Red Lobster, Applebee's Fixed Times Square Tip Rates: Suit

Law360, New York (July 1, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT) -- The owners of popular restaurant chains Applebee’s and Red Lobster were targeted Thursday with a proposed class action accusing them of fixing prices at locations in New York City’s Times Square for automatic gratuities and deceiving consumers about their tipping policies, costing consumers millions.

The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, alleges DineEquity Inc., which owns Applebee’s; Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden; individual locations of the popular eateries; Marriott International Inc.; and a Ruby Tuesday Inc. location conspired to illegally...
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