Franchisee Association Sues!

No, not us! The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), a new organization representing the interests of Tim Horton’s franchise owners, has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Restaurant Brands International. The lawsuit alleges that RBI, which purchased the Tim Horton’s chain just under 3 years ago, has been collecting funds from Tim’s…

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Dunkin’ Exec Guilty in Kickback Scheme

Carolyn Kravetz, a former communications executives with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations she steered company business toward a friend in exchange for kickbacks.

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Burger King Franchisees Keeping Rebate: Ad Budget May Be Hit

Burger King franchisees will get to hold onto their entire soda rebate funds for now, potentially crimping the burger chain’s plan to kick off 2010 with a beefier national ad presence. Franchisees in the coming weeks will receive the full rebate, earned from buying soda syrup, from Coca-Cola Co. (KO) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS) as Burger King has deferred diverting up to 20% of those funds to its national advertising pool due to pending litigation, a Burger King spokeswoman said late Thursday. The February payment is one of two franchisees receive annually from the soda companies.

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Franchisees Sue KFC to Keep National Marketing Control

KFC National Council and Advertising Cooperative, Inc. (NCAC) filed a lawsuit last week against the world’s most popular fried chicken chain after KFC’s corporate office made a number of marketing blunders in promoting a new product, Kentucky Grilled Chicken, without authorization.

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