Franchise Relationship Laws

Types of Franchise Relationship Laws
(as of June 1, 2015)
This chart shows which franchise relationship laws include in their definition of a “fran-
chise” a trademark license, a marketing plan or community of interest, and a fee. It also
shows which states regulate the relationship between franchisors and franchisees as part of
their registration and disclosure laws, using the same definition of a “franchise” for both
purposes, and which ones have separate registration and disclosure laws.
Marketing Part of Separate
Trademark Plan/Community Disclosure Disclosure
License of Interest Fee Law Law
California M ✓✓*
Connecticut M
Hawaii C✓✓
Illinois M ✓✓
Indiana M ✓✓
Iowa M
Michigan M ✓✓
Minnesota C ✓✓
Mississippi C
Missouri C
Nebraska C
New Jersey C
Rhode Island C
Virginia M ✓✓
Washington M✓✓
Wisconsin C
M = Marketing plan definition of “franchise.”
C = Community of interest definition of “franchise.
* Same definition as in Franchise Investment Law.
The following states require franchise registration or disclosure but do not have fran-
chise relationship laws: Maryland, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Dakota.

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