Dunkin' Donuts Franchisees Fire Back In Contract Spat

Law360, New York (September 29, 2009, 3:13 PM EDT) -- Owners of Detroit-area Dunkin' Donuts franchises sued by their parent company for allegedly breaching contracts have fired back at the popular doughnut and coffee chain, claiming Dunkin' Donuts' plans to expand in Detroit will put them out of business.

The franchisees' counterclaim, lodged Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, accuses Dunkin' Donuts Franchised Restaurants LLC of breaching contract with the intent of “beat[ing] the franchisees into financial submission.”

Dunkin' Donuts initially sued the franchisees in August, claiming they owed hundreds...
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