Franchising is big business that contributes 16% to nominal GDP.

How big you ask, well:

* 55% of U.S. hotels are franchised,

* 84% of U.S. chain restaurants are franchised, and

* Over 8 million people are employed by a franchised establishment.

Disputes stem from a variety of alleged factors including unprofitable promotions, increased costs from approved suppliers, increased costs for mandated store upgrades and excessive franchise fees. 

Covid-related impacts will only exacerbate these disputes as franchisees and franchisors navigate through a murky future.