franchise law resources

Federal Regulations

Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule:
16 C.F.R. Part 436: Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/16/part-436

Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule: Franchise Rule Notice, with Statement of Business and Purpose, 16 C.F.R. Part 436: Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising, and 16 C.F.R. Part 437: Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Business Opportunities (.pdf)
https://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/070330franchiserulefrnotice.pdf

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection: Franchise Rule Compliance Guide
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/franchise-rule-compliance-guide

Amended Franchise Rule FAQ’s
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/amended-franchise-rule-faqs

State Law Resources

NASAA Franchise Resources
http://www.nasaa.org/industry-resources/corporation-finance/franchise-resources/

NASAA 2008 Franchise Registration and Disclosure Guidelines
http://www.nasaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/6-2008UFOC.pdf

NASAA Commentary on 2008 Franchise Registration & Disclosure Guidelines
http://www.nasaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/FranchiseCommentary_final.pdf

NASAA Franchise Multi Unit Commentary (Adopted Sept. 16, 2014)
http://www.nasaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Franchise-Multi-Unit-Commentary-effective-Adopted-Sept.-16-2014.pdf

NASAA Financial Performance Representation Commentary (Adopted May 8, 2017)
http://nasaa.cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Financial-Performance-Representation-Commentary.pdf

Free Copies of FDDs

California
Department of Business Oversight
Securities and Franchise Search
https://docqnet.dbo.ca.gov/search/

Minnesota
Department of Commerce
Commerce Actions and Regulatory Documents Search (CARDS)
https://www.cards.commerce.state.mn.us/CARDS/

Wisconsin
Department of Financial Institutions
Franchise Search
https://www.wdfi.org/apps/FranchiseSearch/MainSearch.aspx