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An Overview of Franchise Antidiscrimination Law

Currently, five states prevent franchisors from discriminating between franchisees. Four states do this by statute, while one uses a rule.

Can Franchisors Restrict A Franchisee's Supply Sources?

When it comes to restricting franchisee supply sources in Indiana and Iowa, franchise agreements need to meet two criteria:

Standards of Conduct for Franchisors and Franchisees

Today, seven U.S. states have statutes that address standards of conduct for franchisors and franchisees:

Franchisees and the Right of Free Association

In eight U.S. states today, franchisees have the right of free association. As a franchisee, these laws allow you to communicate with other franchisees—and form groups—in order to deal with franchisors.

Franchise Succession Planning

What happens to a franchise if a franchisee passes away? Can the franchise be transferred to a qualified successor? Or will the business automatically be terminated?

Medical Marijuana Franchising: Compliance and Termination

As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, medical marijuana franchise business models have become more popular. In fact, recently we reviewed a franchise agreement for a business that provides doctor recommendations for using medical marijuana in California.

Auto Dealerships: Franchising in a Heavily Regulated Industry

Automobile dealerships were the first type of legally recognized and regulated franchises. In fact, in 1937 Wisconsin enacted the first state law protecting car dealers from wrongful termination and non-renewal.

Gas Station Franchisees and the Federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act

Many gas stations are oil company franchises. Typically, the oil company owns the station and leases the premises to the franchisee under an agreement that calculates rent as a percentage of sales.

Understanding Item 20 of a Franchise Disclosure Document

If you're thinking about purchasing a franchise, pay close attention to the franchise disclosure document (FDD)—the large document that contains disclosures about the franchisor and franchise system.