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

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Horton’s may be 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. Franchise attorney Eric H. Karp of the Boston firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, LLP, closely followed this case and kept DDIFO apprised of its developments. After the decision was announced, DDIFO commissioned him to write a comprehensive summary of this ruling.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Cracks Down on Franchisees

Eric Convey, the Managing Editor of the Boston Business Journal, reports that Dunkin’ Donuts .. Wednesday sued a handful of franchisees in the Hudson Valley of New York and Western Massachusetts, alleging they violated requirements that they remodel their restaurants according to the company’s guidelines.

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Papa John’s Sued for Hiding Liability

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau Papa John’s International is defending itself against a lawsuit brought by the purchaser of 84 underperforming franchises, Essential Pizza, Inc. The franchises are a multi-million dollar acquisition between Blackstreet Capital Management and Essential Pizza.

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ICE Expands Chipotle Hiring Practices Probe

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Federal investigators visited as many as 30 Chipotle locations across the country this week in an ongoing criminal investigation into the fast-casual chain’s hiring practices.

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Starbucks Sued Over Tip Jars That ‘Invited Criminal Behavior’

The Huffington Post reports that Starbucks has been slapped with a lawsuit three years after a Missouri altercation over an open Starbucks tip jar led to the death of 54-year-old Roger Kreutz. On March 3, 2008, Kreutz chased down then 19-year-old Aaron Poisson after seeing the culprit nab a tip jar with less than $5…

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Health Care Law & Politics

Examiner.com reports that Monday, Florida Federal District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. In a sweeping ruling, Judge Vinson held that the “individual mandate provision”, an unprecedented extension of Commerce Clause authority by Congress that requires all citizens to obtain health insurance by 2014, is not only unconstitutional but also “necessary and essential to” the entire act.

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