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Is Coffee Beanery Unlawfully Selling Franchises in Maryland?

The same week the Coffee Beanery settled an eight-year lawsuit in favor of Maryland franchisees for $80,000, a news report came out stating a new franchise had opened in the Ocean City area of Berlin, Maryland. The fact that Coffee Beanery has not been registered in the state to sell franchise since 2007 raises certain questions.

Coffee Beanery Settles with Franchisees

A long since closed Coffee Beanery in Kentucky
This Kentucky Coffee Beanery is long gone from the shrinking chain. photo/bmm

BALTIMORE – Franchisees Richard Welshans and Deborah Williams have now entered into a settlement agreement with The Coffee Beanery, resolving all claims in their lawsuit against the franchisor.

Racketeering Survives against Coffee Beanery

Coffee Beanery, Coffee People Who Care
People who care? Not according to some Coffee Beanery franchisees.

BALTIMORE – A judge ruled last week that two racketeering counts could be tried in front of a Maryland jury against The Coffee Beanery, its owners and two company officers.

Killion Statement

Below is franchisor attorney William “Bill” Killion’s statement about the court allowing RICO charges against his client Coffee Beanery.

Racketeering Expert Goes After Coffee Beanery

Successful racketeering charges put people behind bars
Successful racketeering charges land people in jail

BALTIMORE – Rick Welshans and partner Deborah Williams filed their second amended complaint last month against Coffee Beanery alleging racketeering claims, those normally associated with organized crime.

Franchisees to Pursue Racketeering against Coffee Beanery

BALTIMORE – After a six-year legal battle with Coffee Beanery Ltd., franchisees Deborah Williams and Richard Welshans now have a court order allowing them to reopen their case in Maryland.

Court Rules for Coffee Beanery Franchisees

Shuttered Kentucky shop. photo/bmm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Franchisees Deborah Williams and Richard Welshans scored a victory yesterday in their eight-year battle against The Coffee Beanery and its officers when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their favor.