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When the Langley family opened a breakfast-anytime restaurant in a former IHOP building, A-framed blue roof and all, they thought it would be cute to name the restaurant ?It?s Hop?n.? IHOP wasn?t laughing, and lawyers quickly hopped to a...
Effective April 21, New York City restaurants that have more than 15 outlets across the county must post calorie content on their menus. The New York State Restaurant Association challenged the City?s rule in court, but a federal judge last...
Midas, Inc. has acquired the assets of G.C. & K.B. Investments, Inc. and its affiliates, the franchisor of 181 SpeeDee quick-lube and automotive maintenance shops in the United States and Mexico. SpeeDee?s U.S. retail sales are comprised mostly of...
After pulling a prank that led customers to believe the Whopper was dead (see earlier blog posting), Burger King has announced plans to open smaller restaurants called the Whooper Bar that will be focused on its top-selling sandwich. According...
According to this article, Wendy's International recently signed franchise agreements to open 60 new Wendy's restaurants in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. The restaurants will open over the next seven years, with the first restaurant expected to open by...
As reported in earlier postings, Dairy Queen franchisees continue to protest International Dairy Queen?s plans to convert existing locations to its new DQ Grill & Chill or DQ/Orange Julius concepts. Texas has more Dairy Queens than any other state,...
Chalk one up for Quiznos in the flurry of franchisee lawsuits it has recently faced (see earlier blog postings). A district court judge in Illinois has dismissed antitrust claims from six Illinois franchisees. The complaint alleged that the franchisees...
According to these articles [link to 2 articles], franchisor Burger King Corporation has joined its franchisee in settling a claim brought by the family of a franchisee?s employee who was slain at a Burger King restaurant. The employee was...
As discussed in earlier postings, Quiznos has had its share of franchisee legal disputes. According to these articles, one of the most recent is a newly-filed class action complaint in Wisconsin?s Milwaukee County Circuit Court alleging violations of the...
Coffee system giant Starbucks Corp. is laying off 220 workers, not refilling 380 jobs, slowing development and stirring up its organization management in order to try to improve performance, according to this article. Providing some insight into troubles at...