American Association of Franchisees and Dealers Statement on Federal Trade Commission’s ‘Solicitation for Public Comments on Provisions of Franchise Agreements and Franchisor Business Practices’
Palm Desert, CA (March 14, 2023) – The following is a statement on behalf the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD,) a national trade association advocating for franchisees and independent dealers, on the recent announcement from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to seek public comment on franchisors exerting control over franchisees and workers through a public comment survey.
“The AAFD applauds the FTC’s ‘Solicitation for Public Comments on Provisions of Franchise Agreements and Franchisor Business Practices.’ We are encouraged by the effort to include the fairness of contract terms and looking at post and presale disclosure issues, including the proliferation of kickbacks driving up costs to franchisees. We fully support this effort, will submit comments, and will assist our chapters and franchisees in providing meaningful comments relative to their brands,” said chief executive officer and chairman, Robert Purvin, and Keith Miller, Director of Public Affairs and Engagement, in a joint statement.
Background: The Federal Trade Commission has begun reviewing policies to protect franchisees from this power imbalance in recent years. Currently, Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the Franchise Rule. In addition, the Government Accountability Office will soon be releasing a report looking at franchise issues.
Media interested in interviews with Mr. Purvin and/or Mr. Miller, please contact Lucila Garcia at 323-646-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
AAFD is the oldest, largest, and most respected direct member franchisee trade association in the United States. Since 1992, the nonprofit organization has formed and supported exclusive trademark specific chapters for franchisees of hundreds of franchise systems and seeks to foster its vision of Total Quality Franchising—a collaborative franchise culture that respects the legitimate business interests of franchisors and franchisees. For more information, visit https://www.aafd.org