CUPPY’S COFFEE: Who’s Suing Them Now?

February 8, 2009

Commenters at UnhappyFranchisee and franchise site have posted the contact information for preparing or considering group action suits against Cuppy’s Coffee, Medina Management, Elite Manufacturing, FranSynergy, Morg Morgan and/or Dale Nabors and associated entities.  The first two are leading franchisee law firms, the 3rd is a FL personal injury firm said to be “looking into” a possible action.

Dady and Garner, P.A.

Scott Korzenowski 612-359-5486

5100 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
phone: 612.359.9000
fax: 612.359.3507

Alejandro Brito, Esq. & Melissa Bernheim, Esq.
Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A.
100 S.E. 2nd Street
Suite 2700
Miami, FL 33131
Tel. (305) 374-5418
Fax (305) 374-5428


Mr D Thornburgh, Aylstock, Witkin and Sasser, 1-877-810-4808

If you know of any others or can provide and update or details, please comment below.


32 Responses to “CUPPY’S COFFEE: Who’s Suing Them Now?”

  1. Mauricio Cordova says:

    Count me in for any legal matters againt this people, I’ve been swindled out of 30,000 dlrs. I will help anyway I can to sue this people.
    Please contact me.

  2. Chas says:


    I am sueing Cuppy’s/Elite. My attorney has been on top of things. But Cuppy’s/Elite is doing every legal thing they can to duck us. No use. A local Judge has ruled, “lets go forward with this without them.” I will have my day in court against them next week. Don’t know where this will go, but I’m not giving up against these crooks. Also, got a letter from the Lt. Attorney General in Florida. Apparently they have enough complaints and have refered this to criminal investigation. Dah! Took them long enough. My attorney has found that Cuppy’s does still have franchises out there active. Where they are getting their supplies is unknown. Will keep all posted if and when I can about my progress.

  3. Guest says:


    Yes, I am one of the still active “Cuppys.” I wouldn’t say I’m a franchisee because since there’s no franchisor left I guess I’m an independant using the Cuppy’s name. There are still quite a few of us out there and actually new stores are opening. These folks, like myself, have built and operated the stores entirely on our own. No one has heard from Dale since the move to Alabama and I know that there are a number of default judgements against him already. We still buy our coffee from cafe d’arte and Joe Mancuso has done a great job working with us. We were buying supplies from Fig Brothers, but I think that i about to change.

    Good luck and go get em!!!!

  4. Ted VanZandt says:

    Just read another comment about having a day in court next week… is there a better way to see comments and/or updated info?? Ted

  5. jim says:

    We are still going in Colorado have not heard from anyone in Alabama either. Any news as if they are still running?

  6. Guest says:


    They’re closed down. No office left in Alabama. Everyone that followed him from FL has left. There are no more operations. We’re all on our own.

  7. ADMIN says:

    I’d imagine that Dale is still in AL and that the Fransynergy address is still valid. It’s posted here:

    There’s also a mediation scheduled at the Okaloosa County Court for the San Gelato lawsuit against Medina, Dale, Morg, etc.

    NOTICE OF MEDIATION 03/03/09 @ 9AM

    Think the whole gang will be there?

  8. guest says:

    Their finance Dept is no longer in existance however employees that were contracted and should have gotten 1099’s did not get them. Is it possible there is a Federal Tax charge there? I goy my W-2 because thy had a payroll company but not my 1099 from hen I was first hired. I did however claim the amt.

  9. guest says:

    that address is dales home address in alabama, its still good cause our process server found him and his wife natalie there

  10. Sheri says:

    3110 W. McGuire Dr.
    Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

    This is Dale’s House and you can actual get a street view on Google. There is a truck in the driveway. You can zoom in get the license plate and see if there may be another address it is licensed to ….just want to help

  11. Robert says:

    I would like to know how to join in on the law suit. I purchased a cuppys franchise from them. I ended up having to close shop almost as soon as I opened due to the trouble with Cuppys in full filling their contract obilgations.

  12. jim says:

    thanks for the info. How is eve?ryone? What are the franchisees going to do. Do we have to do anything to get rid of the name? I heard we had to give corp. our 90 day notice? If there isn’t a corp office then how do we do that

  13. Sheri says:

    where is everyone getting product to stay open? I am taking over a location…it went back to the bank..I need product and any info you would be willing to share.

  14. jim says:

    We are still getting coffee from Cafe darte, everything else from local vendors
    would be willing to talk if you want i can be reached at 720-425-0393

  15. Guest says:


    I have a large uhaul worth of product and promotional items I need to sell ASAP, contact ADMIN to pass your info or vice versa

  16. Guest says:

    dale just got served at his house address in muscle shoals, if anyone else needs to get him served…

  17. Pete Lambros says:

    To all dissatisfied Cuppy’s buyers and operators, if you are still interested in opening your coffee business please email me with your contact information and I will call you to discuss your situation and if I can help to get you open, find locations, design, ect.

    If you are current franchisee and need to find an easier way to get supplies and save money, please email me with your information and I will call and discuss.

  18. Guest says:


    Aren’t you with Bear Creek Coffee?

  19. Pete Lambros says:

    Yes I am. They are doing a Cuppy thing, keeping deposits and asking for more. Check out the Blue Mau Mau site.

    I have started out on my own with a couple of the good ex employees

  20. Wondering... says:

    Does anyone know if they showed for the lawsuit with San Gelato?

  21. Guest says:

    morg is fighting the lawsuit, dale is not

  22. Melissa Ott says:

    Does anyone know if either Dale, Morg or anyone has actually showed up at any court date?

  23. Guest says:

    morg has in the san gelato lawsuit

  24. Sheri says:

    Where can I order “vanilla freeze”?

  25. ADMIN says:

    Is that for here or to go? :)

  26. guest says:

    order it directly with dr. smoothie, or lemox distributing out of pensacola, fl

  27. Wally says:

    To all you unhappy Cuppy’s owners,
    I work with a roaster in Lansing MI and would love to talk to you guys, as a group about doing a priviate lable coffee, espresso, and cup program. Check out our website
    Or feel free to give me a call @ 248-594-4576
    For you mid-westerners, the freight from the left coast must be killing you.

  28. Guest says:

    i get cafe darte 20 pounds shipped from the west coast to the gulf of mexico for 4 bux, not killing me at all

  29. cd says:

    Roasters do free freight on coffee and supplies if you buy enough. I found cappuccino connection does free shipping on many products with a small minimum (one case).

  30. Wally says:

    We have free shipping with small minimums. If many of the owners want to look at a group program and use the Cuppy name to help with brand recognition and retail sales I can work great pricing. Strength in numbers. Build your brand, not someone elses!

  31. Moises says:

    I am a member of a disbursment money pool law suit, but I haven’t received anything for the last year. Is anyone in this situation? let me know.

  32. Guest says:

    Dale Nabors was arrested on October 23 on two counts of worthless check charges. This is according to the Colbert County Arrest Records posted on He may also have been arrested at his children’s school on November 19 while attending a Thanksgiving lunch. Does anyone have additional information on him?