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Court: Domino’s Not Responsible For Sexual Harassment Of 16-Year-Old Employee

When a worker at a fast food franchise acts like an a-hole, it’s obviously his boss’s immediate responsibility to investigate and discipline that employee if necessary. But does the corporate office share any liability when things go wrong at the franchisee level? What about when people from company HQ are involved in the decision of whether or not to dismiss an employee? According to California’s highest court, the buck stops at the franchisee’s door. [More]

Burger King’s Largest Franchisee Blames Local Ad Cuts For Lower Sales

Burger King’s Largest Franchisee Blames Local Ad Cuts For Lower Sales

A few weeks ago, we shared with you a Bloomberg Businessweek cover story about fast-food chain Burger King, its young leadership, and its effort to change a lot of things about the fast-food brand business model. When the chain shed most of its corporate-owned stores in the U.S. in 2012, existing franchisees like publicly traded Carrols took on those restaurants. Its sales are down, Carrols wants investors to know, because Burger King cut back on local ad reimbursements to his loyal subjects. [More]

Wendy's: Where $1.39 Is 99 Cents

Wendy's: Where $1.39 Is 99 Cents

Adam doesn’t ask for much. He just wants to be able to walk into his local Wendy’s and buy Value Menu items for the 99 cents that the chain advertises nationwide. This dream eludes him, though, because all of the restaurants in his area charge $1.39 for the 99-cent menu items. Sure, it’s still cheap, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother him. [More]

Burger King Restaurants Angry Over $1 Burger Promo, File Lawsuit

Burger King Restaurants Angry Over $1 Burger Promo, File Lawsuit

I’ve been wondering how some fast food chains can sell $1 cheeseburgers and still make a profit. Apparently they can’t, which is why a group that represents about 80% of the restaurant’s franchisees have sued the company over the promotion.

Memphis Burger Kings: Global Warming Is Baloney

Memphis Burger Kings: Global Warming Is Baloney

At least three Burger Kings in Memphis have recently displayed “GLOBAL WARMING IS BALONEY” on their letter boards, according to the Memphis Flyer and a reader.

Mandatory Binding Arbitration Isn't Just Bad For Consumers, It's Bad For Small Businesses

Mandatory Binding Arbitration Isn't Just Bad For Consumers, It's Bad For Small Businesses

Mother Jones has an excellent writeup of Deborah Williams and Richard Welshans, the Maryland couple whose horrific experience with franchising a Coffee Beanery we’ve covered before. Inside, MoJo breaks down the arbitration award to show just how much more expensive arbitration is than litigation.

Petland Uses Puppy Mills

Petland Uses Puppy Mills

After an eight-month investigation, the Humane Society of the United States accused Petland, the national pet store chain, of selling dogs bred under appalling conditions at puppy mills around the country.

Dunkin' Donuts Suing Its Own Small Franchisees Out Of Existence

Dunkin' Donuts Suing Its Own Small Franchisees Out Of Existence

If your favorite Dunkin’ Donuts shop is an…