TGI Friday's Franchisee Fined Over Liquor Swapping

Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT) -- A TGI Friday’s franchisee will pay a $500,000 fine to settle administrative charges in New Jersey that eight of its restaurants raided in May as part of “Operation Swill” duped customers who ordered premium-brand drinks with cheaper replacements, authorities announced Wednesday.

Briad Group will not only shell out $400,000 for its violations and $100,000 for investigative costs, but also employ a government-appointed monitor through June 30, 2014, who will have access to the franchisee's records and report back to the state, authorities said. Under the settlement,...
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