The Fight for ‘Fairness in Franchising’

Jason Daley writes at Entrepreneur Magazine: Imagine owning a small business for 20 years, pouring all your time, money and sweat into achieving a decent cash flow and a little equity. Then imagine getting a contract in the mail stipulating that if you want to continue doing business, you must replace thousands of dollars of perfectly good equipment, adjust suppliers or prices or make a dozen other changes that could destroy your bottom line. And if you don’t sign, you more or less forfeit your life’s work.

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Hotel Owners Group to Terminate Choice Hotels

Don Sniegowski at Blue MauMau reports that in a turn of events, angry franchisees are terminating a franchisor. The Asian American Hotel Owners Association has informed Choice Hotels that the nefarious franchisor will be stripped of its membership unless long outstanding grievances from franchisees can be resolved within the next 90 days.

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Papa John’s Sued for Hiding Liability

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau Papa John’s International is defending itself against a lawsuit brought by the purchaser of 84 underperforming franchises, Essential Pizza, Inc. The franchises are a multi-million dollar acquisition between Blackstreet Capital Management and Essential Pizza.

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DDIFO Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

On September 19, 2011, DDIFO will officially induct seven people into the new DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DDIFO President Jim Coen says the members of the inaugural class were all pioneers who helped build Dunkin’ Donuts into the esteemed brand it is today.

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DDIFO Announces Franchise Owners Hall of Fame

Nominations for inaugural inductees are now being accepted. As Dunkin’ Donuts was thrust into the spotlight during its recent IPO, the company’s strong history of franchising was also put center stage. As it looks toward further expansion, Dunkin’ Brands is again relying on its roster of experienced, hard working and well-capitalized franchise owners to carry the ball.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owners Benefit from 2005 Efforts of G-6 Group

Even before the opening bell rang on Wall Street on July 27, 2011 ushering in the company’s initial public offering (IPO), many franchise owners questioned if the agreement—presented in a letter former CEO Jon Luther signed on January 11, 2006 and granting franchise owners the chance to purchase stock in a “family and friends” pool—…

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