Dunkin’ Donuts Cracks Down on Franchisees

Eric Convey, the Managing Editor of the Boston Business Journal, reports that Dunkin’ Donuts .. Wednesday sued a handful of franchisees in the Hudson Valley of New York and Western Massachusetts, alleging they violated requirements that they remodel their restaurants according to the company’s guidelines.

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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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Frozen Doughnuts Day in Court

Christine Dobby of the Financial Post reports that Doughnuts are an emotional food for Canadians. When Tim Hortons Inc. made a franchise-wide decision to ditch fresh-baked methods in favour of microwaving pre-cooked baked goods in-store, many people took it hard. Even company co-founder Ron Joyce, who sold the majority of his stake in the company in…

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Massachusetts Legislature Hears Fair Franchising Bill

On June 29, 2011 members of the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses— representing the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives—heard testimony on a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) to amend the General Laws of the Commonwealth to benefit franchisees.

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Little Agreement as State Considers Franchise Rules

Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe reports the state’s franchise industry is coming under scrutiny on Beacon Hill as lawmakers consider two bills that would further regulate franchise agreements and more clearly define the relationship between local franchise owners and their parent companies. The bills, which will be the subject of legislative hearings today, have…

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Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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