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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

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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.

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Early Bird Special for AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Extended to August 31st Sept. 15th.

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Member Alerts | 0 comments

AAFD’s Early Bird discounts expire on September 15, 2018! That means you can now save $100 on your registration fee when you register By Sept. 15.

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

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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.

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AAFD Extends 2017 Dues Rates for Existing Chapters!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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!

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We Are Accepting Nominations for the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Member Alerts | 0 comments

We are officially accepting nominations for the AAFD’s 2018 Total Quality Franchising Awards. If you know a franchise association, franchisor, chapter member, or supporting member who has contributed to the fight for fair franchising, nominate them! Check out the full list of the award categories and nomination instructions.

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Coming Soon! AAFD Member Management to MemberLeap Forward

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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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Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

If you have considered joining the AAFD or are already member, now is the time to act in order to lock in 2017 dues rates. After holding the line on dues rates since 2014, mounting expenses have compelled the AAFD Trustees to announce a dues increase to phase in over the next twelve months starting June 1, 2018. Higher membership dues will be used primarily to cover the AAFD’s increased labor costs and the just announced upgrade of the AAFD Member Management support platform.

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Join an AAFD Action Task Force to Make a Real Difference in Franchising!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

At the AAFD’s 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit last May, the AAFD Leadership Council created Six Task Forces focused on what AAFD Members consider to be the primary challenges/opportunities facing franchise owners.

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Join The AAFD For A Franchisee Leadership Council Conference Call

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD recently announced its 2018 Franchisee Leadership Summit and Conference, which will take place Oct. 21 – 24 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. In order to prepare for that event, we invite all Chapter Leaders to attend a Franchisee Leadership Council conference call. (All AAFD Members are also welcome to join the Conference Call) ​​​​​​​

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We Need Your Help to Write an Important Article Advocating on Behalf of Franchisees

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Member Alerts | Comments Off on We Need Your Help to Write an Important Article Advocating on Behalf of Franchisees

Andrew Malzahn, Caroline Fichter, and Adam Matheson, three ‘franchisee’ lawyers, are writing an article advocating on behalf of franchisees in response to a ‘pro-franchisor’ article recently published in the Franchise Law Journal (which is published by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising). Malzahn, Fichter, and Matheson are asking franchisees like you to take a short, five-minute survey so that the authors can gain a clearer picture of the franchise sales process and franchise relationships. 

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