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Franchisee Files Racketeering Claims against Starbucks

CHICAGO — After Seattle’s Best Coffee terminated a franchisee’s licensing agreement for breach of contract and filed a lawsuit against him, the shop owner fought back. He has now added racketeering claims in his amended answer and countersuit, and is naming Starbucks Corp., which has been the owner of the chain since 2003.

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.

Liar Loans Pt 4: SBA Franchise Lenders Hit

franchisees, tax payers and investors feed bankersLEXINGTON, Ky. —Franchisees aren't the only ones who have been hurt by bad SBA liar loans backed by tax payer dollars.