Competitor News

Although they’re going to still be big on making music available, Starbucks this week announced that they are no longer going to be selling CDs (Compact Discs) at their store locations.  Since 1995, the company has been stocking and selling CDs.  With the advent of online music and other technological advances, the CD market has…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Members will also want to plan on attending the Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be presenting important Wall Street insights and information on Dunkin’ as well as other major issues in the restaurant space. …

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CFA Webinar Open To DDIFO Franchise Members

As a founding member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, DDIFO has long been advocating for program and services that benefit our individual members.  This week’s CFA Webinar is another example of DDIFO delivering on that effort.   At 4 PM this Thursday, September 19, CFA will sponsor: “Does Your Franchise Agreement Pass The Test?” featuring…

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Fantastic Sams Franchisee Association Prohibited from Using Collective Arbitration

Fantastic Sams is the franchisor of a chain of hair salons. Fantastic Sams licenses rights to its name to regional owners who, in turn, license salon owners to operate the actual salons. In this case, Fantastic Sams brought action against a nonprofit association of regional franchise owners, seeking to stay collective arbitration for declaratory relief against franchisor’s alleged breaches of contract and violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The regional franchise owners’ association formed in order to promote the interests of Fantastic Sams Regional Owners, and its membership consists solely of those regional owners.

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Don Sniegowski from Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California, AB 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. The bill was introduced to various committees of the assembly on Tuesday.

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California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Horton’s may be cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to sell items at below cost and switch to more expensive pre-baked donuts from a supplier affiliated with the franchisor. Franchise attorney Eric H. Karp of the Boston firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, LLP, closely followed this case and kept DDIFO apprised of its developments. After the decision was announced, DDIFO commissioned him to write a comprehensive summary of this ruling.

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