Burger King Lets Franchisees Have it Their Way on Soda Rebates

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau that the National Franchisee Association, representing over 90 percent of all Burger King franchisees in the US, has settled two class action lawsuits with franchisor Burger King Corp. (NYSE: BKC) and its two soft drink distributors, Coca Cola and Dr Pepper.

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Starbucks Customer Sues, Claiming Cursing Outburst a Disability

Sarah Gilbert at WallePop.com that in the second legal challenge to a Starbucks store’s fair treatment last week, a Florida man is suing the Starbucks on Powerline Road west of Boca Raton. Robert Friedman suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, a genetic disorder which is characterized by uncontrollable outbursts, often laced with obscenities. Last year, he was visiting the Starbucks and suffered from such a flare-up; customers said he banged on the wall and shouted curse words.

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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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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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