Snow Removal Required

Denise Lavoie of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports in the Worcester Telegram that property owners may be held liable for snow-related injuries whether the accumulations are caused by Mother Nature or by snowplows, the state’s highest court ruled yesterday in a far-reaching decision that lawyers said could result in a wave of personal injury lawsuits.

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DDIFO Approves Mid-Atlantic Franchisee Group and Colitsas as New Board Member

DDIFO has officially approved creating a Local Members Committee for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners belonging to the Independent Association of Franchise Owners (IAFO) – representing 125 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Board has also voted to add IAFO Executive Director Tom Colitsas as a member of the DDIFO Board.

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DDIFO at the CFA Franchisee Forum in Washington DC July 2010

The Coalition of Franchisee Association held their Capital Hill Forum in Washington DC, July 15th – 17th attracting franchisee leaders from the Meineke, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Super Cuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise systems. Watch the slide show.

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Ex-Dunkin’ Exec Joins Denny’s as CMO

Adweek reports that a week after splitting with Omnicom’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners on its $60 million ad account, Denny’s has named Frances Allen chief marketing officer, an open position.

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McDonald’s Cancels Free Smoothie Samples

Mark Brandau reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that McDonald’s canceled its plans to hand out free samples of its new Real Fruit Smoothies, saying the drinks already were selling well enough and there was no need to worry operators that supplies wouldn’t last.

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Ten Most Powerful Franchise Associations

Franchise associations run the gambit from representing franchising firms, like the International Franchise Association largely does, to those who solely represent franchisees. Blue MauMau attempts to rank the ten best-known and influential franchise associations. When it comes to industrial might and lobbying power, the franchise industry is lopsided. A few big groups have the lion’s share.

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Support the Arbitration Fairness Act

Binding arbitration clauses are increasingly being inserted by businesses when entering into contacts with other parties. These clauses, which often provide businesses with an advantage and go unnoticed by the signer, drastically limit the legal options available to the signing party. The Arbitration Fairness Act bans mandatory binding arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts, including franchise agreements. Specifically acknowledging the disparate economic power between the parties, the bill invalidates the enforceability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in franchise disputes

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Senate Set to Pass Small-business Bill

Jay Heflin reports at The Hill that Senate Small Business Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Wednesday said her chamber will pass legislation by the end of the week that creates a $30 billion lending pool for small businesses and provides approximately $12 billion in tax relief for these organizations. Take Action contact your elected officials

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