franchising, contract law, business relations, corporations, trade-mark, statutory regulation, common law, family disputes
The institution of franchising has experienced a remarkable growth in North America in recent years. This has provoked a variety of legislative and judicial responses. This article examines the reasons behind the rise of franchising. It proceeds to examine the principal models of statutory regulation of franchise arrangements, and also the range of common law doctrines which courts have brought to bear on disputes arising out of such contracts. The author points out deficiencies in the existing models of franchise regulation and, drawing on legal responses to family disputes, proposes an alternative.
Richard Haigh, "Franchising in the Shadow of Contract Law: A New Fidelity for Business Relations" (1996) 19:1 Dal LJ 5.