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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission will host an online public workshop on Nov. 10, 2020 to explore a number of issues related to the FTC’s Franchise Rule, and the comments received in response to the FTC’s request for comment about the Rule last year. Specifically, the workshop topics will include financial performance representations, the use of disclaimers, and the format of the disclosure document required by the Rule.

This event will be held online.

  • 1:00 pm

    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    Andrew Smith
    Director
    Bureau of Consumer Protection
    Federal Trade Commission

    1:05 pm

    Opening Address

    Hon. Kevin Hern
    Representative R-OK 1st District

    1:10 pm

    Financial Performance Representations: What Should be Disclosed? And Why?

    Moderator:
    Christine M. Todaro
    Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission

    Panelists:
    Dale Cantone
    Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Securities Commissioner,
    Office of the Maryland Attorney General

    Susan Grueneberg
    Member, Cozen O’Connor

    Justin Klein
    Partner, Marks & Klein, LLC

    Keith Miller
    Principal, Franchisee Advocacy Consulting

    Sandy Wall
    Of Counsel, DLA Piper

    2:20 pm

    Break

    2:30 pm

    A Discussion of Disclaimers, Waivers, & Questionnaires.

    Moderator:
    Josh Doan
    Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission

    Panelists:
    Howard Bundy
    Partner, Bundy Law Firm PLLC

    Amy Cheng
    Partner, Cheng Cohen LLC

    Theresa Leets
    Assistant Chief Counsel of the Securities Regulation Unit,
    California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s Legal Division

    Brandon Moore
    Former Franchisee, Dental Fix Rx

    Lee Plave
    Partner, Plave Koch PLC

    3:30 pm

    Break

    3:40 pm

    The Pros and Cons of the Current FDD Format.

    Moderator:
    Will Maxson
    Assistant Director, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission

    Panelists:
    Dale Cantone
    Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Securities Commissioner,
    Office of the Maryland Attorney General

    Kimberly Crowell
    Principal, Kalo Companies; Attorney, Pennington P.A.

    Ronald Gardner
    Partner, Dady & Gardner, P.A.

    Earsa Jackson
    Member, Clark Hill PLC

    Carl Zwisler
    Senior Counsel, Lathrop GPM LLP

    4:30 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Lois C. Greisman
    Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission

  • Transcript - Files

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