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in government, a right specifically conferred on a group or individual by a government, especially the privilege conferred by a municipality on a corporation of operating public utilities, such as electricity, telephone, and bus services. Franchises may not be revoked without the consent of the grantee unless so stipulated in the contract. They may, however, be forfeited by the grantee's violation of terms, and the government may take back granted rights by eminent domain proceedings with tender of just compensation. Franchise provisions usually include tenure; compensation to the grantor; the services, rates, and extensions; labor and strike regulations; capitalization; and reversion to the grantor.

The term franchise also refers to a type of business in which a group or individual receives a license from a corporation to conduct a commercial enterprise. Corporate franchises enable a franchisee to market a well-known product or service in return for an initial fee and a percentage of gross receipts. The franchiser usually provides assistance with merchandising and advertising. Major franchise networks, which have grown rapidly in the United States since the 1960s, include fast-food restaurants, gasoline stations, motels, automobile dealerships, and real-estate agencies, and the system has expanded into many other fields.

In politics, the franchise is the right conferred on an individual to vote. In the United States, the states, with some restrictions by the U.S. Constitution, govern the qualifications of voters. By the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments, states were forbidden to deny suffrage to male residents over 21 years of age "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." The Nineteenth Amendment conferred suffrage upon women, and the Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18. See votingvoting,
method of registering collective approval or disapproval of a person or a proposal. The term generally refers to the process by which citizens choose candidates for public office or decide political questions submitted to them.
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See C. Williamson, American Suffrage from Property to Democracy, 1760–1860 (1960, repr. 1968); C. L. Vaughn, Franchising (1974).


1. the right to vote, esp for representatives in a legislative body; suffrage
2. any exemption, privilege, or right granted to an individual or group by a public authority, such as the right to use public property for a business
3. Commerce authorization granted by a manufacturing enterprise to a distributor to market the manufacturer's products
4. the full rights of citizenship
5. Films a film that is or has the potential to be part of a series and lends itself to merchandising
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The new company has been awarded the Master Franchise Agreement for South Africa from Domino's Pizza International.
There are two different approaches to the transfer of a franchise: assigning the existing franchise agreement or having the buyer sign the then-current franchise agreement.
Such a franchisor is motivated to: (a) oversaturate a market with outlets, limiting profitability for each franchisee in that market, (b) resell stores at higher prices as their value increases, thus fueling growth by attrition, and (c) terminate franchise agreements in order to convert to company-owned outlets.
Accordingly, one needs to determine how to handle requested modifications to the franchise agreement after the date on which the disclosure is made, as such modifications could render the previously given disclosure document as not accurate, particularly if a draft of the franchise agreement is attached to the disclosure document, which is likely a "best practice" to follow that may trip one up in Mexico now, and therefore, at least arguably, not truthful.
However, the franchisor may be involved in the organization and operation of the franchisee in case of merger, split-up, transformation, bylaws amendment, transfer or encumbrance of partnership interests or shares of franchisee, that may modify the personal characteristics of the franchisee which were foreseen in the corresponding agreement as the main motive of the franchisor for entering into the franchise agreement; confidentiality obligation for the franchisee; and the obligation to include a list of just causes in the agreement that would allow any of the parties to unilaterally terminate the franchise agreement.
There is often a great benefit to be gained from working with local counsel at the franchise agreement drafting stage, so that the franchisor can include alternate remedies, and any needed contract provisions, in the franchise agreement at the outset, in order to be prepared for the possibility of future franchisee difficulties.
if either party provides false information, the other party may request the termination of the franchise agreement or sue for damages, if appropriate.
can help you grow your system by making your franchise agreement more appealing to potential investors in non-traditional communities.