Dunkin’ Donuts Sued for Toddler’s Hash-brown Injury

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly writes that Massachusetts may have its very own hot-coffee lawsuit, compliments of a negligence complaint filed last month in Norfolk Superior Court against Dunkin’ Donuts.
The alleged trouble started on Jan. 14 when a mother and her 15-month-old boy entered the drive-through at a Quincy Dunkin’ Donuts.

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N.Y.’s Albany County Mandates Menu Labeling

Albany County in New York has joined the growing list of jurisdictions requiring chain restaurants to post calorie content for all menu items. County executive Michael G. Breslin signed Wednesday a law requiring that restaurant operators with 15 or more locations nationwide disclose calorie counts on menus, menu boards and at drive-thrus.

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New Hampshire Legislature Considers Paid Sick Days bill

As flu season preparations are underway, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a Paid Sick Days bill (HB 662-FN). New Hampshire state officials say that preventing the spread of flu is key to managing an outbreak. However, New Hampshire law has no provision for workers to take paid sick days.

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Denny’s is Sued Over High-Salt Content

Jerry Hirsch writes in the Los Angeles Times that some meals contain more sodium than a person should eat in two whole days. A New Jersey lawsuit wants the restaurant chain to list sodium content on its menus and warn about health risks. Doctors recommend against eating more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. Order a Denny’s double chees burger and you’ll consume 3,880 milligrams in one sitting, almost double the suggested daily allowance of salt.

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State Health Debate Keys on Small Biz

Julie M. Donnelly reports in the Boston Business Journal that Massachusetts State lawmakers and industry groups are working to craft a stopgap measure to help small businesses survive the double whammy of the economic downturn and escalating health care costs. Insiders say lawmakers fear that a failure to step in could result in a wholesale abandoning of health reform mandates by small business, throwing the system into jeopardy.

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Starbucks Appoints 3 Execs to Key Leadership Roles

The Seattle-based coffee company said it has appointed Annie Young-Scrivner as its global chief marketing officer. Young-Scrivner, 40, comes to Starbucks ( SBUX – news – people ) from Quaker Foods and Snacks, a division of PepsiCo ( PEP – news – people ), where she worked as chief marketing officer and vice president of sales.

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Dunkin’ Runs on Lawsuits.

Holly Sanders Ware and Josh Kosman write in the NY Post that critics say Dunkin’ Donuts has come up with another way to make a profit: Pressure franchise owners into paying hefty penalties and legal fees. In an unusual tactic for the franchise industry, Dunkin’ pushes operators to pay penalties and sell their stores or face losing their franchise rights. The fines can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and include the cost to pay for Dunkin’s lawyers.

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