Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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Balancing act: How to create a harmonious franchise system

Interesting article from Fast Casual about franchisor – franchisee communication. Steve Combs writes: Franchisee lawsuits are among the best known restaurant industry battles, disagreements that in the case several, spurred protracted legal face-offs and staggering unit closures. But such outcomes needn’t occur. When franchisees and franchisors communicate clearly, consistently and work toward goals that benefit both, disagreements are manageable and sometimes meaningful.

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Starbucks Sued Over Tip Jars That ‘Invited Criminal Behavior’

The Huffington Post reports that Starbucks has been slapped with a lawsuit three years after a Missouri altercation over an open Starbucks tip jar led to the death of 54-year-old Roger Kreutz. On March 3, 2008, Kreutz chased down then 19-year-old Aaron Poisson after seeing the culprit nab a tip jar with less than $5…

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Health Care Law & Politics

Examiner.com reports that Monday, Florida Federal District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. In a sweeping ruling, Judge Vinson held that the “individual mandate provision”, an unprecedented extension of Commerce Clause authority by Congress that requires all citizens to obtain health insurance by 2014, is not only unconstitutional but also “necessary and essential to” the entire act.

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Lessons Learned from Franchisee Litigation

QSR Magazine features an article by Daniel Smith that reflects on a decade of franchisee introduced litigation against franchisors and provides important insight. What can be learned from these mistakes?

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CIT Testimony Blocked in Dunkin’ – Barkan Trial

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau that after six years of litigation with Dunkin’ Donuts over losing his six stores and store development agreements to open new restaurants, franchisee Irwin Barkan was convinced that the franchisor intentionally interfered in his efforts to refinance his debt. Now because of new information he has discovered on his own, Barkan feels even stronger in his beliefs.

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Fraud, Breach and Wrongful Termination

W Michael Garner reports at Bluemaumau that since Labor Day, franchisees around the country filed suits against their franchisors for fraud, breach of contract and wrongful termination. He notes: Dunkin’s Continuing Termination Campaign

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