| Jim Coen
| Oct 3 | Franchising
On Wednesday evening, at a meeting of the New England Franchise Association, I served on a panel of four that discussed “Why is Franchise Relationship legislation popping up across the country?" There were three attorneys on the panel: Tim Bryant, Preti Flaherty, Portland, ME, Gregg Rubenstein, Nixon Peabody, Boston, MA; and Rory Valas, Valas Law, Boston, MA. The moderator was Suzanne Cummings, Cummings Law, Stoneham, MA.
The discussion was civil and in particular Gregg Rubenstein did a good job questioning the validity of these laws and the problems they are supposedly trying to solve. Rory Valas also did a good job of articulating how “bad acting franchisors” take advantage of franchisees. He shared a number of common legal clauses that are unconscionable in that...