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FDA's Menu Labeling Rule Delayed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Menu Labeling Rule, which was set to go into effect on May 5, 2017, has been delayed. The Menu Labeling Rule called for businesses in the food service industry (e.g. restaurants, grocery and convenience stores) with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts on their menu boards. This would apply to most food service franchise systems. The Rule is now set to go into effect on May 7, 2018.


If your franchise company has a fiscal year end of December 31, early January is the time to begin the process of updating the Franchise Disclosure Document as required by the Federal Trade Commission's FTC Rule. The FTC Rule requires that all franchisors update their FDDs within 120 days of their fiscal year end. So what does that mean and what should franchisors be doing?

Happy Holidays from Carter & Tani

As we come to the close of Carter & Tani's 25th anniversary year, we look back and are grateful for our clients and business associates who have enabled us to reach this milestone. We also look forward to the future, with the addition of our new associate, Alissa Carter Verson, who joined us this May after passing the Illinois bar exam, and as we examine ways to continue to improve our services to our valued clients.

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Good News for Franchisors and other Companies with Trade Secrets

In May of this year, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA"), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Before the passage of this Act, the only cause of action for trade secret misappropriation was in state court. Most states have adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("UTSA"), which provides a state cause of action for trade secret theft.

The next generation of franchise attorney...

We are happy to announce that Alissa Carter has joined our firm as an associate attorney. Partners Christine and Doris continue to be actively involved in the practice but recognize the need to bring in the next generation to serve our franchise clients well into the future. In this case, Alissa literally is the next generation since she is the daughter of partner Doris Carter.


The decision whether to purchase a franchise is a major one. If you are considering the purchase of a franchise, you should take the time to evaluate the particular franchise business and the franchise company carefully. You should also weigh the advantages and disadvantages of franchising in general. Some of the advantages and disadvantages to consider in making your decision whether to purchase a franchise are: