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Inquiry Finds Fired Liberty Tax CEO Likely Had Sex in His Office, Sexual Escapades with Staff, Franchisees

After Liberty Tax's board of directors fired founder and CEO John T. Hewitt in September, the franchise company's human resources division received numerous complaints about his risqué sexual behavior, including that he was heard having sex in his office during work hours and was romantically involved with employees and franchisees. The company dug deeper into the matter with an investigation.

Franchisee Waves Goodbye to Car Dealership Due to Ineffective Waiver

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower federal court’s ruling that Chrysler (“Chrysler” or “Franchisor”) had legally terminated one of its car dealers in Riverhead, NY, (“Eagle Auto-Mall”, “Dealer” or “Franchisee”) for the Dealer's failure to have built new dealership facilities within the contractually specified time period set out in the parties’ Letter of Intent (“LOI”).

Franchisees File Major Suit against 7-Eleven for Its Extreme Control over Franchises

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises, which represent nearly 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, today announced it has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against franchisor 7-Eleven, Inc. for not fulfilling its promise of treating franchisees as independent contractors and business owners.

Indiana Judge Dismisses Jared’s Ex-Wife’s Lawsuit against Subway, Citing Venue

An Indiana judge dismissed a lawsuit last week that had been filed against Subway sandwich chain by the former wife of its imprisoned pitchman Jared Fogle citing improper venue.

Coffee Sold in California Could Soon Carry Cancer Warning

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Every cup of coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide, and the plaintiff in a California case that is being tried in Los Angeles wants consumers to know. Under the California hazardous chemicals law, a warning should be affixed to all coffee sold in the state, the suit maintains.

Franchisee Bill of Rights Doesn't Ensure Franchisor Competency

A recent suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York resulted in the denial of a franchisee’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the franchisor from requiring the franchisee to install a new computer system.

Subterfuge, Prevarication and Deception: Another Inefficient Franchise Territorial Dispute

In a recent automobile dealer territorial dispute case, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado dismissed several claims against the manufacturer and allowed one claim to proceed.

IFA Files Joint Amicus with Franchisees to Again Fight against Joint-Employer

The International Franchise Association last week filed a joint amicus brief with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), and the Restaurant Law Center to combat the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, which claimed multiple entities should be held jointly responsible for the same employees.

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.