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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Dunkin’ Taps Junk Rally to Fund Private Equity Payout

Sapna Maheshwari and Emre Peker report at Bloomberg Businessweek that Dunkin’ Brands Inc., owner of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants, is taking advantage of a rally in high-yield debt to raise about $2 billion for a payout to its private-equity shareholders.

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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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Steve Caldeira, President of the IFA to Speak to the New England Franchise Association

International Franchise Association (IFA) CEO Stephen J. Caldeira will speak to New England Franchise Association (NEFA) on Tuesday, November 9th at the Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton. Caldeira is the new President and CEO of the (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. He started his new position as IFA President on June 15th, 2010. Caldeira has New England ties and was most recently director of Global Communications for Dunkin Brands.

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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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Dunkin’ Runs on Franchise Owners

Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald reports that if a company with 1,000 corporate-owned stores wants to cut the price of its $2 bottled water, it simply goes ahead and makes the change. But a company of 1,000 franchised stores has to first persuade 1,000 entrepreneurs.

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Dunkin’s Run: A Love Story

Francis Storrs writes a great peice in the September issue of Boston Magazine, he interviews dozens of people involved with Dunkin’ Donuts over the years including; Dunkin’ Brands CEO: Nigel Travis, Ex-Franchisee and Past IFA Chair: Steve Seigal , DDIFO Chairman: Kevin McCarthy and DDIFO President: Jim Coen.

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Nigel Travis Talks Dunkin’s Strategy

In QSR Magazine’s September issue cover story, Carolyn Walkup writes: the midst of the worst recession in decades may seem like a tough time to take the reins of a restaurant company that sells discretionary treats not needed in the everyday diet. However, Nigel Travis, whom Dunkin’ Brands hired to head its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in January 2009, quickly showed he was up to the task.

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