Lessons by Subject Outline - Franchising Law

    Subject Outline

    • History & Overview
      • The Rise of Franchising
        • Advantages and Disadvantages of Franchising
      • What is a Franchise?
        • Overlapping Federal and State Jurisdiction
        • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Definition
        • State Definitions
        • What is Not a Franchise: Exemptions from Regulation
    • Trademark Law and Licensing
      • Trademark Theory and Overview
        • Trademark Policy
      • Trademark Basics
        • Requirements for Registration
        • The Spectrum of Conceptual Strength
        • Functionality
        • Trade Dress
        • National Rights versus Regional Rights
      • Ownership, Assignment & Licensing
        • Rights of Initial Registrant
        • Assignment and Licensing
        • Abandonment
      • Violating the Markholder's Rights
        • Trademark Infringement
        • Trademark Dilution
        • Cybersquatting
      • Defenses to Infringement
        • Nominative "Fair Use"
      • Remedies
        • Equitable Relief
        • Damages and Profits
    • Restrictions on Offering Franchises for Sale
      • The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
        • Purpose and Overview
        • Selected Disclosures in Details
          • Line 4: Franchisor Litigation
          • Line 7: Estimated Initial Investment
          • Line 8: Restrictions on Sources of Products and Services
          • Line 9: Franchisee's Obligations
          • Line 11: Franchiser's Promise of Assistance
          • Line 12: Franchisee's Sales territory
          • Line 13: Licensing Franchisor's Trademarks
          • Line 16: Restricting What the Franchise May Sell
          • Line 17: Ending the Franchise Relationship
          • Line 19: Franchisor's Financial Performance Representations
    • Structuring the Franchise Relationship
      • The Franchise Agreement (FA)
        • Purpose and Overview
        • Selected Contract Provisions in Detail
          • Implied Right to Future trademarks, Goods and Services
          • Franchisor as Exclusive Source of Inventory and Equipment
          • Franchisor's Duty to Assist in Real Estate Development
          • Shopping Mall Exclusivity
          • Franchisee Vulnerability to Loss by Condemnation
          • Franchisor's Control of Franchisee
          • Termination and Non-Renewal
          • What is "Good Cause"
          • What is not "Good Cause"
          • When May Franchisor Obtain "Lost Future Profits"
          • How Broad is Franchisors Exculpatory Clause Defense?
          • The Universal Requirement for Arbitration
    • Franchisor Liability for Acts of Franchisee
      • Franchisor's Control: A Double-Edged Sword
        • Purpose and Overview
          • Imputed Franchisor Liability