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Gov. Brown vetoes bill to protect franchise firms
Gov. Brown vetoes bill to protect franchise firms

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed legislation to protect small-franchise owners against fast-food giants and convenience store chains, saying he needs more proof there is a problem before considering changes that would "significantly impact California's vast franchise industry." The measure by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would have prohibited corporations from putting a franchisee out of business unless they have committed a “substantial and material breach" of the franchise agreement. The bill also would have protected a franchisee's ability to sell or transfer the business without unreasonable interference. Brown wrote in his veto message...

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