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Indiana Joins States Requiring Online Franchise Filings

The Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division recently announced that it has launched its Indiana Securities Portal and that as of January 1, 2020, all franchise registration applications must be filed electronically through the Portal. Any paper filings or e-mail filings sent to the IN Securities Division will be sent back to the sender.

Associate Alissa Carter Verson Publishes Article in DCBA Brief

Our Associate, Alissa Carter Verson, recently published an article in the DuPage County Bar Assocation's November issue of the DCBA Brief entitled "A New Era of Accessibility: Website Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act." 

Attorneys Attend 2019 ABA Forum on Franchising

Christine, Doris and Alissa have just returned from Denver after attending the 2019 American Bar Association Forum on Franchising annual 2-day franchise law seminar. While the attorneys at Carter & Tani have many years of experience and are seasoned franchise law attorneys, they make it a point each year to attend this annual franchise law seminar in order to keep current with new developments in the law that affect franchising and their franchise clients. Topics this year included updates on joint employer issues (including a workshop on the newly passed California Assembly Bill 5), anti-poaching cases and regulatory enforcement, application of new technology in franchise systems, and the current review of the FTC Rule. The annual update on franchise case law and the annual regulatory update presented by state franchise regulators is always informative. In addition, Alissa attended an intensive half-day workshop on the creation of a start-up franchise system. If you would like to hear more about the seminar and the new developments discussed, contact one of our attorneys.

Availability and Requirements for Online Franchise Registration Filings

Of the states that require registration or filing of franchisors' Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin), only California, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin have online filing options. Of those 5 states, only Washington and Wisconsin require online filing. Wisconsin has required online filing for several years. However, Washington has only recently stopped accepting paper filings. We have researched the online systems and what is needed for these filings to prepare us for the 2020 renewal season.

New NASAA State Cover Sheets

NASAA (the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.) has adopted a new format for the State Cover Sheets that appear in Franchise Disclosure Documents ("FDDs") filed as part of state franchise registration applications. Below are some FAQs on this new requirement:

Do You Have Anti-Poaching Covenants in Your Franchise Agreement?

There has been a fair amount of discussion in the franchising world recently about anti-poaching. Anti-poaching refers to provisions in franchise agreement that prohibit a franchisee from hiring the employees of the franchisor or the employees of other franchisees in the franchise system. A typical in-term covenant might read as follows:

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