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AAFD Chairman on Key Protections that Should Be in a Franchise Contract

    AAFD chairman Bob Purvin working on the words of a fairer franchise contract
Purvin leads franchisees & their franchisor to craft a fairer contract

Robert Purvin, founder and chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), spoke at length with this journal. Purvin is busy nowadays preparing the AAFD, a non-profit trade association that represents the rights and interests of franchisees, for a franchisee leadership summit from April 30 to May 3 in Palm Springs, California. The association will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Franchise Terminations and Self-Inflicted Harm

In a recent franchise case the United States District Court of New Jersey (the “Court”) hammered another nail in the termination coffin of a former 7-Eleven franchisee Karamjeet Sodhi ("Franchisee Sodhi" or "Mr. Sodhi"), Manjinder Singh, and Karamjit Singh (collectively, "the Franchisees"), when it denied the Franchisees’ Motion for a stay of the Court's Order granting judgment to Plaintiff 7-Eleven.

Franchisee Termination Litigant Again Shattered by Esoteric Damages Rules

My article last month on franchise termination litigation set forth a somewhat detailed assessment of the law of damages in a franchise termination context, concluding in part that:

What Happens if a Franchisor Revokes a Franchise Agreement?

Can franchise owners take assurance in their franchise agreement? Such agreements, or multi-page contracts, govern the relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee. However, the franchisee may lack options to defend against unanticipated actions, such as the franchisor’s revocation of the agreement.

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.

Former Red Robin Franchisee Sued for Not Terminating

A restaurant under the Red Robin brand was terminated 18 months ago for getting behind in its royalty payments. The problem?

The ABCs of FDDs: Item 17. Renewal, Termination, Transfer and Dispute Resolution

This is the fifth in a series of articles for prospective franchisees that discuss the components of a franchise disclosure document. Unlike almost all other articles about what you will learn in a franchise disclosure document, however, this series will focus on what you may not learn.

"Incredible Pizza" Franchisee Loses $46 Million

Lloyd Robert French invested in a new franchise concept and lost $46,995,735 in 6 years.

Franchise Terminations, Girl Scouts, Homosexuals, and the Yom Kippur War

If you thought you’d seen everything as a franchisee lawyer, then here is a case where the state’s franchise relationship law was given a very expansive and biting interpretation.