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How Franchisors Can Short Circuit Independent Franchisee Associations

Benjamin Lawrence
Prof. Benjamin Lawrence

Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration speaks about how franchisors can short circuit independent franchisee associations from fully developing.


5:06 minutes (2.34 MB)

Jury Awards Franchisees 80 Percent of Net Operating Losses; Curves Appeals

In a closely watched trial by many Curves fitness franchise owners across the country, a jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of 52 qualifying franchisees, awarding them 80 percent of their net operating losses, totaling approximately $1.6 million. Curves International immediately vowed to appeal the decision.

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.

Judge Orders Curves Franchisees to Texas, Enforces Statute of Limitations

ST. LOUIS - After 33 franchisee entities filed a 165-count complaint against Curves International alleging the franchisor made misrepresentations that induced them to buy their franchises, a federal judge dismissed 95 claims due to the statute of limitations. The remaining surviving claims were transferred to Texas, the exclusive forum agreed to when franchisees signed their franchise agreements.

Curves Bought by Private Equity Firm North Castle Partners

An old closed down Curves Fitness
A shuttered Curves Fitness

Josh Kosman of the NY Post has reported that the Heavin family, the Curves founding group, has sold to private equity firm North Castle Partners.

Curves Closes 1,000 Franchises

The Curves system of fitness centers has shrunk by a third in the past three years, from 7,748 to 5,208 franchised fitness centers.