Freedom is Not Free!

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views and opinions of the contributor and are not neccessarily the opinons of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is an article written and submitted by Richard Solomon titled Freedom is Not Free! Attorney Richard Solomon, 11502 Overbrook, Houston, TX 77077, 281-584-0519

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The Case for More, Not Less, Franchisee Protection

Current franchise laws and regulations do not go far enough to protect the interests of franchisees against often times overreaching franchisors according to an article published in Franchise Law Journal, Volume 29, Number 3, Winter 2010, by Lagarias & Boulter.

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Riding the Circuit Courts

Riding the Circuits is a new column at ddifo.mynewsitepreview.com that summarizes recent court cases and their relevance to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The following summaries were prepared by Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein, of Goldstein Counselors at Law, Leesburg, VA. DDIFO members read more….

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Franchisees Explain Why They Are Suing UPS

Blue MauMau reports that a group of Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees who have refused through the years to convert to The UPS Store business model have put together a three-minute slideshow on YouTube to tell their side of the story. Watch the video here.

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Federal Judge: Franchising Sounds Like Ponzi Scheme

Corbin Williston posts at BlueMauMau is franchising “a modified Ponzi scheme?” Last week, a federal judge said it might be. Janitorial franchises have long been a source of embarrasment for the franchise industry, and frequently attract purchasers with few assets and poor command of English. A 2001 report by the GAO on FTC enforcement of the Franchise Rule found that from 1993-2000, Coverall violations had affected 2591 investors, and JaniKing violations affected 900 investors.

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Dunkin’ Donuts, NYC Stores Resolve Contract Dispute

Law360.com reports that Dunkin’ Donuts Franchised Restaurants LLC and Baskin-Robbins Franchised Shops LLC have agreed to drop their suit accusing three New York City franchisees of unlawfully using the chains’ trademarks after their franchise agreements had been terminated, now that the defendants have pledged to sell their franchises. DDIFO Members read more..

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U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on 1st Circuit franchise case

The RI Lawyers Weekly Sidebar Blog has posted that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld in part and overturned in part a decision of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case stemming from a dispute between an oil company and eight gas station operators who claimed the oil company tried to drive them out of business.

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