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Baskin-Robbins Lawyers Explain Away 'Fee' Charged to Its Supplier to Then Be Charged to Franchisees Is Not A 'Fee'

Gray Plant Mooty attorneys, representing Baskin-Robbins in litigation, clarified in a legal article yesterday, after a judge ruled in their favor in September, the issue at the center of the case that begs the question: When is a "fee" not a "fee."

Second SEC Whistleblower Complaint against Domino’s

Whistle blowerANN ARBOR, Michigan – Six months after he filed his first, a former franchisee filed a second whistleblower complaint through the Securities and Exchange Commission against Domino's Pizza and its executives.

Papa Murphy 's Franchisee Litigation Flares Up; Investigation Begins on IPO

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – A second group of franchisees filed a lawsuit last week against Papa Murphy’s Pizza. They claim the franchisor induced them into purchasing their franchises with fraudulent disclosure documents and misleading financial information.

Franchisees Sue CEO Shelly Sun, BrightStar over Alleged Broken Promises

Shelly Sun before and after being in costume for Undercover Boss
Pictured before and after assuming a disguise, CEO Shelly Sun is known to the public for her appearance in the tv show Undercover Boss. Photos from BrightStar Care

PHOENIX – Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, has been in the limelight in recent years for her many accomplishments in franchising.

Coffee Beanery Settles with Franchisees

A long since closed Coffee Beanery in Kentucky
This Kentucky Coffee Beanery is long gone from the shrinking chain. photo/bmm

BALTIMORE – Franchisees Richard Welshans and Deborah Williams have now entered into a settlement agreement with The Coffee Beanery, resolving all claims in their lawsuit against the franchisor.

Franchisees Sue Steak 'n Shake for Derailing Efforts to Sell Stores

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DENVER - The Steak ‘n Shake franchisees in metro Denver recently closed down by a court order have now filed a new lawsuit against the franchisor for interfering in their attempts to sell their two restaurants.

Super-Sized Legal Woes Eat into Steak 'n Shake's Owner Biglari Holdings

Steak 'n Shake under Biglari Holdings
photo from Steak 'n Shake webpage

SAN ANTONIO – While Steak ‘n Shake’s litigation heats up with franchisees in Colorado and Missouri over the franchisor mandating franchisees fall in line in offering fixed low menu prices, chain owner Sardar Biglari has been dealing with his own legal problems.

Cancer-Stricken Pizza Hut Franchisee Moves to Trial

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NEW ORLEANS – Franchisee Larry Lundy finally received some good news this summer. It was not from his doctors treating his cancer or chronic myelogenous leukemia. It was from a judge ruling on Pizza Hut’s three-year litigation against him, in trying to take over his forty restaurants in Louisiana.

If You’re Buying a Franchise, Having the Right Attorney Is Crucial

Purchasing a franchise is an important decision. People will use their life savings, a home equity loan or borrow money from family members to fund the franchise.

Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Hortons may be a cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to sell items at below cost and switch to more expensive pre-baked donuts from a supplier affiliated with the franchisor.