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Buying a Franchise – “I Should Never Have Bought It”

At least weekly we hear from a franchisee, after buying a franchise, that “I should never have bought it.” That realization stings. It signals that the honeymoon has ended and the spell cast by the sales consultant has worn off. Frequently, it signals the impending economic death of the franchisee-and the ultimate “death by a thousand cuts” of the franchisor.

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Buying a Franchise – Don’t Sign Agreeing to Lies

Almost every franchisee, when buying a franchise, is asked to sign a document containing false statements–in order to be “awarded” a franchise.  No franchise or other business opportunity is worth signing something false to get it.

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Buying a Franchise – College Students Should Beware

With jobs scarce for college students and new graduates, college students should beware of an increasingly active predator-the franchise sales person. They haunt job fairs and campuses with tantalizing “opportunities” to start your own business by buying a franchise; opportunities to be free of the lines for every job opening. What they are offering, unfortunately, is indentured servitude that can be hard to escape.

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New Court Decisions – Duty to Protect & Enhance Brand?

On June 21, 2012, the Superior Court for the District of Montreal, Quebec, Canada entered a judgment for $16.4 Million against the Canadian Dunkin Donuts franchisor in favor of 21 former franchisees.  The court held, among other things in a new court decision, that the franchisor breached an express or implied contractual obligation to protect and enhance its brand.

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New Court Decisions – Franchisee or Employee?

Two new court decisions, in March and in June of this year, out of Massachusetts raise the issue of what is the line between a franchisee and an employee.  Acknowledging that Massachusetts has some unique laws regarding classification of employees and that at least one state (Georgia) has given franchisors an exemption, the decisions in those cases are worth some thought by every franchisor–and franchisee.

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New Court Decisions – Vicarious Liability

In a continuing effort to highlight important new court decisions, this time regarding vicarious liability of a franchisor for the actions of its franchisee, you need to be aware of Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza.  In the Patterson case, which had been dismissed by the trial court, the California Court of Appeal reversed, saying:  “a franchisor’s actions speak louder than words.”

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Buying a Franchise – Watch the Statute of Limitations

Every franchisee, at the beginning, goes through a “honeymoon” period that can last a few years. That phase can have a very dangerous side-effect of causing you to be unable to successfully make a claim if the franchisor did something wrong. It is very important when buying a franchise that you watch the statute of limitations.

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