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Liberty Tax Franchisee, Employees Indicted in Maryland Tax Fraud Scheme

Maryland AG Brian Frosh shows fraudulent tax return
Maryland AG Brian Frosh points to tax return. Photo/Maryland

BALTIMORE – A grand jury last week indicted a Liberty Tax Service franchisee and eight employees in a tax fraud scheme that involved enticing homeless people and others to file false income tax returns to generate preparation fees for their company.

Brazilian Prosecutor Indicts McDonald’s, Opens Criminal Probe

Photo by BerlinRosen, public relations firm for SEIU

SAO PAULO, Brazil – As the fight against McDonald's intensify across the globe, a federal prosecutor in Brazil has now handed down his indictment against the fast-food giant on suspected tax evasion and violations of the country's franchise and competition laws.

California Hits Conner Again with Desist Order, This Time with Tomii Massage Franchise

SACRAMENTO – Franchise consultant Christopher Conner is once again in trouble with California franchise regulators, and is currently bracing for the department's final judgment and penalties. While this is the state's second enforcement action against him and a client, the Commission is now seeking an injunctive order against Conner, stating he is a risk to prospective franchisees.

EEOC Sues Franchisee for Firing HIV-Positive Worker

A Subway restaurant in central Indiana has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for firing one of its employees who revealed he was HIV-positive.

McDonald’s Warns of 'Joint Employer' Doomsday while Profits Grow

McDonald's Now HiringMcDonald's has a lot on its plate this new year. Not only is it battling bad publicity from fast-food workers striking across the globe for better pay, it is also awaiting trial under the National Labor Relations Board that will determine if it and its franchisees are "joint employers," holding both responsible for alleged labor violations against the franchisees' workers.

Australia Inquiry Scheduled for 7-Eleven Wage Scandal

February 5, 2016, is the date of a scheduled government hearing into 7-Eleven's global wage fraud scandal. The Australian Senate hearing is slated to call 7-Eleven's majority stockholder Russ Withers and Chairman of the Board Michael Smith. From the Wage Fairness Panel will be Natalie James and David Cousins.

Area Developer Claims Tilted Kilt Caused $20M in Damages

CHICAGO – An area developer of Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is striking back at the chain by claiming it was making unlawful financial performance representations to prospective franchisees, asking the court to terminate its development agreement.

IFA Takes Fight against Seattle Wage Hike to U.S. Supreme Court

Seattle minimum wage
Seattle march for $15 wage on ML King Day in 2014. Photo/pnwbot

WASHINGTON – The International Franchise Association announced yesterday that it had now taken its argument against Seattle's new $15 an hour minimum wage hike to the U.S. Supreme Court because it discriminates against franchise owners.

Small Business Owners Say They're Being Shaken Down

Bar owners in the San Francisco area say they're being targeted for a big bucks shakedown involving pay-per-view boxing.

Faced with European Antitrust, McDonald’s Could Go After US Franchisees

While the Service Employees International Union is pushing hard for higher wages for U.S. fast-food workers, augmenting strikes and protest with legal action, the recent news that a coalition of Italian consumer groups has filed a European Union antitrust action against McDonald's is disturbing, even for franchisees.