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7-ELEVEN on UnhappyFranchisee.Com [UPDATED]

August 31, 2015

7-Eleven is possibly the most contentious franchise in America at the present time.

With 7-Eleven’s Japanese owners wanting to quadruple the number of U.S. locations in coming years, the fireworks have just begun.

UnhappyFranchisee.Com is the only place to get the real, uncensored story on 7-Eleven, as franchisees, employees, vendors and other insiders here can comment and discuss the issues openly, candidly, and anonymously.

Please read & share your views on any post below.

“7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience” on ABC

Please watch the full video here, then return and leave a comment below:

ABC Australia’s Four Corners expose “7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience.”

UnhappyFranchisee.Com 7-Eleven.250Australian Public Television’s expose of worker and franchisee exploitation features UnhappyFranchisee.Com (at 24:28).

Gold Walkley Award-winning reporter Adele Ferguson returns to Four Corners with an investigation into the 7-Eleven business empire with revelations of dodgy bookkeeping, blackmail and the mass underpayment of its workforce. 

 

“7-Eleven Experience” Protest Controversy:

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Protest 2015 “7-Eleven Experience” [PHOTOS]

7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas? [OVERVIEW]

7-ELEVEN: Unhappy Franchisee Response Letter to NCASEF General Counsel

7-Eleven Breaking News:

7-ELEVEN Covering Up Illegal Plot to Purge Indian Franchisees, says Attorney

7-ELEVEN CEO Joe DePinto Parodied as Hitler

7-ELEVEN Whistleblower Alleges Franchise Discrimination

7-ELEVEN Bombshell: Insider Accuses 7-11 of Predatory Franchise Practices

Will 7-Eleven Help Terminate Donald Sterling’s NBA Franchise? (Humor)

7-ELEVEN: Outspoken 7-11 Franchisee Hashim Syed Gets “Retaliatory” Visit and Warning

NPR Reports on Franchising & Franchise Problems

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners are Glorified Managers, Franchisee Tells NPR

 

7-Eleven Featured Posts:

7-ELEVEN Stole Our Store – Dev Patel’s Story

7-ELEVEN Patel Franchise Lawsuit Alleges 7-11 “Storm Trooper” Tactics

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Stalking and Harrassment of 7-11 Franchisee

7-ELEVEN Protest Over 7-11 Franchise Store Seizure (Pictures)

7-ELEVEN Stole My Store – Tyrone Carr’s Story [UPDATED]

7-ELEVEN Dev Patel Radio Interview on Riverside Franchise Seizure (Audio)

7-ELEVEN Franchise Ads We’d Like to See (Parody)

NJ Lawsuit Claims 7-Eleven Franchise Program is an Employment Scam  (NEW!)

7-Eleven Franchise Complaints (Most comments)

7-Eleven Franchise Complaints

7-Eleven Franchise Complaints

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owner Claims Franchisees Are Being Bullied

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Complain, Allege Churning

7-ELEVEN Cyber FOA Franchisees Post “Declaration of Independent Contractor”

7-ELEVEN Manhattan Group Protests 7-11 Expansion

NY Group Protests & Mocks 7-11; Debuts “Margaret Chabris” Skit

7-ELEVEN: No 7-Eleven Protest Group Holds NY Bodega Walk

7-Eleven Lawsuits Against Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuits 2013

7-ELEVEN Targets Portland, OR Franchise for Seizure

7-ELEVEN Franchisee Sodhi Can Operate Stores Despite 7-Eleven Court Battle

7-ELEVEN Franchisee Tariq Khan: Villain or Victim?

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Against Franchisee Pursharth Kapoor

Franchisee Lawsuits Against 7-Eleven, Inc.

Franchisee Sues for Fraud, Labor Violations, Unfair Dealings

NJ Lawsuit Claims 7-Eleven Franchise Program is an Employment Scam

7-ELEVEN Class Action Franchise Lawsuit Brewing?

7-ELEVEN Upcoming Lawsuit Claims 7-11 Franchise is an Employment Scam

Immigration Enforcement Actions Against 7-Eleven

7-ELEVEN Franchises Raided by DOJ, Homeland Security

7-Eleven’s Imperial Japanese Overlord, er, Parent Company

7-ELEVEN to Open up to 21,500 New U.S. Stores

7-ELEVEN: UnhappyFranchisee.Com Invites Views of 7-11 Franchisee Groups

7-ELEVEN Downplays Japanese Ownership

7-ELEVEN’s Japanese Parent Posts Record Profits… Again

7-Eleven – General Information & Discussions

7-ELEVEN: How the 7-Eleven Franchise Works

7-ELEVEN: Is 7-Eleven a Good Franchise to Own?

7-Eleven Franchise Lawsuit Documents

7-Eleven, Inc. v. Kapoor Brothers Inc. et al

7-Eleven, Inc. v. Khan et al (Complaint),Declaration by Tariq Khan

Atalla, Naik, Patel, Patel et al v. 7-Eleven, Inc., Seven-Eleven Japan, Seven and I Holdings Co. Ltd.

 

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7-ELEVEN Ordered to Disclose Franchisee Termination Plan (Project P)

March 17, 2015

Attorneys for 7-Eleven, Inc. have lost their battle to keep from disclosing internal documents regarding “Project P” (aka “Project Philly”), a controversial initiative to target and terminate multiple 7-Eleven franchise owners.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) 7-Eleven franchisees involved in three lawsuits against 7-Eleven, Inc. have won their bid to get access to internal documents and correspondence they believe will prove that they were victims of a malicious, orchestrated and unlawful plot by the franchisor to seize their stores and resell them for profit – a practice known as “churning.”

7-Eleven franchisees involved in three combined lawsuits (SAM YOUNES, et al., v. 7-ELEVEN, INC. ; 7-ELEVEN, v. KARAMJEET SODHI, et al.;  NEIL NAIK, et al.  v. 7-ELEVEN, INC.) being argued in U.S. District Court, Camden, NJ claim that they are victims of a predatory corporate initiative in which their franchise stores were unfairly seized for financial, political and racially discriminatory reasons.

Whistleblower and 7-Eleven insider Kurt McCord previously indicated, in a sworn certification, the existence of such a program:

7-Eleven, Inc. has designed and implemented a predatory program to increase corporate profits by unethically stealing the equity and goodwill of its franchisees. In some cases, these franchisees spent decades of hard work and financial investment building their businesses.

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7-Eleven’s scheme was to use its superior financial, legal, and corporate strength to seize the stores of profitable franchisees without providing them fair compensation for the years of goodwill they accumulated. The 7-Eleven Corporation would then resell those stores at an enormous profit.

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Using an internal team masquerading as an Asset Protection (Loss Prevention) Department, 7-Eleven set a yearly number of stores to take back, prioritizing locations in areas with the highest resale values or, in some cases, operated by respected franchisees who had spoken out about the corporate giant’s corrupt practices.

One part of the alleged internal initiative has come to be known as “Project P” or “Project Philly.”

In oral arguments on behalf of the 7-Eleven franchisees, attorneys from Marks & Klein argued that 7-Eleven should turn over all internal documents related to “Project P.”

Despite strenuous objections from 7-Eleven’s attorneys, Judge Joel Schneider agreed with Marks & Klein and issued this order:

O R D E R

 

The Court having heard oral argument on March 6, 2015 involving, inter alia, discovery disputes concerning the production of 7-Eleven’s documents; and the Court noting that the production of 7-Eleven’s “Project P” documents has been a continuing source of dispute in the case; and this Order further clarifying the Project P documents 7-Eleven must produce; and all references to “documents” in this Order intending to also refer to ESI; and for good cause shown,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED this 11th day of March, 2015, that 7- Eleven shall produce the “Project Philly” or “Project P” information and documents designated in this Order; and it is further

ORDERED that all references to Project Philly or Project P shall also include “Operation Philadelphia,” “Operation Take Back,” “Philadelphia Project,” “Operation P,” “Philly Project,” “Penn Jersey,” and what Mr. Sussman referred to as 7-Eleven’s “accountability project” or “accountability efforts.”  These references shall refer to the effort 7-Eleven apparently started in the 2011/2012 time frame to either terminate or take back franchises. These references shall also refer to what 7-Eleven refers to as the “staffing initiative” resulting from the anticipated termination of multiple franchise agreements following investigations for franchise fraud; and it is further ORDERED that 7-Eleven shall produce the following documents regarding Project P or Project Philly:

1. All Project P or Project Philly documents mentioning or referring to the franchisee parties in these cases or their stores;

2. All documents 7-Eleven relied upon to decide that Sodhi’s franchises should or might be terminated;

3. All documents 7-Eleven relied upon to list Younes and Atalla on P20, 22, 25, 26 and 33B;

4. All summaries, notes and minutes of meetings where Project P or Project Philly was addressed including, but not limited to, all PowerPoint presentations created for or shown at at the meetings;

5. All documents sent to or received from 7-Eleven’s Executive Committee regarding Project P or Project Philly; and

6. All documents regarding how and why 7-Eleven decided which stores to list on Exhibits P26 and 33B; and it is further

ORDERED that 7-Eleven’s document production shall include an affidavit from an authorized company representative attesting: (1) that to the best of the affiant’s knowledge all sources of information where responsive documents and ESI could reasonably be expected to be located were searched; (2) that all individuals who reasonably could be expected to possess or control documents responsive to this Order were contacted regarding the Order; and (3) that 7-Eleven’s search for documents responsive to this Order was reasonably designed and calculated to identify and locate responsive documents; and it is further

ORDERED that this Order does not excuse 7-Eleven from producing other relevant non-privileged documents requested by the franchisee parties or other responsive documents required to be produced pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) and 26(e). All alleged privileged documents shall be included on a privilege log; and it is further

ORDERED that all documents responsive to this Order shall be produced by April 1, 2015.

s/Joel Schneider JOEL SCHNEIDER

United States Magistrate Judge

Judge Schneider’s ORDER is a significant win for the franchisees, and the documents and correspondence related to “Project P” could provide clear evidence as to 7-Eleven, Inc.’s true motivation for selecting, targeting and terminating the franchisee stores that it has.

Read Judge Schneider’s Order in PDF form:  7-Eleven Project P Order.

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Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuits: VIKRAM BHALLA vs. 7- ELEVEN, INC.

March 17, 2015

In multiple franchise lawsuits, 7-Eleven, Inc. is accused of improperly and systematically seizing franchisee’s stores in order to resell them for profit and/or to oust influential franchisees they deem to be “pains in the ass.” 

7-Eleven, Inc. justifies store seizures by claiming fraudulent conduct and/or failure to meet net worth requirements of franchisees. 

In the newest civil action, attorneys for 16 year franchisee Vikram Bhalla try to stave off termination.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) 7-Eleven franchisee Vikram Bhalla has operated the Bayonne, NJ 7-11 store for the past 16 years.

Mr. Bhalla is trying to fight off termination (and seizure) of his franchise and loss of the goodwill he has built up over the past 16 years.

On March 9, 2015, attorney Jerry Marks of Marks & Klein filed this Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Order to Show Cause on behalf of Vikram Bhalla in US District Court for New Jersey.(Case 2:15-cv-01715-SDW-SCM)

Vikram Bhalla has been an active member in 7-Eleven franchisee associations.

Marks’ civil action claims that “between 2011 and 2013 7-Eleven, its corporate officers and asset protection personnel began compiling and maintaining a Richard Nixon style “Enemies or Hit List” of 160 to 170 franchisees (many of whom are franchisee association members) , who are being targeted for investigation and termination by 7-Eleven, purely in retaliation for their roles in various franchisee associations through the United States.”

It claims that Defendant 7-Eleven is attempting to terminate Bhalla’s Bayonne Location “without compensating Plaintiff , based upon faulty accounting, and without affording Plaintiff a fair opportunity to sell his franchise.”

Here is the document filed on behalf of Vikram Bhalla by Marks & Klein:

You can also view this document as a PDF:  VIKRAM BHALLA vs. 7- ELEVEN, INC. (PDF)

Source:  PACER database

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY

VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

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VIKRAM BHALLA, Plaintiff, vs. 7- ELEVEN, INC., Defendant.

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Plaintiff Vikram Bhalla by way of Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Defendant 7-Eleven, Inc. (“Defendant” or “7-Eleven”), state as follows:

SUMMARY OF THE ACTION

1. This is a case about a threatened franchise termination and retaliation by the franchisor 7-Eleven, Inc. against hardworking long-time franchisee Vikram Bhalla in violation of New Jersey statutory law.

2. This action also regards ?-Eleven’s failure and refusal to act in good faith and acknowledge the blatant errors and discrepancies contained in ?-Eleven’s accounting of Plaintiff franchise location pertaining to Plaintiff s franchise location, which 7-Eleven now uses to assert that Plaintiff is in breach of his franchise agreement.

3. Plaintiff seeks immediate injunctive and declaratory relief for 7-Eleven’s violations of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act (“NJFPA”), N J.S A. 56:10-1 , et seq, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, based upon Defendant 7-Eleven, Inc. (“7-Eleven “) threatened improper termination of Plaintiff’s franchise. Plaintiff seeks temporary restraints, preliminary and final injunctive relief to enjoin the threatened termination and further seek a formal accounting.

4. Defendant 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store chain in the world with more than 8,000 franchise locations in the United States and more than 50,000 locations worldwide. Defendant 7-Eleven’s stores are extended-hour retail stores that emphasize convenience to the customer and provide a wide variety of products to its customers including groceries, beverages , dairy products, lottery tickets and other non-food merchandise.

5. Plaintiff, in good faith, currently operates a 7-Eleven franchised store located in Bayonne, New Jersey for the past sixteen (16) years.

6. For the past sixteen years, Plaintiff has been an active and vocal member of the Metro NJ Franchise Owners Association (hereinafter “FOA”), an organization of current and operating New Jersey franchisees that has been instrumental in addressing various issues in the 7- Eleven franchise system.

7. Since 2012, 7-Eleven has become increasing aggressive and litigious in dealing with franchisees like Vikram Bhalla who are actively involved in franchise associations such as the FOA.

8. Plaintiff s involvement in the FOA, as both a member and an officer, is well known to 7-Eleven, its corporate representatives and its legal counsel. Plaintiff remains, to date, an active FOA member and regularly attends and participates in FOA meetings. One significant issue in which Plaintiff was directly involved was the removal of former Market Manager Jeff Reeder (“Reeder”) , due to his discriminatory and abusive conduct toward Indian and other South Asian franchisees.

9. Since 7-Eleven’s removal of Reeder due, in large part, to franchisee complaints and pressure exerted by the FOA, Plaintiff, amongst other franchisees, have been harassed and targeted. Other vocal FOA members, such as Karamjeet Sodhi, the current FOA President and multi-unit owner of six (6) successful 7-Eleven locations, have also been targeted and threatened with termination. Mr. Sodhi’s matter, captioned 7-Eleven Inc. v. Karamjeet Sodhi, et al. is currently pending in this District under Case No. 3:13-cv-3715.

10. Upon information and belief, between 201 1 and 2013 7-Eleven, its corporate officers and asset protection personnel began compiling and maintaining a Richard Nixon style “Enemies or Hit List” of 160 to 170 franchisees (many of whom are franchisee association members) , who are being targeted for investigation and termination by 7-Eleven, purely in retaliation for their roles in various franchisee associations through the United States. The Hit List was specifically compiled by Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven’s head of Asset Protection, supervised by 7- Eleven Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Darren Rebelez, with the knowledge and approval President Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joe DePinto.

11. Since June 2013, despite Plaintiff s continued efforts to resolve ongoing record- keeping discrepancies , 7-Eleven has advised Plaintiff verbally, and in writing, of its intent to terminate Plaintiff s franchise rights, divesting Plaintiff of both his status as a franchisee and the ability to obtain the goodwill value of their businesses.

12. 7-Eleven bases the threatened termination upon Plaintiff s alleged failure to adhere to 7-Eleven’s minimum “Net Worth” requirements , which are false and misleading and belied upon simple accounting discrepancies 7-Eleven chooses to ignore.

13. As set forth herein, this is the second time 7-Eleven has threatened such a termination , without good cause. 7-Eleven also attempted to terminate Plaintiff s locations, in part with respect to the “Net Worth” requirement, based upon errant financial information which was brought to 7-Eleven’s attention by Defendant 7-Eleven, in clear violation of the NJFPA , is attempting to once again terminate Plaintiff franchise on the basis erroneous financial information.

14. These claims are baseless and Plaintiff seek injunctive and declaratory relief and a formal accounting.

THE PARTIES

15. Plaintiff Vikram Bhalla is a resident of the State of New Jersey.

16. Defendant 7-Eleven, Inc. (“7-Eleven”) is a Texas Corporation with a principal place of business located at 2711 North Haskell Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204. 7-Eleven regularly does business in the State of New Jersey and sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over this entity.

VENUE AND JURISDICTION

17. This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391 as the parties are completely diverse in citizenship and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.

18. Venue is also proper in this jurisdiction as Plaintiff reside in this district and the subject matter of this lawsuit is located in this district.

FACTS COMMON TO ALL COUNTS

A. Background of Franchise Location

19. In or around June 1998, Plaintiff entered into his first 7-Eleven Franchise Agreement. On or about August 18, 2004 Plaintiff renewed his agreement and entered into a 15 year franchise agreement for the 7-Eleven franchise located at 765 Broadway , Bayonne, New Jersey (“Bayonne Franchise Agreement”) , which operates as store number 2412-32162A (“Bayonne Location”).

B. Original Net Worth Dispute

20. Plaintiff has previously had issues with Defendant 7-Eleven regarding 7-Eleven ‘s suggestion that the Bayonne Location ‘s net worth was not at the contractually-required level of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) (the “Minimum Net Worth”).

21. On or around June 25, 2013, 7-Eleven sent Plaintiff a Notice of Material Breach alleging that Plaintiff had failed to comply with the terms of his Agreement because his financial summaries reflected a Net Worth less than the Agreement’s required Minimum Net worth of $10,000 (the “June Notice”).

22. It is upon information and belief, the shortages were due to shortages found in Plaintiff s Lottery and Merchandise. Despite Plaintiff curing the defect alleged in the June Notice , Plaintiff continued to receive additional Notices of Material Breach for alleged Lottery shortages. Attached hereto as Exhibit A are true copies of the Notices of Material Breach.

23. With each Notice of Material Breach, Plaintiff cured each and raised the Store’s Minimum Net wo1ih by way of inputting his own personal funds.

24. On or around September 16, 2014, 7-Eleven conducted an audit at the Bayonne Location (the “September 16th Audit”). The shocking results of the September 16th Audit showed a Lottery shortage of $27, 818.84. Attached hereto as Exhibit B is a true copy of the September 16th Audit Reconciliation.

25. After receiving the September 16th Audit results, Plaintiff demanded that 7-Eleven conduct an additional audit. The results of the re-audit showed a $10,000 Lottery sho1iage greater than the September 16th Audit.

26. Notably , 7-Eleven did not, nor has not, offered an explanation as to what could have been causing such enormous variances and shortages at the Bayonne Location.

27. Plaintiff has, and continues to, dispute the accuracy and truth of any alleged violations, especially in light of the fact that 7-Eleven failed to apply tens of thousands of dollars in owed credits to Plaintiff’ franchise accounts.

28. Nevertheless, due to the continued threat of the issuance of a Notice of Default and their desire to continue operating their locations without 7-Eleven’s continued harassment and interruption, Plaintiff made a “required” equity payment to 7-Eleven in order to avoid default and termination proceedings; however, Plaintiff also reserved all rights for the associated credits.

C. Current “Net Worth” Dispute

29. Most recent, in January 2015, 7-Eleven once again approached Plaintiff regarding an alleged net worth deficit.

30. The Notice of Breach was premised upon similarly inaccurate financial information pertaining to the Bayonne Location’s alleged Lottery sho1iage.

31. The January Notice stated that 7-Eleven would agree to forego its right to terminate the Agreement, but only if Plaintiff entered into an Equity Building Budget Agreement, attached to the January Notice.

32. As such, in or around January 2015, Plaintiff and 7-Eleven entered into an Equity Building Budget Agreement which setup a structured payment plan for Plaintiff to pay back the Bayo1rne Location’s Net Worth shortages to 7-Eleven (the “Agreement”). According to the Agreement, Plaintiff was requi red to make monthly installment payments of $7,000 to 7-Eleven. Attached hereto as Exhibit C is a true copy of the Agreement.

33. Plaintiff should not once again be made to “cure” a material breach that does not exist in order to remain in the franchise system . Moreover, 7-Eleven’s continued neglect of relevant accounting issues ensures that this same issue will continue to arise in the future, unless it is immediately rectified. Moreover , if Plaintiff’s Location is terminated Plaintiff s employees will be out of work .

34. All the more troublesome, under the terms of the Agreement, should Plaintiff default, 7-Eleven , without any notice, may take back Plaintiff’s Bayonne Location .

35. If Defendant 7-Eleven is successful in terminating Plaintiff s Bayonne Location without compensating Plaintiff , based upon faulty accounting, and without affording Plaintiff a fair opportunity to sell his franchise, Plaintiff will be forced to forfeit the potential value and goodwill of their two 7-Eleven franchises, based solely upon 7-Eleven’s own accounting errors.

FIRST COUNT

(Declaratory and Injunctive Relief-Violation of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act, N.J.S.A. 56:10-1 et. seq.)

36. The allegations of the preceding paragraphs are hereby incorporated by reference herein.

37. Plaintiff is a franchisee as defined pursuant to N.J S.A. 56:10-3.

38. Defendant 7-Eleven is a franchisor as defined pursuant to N.J S.A. 56: 10-3.

39. Plaintiff reasonably relied upon the written and oral promises and representations of Defendant 7- Eleven, and was induced to expend substantial time, effort, and money in an on- going attempt to develop and operate the Bayonne Location in order to comply with Defendant ‘s rules and regulations.

40. . Now, Defendant is threatening, without demonstrating the requisite “good cause” to wrongfully terminate Plaintiff s Bayonne Franchise Agreement for the Bayonne Location without the requisite good cause, without providing proper notice under the NJFPA, and by creating unreasonable standards to cure any alleged default.

41. Defendant 7-Eleven failed to comply with the notice provisions of N.J S.A. 56:10-5 in that it failed to afford Plaintiff the time allotted under the statute to cure any alleged deficiencies, and is threatening to prematurely terminate Plaintiff s Bayonne Franchise Agreement.

42. 7-Eleven has also based its threat of termination upon incorrect calculations pertaining to the Bayonne Location ‘s Net Worth.

43. 7-Eleven also purports to have the right to usurp the operation of Plaintiff s location , deprive Plaintiff of his entire investment and to take-over franchise operations at the Bayonne Location without a Court Order.

44. Defendant ?-Eleven’s failure to provide proper notice of any default and failure to afford Plaintiff the ability to sell his location, and 7-Eleven’s abject refusal to make reasonable efforts to consider Plaintiff s ongoing contentions that its accounting department’s calculations are incorrect, which it is entitled to do, has created an unreasonable standard of performance in violation of N.J S.A. 56:10-7(e).

45. . Plaintiff therefore seeks equitable relief, full reimbursement of costs, and/or damages for wrongful termination , which have all and/or will irreparably damage Plaintiff, including, but not limited to the irreparable damage to Plaintiff s business reputation that Defendant 7-Eleven has caused by way of its false accusations of wrongdoing.

SECOND COUNT

(Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing)

46. The allegations of the proceeding paragraphs are hereby incorporated by reference herein.

47. The covenant of good faith and fair dealing is implied in every contract entered into

111 the State of New Jersey, including franchise agreements. Additionally , a franchisor ‘s affirmative obligations under the NJFPA incorporate the inherent contractual obligation that the franchisor acts in good faith. See Maple Shade Motor Corp. v. KIA Motors of Am., Inc. , 384 F. Supp. 2d 770, 774 n.4 (D.N.J . 2005)(district comi construed NJFPA, N J.S A. 56:10-1 et seq. and held that statutory requirement of “good cause” termination includes component of “good faith”).

48. Defendant 7-1 1 at all relevant times had the obligation to act in good faith in order to maximize the best interests of Plaintiff under the Franchise Agreements.

49. Defendant 7-11 has breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by and through numerous acts that have harmed Plaintiff’ ability to operate the Bayonne Location by and through the following conduct:

(a) Failing to provide Plaintiff the requisite 60 day notice and opportunity to cure any alleged default pursuant to N J.S A. 56: 10-5;

(b) Retaliating and harassing Plaintiff due to Plaintiff s role in the FOA; and,

(c) Refusing to address legitimate accounting challenges and alleged errors that are supported by empirical data.

50. As a direct and proximate result of Defendant ‘s repeated breaches of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, Plaintiff have sustained and continue to sustain substantial hardship and considerable monetary damages. Plaintiff herein seeks a declaration that Defendant has acted in bad faith in connection with its obligations under the franchise agreement(s).

PRAYER FOR RELIEF

Plaintiff Vikram Bhalla seek emergent relief against Defendant 7-Eleven by way of entry of an Order:

(a) Declaring and adjudging that the threatened termination of the Bayonne Location was made without the requisite “good cause” required by the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act, NJFPA 56:8-10

(b) Temporarily restraining , preliminarily and permanently enjoining the January 21 , 2015 threatened termination of the Bayonne Location ;

(c) Requiring that Defendant 7-Eleven provide a formal and complete accounting to Plaintiff of all sales, revenues , fees received for the Bayonne Location , along with all credits due and owing to Plaintiff.

(d) Compensatory Damages for overcharges and unpaid credits;

(e) Consequential damages;

(f) Attorneys’ fees and costs of suit; and,

(g) Any other relief this Court deems equitable and just.

JURY DEMAND

Plaintiff hereby demand trial by jury of all issues so triable.

DESIGNATION OF TRIAL COUNSEL

Gerald A. Marks, Esq., is hereby designated as trial counsel for Plaintiff

Dated: March 3, 2015

MARKS & KLEIN, LLP

Attorneys for Plaintiff

 

 

Isl Gerald A. Marks . Esq.

Gerald A. Marks, Esq. 63 Riverside Avenue Red Bank, N.J. 07701 Tel: (732) 747-7100

Fax: (732) 219-0625

VERIFICATION OF VIKRAM BHALLA

I, Vikram Bhalla, a named Plaintiff in this matter, have read the contents of the above Verified Complaint and hereby verify, under penalty of perjury, that the allegations set forth therein are true and accurate, to the best of my knowledge.

Executed this 26th day of February, 2015.

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Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

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7-ELEVEN SlurpeeGate: Did NCASEF Board Members Cut Secret Deals With CEO Joe DePinto?

February 18, 2015

We’re dubbing it SlurpeeGate:  An anonymous 7-11 Insider has alleged that some members of the NCASEF national franchisee association “sold out” their fellow franchisees and “dismantled” a planned protest in exchange for personal financial and political favors from CEO Joe DePinto.  Neither the Board members nor association counsel Eric Karp have responded to requests for comment on the disturbing allegations.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) The SlurpeeGate saga began last weekend when Eric Karp, General Counsel of the national 7-Eleven franchisee association NCASEF, felt that it was so urgent that UnhappyFranchisee.Com retract an allegation that NCASEF board members had anything to do with picketing a corporate event at the MGM Grand that he came in on Valentine’s Day – a Saturday – to send us a threat that we must change it – or else.

Mr. Karp’s urgency to clarify the Board members’ roles in the protest seemed to disappear when UnhappyFranchisee.Com asked him to address unconfirmed allegations that some NCASEF Board members struck secret deals with CEO Joe DePinto to dismantle the protest – and that Eric Karp’s weekend letter was sent to ease DePinto’s ire at the protest proceeding despite the secret deals.

UnhappyFranchisee.Com has sent two letters and three emails to Mr. Karp this week requesting a response to the allegations.

We sent emails to every Board member asking for confirmation or denial of the allegations.

We published multiple posts on the potential scandal – each one ending with an invitation to confirm or refute the SlurpeeGate allegations.

We have not received a single response.

If untrue, how hard is it to say these allegations are unfounded?

If Mr. Karp feels clarification of the Board’s role in the protest is so urgent, why no response?

Was the WiFi not working at the Hilton Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – where the board was meeting this week?

You can read the entire message we received with the “711 Gal”  SlurpeeGate allegations here: 7-ELEVEN: Have NCASEF Board Members “Sold Out” 7-11 Franchisees?

Here is the latest letter we sent to Mr. Karp, which includes a summary of the SlurpeeGate allegations:

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Eric H. Karp

General Counsel, NCASEF

WITMER, KARP, WARNER & RYAN LLP

Counsellors at Law

22 Batterymarch Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02109

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February 16, 2015

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Dear Mr. Karp:

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7-Eleven SlurpeeGateUnhappyFranchisee.Com has received more serious allegations regarding possible actions by certain NACSEF Board members.

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We have cautioned our readers to reserve judgement until all parties have a chance to respond to and/or refute these allegations.

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I wanted to provide you and the Board members in question an opportunity to address this 3rd party’s allegations as soon as possible. You and the members in question may provide a response via email to UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com or by posting a comment to the site.

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I will make sure your responses are posted to the site promptly.

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You can read 711 Gal’s full statement here:

http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/7-eleven-ncasef-board-members-sold-7-11-franchisees/

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Here is a snapshot of 711 Gal’s allegations

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7Eleven Gal alleges that these NACSEF Board members made side deals with Joe DePinto prior to “dismantling” the franchisee protest:

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Chairman Joe Galea: 7Eleven Gal alleges that Joe DePinto agreed to make Joe Galea part of the CEO round table and all committees in existence between Franchisees and 7-Eleven Inc.  DePinto also agreed to attend his National Board meeting in Florida on February 17, 2015.

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Vice Chairman Jas Dhillon: 7Eleven Gal alleges that Joe DePinto forgave Jas Dhillon & members of the Greater Los Angeles Franchisee Owner Association $1.5M for accounts not properly reported at the store level to 7-Eleven.

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Executive Vice Chairman Jivtesh Gill: 7Eleven Gal alleges that Joe DePinto agreed to make Jivtesh Gill part of the CEO Round Table and be granted two more 7-Eleven franchisees for himself.

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Vice Chairman Serge Haitayan: 7Eleven Gal alleges that Joe DePinto agreed to make Serge Haitayan part of the CEO Round Table.

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7Eleven Gal also contends that Jas Dhillon conspired with Kathy York, President of Greater Los Angeles Franchisee Owner Association, to throw three fellow franchisees “under the bus.”

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GLAFOA President Kathy York: 7Eleven Gal alleges that Ms. York provided 7-Eleven management with “phony” documents to connect fellow franchisees Andy Khan, Jaspreet Dhillon and Navdeep Bassi to the protest.

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NACSEF General Counsel Eric Karp: 7Eleven Gal wrote “Once the protest was over and Joe DePinto was mad as hell wanted to know why the protest still went on after all the wheeling and dealing. At that time Eric Karp the Attorney of National Franchisee owners association wrote a letter to clear the role of National Owner Association its executive board and it’s involvement in the protest.”

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While 711 Gal doesn’t expressly state that you were necessarily aware of these alleged deals between board members and CEO DePinto, it seems strongly implied. Perhaps you could address that issue as well. The unnecessarily threatening tone of your letter to me on Saturday left me with the distinct impression that it was designed to appease someone at 7-Eleven, Inc., perhaps 7-Eleven, Inc. I truly hope it turns out that that was not the case.

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As an experienced attorney, I’m sure you’ll recognize that I have made a great effort to point out that 711 Gal’s statements (as far as we are concerned) remain unverified allegations, subject to further scrutiny.

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I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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All the best,

ADMIN

UnhappyFranchisee.Com

Chronology of SlurpeeGate-Related Posts

Here is a chronological list of recent SlurpeeGate posts.

2/12/15:  We posted protest pictures and a franchisee account that alleged that the NCASEF board was an integral part of the protest planning:

7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

2/14/15:  We posted NACSEF counsel Eric Karp’s threatening letter saying the Board had nothing to do with planning the protest:

7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

2/14/15:  We posted a new anonymous franchisee message refuting Eric Karp’s version of events:

7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas?

2/15/15:  We asked Eric Karp to respond to a detailed statement that challenged his account of events.  We got no response:

7-ELEVEN: Unhappy Franchisee Response Letter to NCASEF General Counsel

2/16/15:  We posted SlurpeeGate Allegations received from “711 Gal”:

7-ELEVEN: Have NCASEF Board Members “Sold Out” 7-11 Franchisees?

2/18/15:  Not having received a response, we posted the UnhappyFranchisee.Com letter  sent to Eric Karp 2/16/15.

ALSO READ:

Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

FRANCHISE DISCUSSIONS by Company

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE 7-ELEVEN SLURPEEGATE ALLEGATIONS? WHAT DO YOU THINK?  SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

Contact UnhappyFranchisee.com

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7-ELEVEN: Have NCASEF Board Members “Sold Out” 7-11 Franchisees?

February 16, 2015

Anonymous commenter 7Eleven Gal claims that several individual NCASEF board members “sold out” the franchisees they represent by agreeing to abort a planned protest in exchange for self-serving, special treatment from CEO Joe DePinto.  UnhappyFranchisee.Com doesn’t know if the allegations are true, and is reaching out to the individual Board members and the NCASEF for confirmation or denial.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com)  Weeks prior to the February 10-13 “7-Eleven Experience”  franchisee convention, UnhappyFranchisee.Com had been notified that a large-scale franchisee protest was to take place at the corporate-sponsored event in Las Vegas.  The protest was to be much larger than protests in the past, as all the NCASEF Board members (we were told) were to be involved and were mobilizing members.

The purpose of the protest was to put pressure on CEO Joe DePinto to address a number of issues that adversely affect all 7-Eleven franchisees.  Franchisees were excited to show their solidarity to the ultra-powerful CEO and the massive corporation that, in many ways, controls their fates.

The day of the protest, we received photographs of only a small (but passionate) group of protesters that was a fraction of what we had been told to expect.   While the small group still made its message heard, some participants communicated that they had been “betrayed” and “abandoned” by their fellow franchisees who pulled out at the last minute.

Last night, an anonymous commenter using the name 7Eleven Gal posted an unconfirmed account of the kind of behind-the-scenes deal-making one would see on House of Cards.

According to 7Eleven Gal, several NCASEF Board members agreed to “dismantle the protest” in exchange for individual, secret financial and political perks.

7Eleven Gal states “The National Executive Board has sold their own franchisees for their own self greed and personal gains.”

7Eleven Gal’s statement is posted below.  A reminder:  The accuracy of these serious allegations has not been established.  We would caution readers to withhold judgement until Mssrs. Dhillon, Galea, Gill, Haitayan and Ms. York have the opportunity to tell their version of what took place prior to the franchisee protest.

7Eleven Gal Claims NCASEF Board Sold Out to Joe DePinto

Early morning, 2/16/15, 7Eleven Gal posted:

National 7-Eleven Franchisee owner Association Executive Board sells out.

The inside deal and the story.

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On February 04-2015 the Executive Board of the National had a meeting with Joe DePinto the CEO of 7-Eleven Inc in Dallas Texas. Before the meeting a few item were decided between 7-Eleven inc and a few members of the Executive board of National owners association.

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Jas Dhillon Vice Chairman, had asked for Joe DePinto to forgo mark-ups for him and his friends in Greater Los Angeles Franchisee Owner Association. These mark-ups were given by Asset Protection department of 7-Eleven in the amount of around one and a half million dollars for accounts not properly reported at the store level to 7-Eleven. If CEO would drop the markup’s Jas Dhillon would have National drop the idea of the protest at MGM. The CEO agreed to the deal and dropped one and a half million dollars mark-ups for Jas Dhillon and his fellow friends in Greater Los Angeles owners association.

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Joe Galea the Chairman of National Franchisee Owners association asked to be made part of the CEO round table and all committees in existence between Franchisees and 7-Eleven Inc. He also wanted the CEO to attend his National Board up coming meeting in Florida on Feb-17-2015. The deal was granted.

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Jivtesh Gill Executive Vice Chairman, wanted to be made part of the CEO Round Table and two more 7-Eleven franchisees for himself. The deal was granted.

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Serge Haitayan Vice Chairman, wanted to be made part of the CEO Round Table.

Deal was granted.

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The above mentioned Executive members after receiving there deals decided to dismantle the protest as they had planned at MGM and give-up any ownership of the protest.

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First Jas Dhillon announced to all that his uncle had passed away in India and he will be leaving for India and not attend the MGM event. Second Jas Dhillon conspired to send Kathy York the President of Greater Los Angeles Franchisee Owner Association to 7-Eleven management naming a few franchisees that they are working to hold a protest at the MGM and not National or anyone else. The names she gave to 7-Eleven management were Andy Khan Past President and Chairman of 7-Eleven Political Action Committee, Jaspreet Dhillon President of 7-Eleven Political Action Committee and Navdeep Bassi past President of 7-Eleven Political Action Committee.

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Kathy York also provided documents which were phony and made up to connect them all to the protest (throwing them under the bus).

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On the day of the protest one member of the Executive Board did attend the protest and that was Hashim Syed from Chicago area.

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Once the protest was over and Joe DePinto was mad as hell wanted to know why the protest still went on after all the wheeling and dealing. At that time Eric Karp the Attorney of National Franchisee owners association wrote a letter to clear the role of National Owner Association its executive board and it’s involvement in the protest.

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The National Executive Board has sold their own franchisees for their own self greed and personal gains.

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Thanks to UNHAPPY FRANCHISEE which has now become the true forum for the franchisees and the true voice of the franchisees.

We Will Publish Rebuttals & Refutations as We Receive Them

As detailed and compelling as 7Eleven Gal’s account seems to be, UnhappyFranchisee.Com believes one should withhold judgement until all parties involved have a chance to state their versions of events.

We invite all parties involved to provide us with rebuttals, corrections, clarifications or other statements which we will publish in a timely manner.  This offer extends, as always, to franchisees, franchisee associations, 7-Eleven, Inc. and CEO Joe DePinto.  All are invited to comment below, or to email in confidence to UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com.

Prior to the posting of 7Eleven Gal’s message, NCASEF General Counsel Eric Karp sent a letter to UnhappyFranchisee.com claiming that the Association’s leaders did not initiate the planning of the protest  and never voted for nor endorsed a protest.

What do you think?  Share a comment below.

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas?

7-ELEVEN: Unhappy Franchisee Response Letter to NCASEF General Counsel

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7-ELEVEN: Unhappy Franchisee Response Letter to NCASEF General Counsel

February 15, 2015

A 7-Eleven franchise insider claims Board members of the national 7-Eleven franchisee association (NCASEF) were an integral part of planning last week’s franchise protest in Las Vegas. 

NCASEF General Counsel Eric Karp vehemently denies that Board members or Executive Directors endorsed the protest. 

UnhappyFranchisee.com asks for his help sorting out conflicting accounts.

General Counsel for The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) called a franchisee insider’s contention that its Board members initiated the protest of the 7-Eleven Experience event in Las Vegas “grossly inaccurate.”

You can read Mr. Karp’s letter here:  NCASEF Letter to UnhappyFranchisee.Com

Here is our response, and our request for his help getting to the truth in this matter.

 

 

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Eric H. Karp

General Counsel, NCASEF

WITMER, KARP, WARNER & RYAN LLP

Counsellors at Law

22 Batterymarch Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02109

 

February 15, 2015

Dear Mr. Karp:

Thanks for your letter of February 14, 2015.   At UnhappyFranchisee.Com, our goal is to provide all of those involved with a given issue or dispute the opportunity to express their viewpoints and let our readers make up their own minds. We have an open policy of inviting any person, group or company (including 7-Eleven, Inc. and NCASEF) discussed on the site to provide rebuttals, clarifications, corrections, or other statements for us to publish with the same prominence as the original content. In addition, each of our posts has a comment section at the bottom which affords everyone an immediate chance to set the record straight – regardless of their viewpoint.

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Upon receiving your letter, we immediately incorporated your objections to “Franchisee Insider”s statements alongside the original statements you claim are incorrect:

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/7-eleven-franchise-experience-protest-update-photos/

We also immediately posted your letter in its entirety, here:

7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/7-eleven-ncasef-letter-re-franchisee-protest-vegas/

We then received a 2nd message from the anonymous “Franchisee Insider” that disputes the accuracy of your statements. We have posted that message here:

7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas?

http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/7-eleven-ncasef-franchise-protest/

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Additional Clarification Requested

We would appreciate the NCASEF’s help reconciling the conflicting accounts of its role and/or the role of its individual Board members (if any) in planning the franchisee protest that took place at the 7-Eleven Experience event in Las Vegas last week.

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Regarding Board members’ participation in the January 20, 2015 planning meeting, you stated “the Board was not present.”

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“Franchisee Insider” states that Board Members “Joe Galea, Chairman, Jivtesh Gill, Executive Vice Chairman, Serge Haitayan, Vice Chairman, Ken Patel representing Hashim Syed, Vice Chairman, Jas Dhillion, Vice Chairman, Maninder Walia, Treasurer” participated in the January 20th meeting.

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Question: Does the NCASEF deny that these Board members were present at this meeting?

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Regarding the Executive Officers’ participation in protest plans, you stated “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided or voted to hold, participate in or endorse any such protest rally.”

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“Franchise Insider” states ““Executive officers present decided after much debate and discussion that Joe DePinto CEO 7-Eleven has failed to solve any of their five issues that they had given to him and all they were receiving ‘was lip service’. Executive Officers decided to hold a protest at the 7-Eleven Experience 2015 at the MGM Grand. All Executive board members were to take part in the protest.”

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Question: Has the NCASEF substantiated that its Executive Officers did not decide to hold a protest 7-Eleven Experience 2015 at the MGM Grand, as “Franchise Insider” contends? What is the basis of that contention?

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Regarding NCASEF Executive Officers allegedly notifying 7-Eleven, Inc. of a possible protest, you stated “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition informed Joe DePinto or any other 7-Eleven executive that the National Coalition had voted to hold, participate in or endorse any protest rally.”

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“Franchisee Insider” states that Executive Officers informed a 7-Eleven Senior VP of the protest plans: “The Executive Officers decision to hold a protest was conveyed to 7-Eleven in a conference call. President of the Chicago FOA Ken Patel set up a conference call for 1:30pm on January 20th, 2015 between Jeff Schenck 7-Eleven Senior Vice President of Franchising and the Executive officers… We will hold a protest at 7-Eleven Experience is the message that was given to Jeff Schenck.”

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“Franchisee Insider” also states: “After the call it was decided by 7-Eleven for the National Executive officers to hold a meeting with the CEO of 7-Eleven on Feb-04-2015 in Dallas TX… Present at the Dallas meeting was Joe Galea, Chairman, Jivtesh Gill, Executive Vice Chairman, Serge Haitayan, Vice Chairman, Hashim Syed, Vice Chairman, Jas Dhillon, Vice Chairman, Maninder Walia, Treasurer.

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“During the meeting with the CEO in Dallas on Feb-04-2015 much was discussed and nothing was resolved… The Executive team left Dallas empty handed and their decision to go on with their original plans [to hold the protest].”

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Question: Does the NCASEF deny that 5 top Board members participated in a conference call in which a 7-Eleven Senior VP was informed of their intention to protest at the 7-Eleven Experience? Does the NCASEF deny that 6 top Board members had an unfruitful meeting with Joe DePinto on February 4th, and left there with plans to protest at the 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas?

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One last question: Even if it disagrees with the tactics involved, does the NCASEF support the right of its franchisee members to express their views, frustration and opposition to 7-Eleven, Inc. store seizures through public protest?

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Mr. Karp, we are aware of your solid reputation in the franchise experience, and your extensive experience representing franchisee associations. We appreciate your and the NCASEF’s advocacy for the welfare of 7-Eleven franchisees. It’s obviously no small task.

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Thank you for working with us to sort through these conflicting reports and, hopefully, getting to the truth.

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Very truly yours,

ADMIN

UnhappyFranchisee.Com

What do you think about the NCASEF’s contention that it and its Executive Officers did not endorse or participate in protest plans?

Do you think the association should support 7-Eleven franchisees right to protest, even if it does not agree with that tactic?

Share a comment below.

ALSO READ:

Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Protest 2015 “7-Eleven Experience” [PHOTOS]

7-Eleven Franchise, CEO Joe DePinto Under Fire by Angry Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Exploitation of 7-11 Franchise Owners

FRANCHISE DISCUSSIONS by Company

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISE? IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISEES TO PROTEST AT THE CONVENTION?  SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

Contact UnhappyFranchisee.com

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7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas?

February 14, 2015

General Counsel of the National 7-Eleven Franchisee Association claims its Executive Officers did not vote for or endorse a franchisee protest at the company convention in Las Vegas, nor did they warn CEO Joe DePinto or 7-11 execs that they intended to protest.  An anonymous franchisee insider claims the association’s Executive Officers were an integral part of the protest plans, that they notified a company executive via conference call and delivered the ultimatum to DePinto in person. 

Why the conflicting accounts? Who is telling the truth?

It’s Valentine’s Day, but the 7-Eleven franchisees involved with the Las Vegas protests of alleged franchisor discrimination and illegal store seizures ain’t feeling the love from their National Association.

February 12th:  UnhappyFranchisee.Com received and published a statement from a franchisee insider  that stated “The National Franchisee board decided to hold a protest rally at 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada on February 11-2015.  The National Franchisee Board also brought this information to the attention of 7-Eleven executive team and CEO Joe DePinto…”

Read the February 12 post here:  7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

7-Eleven FranchiseFebruary 14th:  UnhappyFranchisee.Com received a letter from Eric H. Karp, General Counsel for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), stating that the message we received and posted  contained a “number of grossly inaccurate statements about the National Coalition.”

Karp’s letter stated: “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided to hold a protest rally at the recent 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada.  Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided or voted to hold, participate in or endorse any such protest rally.

“Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition informed Joe DePinto or any other 7-Eleven executive that the National Coalition had voted to hold, participate in or endorse any protest rally.”

Mr. Karp demanded that we retract the “gross misstatements” or UnhappyFranchisee.com will be held responsible (yikes!).

Read Mr. Karp’s Valentine’s Day letter here:  7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

February 14th: After posting Mr. Karp’s letter, we received a follow-up statement from the anonymous 7-Eleven franchisee insider.  He seems to be claiming that NCASEF Executive Officers were integrally involved with the formation of the planned protest, and had warned a 7-Eleven executive and CEO DePinto of the possible protest both by phone and in-person.

7-Eleven Franchisee Insider Claims NCASEF Officers Were Integral in Protest Plans

UnhappyFranchisee.Com received the following statement from “7-Eleven Franchisee Insider,” who stated “I was given these detailed accounts by Presidents of the FOA’s and are true facts of Jan -20-2015 as stated.  I stand behind these statements that I was given.”

The statement reads:

Subject: accounts of Executive officers to hold protest

Executive Officers of 7-Eleven National on 20 January in Pechanga held a meeting. National 7-Eleven officers present were, Joe Galea, Chairman, Jivtesh Gill, Executive Vice Chairman, Serge Haitayan, Vice Chairman, Ken Patel representing Hashim Syed, Vice Chairman, Jas Dhillion, Vice Chairman, Maninder Walia, Treasurer.

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Executive officers present decided after much debate and discussion that Joe DePinto CEO 7-Eleven has failed to solve any of their five issues that they had given to him and all they were receiving “was lip service”. Executive Officers decided to hold a protest at the 7-Eleven Experience 2015 at the MGM Grand. All Executive board members were to take part in the protest.

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The Executive Officers decision to hold a protest was conveyed to 7-Eleven in a conference call.

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President of the Chicago FOA Ken Patel set up a conference call for 1:30pm on January 20th, 2015 between Jeff Schenck 7-Eleven Senior Vice President of Franchising and the Executive officers all present except Hashim Syed who was visiting Pakistan.

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The call which took place at 1:30pm PST January 20th 2015 was between 7-Eleven Inc and National Executive Officers:

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Ken Patel put the call on speaker phone for all Executive Officers to listen and speak. Jeff Schenck was told by by Executive Officers that the CEO Joe DePinto has failed to respond to any of the points that were given to him by the 7-Eleven National Franchisee Association. It has been a “lip service” from 7-Eleven and the CEO to address our issues which remain standing. We will hold a protest at 7-Eleven Experience is the message that was given to Jeff Schenck.

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After the call it was decided by 7-Eleven for the National Executive officers to hold a meeting with the CEO of 7-Eleven on Feb-04-2015 in Dallas TX.

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Before the meeting the Executive officers met in Dallas and discussed that if the CEO works and accepts any  two issues out of the original five of their issues they would call off the protest.

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Present at the Dallas meeting was Joe Galea, Chairman, Jivtesh Gill, Executive Vice Chairman, Serge Haitayan, Vice Chairman, Hashim Syed, Vice Chairman, Jas Dhillion, Vice Chairman, Maninder Walia, Treasurer.

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During the meeting with the CEO in Dallas on Feb-04-2015 much was discussed and nothing was resolved (except on the low volume store issue the CEO said he will at the 7-Eleven Experience disclose the policy).

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The Executive team left Dallas empty handed and their decision to go on with their original plans.

Why Isn’t the NCASEF Supporting Franchisee Protesters?

February 15, 2015:  UnhappyFranchisee.Com responded to Mr. Karp’s letter and asked for substantiation of his claims:

7-ELEVEN: Unhappy Franchisee Response Letter to NCASEF General Counsel

UnhappyFranchisee.com has several questions for Mr. Karp and the NCASEF leadership.

We ask him to explain the conflicting accounts between his version and the much-more detailed version provided by Franchisee Insider.

We also wonder, even if the NCASEF was not the driving force behind the Las Vegas protest – or if its officers had a change of heart at the last minute – why not express support for its members who chose to exercise their right to speak out about the issues I assume NCASEF itself has raised with Mr. DePinto?  Their website states “NCASEF’s goal to represent the interests of franchisees.”  Aren’t those interests best served when a national franchisee association supports its franchisees – even if it disagrees with their tactics?

NCASEFThird, on a personal note, we wonder why would the General Counsel of the NCASEF send a threatening letter to a website that clearly is sympathetic to the challenges facing its franchisees, one that has called for fair treatment of 7-Eleven franchise owners on multiple occasions?

The heavy-handed, unnecessary threat in Karp’s letter (“We demand that www.unhappyfranchisee.com  retract that portion of the article quoted above, failing which we will hold you and unhappyfranchisee.com responsible for any damages caused by these gross misstatements.”) is the kind of thing we would expect from an association representing a particularly vindictive franchisor, not something we would expect from fellow advocates for franchisees.

We hope that Mr. Karp and the NCASEF leadership will address these questions fully and directly.

We invite all involved to share their opinions and insights into these important issues with a comment below.

ALSO READ:

Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Protest 2015 “7-Eleven Experience” [PHOTOS]

7-ELEVEN Covering Up Illegal Plot to Purge Indian Franchisees, says Attorney

7-Eleven Franchise, CEO Joe DePinto Under Fire by Angry Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Exploitation of 7-11 Franchise Owners

FRANCHISE DISCUSSIONS by Company

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISE? IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISEES TO PROTEST AT THE CONVENTION?  SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

Contact UnhappyFranchisee.com

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7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

February 14, 2015

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has sent a letter to UnhappyFranchisee.Com stating that its Board neither voted for nor endorsed the franchisee protest at the 7-Eleven Experience event in Las Vegas, as was stated in a published message submitted by a protester.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com)   On Saturday, February 14, 2015, UnhappyFranchisee.Com received a sharply worded letter from Eric H. Karp, General Counsel for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) stating that a 7-11 protest update we received and posted (verbatim) contained a “number of grossly inaccurate statements about the National Coalition.”

The letter referred to a franchisee update quoted in our post entitled 7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED].

NCASEFAccording to Mr. Karp’s letter, the update incorrectly stated that the NCASEF National Board decided to hold a protest rally at the 7-Eleven Experience event on February 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, and that the Board informed 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto of their intentions.

According to Mr. Karp, “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided or voted to hold, participate in or endorse any such protest rally.”

UnhappyFranchisee.Com revised the original post to include the NCASEF’s “corrections.”

Mr. Karp’s letter is posted below.

WITMER, KARP, WARNER & RYAN LLP

Counsellors at Law

22 Batterymarch Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02109

February 14, 2015

Sean Kelly, Publisher

UnhappyFranchisee.com

 

Dear Mr. Kelly:

We are General Counsel to the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (the “National Coalition”). We write to you regarding the article with accompanying photographs of protests at the 7-Eleven Experience currently posted on www.unhappyfranchisee.com. This posting contains a number of grossly inaccurate statements about the National Coalition.

The article states in part:
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7-Eleven National Board held a meeting in Pechanga California on Jan. 20th 2015. The National Franchisee board decided to hold a protest rally at 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada on February 11-2015. The National Franchisee Board also brought this information to the attention of 7-Eleven executive team and CEO Joe DePinto that they plan to hold a protest rally at the MGM Grand during the 7-Eleven Experience.

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The statement above is not accurate in the following ways:

  • It was the Executive Officers and not the Board of the National Coalition that met on January 20, 2105 for a planning meeting; the Board was not present.
  • Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided to hold a protest rally at the recent 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada.
  • Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided or voted to hold, participate in or endorse any such protest rally.
  • Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition informed Joe DePinto or any other 7-Eleven executive that the National Coalition had voted to hold, participate in or endorse any protest rally.

We demand that www.unhappyfranchisee.com  retract that portion of the article quoted above, failing which we will hold you and unhappyfranchisee.com responsible for any damages caused by these gross misstatements.  Please be governed accordingly.

Very truly yours,

Eric H. Karp

We thank Mr. Karp for his clarification, and forgive him for closing with the obligatory (and baseless) attorney threat.  While the NCASEF can hold us or anyone they like “accountable” for 3rd party content likely provided by one of its own members, courts protect publishers such as UnhappyFranchisee.Com under Section 230 of the Civil Code.

However, we support franchisee advocacy efforts by the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees and its regional Franchise Owners Associations, and invite them to submit further updates of their efforts to protect the welfare and investments of the 7-Eleven franchise owners they represent.

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Experience Protest Update and Photos [UPDATED]

February 12, 2015

7-Eleven franchisee protesters who picketed the company’s “7-Eleven Experience” event have provided UnhappyFranchisee.Com with an update and photos from Las Vegas.  7-Eleven, Inc. franchisees are protesting alleged discriminatory practices and unfair franchise terminations.  First updates from 2/14/15 are in red.  Second updates from 2/14/15 are in dark green.

Note:  This post has prompted a heated debate on the role the 7-Eleven national franchisee association did or didn’t play in the planning of the Vegas protest.  You may also want to read the related posts:

7-ELEVEN: NCASEF Letter re Franchisee Protest in Vegas

7-ELEVEN: Did NCASEF Initiate the 7-11 Franchisee Protest in Vegas?

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com)  7-Eleven, Inc. CEO Joe DePinto stated that the 2015 7-Eleven Experience at the  MGM Grand is an event where franchisees can provide feedback and share what’s on their minds.

7-Eleven franchisees, many of whom are engaged in bitter litigation with the Japanese-owned franchisor, may have provided Joe with more feedback than he bargained for.

A 7-Eleven franchisee insider provided us with and update (black type) and photos (below) from Las Vegas.

On Saturday, February 14, 2015, UnhappyFranchisee.Com received a letter from Eric H. Karp, General Counsel for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) stating that the message we received and posted (verbatim) contained a “number of grossly inaccurate statements about the National Coalition.” 

We have inserted the NCASEF’s statements in red below.

7-Eleven Franchisee Insider’s reply to Mr. Karp’s assertions are in dark green:

7-Eleven National Board held a meeting in Pechanga California on Jan. 20th 2015.

NCASEF States: “It was the Executive Officers and not the Board of the National Coalition that met on January 20, 2015 for a planning meeting; the Board was not present.”

Franchisee Insider contends that Board Members Joe Galea, Jivtesh Gill, Serge Haitayan, Jas Dhillon, Maninder Walia, and Ken Patel (representing Hashim Syed) were in attendance.

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The National Franchisee board decided to hold a protest rally at 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada on February 11-2015.

NCASEF States:  “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided to hold a protest rally at the recent 7-Eleven Experience in Las Vegas Nevada.  Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition decided or voted to hold, participate in or endorse any such protest rally.”

Franchisee Insider states:  “Executive officers present decided after much debate and discussion that Joe DePinto CEO 7-Eleven has failed to solve any of their five issues that they had given to him and all they were receiving “was lip service”. Executive Officers decided to hold a protest at the 7-Eleven Experience 2015 at the MGM Grand. All Executive board members were to take part in the protest.”

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The National Franchisee Board also brought this information to the attention of 7-Eleven executive team and CEO Joe DePinto that they plan to hold a protest rally at the MGM Grand during the 7-Eleven Experience.

NCASEF States: “Neither the Executive Officers nor the Board of the National Coalition informed Joe DePinto or any other 7-Eleven executive that the National Coalition had voted to hold, participate in or endorse any protest rally.”

Franchisee Insider states:  “The Executive Officers decision to hold a protest was conveyed to 7-Eleven in a conference call.
President of the Chicago FOA Ken Patel set up a conference call for 1:30pm on January 20th, 2015 between Jeff Schenck 7-Eleven Senior Vice President of Franchising and the Executive officers…  We will hold a protest at 7-Eleven Experience is the message that was given to Jeff Schenck.”

Franchisee Insider states: “After the call it was decided by 7-Eleven for the National Executive officers to hold a meeting with the CEO of 7-Eleven on Feb-04-2015 in Dallas TX…
“Present at the Dallas meeting was Joe Galea, Chairman, Jivtesh Gill, Executive Vice Chairman, Serge Haitayan, Vice Chairman, Hashim Syed, Vice Chairman, Jas Dhillon, Vice Chairman, Maninder Walia, Treasurer.
“During the meeting with the CEO in Dallas on Feb-04-2015 much was discussed and nothing was resolved… The Executive team left Dallas empty handed and their decision to go on with their original plans [to hold the protest].”

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Yesterday, February 10th, more than three hundred 7-Eleven franchisees came together to participate in a discussion to express their concerns over recent discoveries of certifications by 7-Eleven employees that have become public.  Franchisee concerns of 7-Eleven management as to churning of their stores and discrimination.

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7-Eleven Experience 2015The franchisees also discussed latest news items of discrimination towards South Asian franchisees by 7-Eleven management.

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Andy Khan and Karamjeet Sodhi discussed with the group how they were not allowed to attend the 7-Eleven Experience 2015, even though their franchisee contract says 7-Eleven will provide ongoing training to operate their 7-Eleven franchises and other 7-Eleven franchisees who had not registered for the Experience and it’s workshops or failed to register were allowed to attend.

It was a deliberate act by the CEO Joe DePinto to keep Andy Khan and Karmajeet Sodhi out of the 7-Eleven Experience to make an example for other franchisees that they could be subjected to the same isolation if they make any moves not approved by 7-Eleven or the CEO of 7-Eleven.

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The franchisees also distributed hundreds of t-shirts with slogans showing their concerns to wear and take back to their stores for employees to wear to spread the message nation wide as to 7-Eleven taking away their profits and livelihood. As Joe DePinto spoke on February 11th addressing the franchisees and 7-Eleven employees, many franchisee wore  red color t-shirts with slogans expressing and voicing their concerns as they attended the event. A large number of 7-Eleven franchisees stood outside MGM Casino protesting.

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The 7-Eleven franchisees have started a no confidence petition in Joe DePinto to lead 7-Eleven as CEO of 7-Eleven. Today, February 11th 7-Eleven franchisees and families could be seen in various casinos wearing their red t-shirts expressing their views.

Franchisees Picket the “7-Eleven Experience 2015” Event

7-Eleven franchisees are determined to alter their reality that 7-Eleven is seizing their stores with little warning and no compensation, as charged in multiple lawsuits.

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More protest photos can be seen here: 7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Protest 2015 “7-Eleven Experience” [PHOTOS]

Chief among franchisee concerns is whether 7-Eleven, Inc. is discriminating against South Asian franchise owners and illegally seizing great numbers of their stores to resell for profit and/or internal political reasons.

Franchisees are also concerned over  suspicions that 7-Eleven, Inc. is making a deliberate effort to change the ethnic make-up of its franchisee base by selling primarily to non-South Asians, as is suggested by a certified statement by former franchise salesperson Janet Corral. (7-ELEVEN Covering Up Illegal Plot to Purge Indian Franchisees, says Attorney)

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Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

7-Eleven Franchise, CEO Joe DePinto Under Fire by Angry Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Exploitation of 7-11 Franchise Owners

7-ELEVEN Franchise Blues – A Protest Song

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners Protest 2015 “7-Eleven Experience” [PHOTOS]

February 10, 2015

7-Eleven franchise owners protested the company’s “7-Eleven Experience” event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, February 10-13, 2015.  7-Eleven, Inc. is engaged in bitter litigation with numerous franchisees and and at least one Franchise Owner’s Association (FOA) over alleged discriminatory practices and unfair franchise terminations.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com)  Emotions ran hot as 7-Eleven franchisees and corporate management gathered in Las Vegas.  According to 7-Eleven, Inc. CEO Joe DePinto, the 2015 7-Eleven Experience at the  MGM Grand is an event where franchisees can provide feedback and share what’s on their minds.

Protest supporters are invited to submit protest or meeting photos by emailing them to us at UnhappyFranchisee[at]Gmail.com.

Detractors are invited to submit opinions below or by email as to why staging a protest at the 7-Eleven franchisee meeting is inappropriate or counterproductive.

On the 7-Eleven Experience website, Joe DePinto tells 7-Eleven franchisees:

This is our chance to recognize and celebrate our Franchisees.

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It is your chance to attend an event tailored to you.  An event where you can provide your feedback and tell us what’s on your mind.

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In recent months I’ve heard from many Franchisees about important issues that we need to discuss.

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I’m looking forward to talking to you about those items and more at this year’s 7-Eleven Experience…

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Joe DePinto

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Emotions Regarding Franchise Terminations, Alleged Discrimination Run Hot

Joe DePinto stated that there will be “four interactive break-out sessions based on the topics most requested by you franchisees.

Noticeably absent from Joe DePinto’s list of topics is the concern raised in a number of recent lawsuits:  Whether 7-Eleven, Inc. is discriminating against South Asian franchise owners and illegally seizing great numbers of their stores to resell for profit and/or internal political reasons.

Also absent from Joe’s list is the topic of whether 7-Eleven, Inc. is making a deliberate effort to change the ethnic make-up of its franchisee base by selling primarily to non-South Asians, as is suggested by a certified statement by former franchise salesperson Janet Corral. (7-ELEVEN Covering Up Illegal Plot to Purge Indian Franchisees, says Attorney)

ALSO READ:

Has 7-ELEVEN Declared War on its Franchisees? (Index of 7-Eleven Posts)

7-Eleven Franchise, CEO Joe DePinto Under Fire by Angry Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Exploitation of 7-11 Franchise Owners

7-ELEVEN Franchise Blues – A Protest Song

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ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISE? IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR 7-ELEVEN FRANCHISEES TO PROTEST AT THE CONVENTION?  SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

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