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California Governor Vetoes Fair Franchising Legislation SB610

It is with disappointment and frustration that I report that California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, has vetoed legislation that would have protected franchisee equity and guaranteed the right of franchise owners to be treated with good faith by their franchisors. Governor Brown disappointed and turned his back on thousands of franchised businesses with his veto of...

SB610 passes Assembly

This is a small but very important victory for franchisees everywhere. Notwithstanding a major opposition from the International Franchise Association, franchisee interests I have received a major boost from the California Assembly. Now back to the Senate to approve the amended bill, and onto the governor’s...

Who Will Win The Advertising Super Bowl in 2014?

Who Will Win The Advertising Super Bowl in 2014?

Jan 24, 2014

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are now set as we count down the days until Super Bowl XLVIII. The  Broncos and Sea Hawks are on a hot streak, but they have nothing compared to the sizzling cost of commercial time during the big game. According to Superbowl-ads.com , the price for a 30 second spot during  the game is averaging about $4 million (up to...

Can Franchisee Associations Serve as a Substitute for Franchisee Protection Laws?

Can Franchisee Associations Serve as a Substitute for Franchisee Protection Laws?

Dec 11, 2013

Law Professors Robert W. Emerson and Uri Benoliel have recently published a compelling article in the Penn State Law Review, “Can Franchisee Associations Serve as a Substitute for Franchisee Protection Laws?.”  The article identifies the need to protect franchisees from franchisor ‘opportunism,’, which the AAFD describes as ‘franchisee abuse.’ While the premise...

Free Marketplace Ads and Franchise Voice Subscriptions

While support for fair franchising is the most important benefit of membership, the AAFD works hard to make your membership as valuable as possible. Our members get a whole host of valuable FREE services, including: The AAFD Franchise Self-Evaluation Tool A free legal consultation with a member of the AAFD’s Franchisee LegaLineSM FREE Healthcare WellCards and...

You Asked, We Answer – Why Would the AAFD Accredit a Franchisor with a Bad History: A Case Study

The AAFD recently received an inquiry about our awarding of the coveted Fair Franchising Seal to Tutor Time, a company that had been previously disciplined by the US Federal Trade Commission. We thought all AAFD Members and subscribers would be interested in our answer: Thank you for your recent inquiry to the AAFD. You asked: “I know the FTC action [against...

AAFD Public Guest Posting Policy

The AAFD welcomes guest blog submissions from those who have something relevant to say about franchising and/or of interest to franchise owners. We look forward to hearing from franchise owners, attorneys, suppliers, consultants, or others who can provide special insight into an area of franchising, or of general interest to small business owners. AAFD blogs...

BizBuySell.com and AAFD Announce AAFD Franchise Business Sales Program for AAFD Members

The AAFD and BizBuySell are pleased to announce a special discount program for AAFD members looking to sell (and buy) franchised businesses.  Through the new program, branded as AAFD Franchise Business Sales, BizBuySell will provide a range of business sale services to AAFD members at a discounted price. “BizBuySell is the premier resource for selling and...

Bob Purvin Joins Roundtable Discussion Of Franchise Real Estate Issues On Podcast

Bob Purvin recently participated in the June 30th podcast of Commercial Real Estate Radio, hosted by Howard Kline. The topic of the podcast was “Opening a Franchise: American Dream or a Landlord Nightmare?”, and Bob was joined at the roundtable by Perry Roshan-Zamir, Vice President and General Counsel of Baja Fresh and Robin Day Glenn, a franchise attorney who...

Bob Purvin Discusses The Myths of Franchising and Fair Franchising Legislation on the Franchise Radio Network

The Franchise Radio Network, a new weekly radio podcast that covers a wide variety of topics of interest to franchise owners, invited AAFD Chair Bob Purvin as the featured guest on its inaugural podcast, first aired on June 21, 2013. The podcast’s host, Aaron Phillips, spoke with Bob about a wide range of topics, including the myths of franchising (detailed on...

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