Fair Franchise Practices Bill: Penalties

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) Among other things, proposed PA House Bill 1620 (Fair Franchise Practices Bill) states that anyone who violates the provisions of the Fair Franchise Practices Bill “shall be liable to the injured person for a civil penalty of at least $2,500 for each violation.”

§ 919. Penalties.

(a) Civil.–A person that violates this chapter or a regulation under this chapter shall be liable to the injured person for a civil penalty of at least $2,500 for each violation, which shall be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought in any court of competent jurisdiction.

(b) Criminal.–A person that intentionally violates this chapter commits a misdemeanor of the first degree. Section 2. The addition of 12 Pa.C.S. Ch. 9 shall apply to franchise contracts initiated or renewed on or after the effective date of this section.

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Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days

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