A nationwide regulation issued by the Federal Trade Commission that principally requires franchisors to provide disclosure to prospective franchisees. The FTC Franchise Rule requires disclosure in the form of a “Franchise Disclosure Document” (or “FDD”). The FTC Franchise Rule was issued in 1978 and took effect in 1979; the regulation was extensively amended in 2007. There is no requirement to file the FDD with the FTC.

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