As illustrated by the Tilted Kilt restaurant franchise lawsuit, the importance of franchisor-franchisee separation and exposure to joint liability. More »Franchisor-Franchisee Independence and Joint Liability, Redux
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Under the FTC Revised Franchise Rule, franchisors are required to update their FDDs annually. What the federal and state renewal deadlines mean for active and aspiring franchisors, as well as prospective franchisees. More »Get Your Franchise Audits and FDDs Done Early for Renewal Season
Many franchisees pay a percentage of revenues into a marketing fund, which the franchisor spends on marketing and advertising. However, the use of the money may not be disclosed properly, as Cold Stone Creamery's franchise association is claiming in its lawsuit. More »A Cold Stone Creamery case study
Four main issues all franchisors and franchisees should consider at the end of a franchise contract, including de-branding/re-branding, phone numbers, customer lists, and non-compete agreements. More »What happens when a franchise contract ends?
Through a last second deal with a deep-pocketed private equity investor, the once-celebrated Quiznos franchise has managed to narrowly avoid bankruptcy. More »Quiznos franchise narrowly avoids bankruptcy
When making the transition to franchising, it is important for business owners to keep in mind that the franchise operation will be a new, entirely different business operation in and of itself. More »5 tips for businesses considering franchising in 2012
After having her first face-off with a dissatisfied client, freelance writer and editorial consultant Thursday Bram decided she'd never let a client push her around again. More »Why You Need That Client Agreement in Writing
Last week's jobs report revealed that the unemployment rate was reduced by nearly half a point to 8.6 percent, the lowest it has stood in two and a half years. More »What Does the Latest Jobs Report Mean for Business Owners?
You've developed a clever slogan that sets you apart from all of the other chains out there. Now all of a sudden someone else is taking advantage of your cleverness and expenditures-to their benefit and potentially to your harm. What would you do? More »Chick-fil-A Wants You to Eat Less Kale?
Can franchisors treat franchisees differently? Many franchise agreements impose certain obligations to prevent this but they do have the right to do it. More »But She's Doing It. - Can Franchisors Treat Franchisees Differently?
So, what are some signs that a franchisor might not be around for the long haul? More »4 Signs a Franchisor May Not Be Around for the Long Haul
For new franchisors, standing out from the crowd can be a task of epic proportions. Selecting a strong and memorable trademark is certainly an important (indeed, critical) first step. More »It's Good to Be Popular (But Not Too Popular)-Choosing a Trademark for your Franchise System
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