A new bill introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives would make significant changes to the state’s franchise relationship statute, making the law dramatically more onerous for franchisors. Among the proposed revisions are:
These changes practically invite franchisees to initiate litigation should a dispute arise with a franchisor. What franchisee would not roll the dice to collect double or triple damages if a franchisor was terminating their relationship and all that the franchisee must show is that the franchisor acted with knowledge? The Foley Distribution & Franchise Practice Group will be keeping an eye on this proposal as it makes its way through the legislative process.
The full text of the bill is available here.