Photo from Steak ‘n Shake

Photo from Steak ‘n Shake

For those who may be newer to the franchise industry, or others who may have forgotten how inequitable the franchise relationship can be, we noted problems with 2 Steak ‘n Shake franchises this week where the franchisee was terminated and subsequently sued by the franchisor.  Without knowledge of all the details – or passing judgment on the merits – we thought it a perfect reminder that franchise relationships can get complex and both parties must make open, honest communication and good faith high priorities. They may not prevent disagreements, but are excellent ways to avoid costly and troubling litigation.  It’s a good illustration of why we’re pushing fair franchising legislation.