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Papa Murphy’s Fights Federal Anti-Spam Rule Violations

No spamTACOMA – Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza chain is battling a lawswuit claiming violations of the Federal Communications Commission's anti-spam rules for sending hundreds of thousands of SMS (short message service) text message advertisements through an automatic telephone dialing system, without obtaining prior express written consent.

Franchisees Allowed One Claim against The UPS Store on Charges of “Over-dimensioning” Packages and “Upselling” Services

NEW YORK – In a complex litigation between franchisee and franchisor, a federal judge has now dismissed all but one claim brought by store owners against franchisor The UPS Store and its parent company United Parcel Services, Inc.

Former Quiznos Investors Continue Battle against Schaden Group

DENVER – After a Colorado federal judge threw out a lawsuit against the former owner and executives of the now-bankrupt Quiznos sandwich chain, the private equity investors are challenging the decision in the Tenth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.

Subway’s Disgraced Pitchman Jared Fogle Braces for Sentencing

INDIANAPOLIS - Jared Fogle, fallen pitchman for the Subway sandwich chain, will learn his fate on Thursday when the sentencing judge hands down her order.

Uber Drivers in UK File Suit for Employee Status

Following similar claims made in the United States, Uber drivers in the United Kingdom have filed a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified them as independent contractors.

Judge Orders Curves Franchisees to Texas, Enforces Statute of Limitations

ST. LOUIS - After 33 franchisee entities filed a 165-count complaint against Curves International alleging the franchisor made misrepresentations that induced them to buy their franchises, a federal judge dismissed 95 claims due to the statute of limitations. The remaining surviving claims were transferred to Texas, the exclusive forum agreed to when franchisees signed their franchise agreements.

Judge Chastises McDonald’s for Playing Games in ‘Joint Employer’ Case

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NEW YORK - A federal judge last Friday accused McDonald's Corporation of "playing games" in order to avoid complying with a subpoena issued by the National Labor Relations Boards. She then gave the franchisor 30 days to hand over thousands of employee emails the federal agency is requesting to determine if McDonald's should be held liable for labor violations by its franchisees.

Judge Finds Evidence Culver's Discriminated against Franchisee

A federal judge has denied burger and frozen custard chain Culver’s motion to throw out a case brought by a franchisee, holding that there is sufficient evidence of intentional discrimination that the case should proceed to trial.

Franchisor Accused in Suit of Hiding Kickbacks

Mike Bendfeldt and Betty Muhr-Bendfeldt, who ran 18 Window World locations in 10 states, are charging in a federal court case that their franchisor, Window World, hid from them the kickbacks it was receiving from "sole supplier" and now co-defendant Associated Materials LLC.

Employees May Pursue California Labor Code Claims against McDonald’s on Theory of Ostensible Agency

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal court in California issued a ruling in the pending employee class action, Ochoa v. McDonald's Corp. et al. in September. Its finding was that the employees of a McDonald's franchisee may pursue claims at trial against McDonald's on the theory that the franchisee is McDonald' ostensible agent.