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Washington Franchise Laws

Jul 8, 2015

EXISTENCE OF WASHINGTON DEALER/FRANCHISE TERMINATION, FRAUD AND NON-RENEWAL LAWS AND FRANCHISE INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC LAWS In Washington, the following Dealer/Franchise Termination and Non-Renewal Laws, Fraud, and Franchise Industry-Specific Laws exist: – Washington Has a Disclosure/Registration Franchise Law – Washington Has a Relationship/Termination Franchise Law – Washington Has a General Business Opportunity Franchise Law – Washington Has an Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaler/Franchise Law – Washington Has an Equipment Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Has a Gasoline Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Does Not Have a Marine Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Has a Motor Vehicle Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Does Not Have a Motorcycle Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Has a Recreational and Power Sports Vehicle Dealer/Franchise Law – Washington Does Have a Restaurant Liability Law – Washington Does Have a Professional Sports Franchise Law

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Washington Supreme Court Restricts Franchisors’ Pricing of Products and Services to only those that are “Fair and Reasonable” Prices

Sep 21, 2019

The Washington Supreme Court has recently ruled Franchisors cannot exceed ‘fair and reasonable prices’ in selling products and services to their franchisees. Specifically, the Court held that under that state’s Franchise Relationship Act that it is an unfair or deceptive act or practice for any person to “sell, rent, or offer to sell to a franchisee any product or service for more than a fair and reasonable price.”  The Washington Supreme Court proceeded to define prolific components of a definition of “fair and reasonable price” for such products. The Washington Court explained: The plain language and the legislative history of the FIPA make clear that a broad understanding of the market and market forces must inform a fact finder determining whether prices are fair and reasonable under the FIPA. A fact finder must take into consideration market forces writ broadly. This includes what the district court relied on—the price at which the franchisor acquired the products or services—but reaches beyond. The prices of competitor franchisors should be taken into account, including whether the prices of all franchisors are the same. So, too, should the statements of profit margin made by the franchisor. Other relevant factors include the franchisor’s charges to other franchisees for the same or similar products or services; what other similarly situated franchisors charge similarly situated franchisees for the same or similar products or services; business and industry practices; the price the franchisor pays for the products or services; and the price at which the franchisee could obtain […]

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What Does it Mean if My State Has (or Doesn’t Have) a Franchise Law?

Sep 21, 2018

Nationwide, 21 states and Washington D.C. have laws in place that govern the franchise disclosure process, the franchise relationship or both. Due to the heavily one-sided nature of franchising, these laws are designed to protect franchisees by helping ensure that they receive accurate information, and that they have at least some opportunity to protect their investment if things do not go as planned. The states that have franchise laws are: Arkansas California Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kentucky Maryland Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska New Jersey Tennessee Virginia Washington Wisconsin If your state has a franchise law, the implications for your franchise will depend on the type of law (disclosure, relationship or both) and the scope of its provisions. Franchise laws vary widely from state to state, and some provide significantly more protection than others. Examples of State Franchise Law Provisions 1. Franchise Disclosure Requirements (and Consequences) In states with franchise disclosure laws (i.e. California, Illinois and Maryland), franchisors must meet certain requirements in addition to those imposed under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Franchise Rule (the FTC Franchise Rule establishes the nationwide standard for the 23-item Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)). One of the most-common provisions in these laws is an extension of the “cooling off” period before a franchisee can be asked to sign a franchise agreement. Potential remedies for disclosure violations under state franchise laws can include an option to terminate the franchise; although, the circumstances in which this option is available are usually pretty limited. […]

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Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein Joins Ranks of Global Law Experts

Jun 28, 2017

The Goldstein Law Firm is privileged to announce that firm founder Jeffrey M. Goldstein has recently been named a Global Law Expert in franchise law. Based in London, Global Law Experts (GLE) recognizes exceptional attorneys worldwide and is billed as, “[t]he premier guide to leading legal professionals throughout the world.” Recognition by Global Law Experts provides notable distinction: GLE recognizes just one attorney in each practice area per county. According to GLE’s website, it is the only organization to do so. Consideration requires a peer recommendation or approval by Global Law Experts’ research department, and all candidates must complete, “an intensive research process before being passed onto the Nominations Panel for final assessment and validation.” Each year, GLE sends its Recommendation Questionnaire to over 45,000 business leaders, advisors and in-house attorneys to solicit recommendations for the world’s leading attorneys. About Global Law Experts Global Law Experts currently recommends and endorses lawyers in 140 countries and over 50 areas of practice. Rather than focusing solely on attorneys at large international law firms, GLE also understands that the level of service provided by attorneys at smaller boutique practices can often exceed that provided by partners in Big Law. As stated by GLE: “It’s often easy to assume bigger means better, but that is not always the case with law firms; boutique practices specialise in just one legal field and as a result can often offer the same (if not better) advice on a more personal level at a typically lower hourly rate […]

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Jeffrey M. Goldstein Named Among Esteemed Lawyers of America®

Jun 26, 2017

The Goldstein Law Firm is pleased to announce that founding attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein has been named among the Esteemed Lawyers of America®. This is the third time this year Mr. Goldstein and the firm have been awarded for their achievements and client service, following the firm’s recognition as Best Franchise Disputes Law Firm 2017 – USA by Acquisition International and Franchise Law Firm of the Year in the 2017 Finance Monthly Law Awards. Esteemed Lawyers of America® (ELOA) is an organization whose mission is, “to recognize the most respected lawyers in the country.” It seeks to help individuals and businesses find quality legal representation by offering a list of attorneys who are both (i) recommended by their peers, and (ii) qualified for recognition based upon their experience, commitment to client service and ethical standards. As described by the organization: “ELOA was established to honor those attorneys who are the most respected and esteemed by their peers throughout the legal community, and to help consumers identify them. . . . The best attorneys are being replaced by better marketers[,] and consumers don’t often know who the finest lawyers are anymore. By identifying the top lawyers as determined by the people who know them best – other lawyers – and educating the public as to who they are, Esteemed Lawyers of America® aims to change that.” Selection Criteria for Esteemed Lawyers of America® Membership in Esteemed Lawyers of America® is conditioned upon successful completion of a two-stage application process. The first […]

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Goldstein Law Firm Honored as Law Awards 2017’s Franchise Law Firm of the Year

May 19, 2017

We are proud to announce that the Goldstein Law Firm was recently named “Franchise Law Firm of the Year” in the 2017 edition of Finance Monthly’s Law Awards. According to a press release from Finance Monthly announcing this year’s award winners: “Every year[,] the Finance Monthly Law Awards recognise and celebrate law firms and legal professionals from all over the world who, over the past twelve months, have consistently excelled in all aspects of their work and set new standards of client service.” The nomination and review process for Finance Monthly’s Law Awards involves months of work by a “diligent research team and dedicated judging panel,” who are tasked with producing a list of winners that represents, “some of the most successful and trusted legal professionals and law firms from across the globe.” “[A] franchise law firm dedicated to you, the franchisee.” Law firms honored as recipients of the Law Awards are featured in a special edition of Finance Monthly. In announcing the Goldstein Law Firm as Franchise Law Firm of the Year, the Law Awards 2017 describe our firm as, “a franchise law firm dedicated to you, the franchisee.” Unlike other franchise law firms that represent both franchisees and franchisors (and which, in reality, predominantly represent franchisors), the Goldstein Law Firm is exclusively dedicated to representing the interests of active and prospective franchise owners. Another factor distinguishing the Goldstein Law Firm from other franchise law firms is our representation in both transactional and dispute-resolution matters. Founding attorney Jeffrey M. […]

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Franchise Lawyer for Prospective and Existing Pet Franchise Owners

Mar 29, 2017

For many people, buying a franchise is an opportunity to finally get paid for doing what they love. Buying a franchise in the growing pet care and grooming industry is no exception. Animal lovers seeking to own their own business will often find pet-related franchise opportunities attractive, and under the right circumstances the right opportunity can grow into a successful long-term career. However, all franchise opportunities carry risks, and franchisees who do not do their due diligence often learn this the hard way. Unfavorable contract terms and a lack of understanding of the franchisor’s business model can leave once-optimistic franchisees looking for a way out. At the Goldstein Law Firm, we bring over 30 years of franchise law experience to advising prospective franchisees during the buying process and representing current and terminated franchisees in disputes with their franchisors. Experienced Legal Representation for New and Existing Pet Franchisees The Goldstein Law Firm is one of only four national law firms in the United States that exclusively represents franchisees and dealers. With more than three decades of experience in this niche area of the law, attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein is intimately familiar with the unique and often-complex legal issues facing new and existing franchisees. As a result, he is able to provide thorough, insightful and practical advice for clients in the areas of: Evaluating New Pet Franchise Opportunities – Before committing to a pet franchise, it is critical to have the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and franchise agreement reviewed by an experienced […]

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Choosing a Franchise Law Firm to Represent You

Jan 5, 2017

Video Transcription Hi, my name’s Jeff Goldstein from the Goldstein Law Firm in Washington, D.C. We represent franchisees and dealers in complex litigation and courts throughout the country. We also do arbitrations, and mediations, and we review franchise disclosure documents, and franchise agreements. If you’re looking for a franchise lawyer, that’s probably why you’re watching this video today, I would point out to you that franchise law is a little bit different than other areas of the law in terms of finding an attorney. The lines on both sides of the franchisee, franchisor line are very polarized. There are three general groups of franchise attorneys, the first are franchisor attorneys. These are guys and gals that operate out of large corporate law firms usually with a national and international present. They charge higher rates, and again work only for franchisors. The ironic part about this is that these guys who represent only franchisors and get paid the bigger bucks on average, usually have the easiest case. The franchise agreements are changed year over year in each iteration that comes out is usually more oppressive to the franchisee or dealer, and it makes the case much easier for the franchisor attorney in court. The next group of lawyers, potential group, is franchisee-only lawyers. There are only three of these left in the entire United States, our firm is included, and these are smaller firms that are not part of large corporate law firms. They represent only franchisees and dealers. The cases […]

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Franchise Lawyer, Jeff Goldstein, of Goldstein Law Firm

Jan 5, 2017

Video Transcription Hello, welcome to our YouTube channel. My name’s Jeff Goldstein of the Goldstein Law Firm in Washington, D.C. We represent franchisees and dealers in complex litigation in courts around the country. We also represent clients in arbitrations and mediations. We review franchise disclosure documents and help negotiate franchise agreements. In looking for a franchise lawyer, you should find one that represents only franchisees. Our firm is one of only three remaining national law firms that represent solely franchisees. The other lawyers fall into two groups. One is a franchisor lawyer, whom you wouldn’t wanna retain if you’re a franchisee, and the other is the hybrid attorney that represents both franchisors and franchisees. In our view, in litigation especially, these lawyers have a conflict in terms of furthering your litigation goals. I’d like to thank you for looking at our videos today, and please enjoy all the subjects that we’ve got listed for franchise law in the future.

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Franchise Law: Agreement Duration – Part 1

Jan 4, 2017

Video Transcription My name is Jeff Goldstein from the Goldstein Law Firm. We’re a firm that represents only franchisees nationally and we’re based out of Washington D.C. Today I and want to speak to you about an issue that arises on somewhat of a frequent basis. It has to do with duration of a franchise agreement or a distribution agreement. The question being, how long is a particular agreement for? Most people will say, “If you need to go to a lawyer for that, then you shouldn’t be signing the agreement.” But believe it or not, there are quite a few agreements that do not include a specific date or a period of years under which the parties are to operate under that agreement. The real question is why is that all that significant? The issue arises most frequently when a franchisee gets to my office and has been terminated by the franchisor. Many times, they’ve operated for 10, 15, 20 years and relationship has gone south and the franchisor has sent the termination notice to the franchisee saying, “You’re terminated.” The franchisee is saying, “You can’t do that. We have an agreement that goes on in perpetuity. For as long as I want, I get to keep the franchise.” At that point it’s important to look at the language of the franchise agreement to determine whether it’s actually a franchise agreement with a…that is gonna be looked at as a definite agreement, one with a duration or one that […]

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