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Landmark Jury Verdict and Final Judgement Upholds Franchisor’s Duty to Act in Good Faith and Deal Fairly with its Franchisees

By Robert Zarco Founding Partner, Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski and Brito

Recently, a California Superior Court 12-member jury in Los Angeles handed franchisees a huge victory when it delivered an $8.8-million-dollar verdict against El Pollo Loco (EPL) after the popular fast food chicken restaurant set up two competing locations in close vicinity of a franchisee’s existing restaurant location.

What made the case of Janice P. Handlers-Bryman and Michael Bryman v. El Pollo Loco, Inc. such a game-changer is that the court upheld the idea that a franchisor’s duty to act in good faith and to deal fairly with franchisees overrides explicit, yet legally and factually unconscionable terms and provisions laid out in the franchise disclosure document (FDD) including in the franchise agreement.

And the Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees Are…

AAFD to Recognize Bluemaumau.org Founder, Don Sniegowski for Lifetime Achievement and Robert Zarco for AAFD Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community.

The Emmys are over, but the Total Quality Franchising Award nominees have just been announced! Every year the AAFD hosts the Total Quality Franchising Awards to celebrate the franchisees, associations, and suppliers who are leading the charge in the fight for fair franchising. Below, we are proud to announce this year’s nominees in each category as well as our chosen recipients for The AAFD’s Lifetime Achievement and Chairman’s Award.

Meet US in St. Louis! Our AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Venue is Top Notch

Meet US in St. Louis! Our AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Venue is Top Notch

I have recently returned froma site visit to the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis. The Chase Park will host the 2018 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Conference this October 21-24.  I am happy to report to prospective attendees and delegates that we are in for a wonderful experience – a great venue and a great city.

The AAFD Is Growing: New Chapter Support Job Opportunities

The AAFD has experienced significant growth over the last year, and it is looking to expand its chapter support department. We are seeking candidates in all continental US time zones to serve as Chapter Development and Chapter Management Coordinators. We are hopeful that our best candidates may be found or recommended from our community of members and friends.

A Franchisee Association Case Study You Must Read!

The AAFD is proud to present an inspiring case study of a franchisee association that used determination, patience, and a commitment to collaborative franchising to completely turn around its relationship with its franchisor!

Early Bird Registration for the 2018 AAFD Leadership Summit Is Now Open!

Early Bird Registration for the 2018 AAFD Leadership Summit Is Now Open!

Early bird registration is now open, so register today to save $100 per registration through August 15, 2018! Join franchisee association leaders across the country as we “Take Action and Take a Stand”. Our theme is, “Embracing Our Tasks,” and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the AAFD’s Action Task Forces. Each task force addresses major challenges faced by franchise owners nationwide.

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