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Court Disqualifies Franchisee Firm Marks & Klein for Paying 'Fact' Witness in 7-Eleven Case

A district judge ruled that Gerard "Jerry" Marks and his law firm Marks & Klein are disqualified from further participating in a franchisee lawsuit against 7-Eleven, Inc., claiming unlawful termination. His decision was centered on how Marks paid a witness, a former employee of 7-Eleven's asset protection department, to testify against the convenience store franchisor on how it treats franchisees.

Franchisor Liable for Franchisee Employment Actions

In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal in Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 753 (June 27, 2012), held that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment to a franchisor.

CNBC Shelves Cold Stone Story after Zarco Attacks

Cold Stone complains to CNBC that there show wasn't fair and CNBC pulls show
CNBC films a Cold Stone ice cream mix being made, source/CNBC

SCOTTSDALE, AZ –  CNBC unexpectedly pulled its documentary Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising after receiving a threatening letter from Kahala’s newly retained counsel Robert Zarco.

ABA Forum Chair Calls for Meritocracy, Balance

SAN DIEGO – Following the ABA’s 33rd Annual Forum on Franchising, Ronald K Gardner, Jr. of Dady & Gardner, the first franchisee attorney elected chair, reflected on his past year’s experience. “The Forum to my great delight, and I believe this in my deepest heart of hearts, really is a meritocracy. It awards people who step up to take responsibility and deliver.”

Do Not Sign General Releases

Franchisees often find that they have been wronged by their franchisor, but are unable to pursue relief because they signed a general release of all claims against the franchisor.

Ladies of the Night and Franchisee Underreporting

What is underreporting? If you have to ask, and you’re a franchisee, you’re probably not doing it. But, then again, maybe you are; unwittingly. In its simplest incarnation, franchisee underreporting occurs when a franchisee “reports” to his franchisor less income or sales than what he actually makes or earns.

Claims Of Franchisor Discrimination: Dead On Arrival

As a franchisee attorney I’m unable to even begin to put a number on how many times I’ve received calls from distressed franchisees claiming that they are victims of “unfair discrimination” by their franchisors. And, these callers
always have a strong view on the legality of such discrimination.

Joan Rivers Show Features Attorney Zarco

Robert Zarco and Joan Rivers
Zarco and Rivers