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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.

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.