This is one response I received on my email asking for support of SB 610. I have taken the name off because the business owner was afraid of retribution. It is really important that I get your letters.
Thank you for sending this. I added a small paragraph telling only a
bit from our long nightmare with our franchisor. We recently got out
of that franchise contract as we filed suit for several of the same exact
abuses you describe in this bill. We were lucky but it was terribly
costly. Others in our franchise will not be so lucky as they will bear
the brunt of the vindictive nature of that franchisor. This is an
important bill to protect the franchisees who really have no voice. The
contracts are so one-sided that you feel like you have become an
"indentured slave" to the whims of the franchisor.
"I was a franchisee for over 14 years and had to deal with numerous
threats from the franchisor even though we operated in the terms of our
agreement. The franchise retaliated by leaving us out of important
emails and just plan ignoring us as we were vocal about questionable
legal and ethical business practices we observed. We filed suit and were
able to get out of the contract but this would not have happened had
they been fair and ethical in their dealings. We sold one franchise unit
where they used underhanded tactics costing us over $40,000 in the
final sale but could have resulted in a lawsuit by the seller with
claims of up to $250,000. This bill is important to protect franchisees
from unscrupulous franchisors."
Small Business California
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