Franchising is not an industry; it is a special method of doing business that allows a brand to multiply by awarding licenses to independent operators. Today, the franchise method of doing business accounts for more than half of all U.S. retail sales and one in every seven jobs. While most associate franchising with fast food, franchise businesses are far more diverse and touch at least 75 different industry sectors. Unlike other types of private commercial contract arrangements, franchise relationships are highly regulated by franchise sales and relationship laws with potentially serious consequences for their violation including personal liability of the franchisor’s management team. Given franchising’s popularity and economic importance, every practitioner should know the essentials of franchise law and when to suspect that a commercial relationship may be a franchise.
This course, presented by Rochelle Spandorf, of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Los Angeles office, chair of the firm’s National Franchise Practice Group, explains the fundamentals of U.S. franchise law including how to recognize when a license, dealer or distribution agreement is really a franchise.
The course demystifies franchise sales compliance duties by explaining the basics of pre-sale disclosure and registration requirements, describes how franchise relationship laws regulate franchise parties, offers guidance for effective franchisee representation, and highlights key judicial and regulatory decisions in the practice area.
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