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Jury Awards $8.8M Damages to El Pollo Loco Franchisees over Encroachment

A California jury has now awarded El Pollo Loco franchisees $8.8 million in the damages phase of a bifurcated trial finding that the franchisor did encroach on their two existing restaurants when it built two competing company-store units in the same territory.

CFA Day Forum Gets Franchisees Face-to-Face With Heavy-Hitters

Along with the CFA Day Forum’s mainstay legislative components, members of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) gained facetime with legal heavy-hitters in a first-of-its-kind forma

Buying a Franchise is Riskier than Ever

risk, high wire walk in owning a franchise

Critics, including this journal, say that buying a franchise is riskier than ever, that the reality of the franchise system is often purposefully and skillfully hidden and that it is easier to fail nowadays once you plunge in.

Zarco Speaks about McDonald's Corp Using Other People's Money

Franchise attorney Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito speaks about the simmering of a possible franchise revolt against McDonald's with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

Will Opening Late Boost Store Profits?

Franchised restaurant chains are extending their opening hours in hopes that they can scrape in a few more dollars. Reporter Sarah Needleman of the Wall Street Journal asks two experts, who are not unknown to Blue MauMau, is it worth the extra expenses for store owners?

When Is Sexual Crudeness Not Harassment?

Banfield Pet Clinic

FORT LAUDERDALE - When a franchisor of veterinary clinics tried to get an injunction to immediately close down a franchisee’s practice on allegations of sexual harassment, a federal court said no.

Puig: My Cold Stone Stores Are Profitable

MIAMI – Attorney Robert Zarco and his client Rodolfo F. Puig, franchisee of Cold Stone Creamery, have now declared that Puig’s three stores are profitable, despite having numerous tax liens, judgments and litigation from creditors against him.

Although Unable to Pay Bills, Cold Stone Owner Said on CNBC He was Profitable

L-R: Franchisee Rudy Puig and franchisor president Dan Beem
Franchisee Puig (left) and Cold Stone's president Dan Beem speaking on CNBC

MIAMI – Cold Stone Creamery franchisee Rudy Puig was spotlighted on national television in 2011 exclaiming to viewers, “All my stores have been profitable,” but court records show otherwise.

Franchisee Group Sues Cold Stone

Franchisees say its time for Cold Stone Creamery to give an accounting of Gift Card
A Cold Stone Creamery, photo/blue maumau; Gift Card/Cold Stone web site

MIAMI – The law firm of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, PA filed a lawsuit today on behalf of an independent franchisee association against franchisor Cold Stone Creamery for failing to give its members an accounting of monies collected from third-party vendors and the franchisor's gift card program.

Papa Johns Franchisee Files for Chapter 11 Protection

BALTIMORE – Essential Pizza filed an emergency motion yesterday asking the court to unfreeze its bank accounts after filing for Chapter 11 reorganization. Because of the freeze, the Papa John’s franchisee is unable to meet its payroll for 1200 employees.