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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.

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!

Please register to join the AAFD’s Franchisee Leadership Council conference call to learn more about the AAFD’s Action Task Forces

Please register to join the AAFD’s Franchisee Leadership Council conference call to learn more about the AAFD’s Action Task Forces

This is your second call to join one or more of the AAFD Action Task Forces established by the AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit that are focused on what AAFD Members consider to be the primary challenges/opportunities facing franchise owners.

AAFD Extends 2017 Dues Rates for Existing Chapters!

Responding to many requests from recently launched AAFD Chapters, the AAFD has just announced the extension AAFD’s 2017 dues rates for all AAFD chapters in existence as of June 1, 2018 until August 1, 2018!

Coming Soon! AAFD Member Management to MemberLeap Forward

AAFD is excited to announce the first major upgrade to the AAFD Member Management association management system since 2008!  Coming very soon, the AAFD is upgrading the AAFD’s Member Management system by partnering with the best in class MemberLeap member relationships platform.

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