Fraud, Breach and Wrongful Termination

W Michael Garner reports at Bluemaumau that since Labor Day, franchisees around the country filed suits against their franchisors for fraud, breach of contract and wrongful termination. He notes: Dunkin’s Continuing Termination Campaign

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A Timbit of Trouble

570 News in Toronto reports that Tim Horton’s franchise owners have launched a near $2-billion lawsuit claiming lost profits since the iconic Canadian company switched from fresh-baked to frozen donuts. The $1.95-billion suit is scheduled to go to court in November and it has even divided franchisees, as a large group of store owners is trying to stop a smaller group from following through on the lawsuit.

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Employer Alert: New Obligations Imposed on Employers Related to Negative Personnel Record Information and the Request of Criminal Histories of Applicants and Employees

Attention Franchise Owners in Massachusetts:

Recently, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed into law a bill which amends the employee personnel record statute. Employers are now required to notify an employee within 10 days of placing any information in the employee’s “personnel record” that has or could negatively affect the employee’s employment. DDIFO Members Read more

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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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Krispy Kreme Wins Trademark Claims Against Franchisee

Mark Hamblett reports in the New York Law Journal and published at Law.com that the franchisor Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. has won an injunction blocking a delinquent franchisee from operating in New York’s Pennsylvania Station and another location. A federal judge granted the preliminary injunction to the doughnut maker on the grounds that franchisee Satellite Donuts was behind on its obligations under its agreements with Krispy Kreme and is in violation of the Lanham Act.

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Pieces of the Puzzle: A Guide to Successful Asset Protection

It’s estimated that 70% of family businesses in the U.S. fail after ownership is transferred from one generation to the next. Historically, Dunkin’ Donuts has attracted operators whose aim is always to pass the business down to their children—and beyond. The challenge of completing that transfer successfully and protecting the family’s assets is complicated by the language written into the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Agreement. DDIFO Members read more…

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Judge Grants Fraud Trial Against Dunkin’, Kainos

Janet Sparks writes at Blue MauMau that after Patrick LaFontaine, professional hockey player and inductee in the Hockey Hall of Fame, filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Brands and the principals of its bankrupted franchisee Kainos Partners Holding Company, a Nassau judge ruled last week that fraud claims can now move forward against the defendants.

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Court: Burger King Can Set Prices

Burger King Holdings Inc. won dismissal of part of a lawsuit brought by franchisees over the $1 double cheeseburger promotion, but a Miami court will hear arguments on whether the company acted inappropriately in implementing the deal.

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Employment Law Updates

This Employment Law Update was furnished by Masterman, Culbert & Tully LLP, One Lewis Wharf, Boston 02110, (617) 722-8100, www.mctlaw.com and addresses a range of issues from statutory amendments to recent cases to help keep you informed of relevant changes in the employment law field and to assist you in managing your workforce. DDIFO Members read more….

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