Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 750 Ì826202nÎ826202 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/05/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Regulated Industries (Latvala) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 686.101, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 686.101 Short title.—Sections 686.101-686.113 may be cited 8 as the “Protect Florida Small Business Act.” 9 Section 2. Section 686.102, Florida Statutes, is created to 10 read: 11 686.102 Legislative findings and intent; construction.— 12 (1) The Legislature finds that the welfare of franchisees, 13 including the success and failure of their franchise businesses, 14 greatly affects the general economy of this state, the public 15 interest, and the public welfare. The intent of the Legislature 16 is to promote fair business relations between franchisees and 17 franchisors and to protect franchisees against unfair treatment 18 by franchisors. Therefore, it is necessary to regulate the 19 conduct of franchisors and their representatives in order to 20 prevent fraud, unfair business practices, unfair methods of 21 competition, impositions, and other abuses upon franchisees in 22 this state. 23 (2) In order to promote the intention and policies in this 24 section, the provisions of this act shall be liberally 25 construed. 26 Section 3. Section 686.103, Florida Statutes, is created to 27 read: 28 686.103 Definitions.—As used in this act, the term: 29 (1) “Affiliate” means a person controlling, controlled by, 30 or under common control with another person or, in the case of a 31 business entity, such entity’s officer, director, or other 32 person in control of the activities of such entity. 33 (2) “Area franchise” means a contract or agreement, 34 expressed or implied, written or oral, regardless of whether the 35 contract or agreement is designated as a franchise, permit, 36 license, resolution, contract, certificate, agreement, or 37 otherwise, between a franchisor and another person through which 38 that person is granted the right, for consideration in whole or 39 in part: 40 (a) To sell or negotiate the sale of a franchise in the 41 name or on behalf of the franchisor; or 42 (b) To become an area developer and develop a franchise for 43 the benefit of that person or that person’s affiliates. 44 (3) “Area franchisee” means the owner of an area franchise. 45 (4)(a) “Franchise” or “franchise agreement” means a 46 contract or agreement, expressed or implied, written or oral, 47 regardless of whether the contract or agreement is designated as 48 a franchise, permit, license, resolution, contract, certificate, 49 agreement, or otherwise, for a definite or indefinite time, 50 between two or more persons by which: 51 1. A franchisee is granted the right to engage in the 52 business of offering, selling, or distributing goods or services 53 under a marketing plan or system prescribed in substantial part 54 by a franchisor; 55 2. The operation of the franchise business pursuant to that 56 marketing plan or system is substantially associated with the 57 franchisor’s trademark, service mark, trade name, logotype, 58 advertising, or other commercial symbol designating the 59 franchisor or its affiliate; and 60 3. The franchisee is required to pay, directly or 61 indirectly, a franchise fee. 62 (b) The term “franchise” or “franchise agreement” includes 63 an area franchise. 64 (c) The term “franchise” or “franchise agreement” does not 65 include any of the following: 66 1. A franchise governed by the Agricultural Equipment 67 Manufacturers and Dealers Act. 68 2. Any activity governed by ss. 686.501-686.506. 69 3. A franchise governed by the Outdoor Power Equipment 70 Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers, and Servicing Dealers 71 Act. 72 4. A motor vehicle franchise or agreement governed by ss. 73 320.3201-320.3211 or ss. 320.60-320.70. 74 5. A business relationship between a beer distributor and a 75 manufacturer governed by s. 563.022. 76 6. A professional sports franchise as described in s. 77 288.11625(2)(c). 78 (5) “Franchise business” means a business unit that is 79 owned or operated by a franchisee and that is subject to a 80 marketing plan or system prescribed by the franchise. 81 (6) “Franchise fee” means a fee or charge greater than $100 82 annually which a franchisee is required to pay or agrees to pay, 83 directly or indirectly, to the franchisor for the right to enter 84 into or continue a franchise, including, but not limited to, a 85 payment for goods or services. However, a fee or charge that a 86 franchisee pays or agrees to pay the franchisor for goods at a 87 bona fide wholesale price if no obligation is imposed upon the 88 franchisee to purchase or pay for a quantity of goods in excess 89 of that which a reasonable person normally would purchase by way 90 of a starting inventory or supply or to maintain an ongoing 91 inventory or supply is not considered a franchise fee. 92 (7) “Franchisee” means a person to whom a franchise is 93 offered or granted. 94 (8) “Franchisor” means a person who grants a franchise to a 95 franchisee. 96 (9) “Fraud” means and includes actual fraud or constructive 97 fraud as normally defined, in addition to the following: 98 (a) A misrepresentation in any manner, whether 99 intentionally false or arising from negligence, of a material 100 fact. 101 (b) A promise or representation not made honestly and in 102 good faith. 103 (c) An intentional failure to disclose a material fact. 104 (d) Any artifice employed to deceive another. 105 (10) “Person” means a natural person, corporation, limited 106 liability company, association, partnership, trust, or other 107 business entity and, in the case of a business entity, includes 108 any other affiliate of such entity. 109 (11) “Sale” means and includes the issuance, transfer, 110 agreement for transfer, exchange, pledge, hypothecation, or 111 mortgage in any manner or form, whether by transfer in trust or 112 otherwise, of any goods or interest therein, or of any franchise 113 related thereto, for a consideration, and any option, 114 subscription or other contract, or solicitation, looking to a 115 sale, or offer or attempt to sell in any form, whether in 116 written or oral form, for a consideration. 117 Section 4. Section 686.104, Florida Statutes, is created to 118 read: 119 686.104 Termination or nonrenewal.— 120 (1) Except as otherwise provided in this act, a franchisor 121 may not terminate or refuse to renew a franchise except for good 122 cause. The termination or nonrenewal of a franchise without good 123 cause constitutes an unfair termination. Except as provided in 124 subsection (2), good cause is limited to the failure of the 125 franchisee to substantially comply with the reasonable and 126 material requirements imposed upon the franchisee by the 127 franchise agreement after being given notice at least 90 days in 128 advance of the termination and a reasonable opportunity, which 129 may not be less than 60 days after the date of the notice of 130 noncompliance, to cure the failure. If the franchisee cures the 131 failure within the time given to cure, the termination notice is 132 void. 133 (2) A franchisor may give to a franchisee an immediate 134 notice of termination without an opportunity to cure if, during 135 the period in which the franchise is in effect, any one of the 136 following events relevant to the franchise occurs: 137 (a) The franchisee has been judicially determined to be 138 insolvent, has had all or a substantial part of its assets 139 assigned to or for the benefit of any creditor, or has admitted 140 its inability to pay its debts as they come due. 141 (b) The franchisee abandons, by failing to operate, the 142 franchise business for 10 consecutive days during which, under 143 the terms of the franchise, the franchisee is required to 144 operate the franchise business unless such failure to operate is 145 due to an act of God; a work stoppage; a strike or labor 146 difficulty; a fire, flood, hurricane, or sinkhole; or other 147 causes beyond the franchisee’s control. 148 (c) The franchisor and franchisee, within 30 days after 149 termination or nonrenewal, agree in writing to terminate the 150 franchise. 151 (d) The franchisee fails, for a period of 10 days after a 152 notice of noncompliance, to comply with any federal, state, or 153 local law or regulation, including, but not limited to, any 154 health, safety, building, and labor law or regulation applicable 155 to the operation of the franchise. 156 (e) A levy of execution has been made on the license 157 granted by the franchise or on a property used in the franchise 158 business and is not discharged within 5 days after such levy. 159 (f) The franchisee is convicted of a felony that 160 significantly, directly, and adversely affects the operation of 161 the franchise business. 162 (g) The franchisor makes a reasonable determination that 163 continued operation of the franchise business by the franchisee 164 will result in imminent and substantial danger to public health 165 or safety. 166 Section 5. Section 686.105, Florida Statutes, is created to 167 read: 168 686.105 Expiration.— 169 (1) A franchise agreement, regardless of its stated term of 170 years, is deemed to be continuing unless the franchisor has 171 complied with subsections (2) and (3). 172 (2) A franchisor must provide written notice to the 173 franchisee of the franchisor’s intent not to extend the 174 agreement beyond its expiration date at least 180 days before 175 the expiration date unless: 176 (a) Termination of the franchise agreement is authorized 177 under s. 686.104; 178 (b) The franchisor and franchisee agree, before the 179 agreement’s expiration, in writing not to extend the franchise; 180 or 181 (c) The franchisor completely withdraws from directly or 182 indirectly distributing its products or services in the 183 geographic market then being served by the franchisee. 184 (3) The franchisor may permit the franchise agreement to 185 expire if the franchisor provides written notice 180 days before 186 the agreement’s expiration, the franchisor agrees not to enforce 187 any covenant against the franchisee not to compete with the 188 franchisor or with other franchisees of the franchisor, and the 189 nonrenewal of the franchise is not for the purpose of converting 190 the franchise business to operation by an affiliate, employee, 191 or agent of the franchisor. 192 (4) As a condition of an extension of the franchise 193 agreement, the franchisor may require that the franchisee meet 194 the reasonable qualifications for new franchisees existing at 195 the time of extension and that the franchisee execute a new 196 franchise agreement incorporating terms and fees existing for 197 new franchises at the time of extension. 198 Section 6. Section 686.106, Florida Statutes, is created to 199 read: 200 686.106 Sales, transfers, and assignments.— 201 (1) A franchisor may not deny the surviving spouse, heir, 202 or estate of a deceased franchisee or of the person controlling 203 a majority interest in the franchisee the opportunity to 204 participate in the ownership of the franchise or franchise 205 business under a valid franchise agreement for at least 180 days 206 after the death of the franchisee or person controlling a 207 majority interest in the franchisee. During that time, the 208 surviving spouse, heir, or estate of the deceased must either 209 meet all of the existing reasonable qualifications for a 210 purchaser of a franchise or must sell, transfer, or assign the 211 franchise to a person who meets the franchisor’s existing 212 reasonable qualifications for new franchisees. The rights 213 granted to the surviving spouse, heir, or estate under this 214 section are granted subject to the surviving spouse, heir, or 215 estate of the deceased maintaining all standards and obligations 216 of the franchise. 217 (2)(a) A franchisee may sell, transfer, or assign a 218 franchise, all or substantially all of the assets of the 219 franchise business, or an interest in the franchisee with the 220 prior written consent of the franchisor. The franchisor’s 221 consent may not be withheld unless the purchaser, transferee, or 222 assignee does not meet the qualifications for new or renewing 223 franchisees described in paragraph (b) or the franchisee and the 224 purchaser, transferee, or assignee fail to comply with other 225 reasonable transfer conditions specified in the franchise 226 agreement. 227 (b) A franchisor may not prevent a franchisee from selling, 228 transferring, or assigning a franchise, all or substantially all 229 of the assets of the franchise business, or an interest in the 230 franchisee to another person if the other person meets the 231 franchisor’s reasonable qualifications for the approval of new 232 or renewing franchises in effect at the time the franchisor 233 receives notice of the proposed sale, transfer, or assignment. 234 (3)(a) To invoke the protections under this section, a 235 franchisee must, before the sale, transfer, or assignment of a 236 franchise, all or substantially all of the assets of the 237 franchise business, or an interest in the franchisee, notify the 238 franchisor in writing of the franchisee’s intent to sell, 239 transfer, or assign. 240 (b) The franchisor shall, within 60 days after receipt of 241 all of the written notice or any shorter period required by the 242 franchise agreement, notify the franchisee of the approval or 243 disapproval of the proposed sale, transfer, or assignment. If 244 the proposed sale, transfer, or assignment is disapproved, the 245 franchisor must include in the notice of disapproval a statement 246 specifying the reasons for the disapproval. A proposed sale, 247 transfer, or assignment is deemed approved unless disapproved by 248 the franchisor in the manner provided in this paragraph. 249 (4) This section does not prohibit a franchisor from 250 exercising the contractual right of first refusal to purchase a 251 franchise, all or substantially all of the assets of a franchise 252 business, or an interest in a franchisee after receipt of a bona 253 fide offer from a proposed seller to purchase the franchise, 254 assets, or interest. A franchisor exercising the contractual 255 right of first refusal shall offer the seller payment at least 256 equal to the value offered in the bona fide offer. 257 Section 7. Section 686.107, Florida Statutes, is created to 258 read: 259 686.107 Repurchase of inventory upon termination, 260 nonrenewal, or expiration of a franchise agreement.— 261 (1)(a) A franchisee must have the opportunity to monetize 262 any equity that the franchisee may have developed in the 263 franchise business before the termination, nonrenewal, or 264 expiration of the franchise agreement. Equity in the 265 franchisor’s intellectual property is not transferred to the 266 franchisee, however. Therefore, upon termination, nonrenewal, or 267 expiration of a franchise agreement, a franchisor must, if the 268 franchisee requests it, repurchase at fair market value the 269 inventory, supplies, goods, fixtures, equipment, and furnishings 270 of the franchise business. The franchisor must also either 271 purchase the goodwill of the franchise business or waive any and 272 all noncompete obligations of the franchisee so that the 273 franchisee may, at its option, continue in business. 274 (b) This section does not apply if the franchisee declines 275 a bona fide offer of renewal from the franchisor which is 276 consistent with s. 686.105 and the franchise agreement between 277 the franchisor and franchisee. 278 (c) This section does not apply if the franchisor and 279 franchisee agree in writing within 30 days of the termination, 280 nonrenewal, or expiration of the franchise to terminate or not 281 renew the franchise, or to allow the franchise to expire. 282 (d) This section does not apply to inventory, supplies, 283 goods, fixtures, equipment, or furnishings sold by the 284 franchisee between the date of the notice of termination, 285 nonrenewal, or expiration and the date the franchisee ceases to 286 operate the franchise business pursuant to a termination, 287 nonrenewal, or expiration. 288 (2) If a franchisor fails or refuses to repurchase any 289 inventory, supplies, goods, fixtures, equipment, good will, or 290 furnishings required to be repurchased under subsection (1) 291 within 60 days after the termination, nonrenewal, or expiration 292 of a franchise, the franchisor is civilly liable for the entire 293 value of the inventory, supplies, goods, fixtures, equipment, 294 good will, and furnishings required to be repurchased under 295 subsection (1), plus the franchisee’s reasonable attorney fees, 296 court costs, and interest on the inventory, supplies, goods, 297 fixtures, equipment, good will, and furnishings computed at the 298 legal interest rate provided in s. 687.01 from the 61st day 299 after termination. 300 Section 8. Section 686.108, Florida Statutes, is created to 301 read: 302 686.108 Rights and prohibitions.—The following rights and 303 prohibitions govern the relations between a franchisor or 304 subfranchisor and its franchisee: 305 (1) The parties shall deal with each other in good faith 306 and in a commercially reasonable manner. 307 (2) A person may not, during the selling or establishing of 308 a franchise, intentionally misrepresent or fail to disclose: 309 (a) The prospects or chances for success of the proposed or 310 existing franchise; 311 (b) The known required total investment for such franchise; 312 or 313 (c) Any effort to sell or establish more franchises than is 314 reasonable to expect the market or market area for the 315 particular franchise to sustain. 316 (3) It is prohibited and deemed an unfair and deceptive act 317 or practice, or an unfair method of competition, and a violation 318 of this section for a franchisor or subfranchisor, or an 319 officer, agent, employee, or other representative thereof to 320 directly or indirectly: 321 (a) Terminate or fail to renew a franchise agreement in 322 violation of this act; 323 (b) Allow a franchise agreement to expire without complying 324 with this act; 325 (c) Fail to repurchase inventory, supplies, goods, 326 fixtures, equipment, good will, and furnishings in violation of 327 s. 686.107; 328 (d) Prevent a sale, transfer, or assignment of a franchise 329 in violation of s. 686.106; 330 (e) Violate the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade 331 Practices Act in connection with its business as a franchisor, 332 or an officer, agent, or other representative thereof; 333 (f) Resort to or use false or misleading advertising in 334 connection with its business as a franchisor, or an officer, 335 agent, or other representative thereof; 336 (g) Without prior written disclosure to a franchisee, 337 obtain vendor rebates, kickbacks, or other similar payments from 338 another person with whom the franchisee does business or employs 339 on account of or in relation to the transactions between the 340 franchisee, the franchisor, and the other person; 341 (h) Require a franchisee to assent to a release, 342 assignment, novation, waiver, or estoppel that would relieve any 343 person from liability imposed under this act, including, but not 344 limited to, through the use of a disclaimer or checklist 345 designed to avoid a protection under this act; 346 (i) Require a franchisee to assent to the use of a choice 347 of law provision by selecting a different state’s law to govern 348 the relationship of the parties; 349 (j) Restrict or inhibit, directly or indirectly, the right 350 of a franchisee to join a franchisee association or the free 351 association for any lawful purpose among franchisees; 352 (k) Impose upon a franchisee, by contract or rule, written 353 or oral, any unreasonable standard of conduct; or 354 (l) Require a franchisee to waive its rights to a jury 355 trial or waive any procedure or remedy otherwise available in 356 this state, however, a binding arbitration clause is enforceable 357 if it complies with s. 686.111. 358 (4) A person who executes or carries out a scheme, plan, or 359 organization that violates any provision of this section, if 360 knowledge or intent is proved, commits a misdemeanor of the 361 second degree, punishable as provided in ss. 775.082 and 362 775.083. 363 (5) A person who shows in a civil court of law a violation 364 of this section is entitled to the remedies in s. 686.112. 365 (6) The Department of Legal Affairs, by itself or jointly 366 with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, may 367 sue on behalf of the people of this state for injunctive relief 368 against any franchisor plan or activity that is in violation of 369 this act. 370 Section 9. Section 686.109, Florida Statutes, is created to 371 read: 372 686.109 Unenforceable franchise agreement or other contract 373 or part thereof.—A franchise agreement or other contract, a part 374 thereof, or practice thereunder which is in violation of any 375 provision of this act is deemed against public policy and is 376 void and unenforceable. An aggrieved party at its option may 377 choose to seek to void only the portion of the agreement that is 378 unenforceable and continue to enforce the remainder of the 379 agreement. 380 Section 10. Section 686.110, Florida Statutes, is created 381 to read: 382 686.110 Venue; choice of law.— 383 (1) A provision in a franchise agreement restricting the 384 venue to a forum outside of this state or selecting the law of 385 any other state or jurisdiction other than Florida is void with 386 respect to any claim arising under or relating to a franchise 387 agreement involving a franchisee that was, at the time of 388 signing, a resident of this state or a business entity 389 established in this state or involving a franchise business 390 either operating or planning to be operated in this state. 391 (2) An agreement between a franchisor based in this state 392 and a franchisee that was not, at the time of signing, a 393 resident of this state or a business entity established in this 394 state or involving a franchise business either operating or 395 planning to be operated in this state is not subject to this 396 act, regardless of whether the franchise agreement contains a 397 choice of law provision selecting this state. 398 Section 11. Section 686.111, Florida Statutes, is created 399 to read: 400 686.111 Arbitration.—This act does not limit the right of a 401 franchisor and franchisee to agree, before or after a dispute 402 arises, to binding arbitration to settle a claim under this act 403 if: 404 (1) The standards applied and the remedies available in the 405 arbitration are not less than the requirements specified in this 406 act; and 407 (2) Each arbitrator employed is chosen from a list of 408 impartial arbitrators provided by the American Arbitration 409 Association or is any other impartial person. 410 Section 12. Section 686.112, Florida Statutes, is created 411 to read: 412 686.112 Remedies.— 413 (1) If a franchisor terminates, fails to renew, or allows a 414 franchise to expire in violation of this act, the franchisee is 415 entitled to receive from the franchisor the fair market value of 416 the franchise business and franchise assets in addition to any 417 other damage caused by the violation. 418 (2) In addition to any relief specified in this act, any 419 person aggrieved or injured in his or her business or property 420 by any violation of this act may bring an action in the 421 appropriate state or federal court of this state and shall 422 recover the damages sustained and the costs of such action, 423 including reasonable attorney fees. 424 (3) Without regard and in addition to any other remedy or 425 relief to which a person is entitled, any person aggrieved by a 426 violation of this act may bring an action to obtain a 427 declaratory judgment stating that an action or a practice 428 violates these sections and may obtain injunctive relief 429 enjoining a franchisor that has violated, is violating, or is 430 otherwise likely to violate these sections from committing the 431 violation. 432 (4) In an action for monetary damages, if a judge or jury 433 finds that the franchisor acted maliciously, the judge or jury 434 may award punitive damages as authorized by state law. 435 (5) The Department of Legal Affairs or the state attorney 436 may bring an action for injunctive relief or other appropriate 437 civil relief for a violation of this act if the violation occurs 438 in the judicial circuit of the department or the state attorney, 439 respectively. 440 (6) The remedies provided in this section are in addition 441 to any other remedies provided by law or in equity, including, 442 but not limited to, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade 443 Practices Act. 444 Section 13. Section 686.113, Florida Statutes, is created 445 to read: 446 686.113 Applicability.— 447 (1) Any person or franchisor who engages directly or 448 indirectly in an agreement or contract within this state in 449 connection with a franchise, or any franchise whose franchisee 450 is a resident of this state or is domiciled in this state or 451 whose franchise business is, has been, or is intended to be 452 operated in this state, is subject to this act and to the 453 jurisdiction of the courts of this state, in accordance with the 454 laws of this state, for violations of this act. 455 (2) This act applies to: 456 (a) Any written or oral agreement between a franchisor and 457 a franchisee, including, but not limited to, a franchise 458 offering; a franchise agreement; a sale of goods, services, and 459 advertising; a lease or mortgage of real or personal property; a 460 promise to pay; a security interest; a pledge; an insurance 461 contract; an advertising contract; a construction or 462 installation contract; a servicing contract; and any other 463 agreement in which the franchisor has a direct or indirect 464 interest; 465 (b) Any franchise entered into, renewed, amended, or 466 revised after the effective date of this act; 467 (c) Any existing franchise of an indefinite duration which 468 may be terminated by the franchisee or franchisor without cause; 469 and 470 (d) Any existing franchise entered into before the 471 effective date of this act, only to the extent that this act 472 does not significantly impair the existing contract rights 473 between the parties. 474 (3) This act is supplemental to, and does not preempt, 475 local ordinances dealing with prohibited or unlawful conduct in 476 the manufacturing, distribution, wholesaling, advertising, or 477 sale of goods if such ordinances are not inconsistent with this 478 act. 479 (4) This act supersedes s. 817.416 with respect to any 480 franchisee that signs a franchise agreement on or after the 481 effective date of this act. Section 817.416 continues to govern 482 the claims of all franchisees that signed franchise agreements 483 or were victims of fraud perpetrated before the effective date 484 of this act, as well as distributors and any other entities, 485 past, present, or future, which would be covered by s. 817.416, 486 but not by this act. 487 Section 14. Subsection (5) is added to section 817.416, 488 Florida Statutes, to read: 489 817.416 Franchises and distributorships; 490 misrepresentations.— 491 (5) APPLICABILITY.—This section does not apply to a 492 franchise entered into, renewed, amended, or revised on or after 493 the effective date of this act. A franchise entered into, 494 renewed, amended, or revised on or after the effective date of 495 this act is subject to ss. 686.101-686.113. 496 Section 15. The Division of Law Revision and Information is 497 directed to replace the phrase “the effective date of this act” 498 wherever it occurs in this act with the date the act becomes a 499 law. 500 Section 16. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 501 502 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 503 And the title is amended as follows: 504 Delete everything before the enacting clause 505 and insert: 506 A bill to be entitled 507 An act relating to franchises; creating s. 686.101, 508 F.S.; providing a short title; creating s. 686.102, 509 F.S.; providing legislative findings and intent; 510 providing construction; creating s. 686.103, F.S.; 511 providing definitions; creating s. 686.104, F.S.; 512 prohibiting a franchisor from terminating or not 513 renewing a franchise except under certain 514 circumstances; providing limitations on what 515 constitutes good cause; providing that immediate 516 notice of termination of a franchise for specified 517 reasons under certain circumstances is reasonable; 518 creating s. 686.105, F.S.; providing that a franchise 519 is deemed to be continuing under certain 520 circumstances; prohibiting a franchisor from allowing 521 a franchise to expire unless specified criteria have 522 been met; authorizing a franchisor to require a 523 franchisee to meet specified requirements; requiring a 524 franchise and other related agreements to continue in 525 effect under certain circumstances; creating s. 526 686.106, F.S.; prohibiting a franchisor from denying 527 certain persons the opportunity to participate in the 528 ownership of a franchise for a specified period after 529 the death of the franchisee or the person controlling 530 a majority interest; requiring specified persons to 531 meet certain requirements or to sell, transfer, or 532 assign the franchise after the death of the franchisee 533 or the person controlling a majority interest; 534 authorizing a franchisee to sell, transfer, or assign 535 a franchise, specified assets, or an interest in the 536 franchisee under certain circumstances; prohibiting a 537 franchisor from preventing a franchisee from selling 538 or transferring a franchise, assets of the franchise 539 business, or an interest in the franchisee under 540 certain circumstances; requiring the franchisor to 541 make available and to apply specified requirements for 542 the approval of new or renewing franchises under 543 certain circumstances; requiring a franchisee to 544 notify a franchisor of certain intent; providing 545 notice requirements; providing application 546 requirements for the proposed purchaser, transferee, 547 or assignee of a franchise, certain assets, or an 548 interest in the franchisee under certain 549 circumstances; requiring a franchisor to notify a 550 franchisee of the approval status of a proposed sale, 551 assignment, or transfer within a specified timeframe; 552 providing notice requirements; providing that certain 553 provisions do not prohibit a franchisor from 554 exercising a contractual right of first refusal under 555 certain circumstances; creating s. 686.107, F.S.; 556 providing that a franchisee must have the opportunity 557 to monetize certain equity from the franchise business 558 under certain circumstances; requiring the repurchase 559 by a franchisor of certain inventory, supplies, goods, 560 fixtures, equipment, good will, and furnishings upon 561 termination, nonrenewal, or expiration of a franchise 562 subject to certain requirements; providing 563 applicability; providing that a franchisor is civilly 564 liable for failing or refusing to repurchase certain 565 inventory, supplies, goods, fixtures, equipment, good 566 will, and furnishings under specified requirements 567 upon termination, nonrenewal, or expiration of a 568 franchise; creating s. 686.108, F.S.; requiring a 569 franchisor or subfranchisor and a franchisee to deal 570 with each other in good faith; prohibiting a person 571 from intentionally misrepresenting or failing to 572 disclose specified information; providing that certain 573 actions are deemed unfair and deceptive; providing 574 that it is a violation of certain provisions for a 575 franchisor and subfranchisor to restrict or inhibit 576 specified rights of franchisees; providing that 577 certain violations constitute a misdemeanor of the 578 second degree; providing penalties; providing that a 579 person may be awarded certain damages, attorney fees, 580 and other costs under specified circumstances; 581 authorizing the Department of Legal Affairs by itself 582 or jointly with the Department of Agriculture and 583 Consumer Services to sue a franchisor on behalf of 584 certain persons for specified violations; creating s. 585 686.109, F.S.; providing that a contract or franchise 586 agreement is void and unenforceable under certain 587 circumstances; creating s. 686.110, F.S.; providing 588 that provisions in a franchise agreement which 589 restrict venue or choice of law are void under certain 590 circumstances; creating s. 686.111, F.S.; providing 591 that the rights of a franchisor and franchisee to 592 agree to binding arbitration are not limited under 593 certain circumstances; creating s. 686.112, F.S.; 594 providing remedies for a franchisee or an aggrieved or 595 injured person under certain circumstances; 596 authorizing punitive damages under certain 597 circumstances; authorizing the Department of Legal 598 Affairs or the state attorney to bring an action for 599 injunctive relief or other civil relief under certain 600 circumstances; clarifying that specified remedies are 601 in addition to existing remedies; creating s. 686.113 602 F.S.; providing applicability; amending s. 817.416, 603 F.S.; providing applicability; providing a directive 604 to the Division of Law Revision and Information; 605 providing an effective date.