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Capital Spending Requirements Put Franchisees in a Tight Spot

McDonald's has instituted a turnaround plan involving burger customization that may impose up to $125,000 in new investment costs on already struggling franchisees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $125,000 price tag for McDonald’s burger customization program follows renovations undertaken by about half of McDonald's restaurants in the past decade, which cost participating franchisees upwards of $650,000.

Holiday Inn Franchisee Latest Target of Serial Plaintiff

Antoinette Taylor is a one-woman litigation machine, and a franchise is her latest victim.

Taylor's history of litigation in Kentucky includes:

Holiday Inn Multi-Brand Conflict

A franchise dispute alleging cross-brand abuse is proceeding to trial, and could shed light on a hidden corner of the franchise world.

H&R Block Franchisee Wins Noncompete

A room is lit up at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
A lit Holiday Inn Express room below signage at Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Creative legal thinking didn't impress the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Court Rules Holiday Inn Commits 'Reprehensible' Fraud

Holiday Inn, West Memphis front desk

Front desk of a West Memphis, Arkansas Holiday Inn. photo/ihl

MARION, Ark.-- Kemmons Wilson must be spinning in his grave. The founder of the Holiday Inn chain was friends with J.O. "Buddy" House. 

Holiday Inn Franchisees Leave

Over 20 percent of Holiday Inn franchisees are leaving the franchise system, after the franchisor has mandated costly upgrades to all hotels.