Legal Action in Richmond Continues

Provisions of Dunkin’s franchise agreement seems to be at the heart of lawsuits involving ten Dunkin Donut and DD-BR Combo shops in Richmond, VA.  It’s been reported that claims and counterclaims have been filed in the VA courts and that the shops remain closed while the issues are in mediation.

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Dunkin’ Charitable Efforts

Franchisees in the Greater Philadelphia area last week announced that 25 area students had been named recipients in the 4th annual Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program.  Each student will receive $1,000 scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree.

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Independent Joe Magazine – August 2013

The 2013 National Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Gala is shaping up as DDIFO’s best ever as the independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners meets to explore business issues and examine relevant regulatory and legal trends. Franchisees will be buzzing about higher payroll taxes, soda bans, and paid sick leave.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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National Conference in Atlantic City: Why it Matters

It’s been called “The World’s Playground,” “Queen of the Resorts,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Monopoly City.” Atlantic City, the iconic seaside resort and undisputed gaming capital of the east coast, is world famous for its magnificent boardwalk, glitzy casinos and storied entertainers that headline this national showplace. But “AC” is indeed “Always Turned On” in other…

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The Boardwalk: A Fabled History and a World-Class Destination

Greetings from Atlantic City!” It’s said that one of the first picture postcards in America was a color view of this fabled seaside resort. In those days, sending a missive from Atlantic City was an enviable coup that boasted of cavorting in the sand, strolling the magnificent boardwalk, and even watching diving horses or human…

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Conference Keynote Speaker: Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor

Kim Guadagno is not just the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor in the state of New Jersey; she is also the first lieutenant governor since the Colonial Era. Originally from Iowa, Guadagno earned a reputation as a corruption fighter during her years as a United States Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Director…

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Home Stretch for California Fair Franchising Bill

As you know from our reports over the past few months, a mild version of fair franchising legislation, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this coming Tuesday, August 13.  A great effort has been undertaken by franchisees and their supporters in the California legislature and we…

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New York Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Generating Letters

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of polystyrene within the city has generated over 1,000 letters of opposition to the City Council according to a story by QSRweb.com.  A proposal to eliminate the use of polystyrene was also contained in Foodworks – A Vision on Improving the NYC Food System (page 70). …

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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