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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Passes First Hurdle

New Florida State Capitol Building
Photo of Florida's capitol by Second Judicial Circuit Guardian

Under intense opposition from the International Franchise Association, Florida's franchisee protection bill just passed its first hurdle. Senate Bill 750, the Protect Florida Small Business Act, passed the Regulated Industries committee of the Florida Senate.

Phil Zeidman Steps Down after 56 Years of Service to IFA

Philip F. Zeidman, under DLA Piper and its predecessor law firms, has been the general counsel for the International Franchise Association since its inception 56 years ago.

IFA CEO Invites More Franchisee Involvement

CEO Robert Cresanti listens to panel discussing POS security breaches at the IFA's Legal Symposium in May 2016
Cresanti listens to a Legal Symposium panel of experts (photo/bmm)

WASHINGTON – Robert Cresanti, the newest CEO and president of the 56-year-old International Franchise Association, speaks about franchisee interests, his recruitment into the IFA and his background.

IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim Says Franchise Profits, Rates of Return Are Key

Aziz Hashim presents at the IFA Legal Symposium
IFA chair Aziz Hashim speaks with Legal Symposium. (Photo/Sniegowski)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the International Franchise Association Aziz Hashim sat down with Blue MauMau during his organization’s Legal Symposium last month. He began by discussing his franchise experiences as well as the importance to buyers and franchisors of knowing franchise-level profits.

State Regulators to Tighten Franchise Earnings Disclosure

Attorneys gather for IFA Legal Symposium 2016. Regulators speak on their proposed new guidelines
Attendees of the IFA's Legal Symposium 2016 (photo: Sniegowski)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For years franchisees and their advocates have wanted standard financial terms to be used in disclosures to franchise buyers rather than the present ocean of obscure terminology. They have also wanted clearer franchise earnings information. State regulators are now joining in.

DLA Piper’s Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, Part 3

In Part 3 of DLA Piper's Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, partner John F. Verhey presented the topic for the eighth legal case with this question: What's the most effective way to enforce remodeling requirements against your franchisees?

Double Whammy! California and New York Enact $15 Minimum Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
NY Cuomo [D] & Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton [D] cheer wage law.
(photo/NY Governor's office on Flickr)

ALBANY, NY & SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California's governor Jerry Brown and New York's governor Andrew Cuomo competed Monday on which state would be first to gradually raise minimum wage for all workers to $15.

IFA Takes No Action for Now against Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems marketing franchising services at the International Franchise Association Conference 2016
Franchise Marketing Systems at IFA's 2016 Convention

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – For franchising consultant Christopher Conner and the International Franchise Association it was business as usual at the International Franchise Association's 2016 Convention last week, despite the states of California and Maryland ordering Conner to cease and desist from selling franchises.

IFA Appoints Cresanti CEO & President

Robert Cresanti. Photo: IFA website

WASHINGTON—The International Franchise Association announced today that it has promoted Robert Cresanti to be its president and CEO.

International Franchise Association CEO Caldeira Leaves

WASHINGTON – The International Franchise Association is missing a chief executive officer. The trade group announced Wednesday that its now ex-CEO Steve Caldeira has resigned.