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Franchising Research Guide: Basic Sources

Basic Sources

The following sources provide a broad overview of franchising law and are intended as a starting point for franchising research.  For a list of more through, comprehensive sources, also see the sources listed under the 'treatise' tab.

FTC Disclosure Rules for Franchising and Business Opportunities / Highlights and Analysis.  David J. Kaufman and David W. Oppenheim.  Chicago; Austin: CCH / Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2007.  KF 2023 .F73 2007 - 10th fl. 

This monograph explains the changes brought about by the Amended Rule, promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission on January 22, 2007. While much of the Amended Rule will look familiar to practitioners who have been using the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) Guidelines, there are new provisions -- new disclosure requirements, timing provisions, exemptions, and prohibitions -- that practitioners will need to consider as they advise their clients.

FTC Franchise Rule.  Susan Grueneberg and Ann Hurwitz, editors.  Chicago, Ill.: American Bar Association, c2008.  KF2023 .A954 2008 - 10th fl. 

A practical guide for franchise law practitioners, this book explains the changes brought about by the Amended Rule, promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission on January 22, 2007.  It examines the changes to the Rule, gives reasons for some of the more important changes, and offers practical tips practitioners may use in understanding and applying the Amended Rule.

Franchise Desk Book: Selected State Laws, Commentary and Annotations. 2nd ed. W. Michael Garner, editor.  Chicago, IL: Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, c2008-.  KF 2023 .F666 2008 - 10th fl.

This two-volume loose leaf set serves as a primary reference to the text of generally applicable franchise registration, disclosure and relationship statutes and accompanying regulations.  Organized by jurisdiction for each U.S. state or other jurisdiction that has franchise laws of general application -- registration and disclosure laws, relationship laws or both. It sets forth the relevant statutes, followed by general commentary on the statutory provisions and citations to cases interpreting them.

Franchise Law Compliance Manual.  2nd ed. Jeffrey A. Brimer, editor.  Chicago, Ill.: American Bar Association, c2011.  KF2023.F668 2011 -10th fl.  

The Franchise Law Compliance Manual provides a practical, comprehensive guide to establishing and maintaining a successful corporate compliance program, from intellectual property to termination.  The book also provides numerous checklists and forms provided on CD-Rom.

Franchise Litigation Handbook.  American Bar Association, 2010.  KF2023.F673 2010 10th fl. 

This practical, "how-to" guide takes the essence of a franchise dispute and makes the most difficult franchise litigation seem less complex. This book is intended to provide insights into many of the more difficult and still-emerging issues that you are likely to encounter as disputes between franchisors and franchisee continue to proliferate. Topics include: initial pleadings, temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, discovery, class actions, motions for summary judgment, trials, arbitration, and mediation.

Fundamentals of Franchising. 3rd ed. Rupert M. Barkoff and Andrew C. Selden, editors.  Chicago: American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, c2008.  KF2023 .F85 2008 - 10th fl.

This practical guide examines franchise law from a wide-range of experiences and viewpoints. Each chapter is written by two experienced practitioners and provides you with a well-rounded overview of franchise law and alerts you to issues that may require further research or expertise.  Developed from the ABA Forum on Franchising’s popular “Fundamentals of Franchising” program.