Here is an interesting lawsuit where the defendant franchisee sought to satisfy the Court that the franchisor had no legitimate right to introduce ‘termination’ terms and conditions when the franchise agreement had ‘expired’ at end of term. 

Australian Government Rejects "Unconscionable Conduct" and Responsibility

CANBERRA, Australia (Blue MauMau) -  On Monday the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics agreed that there is a need to look into unconscionable conduct in franchising practices but the “Majority” deferred the responsibility to Courts and the ACCC.