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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.

Marks & Klein Launches Two Franchise Associations

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RED BANK, N.J. – Marks & Klein law firm has started two franchise associations, in New Jersey and Illinois, to support and promote the needs of franchisors and franchisees. 

7-Eleven Sued for Representing Itself as Franchisor

7-Eleven store front at night. photo/ps

NEWARK – Three years ago, convenience store chain 7-Eleven basked in the limelight of being featured on CBS’s Undercover Boss. Today the world’s largest convenience store chain is under a different spotlight.

Marks and Klein Disqualified for Hiring Quiznos Lawyer

Middlesex County, NJ – After Marks & Klein represented 8,000 franchise owners in litigation and spearheaded a $206 million class action settlement, an appellate court ruled last week to disqualify the firm in representing another Quiznos franchisee. The high court cites a conflict in attorney-client privilege when the law firm hired one of the franchisor’s lead attorneys.

Matco Franchisees Allege SBA Loan Fraud

TD Bank, Washington D.C. Chinatown
TD Bank, Chinatown, D.C. by Matt Bisanz, wikipedia

Franchisees David Villano III and his father David Villano, Jr. are accusing Matco Tools, with accomplice TD Bank, of devising a secret scheme that allowed the franchisor to sell franchises through fraudulent small business loans.

Again, Judge Allows Edible Owners to Prove Claims

Franchisor edible arrangements prefers to eat its franchisees one at a time when it comes to lawsuits
Franchisor prefers eating suits one at a time, not clustered. photo/flickr

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – After a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the independent franchisee association of Edible Arrangements, franchisor attorneys unsuccessfully decided to try one more shot.

Edible Franchisee Survey Results

Franchisee Survey: How satisfied are you with your store's profitability?
Edible Arrangement Franchisee Survey. Source/EAIFA

WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Edible Arrangements’ CEO Tariq Farid dismissed the notion that the majority of his franchise owners were unhappy during a court-ordered settlement meeting last month.

Edible Franchisee Association Goes to Trial

A shuttered Edible Arrangement shop in New York City
A shuttered Edible Arrangement shop in New York City, photo/psteinberg

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – After Edible Arrangements International, Inc. tried to get a district judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an independent franchisee association for lack of standing, he denied its request, allowing the case to go to trial.