Carmen Caruso Re-Locates to The Chambers in Chicago

Carmen D. Caruso, a nationally known franchisee trial lawyer and a DDIFO Sponsor, re-locates his practice in “The Chambers” — a dynamic suite of trial lawyers in downtown Chicago who operate on a “lean and mean” platform backed up with the best litigation technology and who prepare their cases for trial in a state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.

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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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McDonald’s, Franchisees In Germany Wage Dispute

David Crawford and Julie Jargon at the Wall Street Journal write that McDonald’s Corp.’s German unit is engaged in a dispute with several franchise holders who accuse the world’s largest hamburger chain of using aggressive tactics to try to force them out of their contracts. Court records show McDonald’s hired a team of private detectives to dig up evidence of conflicts of interest against one of the franchisees.

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Top Franchise Legal Decisions to Watch

Ron Ruggless of Nation’s Restaurant News writes that decisions in franchise-related law in 2009 produced new frameworks under which franchisors and franchisees will be doing business in the year ahead, and beyond.

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Judge Dismisses Suit over R.I. Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee

Katie Mulvaney of the Providence Journal reports that Irwin Barkan claimed Dunkin’ Donuts set up his downtown Providence franchises to fail, an allegation dismissed by a federal court judge. The federal judge threw out a Vermont businessman’s suit accusing Dunkin’ Donuts of knowingly setting up his franchises to fail, finding there was no evidence the coffee shop chain contributed to his financial losses.

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