How Fair is Dunkin’s Dispute Resolution Clause?

Imagine an apple fritter filled with cream and grape jelly and covered with mixed sprinkles. That’s a good analogy for Dunkin’ Brands’ dispute resolution clause in your franchise agreement – a mish-mash. Before delving into the specifics of Dunkin’s clause, here’s some background on dispute resolution clauses. Unless a different procedure is spelled out in…

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Franchisees Could Receive Money from Interchange Fee Settlement

In what was billed as the largest private antitrust settlement in American history, credit card giants Visa and MasterCard have agreed to a $5.7 billion dollar settlement to a class action lawsuit brought by retailers who claimed the companies conspired to fix the interchange fees retailers are charged when customers pay with credit cards. The…

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The Qualified Franchisee DD Trust

Franchisees are generally familiar with the use of trusts in their estate planning process. Some of the benefits generally sought by use of trusts include the efficient passage of assets upon death, potential tax savings, avoidance of a lengthy and sometimes costly probate proceedings, privacy, and the maintenance and control of the grantor of decision…

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