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  • Franchising and Racketeering: One Woman’s Story of the “Legitimate” Industry’s Illegitimacy

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    FRANCHISING AND RACKETEERING: ONE WOMAN’S STORY OF A “LEGITIMATE” INDUSTRY’S ILLEGITIMACY is the true story of the author’s brief foray into franchising. Anne signed a franchise agreement after spending over…

  • My Comment on the Franchise Rule

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    On January 23rd, 2020, I discovered that my comment on the FTC’s Franchise Rule had finally been published. As of January 15th, before the change from the Trump administration to…

  • My Franchise Story Continued: Fraud and Franchisee Satisfaction Awards

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    This is another chapter of my book. The book is fully drafted and I’m “sweeping” up the DRAFT this weekend… it’s getting really close. This chapter tells the story of…

  • Is Franchising White Collar Racketeering?

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    As some of you know, I am making an argument that some franchisors, if not a very high percentage of them, are guilty of white collar racketeering. I believe that…

  • My Fraud Story Continued: Litigation as a Component of Franchise Fraud

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    CONTEXT: I signed a franchise contract, realized I’d been defrauded and witnessed the franchisor’s participation in a major privacy crime… all in one month. All that action is in early…

  • My Story of Franchise Fraud and Indentured Servitude

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    I loved seeing franchisees tell the FTC that franchising is like indentured servitude in their comments about the Franchise Rule. I told the FTC that once, too…. a couple years…

  • My Own Franchise Story

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    I really enjoy writing. And my story of franchise fraud is fairly fascinating. I wrote it up for my recent 29-page submission to the FTC in response to their request…

  • SBA Chief Franchise Counsel Helps Franchisors

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    In October of 2014, Stephen J. Olear, Chief Franchise Counsel for the United States Small Business Administration, presented a paper at the American Bar Association’s 37th Forum on Franchising. The…

  • Franchisees Need a Private Right of Action

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    The FTC doesn’t enforce the Franchise Rule itself. And the FTC has resisted allowing for private enforcement of the Franchise Rule. According to the then president of the American Franchisee…

  • SBA Harms Veterans by Bailing out the Banks

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    Employers are not hiring veterans. According to military.com, employers are concerned about veteran skills translation, skill mismatch, future deployments and veteran acclimation. Many also hold negative stereotypes, believing veterans are…

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