Coalition of Franchisees Association Washington DC Legislative Update

While Congress is attempting to wrap up its Lame Duck session, important issues remain on the table. With only a handful of days left on the 111th congress’ calendar, expiring provisions and impending mandates continue to remain unresolved. Please be aware of the following issues affecting franchisees across the country.

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House Passes Limited Tax Cut Extension – Bill Moves to Senate

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 234-188 to limit the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to “middle income” earners – defined as individuals earning under $200,000 or married couples earning less than $250,000 per year. For all others, the tax cuts would expire at the end of the year, resulting in an increase in estate taxes, the alternative minimum tax, capital gains taxes and personal income taxes. Action Alert!

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CIT Testimony Blocked in Dunkin’ – Barkan Trial

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau that after six years of litigation with Dunkin’ Donuts over losing his six stores and store development agreements to open new restaurants, franchisee Irwin Barkan was convinced that the franchisor intentionally interfered in his efforts to refinance his debt. Now because of new information he has discovered on his own, Barkan feels even stronger in his beliefs.

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Franchisees as Stakeholders: Your Rightful Claim

DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting on September 21 at the Mohegan Sun was chock-full of valuable information for franchise owners, but perhaps the most compelling presentation — The Franchisor In Play: Your Role as a Stakeholder, Not a Spectator — came from attorney Eric Karp. Karp’s message about the role franchise owners need to take in advance of and during a sale of the franchisor resonated strongly with the franchisees in attendance. DDIFO Members Only.

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Independent Joe – September 2010

We are pleased to introduce to you the Sixth Issue of Independent Joe, the quarterly magazine by DD Independent Franchise Owners for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners. This issue was published in September 2010.

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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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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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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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