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Charged with Cheating Government Out of $600,000, Soupman CFO Arrested

An indictment was unsealed on Tuesday at the Brooklyn federal courthouse charging Robert N. Bertrand, chief financial officer of Soupman Inc., with 20 counts of failure to pay Medicare, Social Security, and federal income taxes for the period 2010 to 2014.

Hit with $11M Malpractice Suit, Dady & Gardner Refutes Claim

A management firm representing franchised coffee and tea shops filed an $11 million malpractice lawsuit against J. Michael Dady and his Dady & Gardner firm, alleging the attorneys' negligence and incompetent legal advice caused their businesses irreparable harm.

SEIU Asks State AGs to Investigate How McDonald’s Deceives Franchisees with Exorbitant Rent

The Service Employees International Union filed complaints today with two state attorneys general alleging McDonald’s Corporation violates state laws by distorting how it calculates the inflated rental fees it forces franchisees to pay on their restaurant properties.

Some 100 Curves Franchisees Head to Jury Trial after Ruling on Summary Judgment Claims

After being embattled in litigation for the past two years with Curves International Inc., a franchisor of a 30-minute fitness concept designed for women, franchisees are now readied for a three-week jury trial, to commence on April 10, 2017. The Texas district judge issued his order on March 6, denying many of Curves' motion for summary judgment claims, and scheduled the pre-trial conference.

Subway Suing Canadian TV Network over Chicken DNA Report

Subway is suing the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. over its Marketplace news program's report that tests showed the chicken in two of its sandwiches was 53.6 and 42.8 percent chicken DNA, with the rest of it being mostly soy. The tests were carried out at Trent University in Ontario.

Appellate Revives Franchisee’s Defamation Claims against Cold Stone, Attorney Robert Zarco

An appeals court has now cleared the way for former Cold Stone Creamery franchisee Cecil Rolle to move forward with his defamation lawsuit against the franchisor and its legal counsel, Robert Zarco. The three-judge panel ruled on Wednesday that the alleged damaging remarks Cold Stone and its attorney made about the Florida ice cream shop owner after he appeared on a national television franchise expose were not protected as the trial court determined.

Franchise and Dealer Terminations for Free Take-Backs by the Franchisor

Instant Replay: According to the franchisor, the franchisees are thieves and the franchisor is the good guy who is saving the community from corrupt people.

Francorp’s New Tactic, 'Fraudulently Inducing' Louisiana Business Owners

Independent business owners in Louisiana are being targeted by a new franchise scheme, one that is well-orchestrated by an industry veteran with a checkered past. Donald S. Boroian, founder and principal of the troubled Francorp Inc., a 40-year old franchise development firm that works with start-up franchisors is the culprit.

GNC Blindsided by Last-Minute Fox Cancellation of Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons was a game that will be long remembered, but another conflict that also may long be remembered had already begun off the field among would-be Super Bowl advertiser GNC, Fox Broadcast and the NFL.

Subway’s Late CEO Fred DeLuca Testifies at Trial via Videotape

The late co-founder/CEO of the Subway restaurant chain, Fred DeLuca, made the decision twelve years ago to partner with Anthony Pugliese III, a powerful real estate tycoon in Delray Beach, Florida to develop a green community south of Orlando under the trademark "America's First Eco-Sustainable City." Four years later the project crashed, resulting in "highly complex civil and criminal" lawsuits between the two powerful wealthy businessmen.